Top 10 Favorite Feminist and Pro-Feminist Films

Films which depict women's organizing, women's empowerment, feminist challenges to patriarchal violence and power, feminist visions, and male allies (pro-feminists) working to support feminists and feminism.
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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
This film is made up of three segments that share no plot but have a general thematic relationship. In the first segment... (104 mins.)
“ Based on short stories by the pacifist-feminist activist Grace Paley - and beautifully converted to film. A wonder. ” - samdiener
Moolaadé (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart. (124 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
“ A wrenching story of a few girls who seek the protection of a woman and a few women and male allies in a Senegalese village to avoid undergoing the torture of the traditional genital mutilation. ” - samdiener
The Accused (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
“ Focuses on the growing cross-class solidarity between the woman who is a prosecutor and the woman who is a rape survivor - and makes the powerful implicit point that all of us who are men are witnesses to male violence and are at a minimum complicit in men's violence against women, and therefore have a responsibility to stop it. ” - samdiener
Women, War & Peace (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The War We Are Living (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women fight to hold onto their gold-rich land and defy paramilitary death threats in the remote mountains of Colombia.
“ Afro-Colombian women organize to protect their land from absentee gold mining landlords, and their outspoken activism and nonviolent approach and outreach to national and transnational allies builds a powerful movement. I didn't know about their struggle before watching the film. I won't forget it. Pray the Devil Back to Hell, also fantastic on women peacemaking in Liberia, was part of the same series. ” - samdiener
Go Fish (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely... (83 mins.)
Director: Rose Troche
“ As someone wrote somewhere (I don't remember where), it might be the closest thing we ever see to Dykes to Watch Out For on screen (though Alison Bechdel had nothing, as far as I know, directly to do with this wonderful film - but now that I mention it, doesn't DTWOF have all the kernels of a fantastic TV series - sort of like Tales of the City?). And that's high praise. ” - samdiener
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia nervosa and the cultural influence of the Carpenters in the 70s. (43 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ An innovative documentary about Karen Carpenter -- as a barbie doll suffering from anorexia -- as the conservative forces surrounding her refuse to acknowledge her suffering, and her art is exploited by Nixonian conservative warmongering. A movie that was pulled because of attacks by members of the surviving Carpenter family, who apparently didn't want to face the depiction of themselves and opposed its pro-feminist politics. ” - samdiener
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
(80 mins.)
“ Audre Lorde's incomparable prophetic voice. Fantastic. ” - samdiener
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. (125 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ A parable of how patriarchal power divides and conquers women, set in 1920s China. It's ultra-depressing, but a visual feast. ” - samdiener
Whale Rider (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. (101 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
“ A young Maori girl literally finds her voice despite emotional repression and sexist discrimination in Aetoroa (indigenous New Zealand). ” - samdiener
Erin Brockovich (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
“ It features environmental organizing, a pro-feminist guy as a romantic love interest, and brassy working class chutzpah outworking and outsmarting poisonous corporate arrogance. The scene where she serves the condescending corporate lawyers water from the wells their corporation poisoned is superb. The film is based on a true story and a real environmental activist (though I don't know how closely it sticks to the historical record). ” - samdiener