We're still working on Hollywood to flip the script when it comes to diverse representations of people in media, but there are still plenty of fine films you can watch in honor of Women's History Month. Whether you want to get artistically inspired, kick ass and take names, or just have a laugh, we've got you covered.
This is also a good jumping-off point for other goodies. For instance if you like Pink Saris, check out Kim Longinotto's Sundance hit Dreamcatcher, which will debut on Showtime on March 27. Be sure to keep your eyes out for future projects like What Happened, Miss Simone?, which will be available via Netflix later this year. Queen Latifah's upcoming HBO doc on the amazing Bessie Smith, written and directed by Dee Rees, is on our short list of must-see TV. Plus, Rees's Pariah is fantastic.
For simplicity's sake, we've limited this list to movies based on real events, which are easy to find for rent on DVD or streaming. There are so many awesome docs, TV movies, and/or feature-length films that are harder to find, like the PBS doc Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, A Woman Called Moses, Fly Girls, Pillars of Hope,The Rosa Parks Story, and Paris Was a Woman. Of course, where there's a will — or maybe a library card — there's a way.
Ahead, our top 11 movies to inspire the best Women's History Month.