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Favorite Films that Pass the Bechdel Test

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 in Feminism, Gender | 1 comment

If you haven’t heard about The Bechdel Test, I strongly recommend you acquaint yourself with it via this video.  Alison Bechdel, the creator of the inimitable comic “Dykes to Watch Out For” (and fellow Oberlin alum, natch) outlines three basic rules to assess the woman-friendliness of films.  Once you know the rules, it’s horrible to realize how many movies fail the test, and how few good films pass.

The rules are:  1. Are there two or more women in it that have names? 2. Do they talk to each other? 3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?

Shocking in their simplicity, yet hard to find good examples of.

The Rule

My top ten that pass the test are:


The Runaways

An Education

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day


Saving Face

Vicky Christina Barcelona

Girl, Interrupted

Best in Show

Stranger Than Fiction

This actually took a decent amount of time to research.  I used this list in conjunction with my own, tired brain to come up with it.

What’s worse is that only Shortbus is the only of my favorite films pass the test:  Kinsey, C.R.A.Z.Y., Wonder Boys, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Thin Red Line, Lars and the Real Girl and others don’t make the cut.

So what about you?  What are your favorite movies that pass the Bechdel Test?


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  1. Hanna Dorn

    Yay, Alison Bechdel, she’s so amazing. I loved her graphic novel with all the Obie references like womb chairs.

    And Romie and Michelle’s High School Reunion is a masterpiece of modern cinema that at least partially passes the test, though they do do a lot of talking about men.


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