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

[[3]] Bridesmaids  [3 review(s) available] [68 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [63 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [43 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Star Trek  [4 review(s) available] [43 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Captain America: The Winter Soldier [40 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Lego Movie  [2 review(s) available] [39 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Avengers  [1 review(s) available] [33 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Inception  [1 review(s) available] [32 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Dark Knight Rises [31 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Man of Steel [31 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Black Swan  [1 review(s) available] [29 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Gravity [29 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Iron Man 3  [1 review(s) available] [29 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Pacific Rim [29 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Star Trek Into Darkness  [1 review(s) available] [28 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Hunger Games  [1 review(s) available] [27 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Iron Man 2  [3 review(s) available] [27 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Oblivion [27 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Sucker Punch  [7 review(s) available] [27 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Brave  [1 review(s) available] [26 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Skyfall [25 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Zero Dark Thirty  [1 review(s) available] [25 comment(s) available]
[[1]] X-Men: Days of Future Past [24 comment(s) available]
[[3]] X-Men: First Class [24 comment(s) available]
[[3]] American Hustle [21 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Frozen [21 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [21 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Les Miserables [21 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Oz the Great and Powerful  [2 review(s) available] [21 comment(s) available]
[[3]] World War Z [21 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Captain America: The First Avenger [20 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Inglourious Basterds  [3 review(s) available] [20 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Warm Bodies [20 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Scott Pilgrim vs. the World  [2 review(s) available] [19 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Thor  [2 review(s) available] [19 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Toy Story 3  [1 review(s) available] [19 comment(s) available]
[[2]] The Little Mermaid  [4 review(s) available] [18 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Muppets [18 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Social Network  [3 review(s) available] [18 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Thor: The Dark World [18 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Wolverine [18 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Evil Dead [17 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Host [17 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Salt  [2 review(s) available] [17 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 12 Years a Slave  [1 review(s) available] [16 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Elysium [16 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Last Airbender [16 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Matrix  [1 review(s) available] [16 comment(s) available]
[[2]] The Amazing Spider-Man [15 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Beasts of the Southern Wild [15 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Bling Ring [15 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Bourne Legacy [15 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Dallas Buyers Club  [1 review(s) available] [15 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Prometheus  [1 review(s) available] [15 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi [15 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Alien [14 comment(s) available]
[[3]] How to Train Your Dragon  [2 review(s) available] [14 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Midnight in Paris [14 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Serenity [14 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Wreck-It Ralph [14 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Antichrist [13 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Dark Knight  [4 review(s) available] [13 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Despicable Me 2 [13 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Django Unchained [13 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Fight Club  [1 review(s) available] [13 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Her  [1 review(s) available] [13 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Now You See Me [13 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Tangled  [5 review(s) available] [13 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Up  [1 review(s) available] [13 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 21 Jump Street [12 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Avatar  [8 review(s) available] [12 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Beauty and the Beast  [3 review(s) available] [12 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Big Lebowski [12 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Cabin in the Woods  [1 review(s) available] [12 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [12 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Mulan  [3 review(s) available] [12 comment(s) available]
[[2]] The Princess Bride [12 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Run Lola Run [12 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Seven Psychopaths [12 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Silence of the Lambs [12 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Source Code [12 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Twilight Saga: Eclipse  [3 review(s) available] [12 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Amelie [11 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Drive [11 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  [4 review(s) available] [11 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Godzilla [11 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Kill Bill: Vol. 1  [2 review(s) available] [11 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Super 8 [11 comment(s) available]
[[3]] V for Vendetta  [3 review(s) available] [11 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Veronica Mars [11 comment(s) available]
[[1]] WALL-E  [5 review(s) available] [11 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 2001: A Space Odyssey [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Adjustment Bureau [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Argo [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Bad Teacher [10 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Battle: Los Angeles [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Breakfast Club [10 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Capitalism: A Love Story [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Dark Shadows [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Deus Ex Human Revolution [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Donnie Darko [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Dredd 3D  [1 review(s) available] [10 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Exit Through the Gift Shop [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Fast Five [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Great Gatsby [10 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Immortals [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Jurassic Park  [1 review(s) available] [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Labyrinth [10 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Lion King  [1 review(s) available] [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Sex and the city 2  [3 review(s) available] [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Twilight  [4 review(s) available] [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Wolf of Wall Street [10 comment(s) available]
[[1]] X-Men [10 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Zombieland [10 comment(s) available]
[[1]] (500) Days of Summer [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Clockwork Orange [9 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Artist [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Coraline  [3 review(s) available] [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Counselor [9 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Despicable Me  [1 review(s) available] [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Easy A  [1 review(s) available] [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Fargo [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Fast and Furious 6 [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [9 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Jack the Giant Slayer [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Lincoln [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Only God Forgives  [1 review(s) available] [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Silver Linings Playbook [9 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Star Wars  [2 review(s) available] [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings [9 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Up in the Air [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Winter's Bone [9 comment(s) available]
[[2]] The World's End [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] X-Men Origins: Wolverine [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 17 Again [8 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 21 & Over [8 comment(s) available]
[[0]] All is Lost [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Cloud Atlas [8 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Finding Nemo [8 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Frankenweenie [8 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Futurama: Bender's Big Score [8 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Hercules  [1 review(s) available] [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Hotel Transylvania [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Incredibles  [4 review(s) available] [8 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Iron Man  [2 review(s) available] [8 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Lorax [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Maleficent [8 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Monuments Men  [1 review(s) available] [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Moonrise Kingdom [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] No Strings Attached  [1 review(s) available] [8 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Pulp Fiction [8 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Red [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Sixth Sense [8 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Terminator [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen [8 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The Tree of Life [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 127 Hours [7 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The A-Team [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Airplane! [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Aliens  [2 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Attack the Block [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Blue Is the Warmest Color  [4 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Book of Eli [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Coyote Ugly [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Day of the Doctor [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Devil Wears Prada [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Don Jon  [1 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Fault in Our Stars [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Ferris Bueller's Day Off [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Hauru no ugoku shiro (Howl's Moving Castle) [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] In a World... [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Karate Kid [7 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Kick-Ass  [7 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Killing Them Softly [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Legally Blonde  [1 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Looper  [2 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  [1 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Lost In Translation [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Magic Mike  [2 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] New Moon [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Princess and the Frog  [2 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Rango [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Shaun of the Dead [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Singin' in the Rain [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Stardust  [1 review(s) available] [7 comment(s) available]
[[0]] There Will Be Blood [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Time Traveler's Wife [7 comment(s) available]
[[2]] TiMER [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Transformers [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Transformers: Age of Extinction [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] When Harry Met Sally [7 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 8 femmes [6 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 5347 movies in the database. The five latest additions:

2014-07-31 13:05: [[1]] Wrong Cops (2013)
2014-07-31 00:16: [[2]] Alpha House (2014)
2014-07-31 00:15: [[3]] The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies (2014)
2014-07-31 00:13: [[3]] Aliens in the Attic (2009)
2014-07-31 00:09: [[1]] Blended (2014)

The five latest comments were on:

2014-07-31 23:30: [[2]] The Family (2013)
2014-07-31 17:04: [[3]] Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
2014-07-31 15:44: [[1]] Blended (2014)
2014-07-31 07:30: [[3]] Queen (2014)
2014-07-31 04:05: [[2]] Godzilla (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 5347 movies listed. Some stats and graphs are available. Be sure to check out Ten graphics on the Bechdel test on Reddit for more graphs.

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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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