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The Best Feminist Movies

Updated April 15, 2020 7.6k votes 717 voters 74.8k views62 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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    Thelma & Louise
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    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Alita: Battle Angel
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Fried Green Tomatoes
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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Erin Brockovich
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    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    The Color Purple
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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    9 to 5
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    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton

    Released1980

    Directed byColin Higgins

    9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Hard Candy
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    Hard Candy

    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Slade

    Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the a 14-year-old female vigilante.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    All About My Mother
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    All About My Mother

    Penélope Cruz, Fernando Fernan Gomez

    Released1999

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

    All About My Mother is a 1999 Spanish comedy-drama film written and directed by Pedro... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Mulan
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    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Little Women
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    Little Women

    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale

    Released1994

    Directed byGillian Armstrong

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  • 11
    Bad Girls
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    Bad Girls

    Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell

    Released1994

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

    Bad Girls is a 1994 western film starring Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Elizabeth
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    Elizabeth

    Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig

    Released1998

    Directed byShekhar Kapur

    Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Something to Talk About
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    Something to Talk About

    Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall

    Released1995

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Something to Talk About is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lasse... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    An Unmarried Woman
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    An Unmarried Woman

    Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates

    Released1978

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    An Unmarried Woman is a 1978 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Mazursky,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    The Portrait of a Lady
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    The Portrait of a Lady

    Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale

    Released1996

    Directed byJane Campion

    The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Frida
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    Frida

    Salma Hayek, Edward Norton

    Released2002

    Directed byJulie Taymor

    Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
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    The Kill Bill Saga consists of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 in which Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman)... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    An Angel at My Table
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    An Angel at My Table

    Kerry Fox, Kevin J. Wilson

    Released1990

    Directed byJane Campion

    An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British film directed by Jane Campion.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
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    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

    Uma Thurman, Heather Graham

    Released1994

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1993 American comedy-drama-romance film based on Tom Robbins'... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    Bandidas
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    Bandidas

    Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz

    Released2006

    Directed byJoachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

    Bandidas is a 2006 French/Mexican/American Western action comedy starring Salma Hayek and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    The Hours
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    The Hours

    Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep

    Released2002

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Mad Max: Fury Road
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 23
    Ruby in Paradise
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    Ruby in Paradise

    Ashley Judd, Todd Field

    Released1993

    Directed byVictor Nuñez

    Ruby in Paradise is a 1993 film written, directed, and edited by Victor Nuñez, and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Piano
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    The Piano

    Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter

    Released1993

    Directed byJane Campion

    The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    I Shot Andy Warhol
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    I Shot Andy Warhol

    Justin Theroux, Jill Hennessy

    Released1996

    Directed byMary Harron

    I Shot Andy Warhol is a 1996 independent film about the life of Valerie Solanas and her... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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