TimeOut's 100 Best Feminist Films of All Time

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Let’s hope the seismic waves triggered by #MeToo and #TimesUp result in serious, lasting change—the kind that marks one generation from the next. In the meantime, we're inspired. We're furious. And we want to watch the best feminist movies of all time. From Oscar-winning classics like ‘Norma Rae’ and ‘Thelma & Louise’ to ferocious action movies like ‘Foxy Brown’ and ‘Kill Bill’, we've packed decades of empowerment into our list, along with the landmark accomplishments of women directors, women screenwriters and women documentarians.

A promise: If you watch all of these films—and take your time, because they're all worth savouring—you'll become a better person, more aware of the distance we've come and how far we still have to go.

List published March 2018

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    Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080...

    1975 — a.k.a. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, in 9 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Piano

    1993, in 13 top lists Check
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    Cléo de 5 à 7

    1962 — a.k.a. Cleo from 5 to 7, in 12 top lists Check
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    A Woman Under the Influence

    1974, in 15 top lists Check
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    Daughters of the Dust

    1991, in 4 top lists Check
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    4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile

    2007 — a.k.a. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, in 11 top lists Check
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    2015, in 17 top lists Check
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    Thelma & Louise

    1991, in 11 top lists Check
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    Desperately Seeking Susan

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tagebuch einer Verlorenen

    1929 — a.k.a. Diary of a Lost Girl, in 7 top lists Check
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    Orlando

    1992, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
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    Rosetta

    1999, in 9 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 27 top lists Check
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    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check
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    Foxy Brown

    1974, in 3 top lists Check
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    Female Trouble

    1974, in 5 top lists Check
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    L'une chante, l'autre pas

    1977 — a.k.a. One Sings, the Other Doesn't, in 1 top list Check
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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    Born in Flames

    1983, in 3 top lists Check
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    Erin Brockovich

    2000, in 6 top lists Check
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    Meshes of the Afternoon

    1943, in 9 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    My Brilliant Career

    1979, in 6 top lists Check
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    Dayereh

    2000 — a.k.a. The Circle, in 6 top lists Check
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    Bound

    1996, in 4 top lists Check
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    Working Girl

    1988, in 7 top lists Check
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    2003, in 15 top lists Check
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    2004, in 8 top lists Check
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    Todo sobre mi madre

    1999 — a.k.a. All About My Mother, in 15 top lists Check
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    2012, in 5 top lists Check
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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    1974, in 3 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 23 top lists Check
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    Nine to Five

    1980 — a.k.a. 9 to 5, in 2 top lists Check
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    Norma Rae

    1979, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Hunger Games

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Women

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Kids Are All Right

    2010, in 4 top lists Check
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    Sedmikrásky

    1966 — a.k.a. Daisies, in 15 top lists Check
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    Carrie

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Clueless

    1995, in 4 top lists Check
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    Winter's Bone

    2010, in 3 top lists Check
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    Bend It Like Beckham

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Gravity

    2013, in 9 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Babadook

    2014, in 3 top lists Check
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    Fucking Åmål

    1998 — a.k.a. Show Me Love, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mononoke-hime

    1997 — a.k.a. Princess Mononoke, in 17 top lists Check
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