“The Woman King” is the latest movie directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, and Lashana Lynch in the lead roles. The movie follows the awe-inspiring story of General Nanisca, who established an all-women army to free captured and slave women. However, as the film ends, moviegoers often find themselves wishing for similar stories of strong women and their perseverance. The good news is that there are plenty of movies on the shelves that fulfill that role. These films, ranging from periodic dramas to grandiose adventures, provide moviegoers with insight into the lives of remarkable women and their struggles for justice and liberty.
Mary Queen Of Scots (2018)
Directed by renowned filmmaker Josie Rourke, “Mary Queen of Scots,” starring Margot Robbie and Jack Lowden, is one of the best period dramas ever released.
Inspired by the real-life events surrounding the Scottish monarch, Mary I, known commonly as Mary Queen of Scots, is an engrossing saga of leadership, treachery, and disaster. This 2018 period drama movie chronicles the intriguing account of Mary Stuart as well as her rocky connection with her sister, Queen Elizabeth I of England. The film chronicles Mary’s quest to reestablish Christianity in the mostly Protestant Scottish highlands following the demise of her former spouse, King Francis II of France. In a nutshell, it’s a fascinating depiction that vividly recreates an awful and complicated historical period. The imagery is breathtaking, with expansive settings and elaborate clothing that put the spectator squarely in the 16th century. Max Richter’s soundtrack for the movie is unsettling and effective in heightening the intensity of the era.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackie Brown, directed by genius filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, is a movie that, in my personal opinion, will never lose its luster like his other films.
The movie chronicles the tale of Jackie Brown, a stewardess struggling to make ends meet. Unfortunately, Jackie is arrested for sneaking currency for her employer, weapons dealer Ordell Robbie, for a big prize. Jackie gets captured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and she must decide whether to assist them in taking down Ordell or go to jail. Jackie collaborates with the investigators to round up Ordell while also formulating a scheme to steal some millions for her trouble. Unlike Tarantino’s other works, “Jackie Brown” is a low-key criminal drama. Focusing on the dynamics surrounding the primary protagonists rather than the storyline makes for an engaging film. Pam Grier shines in the lead role of Jackie Brown, an imposing, smart, and competent woman striving for success in an industry dominated by men.
The Legend Of Tomiris (2019)
Inspired by the real-life account of a renowned warrior monarch, Tomiris, this Akan Satayev movie starring Ghassan Massoud and Eduardo Minett is definitely a must-watch.
In the vast expanse of the ancient world, one fierce warrior queen stands out among the fray. Her name is Tomiris, and she is the leader of the Massagetae tribe. Her people revere her for her unparalleled bravery and talent in combat. But when the mighty Persian king Cyrus sets his sights on conquering her grounds, Tomiris knows she must rise to the challenge and defend her people at all costs. “The Legend of Tomiris” is a thrilling cinematic journey that follows the incredible true story of this legendary queen. From the opening moments, the audience is drawn in by the awe-inspiring spectacle of Tomiris leading her army into battle against the mighty Persian empire. But this is no simple tale of conquest and war. Nevertheless, the movie’s exceptional depiction of warfare is what makes it stand out. The pace of the film is exhilarating and real, from the elaborately planned combat sequences to the gripping one-on-one combat. The movie is an ode to the noble art of fighting, and every action scene will have you gasping for air and wanting more.
“Harriet (2019)”, helmed by Kasi Lemmons, is inspired by the real-life account of Harriet Tubman, an activist and social leader who helped liberate thousands of African Americans by using the Hidden Railway network after escaping from captivity.
The movie opens with Harriet serving the Brodess household as a servant on their estate in Maryland. Harriet makes the decision to run away to independence after learning that her spouse has been auctioned off to a different farm. Using the Underground Railroad—a system of hidden tunnels and safe houses that allowed slaves to go north—she eventually reached Philadelphia. Nevertheless, Harriet’s exploits and courage are not overlooked, and a reward is placed for her capture. Notwithstanding the risks, she keeps going and eventually joins the ranks of revolutionary greats like John Brown and Frederick Douglass. The movie is a compelling and moving examination of the life, times, and impact of a pivotal woman in American history. Anyone with even a passing curiosity about the American Civil War or the battle to end slavery should watch this.
The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc (1999)
Experience the epic journey of a young, ordinary nobody who rises to become an extraordinary leader in the classic film “Joan of Arc,” directed by Luc Besson and starring Mila Jovovich in the lead role.
With stunning cinematography and captivating performances, the movie tells the story of how Joan, guided by heavenly visions, led the French army to victory against the English during the Hundred Years’ War. As the film begins, we witness Joan’s transformative journey as she receives divine messages from Saint Michael and other saints urging her to take up arms against the English. Her unyielding devotion and perseverance eventually win over the French army, which initially denies her leadership. We see her incredible triumphs on the battleground as she rouses her army to victory after victory against the English. It is a classic that has stood the test of time owing to its compelling story and magnificent imagery. Religion, tenacity, and bravery are all on display as the movie follows Joan on her incredible climb from humble girl to celebrated warrior.