Top 10 Feminist Movies of all Times

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How often has it happened that you come out of the theatre and realise that the female lead played nothing but a pretty damsel-in-distress who is rescued by the male lead ? Or probably just an eye-candy to a macho young man ? Yes, movies can be a sad place for feminists. But there are few movies which are centred around women, which portrays their struggle and depicts them a strong, invincible characters etched on the cinemas.
Here are the top ten movies which go : Yay Feminism !

10. Amélie (2001) :

Here’s an unapologetically eccentric pixie girl taking charge of her life after she realized how fleeting life can be. The protagonist, Audrey Tautou,is portrayed as a strong, independent woman who is sets out to provide happiness to people around her through quirky acts of kindness. She seeks out for her man instead of her waiting for her Price Charming-on-white-horse to come and get her. Even thought the film ends on the note of romance, Amélie is no love story. The movie also deviates from the conventional portray of sexuality.

Best line from the movie ?
Amélie: “ I am nobody’s little weasel.”

9. Nine to Five (1980) :

9 to 5
Cheers to those three women who got even with their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss. Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton) set out to teach their boss a lesson for being an absolute “pig”In an series of events in which they thought they poisoned him and later kidnapping him to prevent him from stop blackmailing them,they sure proved who the stronger sex was.These three super-women also make use of the perfect opportunity and make essential changes to the work places and proved their worth.

Best line from the movie ?
Violet: I’ll tell you what I’m talking about; I’m no girl, I’m a woman. Do you hear me? I’m not your wife or your mother…

8. Brave (2012):

Gone are the days where the Princess would wait in her chamber for her Prince to come and rescue her. Here we have our very own headstrong Princess Merida who makes things happen and rebels her mom’s training on being a “proper princess”. She would rather ride her horse, follow her dreams of archery, drink from the waterfalls than pursue love and get married. She will not have anyone telling her what to do and loves the air of independence and freedom. Way to go, Princess! You probably made up for that every Disney princess who would just wait for her love to come by.

Best Line from the Movie?
Merida: I am Merida, first born descendant of Clan DunBroch. And I’ll be shooting for my own hand!

7. G.I Jane (1997):


To all those people who think women were not put on earth to be warriors, here’s your answer. Lieutenant O’Neil, played by Demi Moore, was the first woman to be accepted into CRT Special Forces training. It’s the story of a woman who wants to prove that women cannot be looked down upon and treated as delicate darlings. She makes it through the excruciatingly gruelling selection programmes, which sixty percent of candidates cannot fail to. She challenges and resists the patriarchal system and makes sure that people realize that women are equally worthy.The shaved head and the sculpted,muscular body sure seems a deviation from the stereotypical image of women in movies.

Best Line from the movie?
Lt.Jordan O’Neil: “Just treat me the same. No better, no worse”.

6. Frida (2002):

The story revolves around Frida Khalo,a disabled, bisexual artist stepped up as a rebel. It is the biography of this feisty, powerful woman who decides to break the norms of the society and fight it. She overcomes her physical handicaps which was due to a childhood accident and goes ahead to become a world renounced and respected artist. Her unibrow and facial hair were her crucial feminist attributes. Through the movie Frida, a picture of feminist reality has been painted. The struggles, the psychological rollercoasters, the moral conflicts.

Best Line from the movie?
Frida Khalo : “I want you to burn this Judas of a body. I don’t want to be buried. I’ve spent enough time lying down. Burn it.”

5. Erin Brockovich (2000):

And it the feminist icon, Julia Roberts again! The movie, which is based on a true story, is about an unemployed, single mother of three becomes a legal assistant and single-handedly (Yes, exactly like the Bollywood heroes.) brings down the evil power company which has been polluting the city’s water supply. There is a scene in the movie, which is hands down the best, where she serves water to the corporate lawyer from the same well which their corporation contaminated. So once again, the day is saved. Thanks to Erin Brockovich!

Best line from the movie?
Erin Brockovich: “By the way, we had that water brought in especially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley.”

4. The Colour Purple (1985):

This movie becomes the story of Celie Harris and brings into light the hardships faced by African American women. It’s the journey of Celie where she rediscovers her self-worth with the help of two strong women. As a teenager, she is raped by the man who she took as father. She was denied the right of her kids and sold off to a brutal farmer.Yes; this is an excruciatingly painful story of Celie entering the cruel world with bad people waiting to pounce on her. But no, she doesn’t succumb to it. She endures and prevails. The movie beautifully portrays her struggle and realization. She stands up to her husband, leaves him and walks away in search of beginning a new life. Celie’s reunion with her children will make all those I-never-cry-watching-movies peoples heart melt.Yes, it is that heart rending.

Best line from the movie?
Sofia: “All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncle. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain’t safe in a family of men, but I ain’t never thought I’d have to fight in my own house. I love Harpo, god knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead ‘fo I let him beat me !”

3.Thelma and Louise ( 1991 ) :

thelma and louise
If you thought Hangover and Due Date were movies that boasted of great road trips then make way for Thelma and Louise. This feminist classic starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis made them into two icons of strong womenhood.A road trip to get away from the obnoxious men in their live ? Bring it on. But the trip turns ugly when Louise shoots a rapist who was threatening Thelma. And in the next interesting hilarious turn of events gives this road trip its twist. The friendship of these two women is celebrated in the movie as well as the spirit of feminism is transcended in a beautiful way.

Best line from the movie ?
Louise : “You shoot off a guy’s head with his pants down, believe me, Texas ain’t the place you want to get caught.”

2. Moolaadé ( 2004 ) :

A heart wrenching story which deals with the ruthless practice of female genital mutilation which involves a agonizingly painful process of removal of the clitoris and temporary closure of the vagina.A masterpiece,this movie is about a woman shelters a group of young girls who managed to escape this “traditional purification ceremony” and fights against the whole village to protect these girls. She casts a “moolaade” spell on anyone who tries to harm these girls. It is a poignant yet powerful story of struggle and injustice faced by women in Africa. And no it isn’t a story that shows blood-drenched scenes to make your heart melt. It is the will, grit and defiance against this tradition that wins you over.

Best line from the movie ?

“Moolaade, you are in this anthill…”

1.The Queen ( 2006 ):

the queen
A strong depiction of a woman in power, women we all can admire. She maintains her poise and composure yet kicks some butt with her formidable force. She’s everything a woman can be- Influential, dignified and her handbag always matches her shoes. This movie narrates the accident of Princess Diana and the events which follow it. Now that’s a movie which every feminist will admire.

Best line from the movie ?
Queen :”Don’t get ahead of yourself, Prime Minister. Remember, I’m supposed to be the one advising you”.

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1 Comment

  1. Jamey

    April 24, 2014 at 6:07 am

    check out my list
    hysterical in a floral dress, it’s like a collection of feminist cinema. of
    course some of these aren’t on it cause there would have to be some sense of
    outlandish sensitivity. you’ve written a great description though, and I wish
    the films i’ve listed were by more women directors.

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