From Vivene Leigh portraying the role of Scarlet O Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) to Brie Larson’s Room (2016), Hollywood has always been inspired by those women, whose strong personalities questioned the rules of the society, and broke the stereotypes associated with their gender. Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we take a look at ten films that have become most popular films across the globe over the years.
Meryl Streep won the Oscar in the Best Actress category for portraying the role of former English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The film chronicles Thatcher’s journey as a politician, who makes her own mark in the male dominated English political scenario and eventually becomes England’s first woman Prime Minister.
Million Dollar Baby
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film saw Hillary Swank play an underdog boxer, who beats the odds to become a professional boxer. Swank won an Oscar in the Best Actress category for her role, and the film won the Best Picture award at the 77th Academy Awards (2004).
A cult classic, Fargo (1996) sees Frances McDormand, a seven-month pregnant cop, Marge, who decides to solve a kidnapping and a murder of a woman. The film saw Frances won her Oscar for the Best Actress category.
An entry in the Best Picture category at the Oscars this year, the film follows the life of three African American women, and their efforts in improving Nasa’s space programme. Taraji P Henson plays the role of Katherine Johnson, who was mathematical calculations were instrumental in putting an American astronaut into space. Octavia Spencer was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award for her role of Dorothy Vaughn.
Kill Bill Vol I and Vol II
Uma Thurman, the bride decides to take avenge the death of her husband and family on the day of her wedding. The film, which was eventually divided into two parts, was appreciated for its action sequences, and made Thurman a Hollywood star.
A real life story of Philomena, who was sent to a convent for getting pregnant before marriage in the 50s. The nuns there sent her son to an American family and she didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye. 50 years later, when a journalist, Martin Sixpence heard the story, he decided to get in touch with her and then began their search of finding her son. Judi Dench was nominated in the Best Actress category at the 86th Academy Awards for her role .
A real life story of a painter — Margaret Keane whose paintings become a big rage in the world, but all the credit is taken by her second husband- Walter Keane played by Christoph Waltz. Margret then decides to take her husband to the court, in order to win the copyright to her artwork. The film saw Amy Adams win the Best Actress Award at the 2015 Golden Globe awards.
Real life heroes have always inspired Hollywood films. Julia Roberts’ role of Erin Brokovich, who fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company for contaminating the drinking water with toxic chemicals, saw Roberts win her win the Best Actress Award at the 73rd Academy Awards.
Thelma and Louise
The Geena Davis-Susan Saradon starrer won the Best Original Screenplay award at the 1991 Academy Awards. The film, which is considered as one of the best films of all time, sees Thelma and Louise (Geena and Susan respectively) embark on a road trip, and its disastrous consequences lead them in becoming fugitives on the run.
Reese Witherspoon undertakes a 1100 km hiking trip all by herself in a bid to rediscover herself and get over her mother’s death. The film saw Reese Witherspoon earn the Best Actress nomination at the 87th Academy Awards.