"Reel Lives," Real Women: Films Based on Women

Biopics based on women, girls, etc.

NOTE: In the process of alphabetizing the list by name of the historical person the film is about, to keep it organized. Bear with me!

If you want to find out who these films are based on use the "read notes" feature.

Some of these films play fast and loose with the facts, so we must keep in mind that: "Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental."

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  • Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

    1

  • Living Free

    2

  • Born Free

    3

  • A House Is Not a Home

    4

  • Chhapaak

    5

  • A Girl From Mogadishu

    6

  • Maria's Paradise

    7

  • Céleste

    8

  • Kiss and Cry

    9

  • Woman in Gold

    10

  • Anastasia

    11

  • Anastasia

    12

  • Anastasia

    13

  • Anastasia - Die letzte Zarentochter

    14

  • Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

    15

  • As White as in Snow

    16

  • Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story

    17

  • Beyond Good and Evil

    18

  • Zuzu Angel

    19

  • The Favourite

    20

  • Ammonite

    21

  • Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters

    22

  • Shattered Innocence

    23

  • A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story

    24

  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

    25

  • Nelly

    26

  • Hannah Arendt

    27

  • Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret

    28

  • Arletty: A Guilty Passion

    29

  • Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay

    30

  • Sylvia

    31

  • Nancy Astor

    32

  • A Call to Spy

    33

  • The Sicilian Girl

    34

  • The Best of Enemies

    35

  • Lucie Aubrac

    36

  • The Lady

    37

  • Becoming Jane

    38

  • Miss Austen Regrets

    39

  • Telling Secrets

    40

  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

    41

  • Devil's Mistress

    42

  • Black Venus

    43

  • Baby M

    44

  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    45

  • The Josephine Baker Story

    46

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    47

  • Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story

    48

  • Princess Caraboo

    49

  • Bakhita

    50

  • Being the Ricardos

    51

  • Lucy

    52

  • Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter

    53

  • Barbara

    54

  • An Education

    55

  • Nora

    56

  • The Girl in White

    57

  • Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story

    58

  • Too Much, Too Soon

    59

  • Shirley

    60

  • Bathory: Countess of Blood

    61

  • The Countess

    62

  • Countess Dracula

    63

  • Daughters of Darkness

    64

  • David and Bathsheba

    65

  • Shine on Harvest Moon

    66

  • Grey Gardens

    67

  • The Honeymoon Killers

    68

  • The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton

    69

  • Belle

    70

  • Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story

    71

  • Berlin '36

    72

  • Seducing Ingrid Bergman

    73

  • Full Out

    74

  • Amélia

    75

  • The Incredible Sarah

    76

  • Neerja

    77

  • Mrs Biggs

    78

  • The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

    79

  • Cilla

    80

  • The Act

    81

  • Cocaine Godmother

    82

  • The Godmother

    83

  • Bloody Mama

    84

  • Ma Barker's Killer Brood

    85

  • Public Enemies

    86

  • Queen of the Mob

    87

  • Queen of the Desert

    88

  • The Poisoner

    89

  • The Bling Ring

    90

  • Reaching for the Moon

    91

  • Out of Africa

    92

  • Molly's Game

    93

  • 10 Days in a Madhouse

    94

  • Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story

    95

  • Enid

    96

  • I Was Lorena Bobbitt

    97

  • La Bolduc

    98

  • Anne of the Thousand Days

    99

  • The Other Boleyn Girl

    100