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10 Most Sexist Movies of All Time

Updated October 30, 2017
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Sexism, as the dictionary defines it, is the behavior of someone who appears discriminatory toward one sex, either male or more commonly females. Most of the times, it is the ingrained and institutionalized prejudice against women. Sexism can be found in all workplaces, and Hollywood is no stranger to this if we look at this list of most sexist movies of all time. You can watch some of these sexist movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.

10. Jurassic World (2015)

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, this fourth trip to the world of dinosaurs had some scenes which could be considered bad for the woman-world. The scene where the park’s manager Claire, played by Howard is shown as a resourceful woman who lures the T-Rex using a flare to save the day. But she’s still wearing the same freaking heels like the beginning of the film. The reason why this is sexist is because we can clearly see that the camera pans close to Claire’s feet as if the director deliberately tried to make use of the dumbness of woman in such circumstances and perhaps it was the case that the director wanted to prove that however, she’s a working lady and all, in the end, she’s gonna fall in love with the protagonist of the story and that happens. A perfect example of stereotyping of women.

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9. All About Steve (2009)

This movie is like a poster of anti-feminism right at us. Starring Sandra Bullock as a socially awkward girl trying to get Steve Miller, played by Bradley Cooper to fall in love with her. It is so obvious that the movie is trying to say that women are “supposed” to look good, devote their lives to get the man of their dreams. The movie makes the women look weak and desperate.

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8. Pretty Woman (1990)

Starring Richard Gere as a respectable businessman and Julia Roberts as Vivian, a hooker, this movie turns out to be sexist in some scenes. It shows the hard life of a hooker and shows Vivian being respected only when she’s worn fine clothes and jewelry and walk the lady-way and everything which woman are ‘assumed’ to do. The manager of the hotel in which they’re staying, the women at the shop sees them as unwomanly. Kind of Prince Charming for Vivian, Richard.

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7. She’s All That (1999)

In the scene where Laney undergoes a makeover, going from an absolute wreak to a gorgeously dressed girl. The sexist thing is that previously, Zach was only interested in winning a bet with Laney but now that she appears quite attractive to her, he appears to have a genuine interest in her. We, the audience are supposed to feel good after their get-together, and not remember how sly Zach really is since it’s all about appearance and looks that interest him.

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6. Straw Dogs (1971)

In the scene where Charlie, played by Del Henney is in Amy’s room and as things start getting hot and heavy, she kind of rejects him but he keeps on egging. During the act, Amy does kiss him back once she gets some pleasure from it. After this, Norman also shows up and forces her to have sex with him, which is lot less amenable for her. What’s sexist here is that the scene makes the uncomfortable statement that if a woman starts enjoying it, it isn’t exactly rape. This was one of the most talked about and controversial scenes in the days that it came out on.

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5. Grease (1978)

Another of those films which sets specific standards for women to follow to get the man of their dreams and drive off into the sunset. In this movie, Danny and Sandy had a picture-perfect relationship before school, Sandy, played by Olivia sees that to get all of Danny’s attention, she has to completely change herself and every habit of hers to perfectly blend in with the lifestyle that he follows. This is absurd on so many levels and is one of those films that portrays women to be weak and desperate to their knees.

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4. Gigli (2003)

Gigli was a massive flop at the box-office despite Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez starring in it. JLo played a lesbian character who eventually falls in love with her co-worker and later the two have sex in the movie. It’s remarkably sexist here that even the lesbians are not sure about their sexual orientation and what they are waiting for is the right penis to set them straight.

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3. Irreversible (2002)

Gaspar Noé has a niche in making films that are disturbing to the core and not for the soft-hearted viewers. The movie is told in reverse-chronological order, along the lines of Memento about the horrific tale of one tragic night in Paris when Alex, played by Monica Belluci was brutally raped and beaten in a savage act. The movie is really disturbing and sexist to the core, especially towards gays, who are shown in really negative light in the film.

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2. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Starring Marlon Brando who plays the role of a middle-aged businessman Paul, the movie is about him mourning the loss of his wife when he meets a girl and they both have sex daily. The sexism is like everywhere in the movie, like the improvised scene in which Brando takes her from behind which was made infamous and the actor was even tried in the court of Italy for obscenity, and the movie got an X rating for the scene, but still it managed to bag Oscar nominations.

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1. The Dictator (2012)

This movie had blatant scenes where one can clearly spot sexism, anti-feminism and misogyny but the character of Admiral General Aladeen, played by Sacha Baron Cohen being so cool about it. The movie is about the royal life of Aladeen, as he grows up surrounded by female bodyguards that he keeps “virgin”. The movie shows so many cases of sexism in the scene where he is on a bike with a girl who has short hair and makes fun of it, saying “You’re a girl?”. Such remarks are all over the script and still people find fun in it.

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