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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!

Want more? Check out this list of 2019 Bechdel Test movies.

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Martin Scorsese
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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
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