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

[[0]] '71 [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The 'Burbs [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 'Merci la vie'
[[3]] 'night, Mother
[[3]] 'Tamara Drewe' [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Á annan veg
[[1]] "Chess in Concert" [3 comment(s) available]
[[1]] (500) Days of Summer [9 comment(s) available]
[[3]] +1 [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] ...And God Created Woman [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 10 Things I Hate About You [4 comment(s) available]
[[1]] The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 101 Dalmatians [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 11 Flowers [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 12 Angry Men [4 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 12 Men of Christmas
[[3]] 12 Years a Slave  [1 review(s) available] [15 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 127 Hours [7 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 13 Assassins [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 13 Going on 30 [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The 13th Warrior [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 1408 [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 16 Wishes [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 17 Again [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 17 Girls
[[3]] 17 Miracles [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 1776 [3 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 18 comidas
[[3]] 2 Days in New York [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 2 Days in Paris [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 2 Fast 2 Furious [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 2 Guns [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 20 centimetros [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 20 Feet from Stardom [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 20000 Leagues Under the Sea [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 2001: A Space Odyssey [10 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 2010 [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 2012 [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 2046 [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 21 [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 21 & Over [8 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 21 grams
[[2]] 21 Jump Street [12 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 24 Hour Party People [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 25th Hour [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 27 Dresses  [1 review(s) available] [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 28 Days [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 28 Days Later... [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 28 Weeks Later [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 2LDK [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 3 Days to Kill [4 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 3 Idiots
[[3]] 3 Women [3 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 3-Iron [2 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 30 Days of Night [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 30 Minutes or Less [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 300 [4 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 300: Rise of an Empire [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 35 Shots of Rum [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The 36 Crazy Fists [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The 39 Steps [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 3:10 to Yuma [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 4.3.2.1
[[2]] The 40 Year Old Virgin [2 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The 400 Blows [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 42 [4 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 42nd Street [2 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 44 Inch Chest
[[2]] 47 Ronin [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 48 Hrs. [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 49th Parallel [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The 4th Floor [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 5 Centimeters Per Second [2 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 50 First Dates [3 comment(s) available]
[[2]] 50/50 [4 comment(s) available]
[[0]] The 51st State [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 54 [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 55 Days at Peking
[[3]] 6ixtynin9
[[3]] The 6th Day [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] 8 femmes [6 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 8 Mile
[[3]] 84 Charing Cross Road [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 88 Minutes
[[1]] 8MM [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] 9 [3 comment(s) available]
[[1]] 99 francs [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Bag of Hammers [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Beautiful Mind [3 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Big Hand for the Little Lady [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng) [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A bout de souffle [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Bridge Too Far
[[2]] A Bucket of Blood [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Bug's Life
[[3]] A Chorus Line [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Christmas Carol: The Musical
[[1]] A Christmas Story [2 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A Chump at Oxford [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Cinderella Story  [1 review(s) available] [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Clockwork Orange [9 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A coup sur [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Crime [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Dangerous Method [2 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Day at the Races [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Dirty Shame
[[1]] A Face in the Crowd [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Few Days in September
[[1]] A Few Good Men [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A Field in England [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Fish Called Wanda [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Florida Enchantment [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A fost sau n-a fost?
[[0]] A Girl in Every Port [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Good Baby [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Good Day to Die Hard [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Good Woman [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Goofy Movie [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Halloween Puppy [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Happy Event
[[0]] A Hard Day's Night [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Haunting at Silver Falls [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Home at the End of The World [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Knight's Tale
[[3]] A Late Quartet [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A League of Their Own [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Letter to Three Wives [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Little Bit of Heaven [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Little Help [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Little Night Music [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Little Night Music [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A little princess [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Lonely Place to Die [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Long Way Down [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Love Song for Bobby Long [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A Man for All Seasons [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Marine Story [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Midsummer Night's Dream [2 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Million Ways to Die in the West [2 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Night At The Opera [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A nightmare on Elm Street [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Passage to India [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Perfect Getaway [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Prairie Home Companion [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Private Function [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Prophet (Un Prophete) [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Raisin in the Sun [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A Romance of the Redwoods [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Room with a View [3 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Scanner Darkly [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Separation [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Serious Man [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Simple Life [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Simple Wish [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Single Man [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A Soldier's Story [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Special Day
[[1]] A Star Is Born [1 comment(s) available]
[[0]] A Star Is Born [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Streetcar Named Desire
[[3]] A Study in Terror [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Tale of Springtime [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Tale of Two Cities [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Tale of Two Sisters [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Talking Cat!?! [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Taste of Honey [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] A Thousand Words
[[2]] A Touch of Class
[[1]] A Town Called Panic
[[0]] A Turn of the Century Illusionist [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas  [1 review(s) available] [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Very Long Engagement [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Walk to Remember [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] A Woman Called Moses
[[0]] The A-Team [7 comment(s) available]
[[1]] A.P.E.X. [1 comment(s) available]
[[1]] ABBA: The Movie
[[3]] Abel
[[2]] Abel Gance's Napoleon
[[3]] About Cherry [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] About Elly
[[1]] About Schmidt
[[3]] About Sunny [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] About Time [6 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [2 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Absentia [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Abyss [3 comment(s) available]
[[3]] According to Greta [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] The Accused [3 comment(s) available]
[[1]] Ace In The Hole
[[2]] Ace Ventura: Pet Detective [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Across the Universe [2 comment(s) available]
[[0]] Act of Valor [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Act of Violence
[[1]] Action Jackson [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Actrius [1 comment(s) available]
[[2]] Adam [1 comment(s) available]
[[3]] Adam & Steve [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 5331 movies in the database. The five latest additions:

2014-07-23 16:00: [[3]] Lucy (2014)
2014-07-23 13:39: [[2]] Jersey Boys (2014)
2014-07-23 11:57: [[0]] The Zero Theorem (2013)
2014-07-22 21:06: [[2]] Song of the South (1946)
2014-07-22 03:31: [[3]] As High as the Sky (2012)

The five latest comments were on:

2014-07-24 01:55: [[2]] Monster's Ball (2001)
2014-07-24 00:00: [[3]] Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
2014-07-23 18:28: [[3]] Man of Steel (2013)
2014-07-23 16:00: [[3]] Lucy (2014)
2014-07-23 13:35: [[1]] The Help (2011)

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 5331 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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