The Implications of Gender in Modern American Life

How have the changes in gender roles impacted American life? What does it mean to “act like a woman” in
America today? What does it mean to say that a man “acts like a woman”? What does it mean to say that a
woman “acts like a man”? Do men and women have equal access to forms of power? Is sexual power “real”
power? How does youth culture (film stars, websites, musicians, etc.) shape or change our ideas about gender
roles? Is equality between the genders possible—or even desirable? How do gender roles differ among
Americans from different racial, religious, cultural or other backgrounds? Is there even a common definition
of a ideal woman or ideal man in our current society? How does the lack of a definition have a positive or a
negative impact on society?
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1.
Adam's Rib (1949)
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. (101 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
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A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
3.
All About Eve (1950)
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
 
4.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
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Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
5.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
 
6.
Clueless (1995)
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A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. (97 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
7.
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
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A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win. (97 mins.)
 
8.
The Graduate (1967)
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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
9.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
10.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
11.
Now, Voyager (1942)
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A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
12.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
13.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
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When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor. (105 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
14.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
15.
The Stepford Wives (1975)
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Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents. (115 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
16.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
17.
Transamerica (2005)
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A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. (103 mins.)
Director: Duncan Tucker
 
18.
Tootsie (1982)
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Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
19.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
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An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird. (130 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
20.
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
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A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman. (124 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
21.
Woman of the Year (1942)
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Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle. (114 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
22.
Working Girl (1988)
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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job. (113 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
23.
Miss Representation (2011 Documentary)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. (85 mins.)
 
24.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
25.
Good Hair (2009 Documentary)
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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stilson
 
26.
Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team (2007 TV Movie)
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Documentary chronicling the rise of U.S. women's soccer. Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and other players of note are profiled. (77 mins.)
 
27.
The Heart of the Game (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play. (97 mins.)
Director: Ward Serrill
 
28.
License to Thrive: Title IX at 35 (2008 Documentary)
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"License to Thrive: Title IX at 35" is a documentary exploring the history of Title IX legislation and... (48 mins.)
Director: Theresa Moore
 
29.
Band of Sisters (2012 Documentary)
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Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960s... (88 mins.)
Director: Mary Fishman
 
30.
Eight Minutes to Midnight: A Portrait of Dr. Helen Caldicott (1981 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Mary Benjamin