Feminist Or Female Friendly Movies

by nzswanny | created - 6 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public

These are movies either directed toward every gender, male or female, or ones that stand up for female rights such as having strong female characters.

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1. Jackie Brown (1997)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 280,185 | Gross: $39.67M

This may not be the most feminist movie because of it’s depiction of a cardboard cutout of a character as a “slut,” but Pam Grier performs in a role that outdoes the sexism and creates a wave of feminism in her strong willed attitude toward life.

2. Passion Fish (1992)

R | 135 min | Drama

After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Lenore Banks

Votes: 4,657 | Gross: $5.41M

This movie is female friendly because of the main characters both being females and not being stereotypes.

3. 'night, Mother (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

What would you do if someone you loved sat down with you one night and calmly told you that they were going to end their life before morning? This is Thelma Cates' dilemma. Her daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Moore | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke, Carol Robbins

Votes: 1,956 | Gross: $0.44M

Same as above.

4. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 13,825

Includes a strong female character who is powerful and an equal to men.

5. Limbo (1999)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Michael Laskin

Votes: 5,536 | Gross: $2.00M

John Sayles directs a lot of female friendly movies such as Passion Fish just like George Cumof does, almost.

6. The Women (1939)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland

Votes: 11,457 | Gross: $2.27M

Feminist George Cukor movie with an all-female cast and strong willed female characters.

7. The Gang of Four (1989)

160 min | Drama, Mystery

A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Benoît Régent, Fejria Deliba, Laurence Côte

Votes: 823

A female dominatsd movie, directed by the female friendly Jacques Rivette.

8. Hold Your Man (1933)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

A woman is sent to a reformatory when her con artist lover flees after killing a man during a botched blackmail scheme.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin, Dorothy Burgess

Votes: 1,189

Includes an incredibly feminist performance by Jean Harlow and an attractive Clark Gable as the main characters.

9. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 57,107 | Gross: $4.04M

Includes a driven female character who’s peaceful, quiet and intellectual, the opposite of the female stereotype.

10. The Apartment (1960)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Votes: 143,110 | Gross: $18.60M

Has social commentary that still holds up today about wonen’s rights in the workplace.

11. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 48,434 | Gross: $0.30M

Has an incredibly feminist character driven by her own wit and charm acted by Rosalind Russell.

12. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 474,892 | Gross: $1.02M

Ingrid Bergman plays a mildy indepedent, intellectual woman.

13. Anne of the Indies (1951)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Debra Paget, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 1,049

Includes an overpowering, feminist performance of a female pirate!

14. Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 6,852

Features a middle class woman who refuses a rich man’s advances toward her!

15. Outrage (1950)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman who has just become engaged has her life completely shattered when she is raped while on her way home from work.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Mala Powers, Tod Andrews, Robert Clarke, Raymond Bond

Votes: 851

Has social commentary about sexual assault and how it damages the lives of women.

16. Autumn Sonata (1978)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Music

A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Votes: 20,956

Female dominated movie.

17. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 130,704

Features Faye Dunaway as an independent, intellectual and strong willed woman who is focused on her career.

18. Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 4,304

Includes Joan Crawford as an intellectual woman who has to find a way to stop her love’s plan of killing her!

19. Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

Votes: 55,683 | Gross: $91.14M

A female dominated movie about female relationships and the struggle of family.

20. In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan

Votes: 3,628

Bette Davis plays her usual strong willed female driven to commit herself to any cost.

21. Imitation of Life (1934)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks

Votes: 3,584

Includes a female led cast as well as a brilliant, pioneering black actress!

22. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Passed | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 20,210

Includes a feminist, over-powering performance by, again, Joan Crawford the queen!

23. Moonlight and Valentino (1995)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young widow still grieving over the death of her husband finds herself being comforted by a local housepainter.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Elizabeth Perkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 3,270 | Gross: $2.49M

A female dominated movie.



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