15 Music Documentaries About Strong Women


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While they’re always good for a dose of escapism and entertainment, movies are never short on inspiration — especially when it comes to documentaries. After all, these types of movies tend to humanize celebrities we’ve been fans of as they peel back the onion of who they are, how they cope with fame, what made them who they are, etc. 

Last year, for example, Janet Jackson finally gave longtime fans an intimate glimpse of her life that they had never seen before. Her self-titled documentary, Janet Jackson, premiered on Lifetime and A&E on the same day as the 40th anniversary of the pop icon’s self-titled album. But, before you press play on Jackson’s story, why not take a glimpse at some of the women who followed in her trailblazing footsteps and even walked alongside her?  If you’re coming up short, we think these music documentaries about strong women are the perfect way to go — here’s why. 

While this genre has traditionally been dominated by male artists, since 2019 we’ve seen the it’s-about-darn-time expansion of the category to include female heavyweights and we can assure you they are all must-sees.

Tina Turner’s 2021 documentary Tina, for example, which shows the late singer’s tough life and her journey to happiness before her passing is an absolutely must-watch, especially now in order to honor her. From Pink to The Go Go’s to Billie Eilish to Dolly Parton and more, these trailblazers are not only sharing their stories but telling their stories, and the results are powerful and fascinating. Check out the full list below. 

A version of this article was published in July 2021.



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