Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

Movie list

[[1]] The Spy Who Loved Me [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] If I Stay [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Get On Up [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Frank [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Quiet Roar [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Queen to Play [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Sin City: A Dame to Kill For [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Virgin Suicides [2 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Following [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The German Doctor [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Most Wanted Man
[[1]] The Raven [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Dark Days [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] When the Game Stands Tall [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Angels' Brigade [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 300 Worte Deutsch
[[1]] Silver Streak [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Expendables 3 [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Kamome Diner [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Family That Preys [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Let's Be Cops [2 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Hector and the Search for Happiness [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Giver [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] L!fe Happens
[[3]] Beautiful Thing
[[3]] C.R.A.Z.Y.
[[1]] The Boxtrolls [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Wrong House [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Damnation Alley
[[1]] Need for Speed [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Hundred-Foot Journey [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Treeless Mountain [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Girls Und Panzer [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Life Of Riley [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Jacob's Ladder
[[3]] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Miracle Worker [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A Trip to Mars
[[0]] The 400 Tricks of the Devil
[[0]] The Enchanted Well
[[3]] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Coal Miner's Daughter [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?
[[3]] Into the Storm [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Jimmy's Hall
[[3]] Keep Your Powder Dry [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Sadako 3D 2 [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Good German [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Planes: Fire & Rescue [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Perfect Score [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Svecenikova djeca
[[3]] Guardians of the Galaxy [26 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Wrong Cops
[[2]] Alpha House [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Aliens in the Attic
[[0]] Blood In, Blood Out
[[2]] Blended [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 22 Jump St
[[2]] Norbit
[[2]] Hercules [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Legend of Billie Jean [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Machinist [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Casi divas [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Wireboy
[[3]] The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Sneakers
[[3]] Blue Ruin [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Gabrielle [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Monster's Ball  [1 review(s) available] [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Lucy [4 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Jersey Boys
[[0]] The Zero Theorem [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Song of the South [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] As High as the Sky [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Hairdresser [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Wicked Blood [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Purge: Anarchy [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Once Upon a Time in Vietnam [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Homefront [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Linguini Incident
[[2]] Boyz n the Hood [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Geography Club [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Joneses [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Devilish Tenant [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Destry Rides Again [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Dead Girls [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Witness [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Sister Mary Explains it All [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] All Cheerleaders Die
[[0]] Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Dead Silence [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Spies Like Us [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Patema Inverted [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Sabotage [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Mine vaganti
[[3]] Tracks [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Master of Disguise
[[2]] Calvary [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Wir sind die Neuen [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] How to Train Your Dragon 2 [3 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Murder at the Baskervilles (Silver Blaze) [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Begin Again [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Good Glue Sticks [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Yip Man: Jung gik yat jin [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Cybergeddon [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Obvious Child [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] White Alligator [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Jersey Girl [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Tammy [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Mission: Impossible III [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Mission: Impossible II [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Beneath [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Hilarious Posters [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Black Imp [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Untamable Whiskers [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Shadow Dancer [2 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Ek Villain [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Transformers: Age of Extinction [7 comment(s) available]
[[1]] What We Do in the Shadows [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The City of Lost Children [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Asian School Girls [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Doragon bôru Z: Atsumare! Gokû Wârudo
[[3]] House II: The Second Story [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Obvious Child [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Grand Seduction
[[3]] Life Inside Out [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Make the Yuletide Gay [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Lonely Hearts [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] I Can't Think Straight
[[3]] So, You've Downloaded a Demon [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Descent [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Stella [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Rising Sun [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Kaze tachinu [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] The Kings of Summer
[[1]] The Change-Up
[[3]] Born on the Fourth of July [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Dear Frankie [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Dorfman in Love [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Ju-on: The Grudge [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Last Stand [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Caddyshack II [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Girl Walks Into a Bar [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Basic [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A coup sur [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Re-Animator [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Friday the 13th: A New Beginning [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Good Vibrations [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Rum Diary
[[3]] American Pie 2 [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Rover [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] House of Tolerance [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Lord of the Flies
[[0]] Un condamne a mort s'est echappe ou Le vent souffle ou il veut
[[0]] Fires Were Started
[[2]] Ragamuffin [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Pink Panther [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Crash [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] After the Sunset [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Battlestar Galactica [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Bad Reputation [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] EdTV [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Scary Movie [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] About Sunny [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Pretty One [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Decoding Annie Parker [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Bag Man [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Pianist [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Die Wand [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Justice Is Mind [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Twelve Thirty [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Skeleton Twins [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Chopper Chicks in Zombietown [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Bikini Carwash Company [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Death Wish [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] The Bourne Ultimatum [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Edge of Tomorrow [5 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Brokedown Palace [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Locke [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Palo Alto [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Immigrant [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Romance & Cigarettes [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Lost in the Stratosphere [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Atlantis Conspiracy [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Body Snatchers [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Best Night Ever [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Cow Belles [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Punk Singer [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Million Ways to Die in the West [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Something, Anything [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Grace of Monaco [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] The Lost World [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Unsinkable Molly Brown [1 comment(s) available]
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About

The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel's comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule. For a nice video introduction to the subject please check out The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies on feministfrequency.com.

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Icons

[Red cross icon] Fewer than two women in this movie
[Mute icon] There are two or more women in this movie, but they don't talk to each other
[Ties icon] There are two or more women in this movie, but they only talk to each other about a man
[Smiley icon] There are two or more women in this movie and they talk to each other about something other than a man*
[Talk bubble icon] There is a comment for this movie
[Article icon] There are links to reviews available for this movie

* Please keep in mind that a movie scoring a [Smiley] does not mean it is at all "good" or feminist friendly, just that it passes all tests.

If there is an exclamation mark over the icon (eg. [OK-disagree]), someone who has left a comment doesn't agree with the rating (and hopefully explains why).

Recent activity

Currently 5402 movies in the database. The five latest additions:

2014-08-31 17:03: [[1]] The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
2014-08-31 07:52: [[3]] If I Stay (2014)
2014-08-29 02:45: [[2]] Get On Up (2014)
2014-08-28 20:33: [[3]] Frank (2014)
2014-08-28 16:46: [[3]] The Quiet Roar (2014)

The five latest comments were on:

2014-09-01 23:18: [[3]] The One I Love (2014)
2014-09-01 16:14: [[3]] Broadcast News (1987)
2014-09-01 10:02: [[1]] Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
2014-09-01 04:04: [[1]] X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
2014-09-01 04:01: [[1]] X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The list

The list you see to the left of this text consists of an icon with the result of the tests (explained below), the title (clicking it will take you to its details page, where you can find the reviews and comments) and finally two optional icons, also explained below. Clicking the icon before the title will take you to the movie's IMDb page.

For the sake of practicality, I've taken the liberty to read the first criterion as only named female characters counting.

There are currently 5402 movies listed. Some stats and graphs are available. Be sure to check out Ten graphics on the Bechdel test on Reddit for more graphs.

You can also view the list sorted by year, sorted by title (default), title, date added (latest first), number of comments, number of reviews or rating.
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Links

About the Bechdel test

DTWOF: The Blog about The Rule

Wikipedia: Bechdel test

The Bechdel Test: What It Is, And Why It Matters

TV Tropes Wiki: Bechdels Rule

A New Rating System for Movies

Articles

The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women

The Female Character Flowchart

Memo to all women: No half for you in Hollywood

Why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test

Remember when I said they teach you not to write screenplays with women as leads?

Cartoons are more than just entertainment

The 'Bechdel Rule,' Defining Pop-Culture Character

Review sites

Feminist Review

Bechdel and Me

No, Kissing in the Rain Is Not Acceptable

Women & Hollywood

pop!goesalicia

A Feminist Critique of Animation

Women's Studies Database ♀ Film Reviews


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