14 surprising movies that pass the Bechdel Test
Weird Science (1985)
Deb and Hilly talk about Lisa's perfection at the party—so despite the movie's somewhat questionable, somewhat sexist plot, this one passes!
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Sure, Matthew Broderick's character is the titular star of this movie, but Ferris isn't central to all of Jeanie and Mrs. Bueller's chats. Sloan, on the other hand, might need a gal pal.
American Pie 2 (2001)
Cute outfits or not, it isn't great for the feminist cause if ladies only talk about clothes.
The Stepford Wives (2004)
This remake and the 1975 original both pass with flying colors—a surprise for a bunch of robo-housewives.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Though work-related office chatter among female employees isn't breaking any glass ceilings, at least conversations about cat fashion shows aren't male-centric.
Remember the Titans (2000)
We may have been too distracted by a young Ryan Gosling and a dreamy Denzel Washington to realize it at first, but the two coaches' tiny daughters have some funny chats about dolls and football.
In a film about violence and mafiosos, Karen and Rosie manage to squeeze in a Bechdel Test pass with a conversation about Florida.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Say what you will about implicit sexism, but these lady colleagues dish about jobs—and even sports! (Not to mention that Andie's dream is to be a political reporter, and that takes some gumption.)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable discuss their shared interests: money and lunch.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Nebula telling Gamora she hated her the least of all their siblings isn't quite sisterly bonding, but it works.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
One scene allows this movie to pass: Carla Jean and her mother talk about medicine in the car. Riveting!
Scary Movie (2000)
The scariest thing about this movie is its Bechdel-passing grade.
Jurassic Park (1993)
Here are two of the interactions that let this movie pass:
Lex: "It's in there!"
Ellie: "Control room!"
Lex: "We can call for help!"
Ellie: "We have to reboot the system first."
The Karate Kid (1984)
As noted on BechdelTest.com, Daniel's mom and girlfriend talk about "how to pop the clutch to start a car." Not the fullest of interactions, but actually a cool thing for women to talk about.
And now for kick-ass, female-directed movies that don't pass: The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Hurt Locker won Kathryn Bigelow the very first Best Director Oscar ever awarded to a woman—HUGE DEAL!—and yet, it doesn't pass the Bechdel Test.
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Catherine Hardwicke directed this riveting chronicle of the Zephyr Skate Team (and a personal favorite of mine), and yet every female character's express purpose is to support her man. Bechdel Fail.
Europa Europa (1990)
A must-see among certain film scholars, Agnieszka Holland's brilliant film about a Jewish boy in Nazi Germany who joins the Hitler youth to conceal his identity, doesn't pass for a sort of funny reason: Bertha teases her mother, but her mother doesn't answer. If only she'd responded...
One of the most beloved animated films in recent memory, the tale of our favorite layered ogre (co-directed by Vicky Jenson) doesn't pass the test. But don't worry: The sequels do!
Wayne's World (1992)
While it's excellent that one of our favorite cult comedies was directed by Penelope Spheeris, its failing grade says one thing: Cassandra needs a girls' night!