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85 Women’s Awakening and Empowerment Movies (List)


Dear Yogini Sisters,

We asked you on the AWI Facebook Page to share your favorite movies about women’s awakening and empowerment, and here is the list of movies compiled from your responses.  May this list feed your heart and soul during those warm, cozy nights spent on the couch…

Here is the list as a PDF that you can download

(feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below)


  1. Whale Rider
  2. Persepolis
  3. The Color Purple
  4. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  5. As It Is in Heaven (Sweden)
  6. Water (Mira Nair, India)
  7. Dangerous Beauty
  8. Moonstruck
  9. Stealing Beauty
  10. Queen
  11. Antonia’s Line
  12. Sophie’s Choice
  13. Out of Africa
  14. Eat, Pray, Love
  15. Under the Tuscan Sun
  16. Mira Nair’s ‘Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
  17. Erin Brockovich
  18. Fried Green Tomatoes
  19. Juno
  20. Amelia Earhart
  21. Thelma and Louise
  22. Crash
  23. Chocolat
  24. Little Women
  25. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  26. Memoirs of a Geisha
  27. 7 Moon Khat
  28. Cleopatra
  29. The Hours
  30. Frida
  31. A League of Their Own
  32. Enough
  33. Mona Lisa
  34. Saving Grace
  35. A Destiny of Her Own
  36. Waiting To Exhale
  37. The Piano
  38. Catch and Release
  39. Kill Bill vol 1+2
  40. Passion Fish
  41. Iron Jawed Angels
  42. The Lady
  43. Sommersby
  44. The Source (Morocco)
  45. Now & Then
  46. Made in Dagenham
  47. The Magdalene Sisters
  48. Legally Blonde
  49. Catwoman
  50. The Help
  51. Riding in Cars with Boys
  52. Moolaade
  53. Steel Magnolias
  54. An Eye for An Eye
  55. L’Aventure
  56. Sylvia’s Line
  57. Melanie
  58. Een Vrouw Als Eva(‘A Woman Like Eve’)
  59. Adams Rib
  60. Mystic Pizza
  61. Aliens (with Sigourney Weaver)
  62. Where Do We Go Now
  63. Nims
  64. The Mermaid Chair
  65. Wonder Woman
  66. The Count of Monte Cristo
  67. Preacher’s Wife
  68. Soul Surfer
  69. Stick It
  70. What Women Want
  71. Magadhira
  72. Enchanted April
  73. Elizabeth
  74. Ryan’s Daughter
  75. Gone with the Wind
  76. A passage to India
  77. Fire (Mira Nair, India)
  78. Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, India)
  79. Joan of Arc
  80. Towelhead
  81. The Secret lives of bees
  82. Far from Heaven
  83. Dead man walking
  84. Orlando
  85. Volver






  1. Rochelle says:

    Here are a couple of my favorites that were overlooked~

    My Brilliant Career

    Something New

  2. The untouchables
    Une belle histoire

    1. awakeningwomen says:

      Hi Devika, have you managed to find Un Belle histoire with english subtitles? It is a favorite, and I have been looking for it but with no luck.
      LOts of love

  3. jaki says:

    SHIRLEY VALENTINE !,, one of the best.

  4. MJ says:

    Harold and Maude. One of my all time favorites

  5. Mareia says:

    I just saw (on DVD): I am with you by Guido Chiesa. It’s a very touching movie and shows the empowered Mary, mother of Jesus.

    “I Am with You is a story about motherhood: that of Mary of Nazareth, from the conception of her son Jesus through to his adolescence. It portrays a mother and her relation with her son, supported by the discrete, evolving presence of Joseph, the patriarch who accepts to “step aside”, foregoing the dominant male role.
    The questions raised by the film address topics such as birth, growth and the upbringing of children, all from a uniquely female point of view. The story has a universal appeal, relating to fundamental moments and deep-rooted expectations that accompany the life of every child. This is what makes the film appealing both to believers and non-believers.”
    For a trailer in english have a look on the website of Guido Chiesa, from which I copied also the description of the movie:

  6. Zorah says:

    Thanks to al for the list, so many films I have not yet seen.
    I dont use television at all. Only the PC or Mac to see a film sometimes.
    Whalerider is one of my favories to and did you see the fountain of the women from marocco? Very deep special film for us!!
    Emarald Forest I love, its about the amazon magic.
    Much love and dance from Zorah Leduc

  7. Lotta Fernros says:

    The film “Nell” with Jodie Foster is adorably innocent!

  8. Kathleen Sweeney says:

    I can add 2 movies that missed the list but SHOULD BE on every woman’s Source List:
    An Independant film called “Arise!”, about women all over the world who are doing what they can to heal the Earth & their communities…its powerful and beautiful!

    and a film that came out last year (I think) called “The Keepers”; the best movie I’ve seen to depict the Wiccan/craft, (Independant, of course) its a Mother, Daughter, Crone theme with the daughter struggling to fit in with school chums and still keep the Matriarchal/Goddess Beliefs of her family.

    check them out!
    Blessed Be

  9. johanna says:

    and i would add:

    Dead Man with Johnny Depp from Jim Jarmusch


    The American Quilt with Wyona Rider ; )


  10. linda says:

    Thanks. Always looking for intelligent and inspirational movies. I’m surprised that ‘Calendar Girls’ isn’t on this list. It’s well written, beautifully acted, and based on a true life story.

  11. linda says:

    Shirley Valentine. Lovely awakening of an older woman.

  12. Hilde says:

    Caramel (from Nadine Labaki)

  13. Jennifer says:

    Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”

  14. Darla says:

    Wonderful list! I would add “Shirley Valentine”… Thank you!

  15. Carmela Congdon says:

    One of my favorites is Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, and Dianne Wiest.

  16. Laura says:

    Amelie, Like Water for Chocolate, My life Without Me, The Fall, Life above All, Beasts of the Southern Wild

  17. Nina Hatfield says:

    A Room With a View
    Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips)

  18. Wendy says:

    Thank you for the GREAT list! Many I’ve seen, many I haven’t. I’m looking forward to finding some new favorites from this list!

    I’d like to add Practical Magic. Norma Rae might fit, too. Perhaps Kill Bill? Very violent, but an awakening, finding of true internal power.

    1. Pip says:

      Hello women sisters.
      My all time favourite film is “Harrold & Maud” – one which may not be available now, but possibly as an ‘independant’. A ‘dark’ comedy with a fabulous view of love having no bounds and a celebration of the ‘older woman’ who is ageless, carefree and very very wise!

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