feminism The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test  

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List Rules Films must pass all three criteria of the Bechdel Test: 1) Contains two female characters with names 2) who talk to each other 3) about something other than a man.

Few movie cliches are more common than the female best friend. What's she like? What are her interests and life goals? Who knows? Who cares! Many times female characters in film aren't given especially interesting parts, and then, if by chance they happen to meet another woman in the script, they usually gab about boys. Ladies, right?!!? But, there are over 5,000 films that pass the Bechdel Test, meaning the film has at least two named female characters, who talk to each other, about something other than a man. Doesn't that sound fun?

Which films pass the Bechdel Test? You might be surprised that dude-tastic films like Die Hard, The Godfather Part II, and even The Terminator make the cut. Of course, there are other female and women-focused films that pass the Bechdel Test as well. Classics like A League of Their Own and newer films like Obvious Child and Wild are examples. Even some of the greatest films of all time like Gone with the Wind, Rear Window, and The Wizard of Oz, feature female roles and meet the Bechdel criteria. Even animated films like Frozen and Toy Story 3 pass the Bechdel Test! Thanks, Disney!

The origin of the test is credited to cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who had a character voice the idea in her comic strip called Dykes to Watch Out For. Bechdel has also attributed the idea for the test to her friend, Liz Wallace. Swedish cinema even incorporates the test into some of their ratings.

Does your favorite film pass the Bechdel Test? Vote for the best Bechdel Test-passing films below and if the movies you love aren't listed here, check the full Bechdel Test database and if they meet all three criteria, add them below!
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Alien Ridley Scott

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The Wizard of Oz Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Goodfellas Martin Scorsese

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Kill Bill Volume 1 Quentin Tarantino

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The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan

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The Incredibles Brad Bird

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Star Trek J.J. Abrams

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

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Gone with the Wind Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Fargo Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola

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A League of Their Own Penny Marshall - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Schindler's List Steven Spielberg

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Little Miss Sunshine Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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LuckyCambon added Panic Room David Fincher

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan

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It's a Wonderful Life Frank Capra

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
The Matrix Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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LuckyCambon added Driving Miss Daisy Bruce Beresford

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
The Terminator James Cameron

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Amadeus Miloš Forman

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LuckyCambon added The Help Tate Taylor

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Frozen Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

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Singin' in the Rain Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

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Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller

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American Beauty Sam Mendes

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LuckyCambon added Death Becomes Her Robert Zemeckis

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LuckyCambon added Mildred Pierce Michael Curtiz

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LuckyCambon added Poltergeist Tobe Hooper

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Almost Famous Cameron Crowe

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Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
LuckyCambon added Ghost Jerry Zucker - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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LuckyCambon added Underworld Len Wiseman - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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V for Vendetta James McTeigue

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LuckyCambon added Thelma & Louise Ridley Scott

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Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn

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The Apartment Billy Wilder

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LuckyCambon added Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
LuckyCambon added Carrie Brian De Palma - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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LuckyCambon added Speed Jan de Bont

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Inception Christopher Nolan

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A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick

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LuckyCambon added Fast & Furious Justin Lin

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The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson

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Interstellar Christopher Nolan