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The Best Feminist Movies  

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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
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
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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Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart
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
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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Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin
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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Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes
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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Feminist Movies
mercedesakira.spunkel added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
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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Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen
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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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
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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Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore
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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#210 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #149 of 231 The Best Movies for Womenlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel
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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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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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
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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#1,520 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #229 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #545 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Jim Caviezel
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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Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas
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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Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy, Vivian Wu
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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Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross
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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Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern
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
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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Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving
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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#156 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #270 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith
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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#22 of 719 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #1,562 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #178 of 319 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Penélope Cruz, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Antonia San Juan
All About My Mother is a 1999 Spanish comedy-drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, transsexualism, faith, and ...more

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#46 of 134 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History #26 of 102 The 100+ Best Movies Streaming On The Criterion Channellisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Demi Moore, Cher, Jada Pinkett Smith
If These Walls Could Talk is a 1996 made-for-cable film, broadcast on HBO. It follows the plights of three different women and their experiences with abortion. Each of the three stories takes ...more

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