Our next powerful woman in history is none other than Elizabeth I, Virgin Queen of England, as played by Cate Blanchett in the Oscar-nominated role that made her famous. This was kind of an old-fashioned historical drama, but with very high stakes, as well as slightly grittier and bloodier than those old epics. It charts the rise of Elizabeth during her early reign in the late 1500's, and has a great cast including Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush, but it's really Blanchett's show all the way. She's always had a bit of a regal sense about her and it was the perfect fit of actress and role. She completely dominates the movie.