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Top 10 Feminist Movies Everyone Should Watch

Educating people about equal rights, pointing out gender norms whenever they are in play, and representing womankind on the regular would have never been the same without the values taught in these movies.

1

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. At the age of 14 she was impregnated by her father, this movie follows her hardships in the next 30 years.

2

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

A jobless single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost independently metes out justice to a Californian energy corporation accused of contaminating a city's water supply network.

3

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

In an apocalyptic world, a tyrant rules over a stark desert, controlling every drop of water. Two rebels, one escaping grief and the other reaching out to her childhood, are the last hope for a few.

4

9 to 5

9 to 5

Office satire about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves. The trio, one of whom has been passed over for promotion because she is a woman, spend a night together having drug-induced fantasies of killing the slave-driving chauvinist. One of them panics the following day when she suspects she really has poisoned the tyrant.

5

Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise

Docile housewife Thelma accompanies her pal Louise, an independent waitress, on a brief fishing trip. However, Louise kills a man who endeavours to rape Thelma at a bar. The two flee to Mexico.

6

Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile

At an all-women's private school in the 1950s, a non-conformist teacher encourages students to pursue their dreams and question the roles women are expected to play in society.

7

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You

High school boy Cameron can't date Bianca until her anti-social older sister Kat has a boyfriend. So he pays a mysterious bad-boy to charm Kat in this romantic comedy.

8

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

Elle's boyfriend dumps her in favour of a smarter girl as he plans a career in politics. As revenge, she gets enrolled in the same law school and, against popular perceptions, goes on to win laurels.

9

Whale Rider

Whale Rider

This story about a girl who lives in a male-dominated Maori tribe in New Zealand and who is determined to claim her birthright and win the heart of her ultra-conservative grandfather is absolutely stunning. I, for one, can’t watch this movie without sobbing hysterically, so bring the tissues with you, whether it’s your first time watching the film or your 15th.

10

Clueless

Clueless

If you're unfamiliar with Clueless, this movie might seem to be about vapid girls who only care about the boys they date and the clothes that they wear, but there is way more going on in this film than that, including a number of important realizations the heroine comes to about being herself and embracing more than just her fashion sense.