Top 10 Secretly Feminist Films

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6. THE PIANO (1993)

Some people think that this is an old school bodice ripper masquerading as a Serious Feminist Work (in part because of that scene with the stocking and Harvey Keitel’s finger, implying that all she really needed was a good ravishing). Others think of Holly Hunter’s Ada as the ultimate feminist icon: she literally has no voice (in fact, it seems she chooses to have no voice) and is sold off to a man — and yet she is as strong-willed and expressive as any female character on screen.

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Author: Em & Lo

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femmeNo filmmaker in their right mind would advertise the fact that their film has feminist ambitions -- we're pretty sure that's box office suicide (sad, but true). Despite that, some films have pretty obvious feminist heroes -- think Thelma and Louise, G.I. Jane., Jodie Foster's character in THE ACCUSED, and Erin Brockovich. And then there are the stealth feminist films -- movies that advance the feminist cause without anyone driving off a cliff or shaving their head or or fighting against rape or giving an Oscar-winning, stick-it-to-the-man performance. These movies take feminism for granted and act like it's no big deal -- in fact, they're so stealth that sometimes maybe even the filmmakers and stars didn't know what was going on. Here are ten of our favorites (we didn't include BRIDESMAIDS, by the way; while we loved the movie, producer Judd Apatow insisting on a big group diarrhea scene automatically disqualified it).


Tune into PUSH GIRLS Mondays at 10P, the all new series of women challenging the norm.10. UP IN THE AIR (2009)9. CATWOMAN (2004)8. BILLY ELLIOT (2000)7. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)6. THE PIANO (1993)5. LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
4. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992)3. SECRETARY2. BULL DURHAM (1988)1. HEATHERS (1988)