film 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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Kill Bill Volume 1 Quentin Tarantino

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Goodfellas Martin Scorsese

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The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Star Trek J.J. Abrams

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The Incredibles Brad Bird

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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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Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
Schindler's List Steven Spielberg

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LuckyCambon added Panic Room David Fincher

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

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
The Matrix Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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It's a Wonderful Life Frank Capra

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test
The Terminator James Cameron

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Little Miss Sunshine Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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LuckyCambon added Driving Miss Daisy Bruce Beresford

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Amadeus Miloš Forman

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 24 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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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 26 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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LuckyCambon added The Help Tate Taylor

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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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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

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LuckyCambon added Poltergeist Tobe Hooper

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Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller

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Almost Famous Cameron Crowe

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Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich

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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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A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick

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V for Vendetta James McTeigue

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Inception Christopher Nolan

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LuckyCambon added Speed Jan de Bont

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

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 46 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 Thelma & Louise Ridley Scott

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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