In this week’s Wednesday 5, we bring back a favorite: The Netflix Five—Films Featuring Inspiring Women. Though the weather outside is no longer frightful and we’re past Women’s History Month, we hope you find some movie time to learn about these incredible women. Hurry to netflix.com.

 

1.

Hannah Arendt

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Hannah Arendt is a brilliant biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and of the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, the film beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. 

Watch the trailer here.

 

2.

The Iron Lady

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The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. One of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. 

Watch the trailer here.

 

3.

Coco Chanel

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Academy Award winning actress Shirley MacLaine stars as Coco Chanel in this critically acclaimed film that charts the rise of one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. From her humble childhood and early days as a young dressmaker’s assistant to her passionate love affair with a dashing Englishman and ultimate success as a pioneering fashion icon, Coco Chanel is the story of a glamorous woman who was hard to love and harder to ignore. Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild-nominated, Coco Chanel is a must-see film for every lover of fashion and romance.  

Watch the trailer here.

 

4.

Venus and Serena

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Venus and Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. With unprecedented access, the film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top. – See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/venusandserena/#sthash.RSQ7jr71.dpuf Venus and Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. With unprecedented access, the film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top. – See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/venusandserena/#sthash.RSQ7jr71.dpuf

Venus and Serena takes us inside the lives of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams during a year when debilitating injuries and life-threatening illness threatened to take them out of the game once and for all.

The film takes an unfiltered look into the lives of the greatest sister-act that professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage, not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere but dominating the women’s game for over a decade. The film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top.

Watch the trailer here.

 

5.

Finding Vivian Maier

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Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers. Discovered decades later, the cache has led to Maier’s being considered one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, the movie reveals Maier’s strange and riveting life and art through never-before=seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Watch the trailer here.

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  • Roz Warren May 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Good recommendations. Thanks.

    Reply