Film Suggestions About Women
March 7, 2014 3:40 PM   Subscribe

Hey! I'm looking for movies about women who want to be high class and/or rich and famous. Not a "Cinderella" type story but one that is darker... Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 to Media & Arts (39 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
The Black Dahlia

Based on a true story of a young woman who went to Hollywood to "get famous" and wound up famous for how she was gruesomely murdered.
posted by Michele in California at 3:44 PM on March 7

Working Girl?
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 3:46 PM on March 7

All About Eve.
posted by rtha at 3:48 PM on March 7 [5 favorites]

Came in to say All About Eve, but someone rich and famous who wants to be richer and famouser: Sunset Boulevard.
posted by Erasmouse at 3:53 PM on March 7

Bling Ring has a couple of male characters but I'd say it's female-centric.
posted by lovableiago at 3:57 PM on March 7

Miniseries, not a film proper, but The Crimson Petal and the White is awesome and very dark. The novel of the same name is great too.
posted by oinopaponton at 3:58 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

A Streetcar Named Desire
posted by matildatakesovertheworld at 3:59 PM on March 7

Mildred Pierce; Mildred works for her success but it turns her daughter into a spoiled brat obsessed with class and status.
posted by bcwinters at 4:07 PM on March 7 [3 favorites]

Vanity Fair is an absolute classic of the genre - but I don't know if any of the movie adaptions are any good.

(There's a miniseries of The Crimson Petal and the White?! HUZZAH!)
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 4:08 PM on March 7 [3 favorites]

posted by vogon_poet at 4:21 PM on March 7


...Which also stars Romola Garai from The Crimson Petal and the White. (The novel's thick, sure, an absolute page-turner.)
posted by mochapickle at 4:32 PM on March 7

Are you looking for good movies? If not, I suggest Showgirls.
posted by zorseshoes at 4:42 PM on March 7 [5 favorites]

Baby Face from 1933.
posted by Rash at 4:43 PM on March 7 [2 favorites]

To Die For, with Nicole Kidman?
posted by Snarl Furillo at 4:46 PM on March 7 [4 favorites]

It's older but Stella Dallas is definitely dark.
posted by sardonyx at 4:51 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Really cheesy, but Death Becomes Her.
posted by shortyJBot at 5:01 PM on March 7

The other one I was trying to think of was Imitation of Life. Both are dark, and very, very sad films.
posted by sardonyx at 5:02 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Muriel's Wedding, a charmingly filmed flick from Australia about a woman chasing fame and fortune (Toni Collette!)
posted by Khazk at 5:07 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

Another so-bad-it's-good film: The Lonely Lady

I haven't seen it, but Mahogany also came to mind.
posted by zorseshoes at 5:11 PM on March 7

The Woody Allen movie Small Time Crooks is a lighthearted but somewhat bittersweet comedy with lots of this theme.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 5:43 PM on March 7

The Damned Don't Cry
Breakfast at Tiffany's
posted by gudrun at 5:45 PM on March 7

Blue Jasmine
posted by sweetkid at 6:29 PM on March 7

inside Daisy Clover
Red-Headed Woman
No Man of Her Own
posted by Ideefixe at 6:39 PM on March 7 [1 favorite]

I was going to suggest Imitation of Life as well.
posted by MadamM at 8:19 PM on March 7 [2 favorites]

I came in to say Baby Face with Barbara Stanwyck, but someone already covered it.
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 9:21 PM on March 7

Violette from 1978.
posted by Rash at 9:32 PM on March 7

Also Georgy Girl.
posted by brookeb at 9:35 PM on March 7

White Oleander
posted by third word on a random page at 9:37 PM on March 7

Drop Dead Gorgeous!

And not a movie but Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 is a pretty great take on the modern It Girl.
posted by fshgrl at 9:39 PM on March 7

And Nights of Cabiria.
posted by brookeb at 9:40 PM on March 7

The eponymous Cukor movie was based on the Van Druten play Old Acquaintance,which had been made with Bette Davis.

A Place in the Sun
posted by brujita at 11:27 PM on March 7

Blargh! About WOMEN....which doesn't fit with Clift ( NO SNARKS about what he preferred in bed).
posted by brujita at 11:29 PM on March 7

Gone With the Wind
posted by phoenixy at 11:53 PM on March 7

posted by Grangousier at 1:42 AM on March 8

Carrie (not Steven King - the 1952 adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie).
posted by snarfles at 5:09 AM on March 8 [1 favorite]

Also Georgy Girl

Ah, that reminds me of Julie Christie in Darling from 1965.
posted by Rash at 8:24 AM on March 8

Mulholland Drive
posted by milk white peacock at 9:31 AM on March 8

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