The Best Movies To Stream For Women's History Month

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Ladies, it’s time for some real talk.
From superhero blockbusters to action flicks, it often seems that bog box-office movies aren’t the ones telling the stories relevant to our lives. In fact, only 9% of the 250 top-grossing films in 2016 were directed by women — the same percentage as 1998. With such limited artistic direction and representation, it’s no surprise that many films’ subject matter can be so alienating.
With this list, we’ve decided to do our part in bringing to you the best streamable films directed by women, and about women. While 9% is certainly an inadequate number, women in film are continually churning out groundbreaking and gripping new content. In honor of Women’s History Month, stream one of these films and documentaries and join the dialogue.
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What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Nina Simone was born with a legendary voice. Singing during the height of the Civil Rights movement, though, she decided to use her voice for more than just singing. What Happened, Miss Simone? looks at Simone the artist, and Simone the activist.
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Mustang (2016)

This Oscar-nominated Turkish movie tells the story of five orphaned sisters locked up with their grandmother in a large, remote house, much like Rapunzel (but minus the fairy tale ending). What spurred their captivity? On the last day of school, the girls take a brief trip to the beach and play chicken with some male classmates. Their childhood game is interpreted by the community as a lewd act, and their grandmother and uncle take action. Over the course of a summer, the girls are taught to be good wives and prepared for marriage one by one. But they don’t go easy into that good night.

Rebellion against tradition, the last vestiges of a childhood sisterhood, and the greatest heroine of recent cinematic history combine for a fantastic film.
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She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014)

Perhaps there's no more appropriate movie to watch to celebrate Women's History Month than She's Beautiful When She's Angry, a documentary about the founding of the women's liberation movement in the 1960s. Here's a spotlight on the individual women who spearheaded the second wave of feminism, from activists to politicians. You'll emerge with a much longer list of heroes.
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In A World… (2013)

When you think of the common movie-trailer phrase “in a world,” it’s rare to hear it read in anything but a man’s deep voice. Carol Solomon is the daughter of voice-over legend, and longs to follow in her father’s footsteps. Yet instead of encouraging his daughter, Sam puts his energy into grooming a proégé, Gustav. When Carole applies for the same job as the Gustav, her famous father ends up gunning for the gig as well.

Triple threat Lake Bell is the writer, director, and star of this comedy, which attempts to tackle the male-dominated world of voice-over acting. Get the title now?
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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

This iconic romantic comedy is one of those movies you can just watch over and over (and over) again. Cheer on Bridget Jones as she makes an impossible decision between Britain’s leading bachelors of the 1990s: Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. We’d have trouble deciding, too. Not only is Bridge Jones Diary based off a book written by a woman, the movie is also directed by a woman.
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Arranged (2007)

An Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim women meet as first-year teachers in a New York public school, and find out they have more in common than their profession. Most significantly, they’re both in the process of an arranged marriage. Both deeply religious, the women toy with tradition as they undergo their matchmaking process. Applauded for being spiritually literate, this intersectional feminist film explores how someone can adhere to tradition and retain individuality.
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Miss Representation (2011)

We know gender stereotypes are abundant, but this documentary aims to show just how destructive they really are. Filmmaker Jennifer Newsom proves that the media’s sexism plays a role in determining whether women are able to attain leadership roles in society. If a woman’s power is determined through attractiveness and sexuality, not in her capability as a leader, then how can women be represented in government? The documentary uses an array of inspiring interviews with academics, activists, journalists, and entertainers to prove its point.
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Iris (2015)

Meet your next style icon and personal hero, Iris Apfel. For decades, Iris' enormous fashion collection and larger-than-life personality have been a fixture in the fashion community. After her clothing was featured in an exhibit at the Met, this nonagenarian catapulted to widespread fame. Iris celebrates Ms. Apfel's legendary enthusiasm for life, fashion, her 100-year-old husband, and life's silly and simple joys. You will fall in love.

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