One of the biggest issues cinema has ever had to overcome was its portrayal of women. In fact, many films even today resort to objectification of women which really is a big worry considering how much we believe cinema has come to evolve over the years. However, there are still many films that are beyond perfection in their portrayal of the female psyche and what it feels like to be a woman, living a life free from the clutches of societal norms and pressures. These movies portray women in the right light: that’s equal to men. Let’s take a look at the list of top best feminist movies ever. You can watch some of these best feminist movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. There are all sort of films on this list: feminist horror movies, feminist action movies and feminist comedy movies.
15. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
Arguably one of Martin Scorsese’s most underrated films, ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ is a heart-warming tale of self-discovery that explores womanhood and romance with a delicious blend of sadness and comedy. The film tells the story of a recently widowed woman who travels across the Southwestern United States along with her son in search of a new life. She would later fall in love with a man she meets on the journey. Alice is a woman full of dreams and ambitions and no matter how difficult things get she manages to stay positive and drive forward. It is an unlikely film by a filmmaker famous for his dark portrayals of American lives but nevertheless ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ is a wonderful cinematic gem that deserves lot more praise.
14. The Colour Purple (1985)
‘The Colour Purple’ is certainly not on the level of Steven Spielberg’s greatest works. The film is a bit simplistic and sentimental at places and that kind of hampers the narrative but nevertheless it does a fine job in its portrayal of women. The film is about an abused black woman named Celie and focuses on her struggles and endeavour to overcome the hardships of her life. Her husband is a brutally oppressive man who beats and sexually abuses her. But what drives the film is Celie’s mental and emotional strength to take life forward despite having to face the darkest of times.
13. Two Days, One Night (2014)