IMDb Picks: Movies and Shows about Influential Women Through History

15 . Mar . 2021
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We celebrate the stories about influential women, who have made their mark on the world, through the decades by showcasing their fearlessness, strength and perseverance against all odds. IMDb lists a selection of 48 movies and series that are based on influential women through history; 8 of which are Indian cinema titles.

The Indian Titles included are:

Mary Kom in Mary Kom (2014) 

IMDb Rating: 6.8

A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom, who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.

Mary Kom is available to stream on Netflix

The Phogat Sisters in Dangal (2016) 

IMDb rating: 8.4

Mahavir Singh Phogat, played by Aamir Khan, is a former wrestler who wants to raise his daughters, Geeta and Babita, as wrestlers. Based on a true story, the movie shows how Phogat takes on the role of a tough taskmaster who leaves no stone unturned in training his daughters.

Dangal is available to stream on Netflix

Savitri in Mahanati 

IMDb rating: 8.5

Biography of Savitri, an actress from South India movie industry, who ruled the industry for two decades during 50s and 60s.

Savitri is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

Neerja Bhanot in Neerja 
IMDb rating: 7.7
Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

Neerja is available to stream on Hotstar

Gunjan Saxena in Gunjan Saxena 
IMDb rating: 5.3
Inspired by the life of a fearless young officer who made history by becoming the first Indian female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War.

Gunjan Saxena is available to stream on Netflix

Jodhaa in Jodhaa Akbar 
IMDb rating: 7.6
A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Jodhaa Akbar is available to stream on Netflix

Shakuntala Devi in Shkuntala Devi 
IMDb rating: 6.1
Shakuntala Devi, a mathematician’s journey to become ‘The Human Computer’ and her relationship with her daughter.

Shankuntala Devi is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

Malti Aggarwal in Chhapaak 
IMDb rating: 5.1
The trials and triumphs of Malti, an acid attack survivor. From the investigation of the attack to the court proceedings, the medical treatment to the emotional healing. Chhapaak is the story of the unquashable human spirit.