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The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

Updated April 15, 2020 9.3k votes 657 voters 15.7k views116 items

List RulesFilms 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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    Network
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    Network

    Sidney Lumet

    ActorsRobert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Ned Beatty, Lance Henriksen

    Released1976

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    Alien
    128
    97

    Alien

    Ridley Scott

    ActorsSigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton

    Released1979

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    Alita: Battle Angel
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Robert Rodriguez

    ActorsRosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein

    Released2019

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    Interstellar
    54
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    Interstellar

    Christopher Nolan

    ActorsAnne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine

    Released2014

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  • 5
    The Wedding Ringer
    35
    28

    The Wedding Ringer

    Jeremy Garelick

    ActorsKaley Cuoco, Kevin Hart, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Olivia Thirlby

    Released2015

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    The Terminator
    83
    50

    The Terminator

    James Cameron

    ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Biehn

    Released1984

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    9 to 5
    60
    34

    9 to 5

    Colin Higgins

    ActorsJane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden

    Released1980

    9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Shazam!
    64
    42

    Shazam!

    David F. Sandberg

    ActorsZachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton

    Released2019

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    Beauty and the Beast
    49
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    ActorsAngela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers

    Released1991

    Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Boys on the Side
    39
    17

    Boys on the Side

    Herbert Ross

    ActorsDrew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Niecy Nash

    Released1995

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    Some Like It Hot
    44
    23

    Some Like It Hot

    Billy Wilder

    ActorsMarilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Grace Lee Whitney, George Raft

    Released1959

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    Halloween
    56
    37

    Halloween

    John Carpenter

    ActorsJamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence, Sandy Johnson, Charles Cyphers

    Released1978

    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Singin' in the Rain
    66
    48

    Singin' in the Rain

    Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor

    Released1952

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    Obvious Child
    38
    18

    Obvious Child

    Gillian Robespierre

    ActorsJenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman

    Released2014

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  • 15
    All About Eve
    51
    32

    All About Eve

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz

    ActorsMarilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter

    Released1950

    All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 16
    A League of Their Own
    88
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    A League of Their Own

    Penny Marshall

    ActorsMadonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Geena Davis, Téa Leoni

    Released1992

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    17 Again
    44
    26

    17 Again

    Burr Steers

    ActorsZac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry, Kat Graham, Leslie Mann

    Released2009

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    Gone with the Wind
    58
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    Gone with the Wind

    Sam Wood, George Cukor

    ActorsClark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, George Reeves

    Released1939

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  • 19
    Kill Bill Volume 1
    96
    114

    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Quentin Tarantino

    ActorsUma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox

    Released2003

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    The Sixth Sense
    54
    36

    The Sixth Sense

    M. Night Shyamalan

    ActorsBruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, M. Night Shyamalan

    Released1999

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    Ghost World
    68
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    Ghost World

    Terry Zwigoff

    ActorsScarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr, David Cross, Thora Birch

    Released2001

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  • 22
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ActorsJohnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush

    Released2003

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    The Help
    47
    31

    The Help

    Tate Taylor

    ActorsEmma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek

    Released2011

    The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    The Silence of the Lambs
    112
    104

    ActorsJodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman

    Released1991

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    Mad Max: Fury Road
    40
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    George Miller

    ActorsTom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

    Released2015

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