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50 films that ace the Bechdel test

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Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017)

The Bechdel test was created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel and is used to measure female representation in movies based on the following three criteria: the movie has to have at least two (named) women in it, who talk to each other, about something besides a man. That might seem like a low bar, but most films fail this test. Here are 50 movies that pass it.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey may have some issues (both in terms of quality and content), but it passes the Bechdel test with flying colours. Ana talks about her classes with her roommate, about her college graduation with her mother, and about dinner with the kinky millionaire’s mother, who’s spying on her.

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Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)

It’s no surprise that this film, in which all the main characters are women, passes the test. When Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez’s characters talk about men, it’s to figure out how they’re going to get as much money out of them as possible.

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Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007)

This story of a teenager who gets pregnant and has to decide what to do with the baby is a pretext for women to have lots of conversations about motherhood, the responsibilities that come with having a child, and whether or not to pursue their education.

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Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2010)

Is having no male characters the key to passing the Bechdel test? It certainly helped this film based on the twisted relationship between two ballet dancers.

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Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)

Even though the film is roughly two-thirds music, singing, and dancing, Singin’ in the Rain also includes conversations between Jean Hagen and Debbie Reynolds’ characters.

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Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)

A perfect snapshot of the 90s and a masterpiece of feminist satire, Clueless is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma. It’s no surprise then that the women talk to each other about things other than men.

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I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017)

With plenty of scenes in which Tonya talks about skating and training with her mother, along with scenes in which they discuss their difficult relationship, this film passes the test with ease.

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Little Miss Sunshine (Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, 2006)

Throughout the car ride to the beauty pageant, Olive and her mother discuss a myriad of subjects, such as the best flavours of ice cream.

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All About Eve ( (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)

There are many discussions about theatre and the meaning of life between the characters played by Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in this story of a young woman secretly trying to steal the career of an older actress who has taken her under her wing.

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Captain Marvel (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, 2019)

Obviously, the first superhero movie with a woman as the lead character passes the Bechdel test. You’d be surprised, though, how many films should pass the test but don’t. Captain Marvel passes primarily thanks to the best friend of Brie Larson’s character.

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Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)

Sidney, played by Neve Campbell, has several discussions about things other than men, especially with Courtney Cox’s character. The most obvious subject: murder.

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Bend it Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, 2002)

A film directed by a woman of colour, starring another woman of colour, with a plot based on women in sports. Could it get any better for a feminist film? It passes the Bechdel test without even breaking a sweat.

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Brave (Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews, 2012)

Pixar doesn’t have a great track record for leaving space in its movies for female characters. Brave, the studio’s first film with a female lead, is a step in the right direction. Basing the story on a mother-daughter relationship is a surefire way to pass the test.

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Pan’s labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)

Having recently moved in with her mother and new authoritarian stepfather, a young woman discovers a mysterious labyrinth near their family home where she can talk about fairy tales and magic with her mother.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, 2018)

The sequel to Wreck-it Ralph passes the Bechdel test on multiple levels. The most amusing of them is, without a doubt, the discussion between the Disney princesses.

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Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)

Movies produced by Judd Apatow don’t have a reputation for being feminist masterpieces, but this comedy stars a group of women and easily passes the Bechdel test.

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Ghostbusters (Paul Feig, 2016)

The 2016 version of Ghostbusters has many faults, but on the female representation front, it succeeds, showcasing two girlfriends—Abby and Erin.

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Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016)

It would be absurd for a film based on the women who helped make space exploration a reality to have the women talking about nothing but their husbands…

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Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017)

For her first film, director Greta Gerwig went big, passing the Bechdel test in the first scene, in which Lady Bird and her mother discuss her choice of schools.

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The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984)

With Sarah Connor as the lead character, The Terminator already has a leg up on other films in terms of female representation. You can also add passing the Bechdel test when Sarah talks to her roommate about a pet iguana and the answering machine.

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The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, King Vidor, Mervyn LeRoy and Norman Taurog, 1939)

Obviously the Wizard of Oz is the subject of many conversations in this classic, but other subjects are discussed as well, such as witches, one of which has a conversation with Dorothy.

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Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

Cryptic like only David Lynch films can be, Mulholland Drive’s depiction of a lesbian relationship ensures it passes the test. Today, the movie is increasingly viewed as an object of interest for gender studies.

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Mad Max : Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

When the main character hardly says anything, the seven women that accompany him have no choice but to take over.

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The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)

The Hunger Games series passes the Bechdel test in its first scene when Katniss comforts her sister who has just had a nightmare.

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Avengers: Endgame (Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, 2019)

Over time, the Marvel cinematic universe eventually created enough female characters for them to have conversations with one another. Endgame passes the Bechdel test, if just barely.

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Spirited Away

With a young, courageous woman as the main character, Spirited Away passes the test in multiple scenes.

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Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

A second film from Studio Ghibli? But of course! The studio’s movies are full of female characters that play active roles in the story. When you’re trying to pass the Bechdel test, that makes a big difference.

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Ocean’s Eight (Gary Ross, 2018)

Does a film in which eight women rob a museum pass the Bechdel test? You bet it does.

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The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)

Sofia Coppola had never heard of the Bechdel test when it came up in an interview, and yet all her films pass.

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Frozen (Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, 2013)

While other Disney princesses sing about their Prince Charming coming to save them, Elsa has other things on her mind. Free of the genre’s cliches, Elsa has conversations with her sister that enable the film to pass the test with ease.

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Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

Amazons aren’t known to pass the time talking about men—they’re too busy sword fighting, training for combat, and passing the Bechdel test.

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Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)

Rose spends a lot of time talking about marriage with her mother, which doesn’t help the film pass the test. Once the ship starts sinking, though, there are much more important things to talk about.

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The Addams Family (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1991)

Young Wednesday Addams’ love of all things macabre sparks a conversation between her mother and her teacher.

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Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle (Jake Kasdan, 2017)

The reboot of the 1995 classic passes the Bechdel test, but raises a funny question. Do we also count the scenes in which Jack Black plays a teenage girl trapped inside his body?

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Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)

This Tina Fey–penned film is considered by many to be fundamentally feminist. No surprise, then, that it passes the Bechdel test.

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Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)

Let’s face it. It would have been astonishing if, in four hours and with a female lead, that Gone With the Wind didn’t pass the test. Then again, Hollywood is easily capable of such a feat.

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Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)

Screenwriters, take note. A plot in which teenagers conspire to spray one of their friends with pig blood is a good way to pass the Bechdel test.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017)

The Star Wars saga has existed since 1977, but according to some, it took 40 years for it to produce a movie that truly (not just technically) passed the Bechdel test. Better late than never?

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Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)

The mother-daughter relationship between Ripley and Newt ensures that Aliens passes the Bechdel test. Do their conversations about the Xenomorph queen count? The rules aren’t clear on this.

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Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh, 2000)

Erin Brockovich encounters many women with whom she discusses poisoned water. Bingo! It passes the test.

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The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel, 2006)

At the start of the story, Andy, Emily, and Miranda talk more about the Harry Potter books and Paris than men.

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Kill Bill: Vol 2. (Quentin Tarantino, 2004)

To pass the Bechdel test, you have to know the name of two female characters who talk to each other. Viewers have to wait until the middle of the second movie to find out the name of The Bride, but Kill Bill still manages to pass the test.

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Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu, 2018)

When she arrives in Singapore and shortly becomes disoriented, Rachel (played by Constance Wu) can count on her friends to explain how to get around the megalopolis (and pass the Bechdel test).

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The Craft (Andrew Fleming, 1996)

The Craft skillfully reappropriated the concept of witches long before it was trendy in feminist circles. The film’s female characters talk way more often about the occult than about men.

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Chicago (Rob Marshall, 2002)

The two main characters are women, as are many of the supporting cast, which gives them plenty of opportunities to talk about non-male subjects as well as all that jazz.

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The Princess Diaries (Garry Marshall, 2001)

The film that introduced Anne Hathaway to the world (in her first lead role) has its fair share of female characters who have many conversations. The film definitely passes the test. It may even top of the list.

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ken Kwapis, 2005)

The film’s four protagonists not only find a pair of jeans that somehow fits all of them, they also find a world in which women talk about things other than men.

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The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1975)

While the 1975 original is more of a horror film and social satire, the 2004 remake is a comedy. In both cases, the story of women turned into robots that do household chores passes the Bechdel test.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (James Gunn, 2017)

Aware of the lack of women in superhero movies, director James Gunn decided to make a change. The second Guardians of the Galaxy movie passes the test because the director made a conscious choice to make it happen.

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A League Of Their Own (Penny Marshall, 1992)

Sports films, which are always full of men, often have difficulty passing the Bechdel test. A movie about an all-girl baseball team, however, is more likely to score a home run.

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