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The 8 best biopics about famous women


Jackie, available now on Virgin Movies, was the film that nearly earned Natalie Portman her second Academy Award.  Although she lost to Emma Stone, her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy remains one of the strongest performances of her career. Portman does justice to Jackie's formidable legacy, showcasing the elegance, dignity and poise that she was known and admired for. Following JFK's assassination, we peek into the personal torment she faced behind closed doors. This stylish biopic succeeds in showing what it takes for a woman to earn a place in modern culture. Inspired by Jackie's incredible story, we take a look at other famous women whose lives have been immortalised on film:


1.  Hidden Figures (2016)

This huge hit was responsible for pulling down the curtain to reveal the three brilliant women who made history by making astronaut John Glenn's orbit possible. Challenging gender and race bias, these unsung heroes of NASA finally got the recognition they deserved for their astounding contributions to science and space exploration despite the obstacles they faced. If you're looking for inspiration, this is the ultimate story to watch, starring the magnificent Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Moane.


2. Joy (2015)

Joy depicts the real life story of a woman whose prospects may have seemed hopeless but her innate ingenuity led her to a breakthrough household invention that helped her build an empire for herself and her family. Guts and glory perfectly personified by Jennifer Lawrence, this film is a salute to all entrepreneurial women who are unstoppable when it comes to chasing their dreams.

Joy is available now on Sky Cinema


3.  Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Speaking of unstoppable women, Florence Foster Jenkins is another biopic worth mentioning, if only because it stars the immeasurable Meryl Streep. But when the title character happens to be a creature that would be better suited in fiction than in actual real life, it is the stuff of movie magic. Florence's heart is set on becoming an opera singer despite the minor detail that she cannot carry a tune to save her life. Relentless and endearing at the same time, of course it earned Streep another Oscar nomination.

Florence Foster Jenkins is available now on Sky Cinema


4.  The Iron Lady (2011)

Speaking of Meryl Streep and Academy Awards, she received her third Oscar courtesy of this biopic about none other than Margaret Thatcher.  The film is set during Thatcher's twilight years and through emotional flashbacks we watch pivotal moments throughout the span of her life and career, getting a different view of a woman who helped shape history.

The Iron Lady is available now to stream on Netflix 


5.  Frida (2002)

If you are in the mood to explore the ways in which women have influenced art on a global scale, then this is the perfect film to turn to. A passion project for Salma Hayek, for which she received her first Oscar nomination, the film examines the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Frida's life had pain and injury, love and betrayal, a marriage to another prolific painter and revolutionary ideals but ultimately, it was her self-portraits that she became most famous for.


6.  Saving Mr Banks (2013)

What do you get when you combine Emma Thompson, Mary Poppins, Tom Hanks and an epic argument over animated penguins? The perfect biopic and tribute to iconic author P.L. Travers A look into her challenging relationship with Walt Disney, who was determined and successful in turning Mary Poppins into one of the best films of all time. A woman whose unyielding spirit and deep sensitivity created a literary character that brought joy to countless children's childhoods.


7.  Erin Brockovich (2000) 

Another tough woman with enough spirit to bring down a corporate Goliath lit up the big screen through Julia Roberts' Oscar winning performance in 2000's Erin Brockovich. A now classic film depicting the real life fight that a single mother brought against a power company when she discovered that it was polluting the town's water supply. This story is proof that no woman is too small to bring change if she is fearless.

Erin Brockovich is available now on Sky Cinema


8.  Marie Antoinette (2006)

Closing off our list with a touch of royalty, director Sofia Coppola takes lusciousness to another level as Kirsten Dunst portrays the beautiful but doomed queen who came to symbolise inherent extravagance and opulence before her demise at the hands of her subjects at the onset of the French Revolution.

Marie Antoinette is available now on Sky Cinema