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Dear Amy,

I'm interested in feminist movies/ Could you recommend some representative movies, reviews and feminist movie directors? Also any feminist book recommendations would be appreciated.



What qualifies a movie as feminist is certainly about personal preference -- and certainly debatable. Personally, I can think of the following:

  • The Goodbye Girl
  • A Question of Silence
  • Fight Club
  • Charlie's Angels
  • The Color Purple
  • Girl Fight
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Thelma and Louise

So many more I'm sure...... The qualities of a feminist film are accurate representation of women and their roles and responsibilities; also who is behind the movie -- are women the creators as much as those represented?; Do these roles fight stereotypes or perpetuate them? Also, it's as important to use movies to break male stereotypes as it is to break female stereotypes -- like how Fight Club fights against the expectations of men and masculinity.

For more on feminism and film -- try the book Reel Women, the organization, Women Make Movies and NY Women in Film and Television--these will lead you to feminist directors.

Good luck.

-- Amy


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