The Bechdel Test shows if a work of fiction has gender discrimination at its core. For a movie to pass this test, the movie has to have at least two women in it, who talk to each other about something besides a man. Not surprisingly, there are few movies pass this test. Here are 7 that do and are worth watching.
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1. Black Swan (2001, Darren Aronofsky)
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their bus.
3. Being John Malkovich (1999, Spike Jonze)
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
4. The Hours (2002, Stephen Daldry)
The story of how the novel “Mrs. Dalloway” affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.
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5. Still Alice (2014, Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland)
A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
6. The Hunger Games (2012, Gary Ross )
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
7. Wild (2014, Jean-Marc Vallée)
A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.
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