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

Biopics based on women, girls, etc.

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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There are 205 historical films in this list.

  • The Abdication
  • The Affair of the Necklace
  • Agora
  • Aimee & Jaguar
  • Anna and the King
  • Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Artemisia
  • The Austrian
  • Banklady
  • The Barretts of Wimpole Street
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Becoming Astrid
  • Beloved Sisters
  • Benedetta
  • Bequest to the Nation
  • Berlin '36
  • Bertie and Elizabeth
  • The Best of Enemies
  • Black Venus
  • Boadicea
  • Boudica
  • The Broken Crown
  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon
  • Cadillac Records
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • Camille Claudel
  • Carlota Joaquina, Princess of Brazil
  • Carrington
  • Catherine the Great
  • The Chess Player
  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
  • The Chronicles of Melanie
  • Cleopatra
  • Cleopatra
  • Cleopatra
  • Coco Before Chanel
  • Colette
  • Confirmation
  • Conquest
  • Countess Cosel
  • The Countess
  • The Courage to Love
  • Dalida
  • Daphne
  • Denial
  • Devil's Mistress
  • Diane
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Divine Lady
  • Doll
  • The Duchess
  • Elisabeth - Kaiserin von Österreich
  • Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Elvira Madigan
  • Emma Hamilton
  • Esther
  • Evita
  • Factory Girl
  • Farewell, My Queen
  • The Favourite
  • Fire Over England
  • First They Killed My Father
  • Florbela
  • Full Out
  • Game Change
  • The Girl in White
  • The Girl King
  • The Glorias
  • The Golden Era
  • The Gorgeous Hussy
  • The Gorgon Case
  • Gorillas in the Mist
  • Grace Kelly
  • Grey Gardens
  • Harriet
  • Hearts Divided
  • Helen of Troy
  • Hidden Figures
  • Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story
  • Hwang Jin Yi
  • I, Olga Hepnarova
  • In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The Invisible Woman
  • The Iron Lady
  • Isadora
  • Jeanne Poisson Marquise de Pompadour
  • Joan of Arc
  • Joan of Arc
  • Joan the Maid I: The Battles
  • Joan the Woman
  • Jodhaa Akbar
  • The Josephine Baker Story
  • Juan y Eva
  • Judith of Bethulia
  • The King's Whore
  • The Lady and the Duke
  • Lady Caroline Lamb
  • Lady Godiva of Coventry
  • Lady Hamilton