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!

  • 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
  • Jane B. by Agnès V.
  • Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
  • A Place of Rage
  • Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
  • Thank You and Good Night
  • 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
  • Nico Icon
  • Anne Frank Remembered
  • Jane: An Abortion Service
  • Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
  • Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
  • Definitely Dusty
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
  • Marianne Faithfull: Dreaming My Dreams
  • American Masters: Finding Lucy
  • 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
  • Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
  • Judy Garland: By Myself
  • Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman
  • Margot
  • The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
  • Jane Austen's Life
  • 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
  • Lady Day - The Many Faces of Billie Holiday
  • Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dark Girls
  • Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
  • Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada
  • The Queen of Versailles
  • The Invisible War
  • She-Wolves: England's Early Queens
  • A Girl Like Her
  • After Porn Ends
  • Stories We Tell
  • Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
  • Love, Marilyn
  • It’s a Girl!
  • Elena
  • 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives