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Seeking movies where women work together and win!

I have seen this previous question and it's great, but it's a few years old and also not quite what I'm looking for. I'm specifically interested in movies where a group of women get together and support each other with teamwork and friendship to accomplish a goal.

Some movies I think fit the bill:
-Nine to Five
-First Wives Club
-Calendar Girls
-A League of Their Own
-Made in Dagenham

Some movies that are close but not quite:
-Steel Magnolias (it's more slice of life than winning)
-Legally Blonde
-Bring It On (there's a lot more infighting than friendship and also a romance subplot)
-Pitch Perfect (same reason)

I'm really just looking for movies here, but Call the Midwife is another great example of what I'm seeking.
posted by phunniemee to Media & Arts (32 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite
 
Spy and The Heat
posted by mskyle at 12:45 PM on June 12 [2 favorites]


Hidden Figures!
posted by saturngirl at 12:46 PM on June 12 [15 favorites]


Also, I think the new Ghostbusters fits the bill.
posted by saturngirl at 12:47 PM on June 12 [13 favorites]


Antonia's Line
posted by 41swans at 12:47 PM on June 12 [2 favorites]


The anime series _Princess Nine_, with the caveat that there is a romance subplot.
posted by clew at 12:54 PM on June 12


Iron Jawed Angels: "Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote."
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:54 PM on June 12 [2 favorites]


I just saw Borders (Apolline Traoré, Burkina Faso) at a film festival - it may be on the edge of "slice of Life" and "work together to achieve", but I thought it was great.
posted by batter_my_heart at 12:55 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]


The Miracle Worker can feel a bit dated at times but the strength of the women, especially Annie Sullivan's conviction, is essential to the denouement.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 12:55 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]


* Whip It (though the coach is a man, and there's definitely some rivalry)
* Bad Moms might fit the bill, though not perfectly.
posted by cnc at 1:16 PM on June 12


Big Business, that silly film with Lily Tomlin and Bette Milder.
posted by Melismata at 1:16 PM on June 12


Bletchley Circle is on Netflix. It's a mini-series, but maybe that counts too?
Baghdad Cafe though it's just a pair there.


I also saw Borders at the Seattle International Film Festival and will second that. Try and see if if you can.
posted by brookeb at 1:33 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]




Manny & Lo? The trio's friendship/teamwork has a bit of a rough start what with the kidnapping, but they get there in the end.
posted by Flannery Culp at 1:38 PM on June 12


Also this reminded me of two films I loved as a kid - I have no idea if they still hold up (I imagine they're rife with casual isms just because everything was at the time), but
The North Avenue Irregulars
How to Beat The High Cost of Living
posted by Mchelly at 1:38 PM on June 12


The Witches of Eastwick
posted by bonehead at 1:42 PM on June 12


Practical Magic. It's not super-great, but it is kinda campy fun and a whole bunch of women literally get together and form a magic circle of feminine bonding and power to defeat their nemesis. The romantic plot exists, but is definitely the B-plot.
posted by jacquilynne at 1:49 PM on June 12 [5 favorites]


Thelma & Louise?
posted by Autumnheart at 1:59 PM on June 12 [3 favorites]


SISTER ACT
posted by lampoil at 2:03 PM on June 12 [6 favorites]


Jurassic Park doesn't exactly fit the criteria but is still one of the more satisfyingly feminist movies I've watched.
posted by annathea at 2:11 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]


Jurassic Park doesn't exactly fit the criteria but is still one of the more satisfyingly feminist movies I've watched.

I liked the part where the female dinosaurs teamed up to accomplish their goal of eating all the fucking men.
posted by phunniemee at 2:26 PM on June 12 [49 favorites]


Desperately Seeking Susan gets good when the women team up.
posted by kapers at 2:56 PM on June 12 [3 favorites]




You might be interested in the most recently released season of Orange is the New Black. Wont spoil anything in case you're working your way toward or through it.
posted by ejs at 4:29 PM on June 12


Possibly Dick? There are only two (young) women, but they get it done.
posted by Duffington at 4:50 PM on June 12 [6 favorites]


Not a movie, but the PBS series Home Fires is all about women working together (to win WWII).
posted by Brain Sturgeon at 4:52 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]


It probably doesn't count, but I have to suggest Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
posted by brookeb at 9:26 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]


Fury Road

My 70-year-old mother took her church group to see it twice.* It is literally about women joining together to destroy the patriarchy. If you find dinosaurs Killing All Men® satisfying, I think it'll do you well.

*They are unitarians, but still.
posted by stet at 11:01 PM on June 12 [17 favorites]


Yes you said movies, but the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt is great, and based on a true story.
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 11:43 PM on June 12 [2 favorites]


I was also about to suggest Good Girls Revolt.
posted by JMOZ at 4:37 AM on June 13


Bound, kind of. Two women, not an ensemble.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:46 AM on June 13


Volver. Women solving their own problems together, from hiding a crime to running a restaurant. I don't even think this movie even passes the reverse Bechdel test.
posted by Alison at 8:17 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


it's old but, ' Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe' should fit your criteria
posted by Faintdreams at 5:52 AM on June 14 [2 favorites]


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