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5 Biopics/Docs You Should Watch In Honor of Women’s History Month

03/08/2017 at 2:50 | Erica Banas // Staff Writer
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Narrowing down all of the great biopics and documentaries about historical women to a list of five was a rather arduous task, but the five we’ve chosen as “Must-Watch” in honor of Women’s History Month will take you through the different worlds of music, art, fashion and engineering.  Enjoy!

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Released by Netflix in 2015, What Happened, Miss Simone? chronicles the life and times of singer/pianist/activist Nina Simone who’s influenced countless musicians from Aretha Franklin to Beyoncé.

Coco Before Chanel

It’s in the name.  See the world of Coco Chanel before she became the name and designer behind one of fashion’s most iconic brands.

Frida

One of the most influential artists of all time deserves a great biopic, and Frida more than delivers.  Salma Hayek’s turn as Frida Kahlo also yielded a much deserved Best Actress nomination at the 75th Annual Academy Awards.

What’s Love Got To Do With It

Few stories in music are quite like Tina Turner’s.  From small town girl to icon, What’s Love Got To Do With It tells the story of Turner’s rise to fame with husband Ike and how she escaped her abusive marriage to embark on an incredible solo career.  Angela Bassett’s performance as Turner is simply the best and garnered her a Best Actress nomination at the 66th Annual Academy Awards.

The Queen of Code

Grace Hopper, unlike the women above, is a name you’re not familiar with.  Thanks to the short The Queen of Code, no one has an excuse for not knowing this revolutionary in computer programming.  As if that weren’t enough, Cooper was also a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, because she’s that awesome.  The Queen of Code is a 16-minute short film that can be viewed in its entirety at Vimeo.com.  (Due to privacy settings, we cannot post it here.)

Erica Banas is a lover of classic television and wishes tap dancing would make a serious comeback.

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