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Powerful Women IRL

A celebration of female-centered documentaries. These are documentaries that bring us into the lives of everyday women, some famous, some not. These women are real and raw and authentic and vulnerable in ways that encourage and empower those who witness their stories. A sister list to the "Good for Her" Cinematic Universe about women who are not fictionalized. List is organized by release year.

Suggestions would be greatly appreciated and will be added as suggested!

  • Rose Hobart
  • Colette
  • Helen Keller in Her Story
  • Diary of a Pregnant Woman
  • Window Water Baby Moving
  • Jane
  • I Am Somebody
  • The Woman's Film
  • Growing Up Female
  • Three Lives
  • Janie's Janie
  • Joyce at 34
  • Year of the Woman
  • Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman
  • Anaïs Nin Observed
  • Janis
  • Women Reply
  • Grey Gardens
  • News from Home
  • Callas: A Documentary
  • Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound
  • All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story
  • Millay at Steepletop
  • Streetwise
  • Judy Garland: The Concert Years
  • Choosing Children
  • Sharp Edges
  • Jane B. by Agnès V.
  • Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
  • Paris Is Burning
  • A Place of Rage
  • Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Thank You and Good Night
  • Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
  • Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
  • Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter
  • From the East
  • Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker
  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed
  • Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
  • Nico Icon
  • Anne Frank Remembered
  • BloodSisters
  • Jane: An Abortion Service
  • Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
  • Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman
  • Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
  • Definitely Dusty
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
  • Marianne Faithfull: Dreaming My Dreams
  • American Masters: Finding Lucy
  • Georgie Girl
  • Miss America
  • Etta James And The Roots Band: Burnin' Down The House
  • Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
  • Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind
  • Afro-Punk
  • Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
  • Judy Garland: By Myself
  • Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman
  • Mohawk Girls
  • Margot
  • The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
  • Jane Austen's Life
  • Little Man
  • Blondie: One Way or Another
  • Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer
  • Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
  • Thin
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life
  • Playing
  • Fengming: A Chinese Memoir
  • Alice Neel
  • DNA: Secret of Photo 51
  • Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
  • Callas Assoluta
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Patti Smith: Dream of Life
  • Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress And The Tangerine
  • Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
  • The Beaches of Agnès
  • Club Native
  • Lady Day - The Many Faces of Billie Holiday
  • Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
  • His & Hers
  • Zombie Girl: The Movie
  • Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki
  • Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound
  • Edie: Girl on Fire
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
  • No Woman, No Cry
  • Nostalgia for the Light
  • Revealing Anne Lister
  • The Arbor
  • Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
  • Miss Representation
  • Pina
  • Gloria: In Her Own Words
  • Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel