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Updated April 15, 2020 6.4k votes 712 voters 74.5k views 62 items

A list of the best feminist movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about feminism are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous feminist movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a woman or just a fan of the feminist movement.


This list answers the questions, "What are the best feminist movies?" and contains items like Gang of Roses and 9 to 5.


Various bits of information are included with these popular feminist movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good feminist movies to enjoy.

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Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who embark on a road ...more

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Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more

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#277 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #60 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #158 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia ...more

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Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1985

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as ...more

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#165 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #170 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #4 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Feminist Movies
mercedesakira.spunkel added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more

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Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Colin Higgins

9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, and starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film ...more

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#248 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #107 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #375 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, ...more

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#358 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #274 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Tom Islava added Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd

Released: 2002

Directed by: Julie Taymor

Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated ...more

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#129 of 212 The Best Drug Movies of All Time #1 of 54 The Best Biopics About Womenlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

Released: 2002

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on ...more

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Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jane Campion

The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New Zealand, ...more

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Kill Bill Saga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feminist Movies
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Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

The Kill Bill Saga consists of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 in which Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) seeks revenge against Bill (David Carradine), her former lover and the leader of a group known as the ...more

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zoe-krainik added Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more

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Cliff Curtis, Keisha Castle-Hughes, John Sumner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Niki Caro

Whale Rider is a 2002 New Zealand-German drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera. The film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a ...more

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#921 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #568 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #219 of 321 The Best Movies for Kids

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Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Jim Caviezel

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ridley Scott

G.I. Jane is a 1997 American action film directed by Ridley Scott, produced by Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and Caravan Pictures, distributed by Hollywood Pictures and starring ...more

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Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy, Vivian Wu

Released: 1993

Directed by: Wayne Wang

The Joy Luck Club is a 1993 American film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers. Directed by Wayne Wang, the film is based on the eponymous 1989 novel ...more

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Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2006

Directed by: Andy Fickman

She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Fickman, inspired by William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night. The film stars Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, ...more

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#502 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #15 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #1,019 of 1,209 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving

Released: 1983

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

Yentl is a 1983 romantic musical drama film from United Artists, and directed, co-written, co-produced, and starring Barbra Streisand based on the play of the same name by Leah Napolin and Isaac ...more

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#254 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #522 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen ...more

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Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, Natasha Richardson

Released: 1990

Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff

The Handmaid's Tale is a 1990 film adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, directed by Volker Schlöndorff the film stars Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, ...more

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#129 of 161 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies #371 of 573 The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time #21 of 81 The Best Faye Dunaway Movies

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Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

Released: 1975

Directed by: Bryan Forbes

The Stepford Wives is a 1975 science fiction–thriller film based on the 1972 Ira Levin novel of the same name. It was directed by Bryan Forbes with a screenplay by William Goldman, and stars ...more

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TaraHubbuck added Carey Mulligan, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sarah Gavrona

Suffragette is a 2015 British drama film directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film centers on early members of the British women's suffrage movement of the late 19th and early ...more
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Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 1996

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Set It Off is a 1996 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly ...more

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#5 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #971 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #214 of 347 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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micktravis added I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

Released: 1978

Directed by: Meir Zarchi

Day of the Woman is a controversial 1978 cult classic rape and revenge film. The film received a limited release, with a wider release in 1980. Prominent film critics condemned the film for its ...more

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