With the film industry traditionally dominated by men, you may feel like there aren’t a ton of classic movies that speak to you as a woman. Yet, there are some magnificent classic movies that every woman should watch at least once in her life. Whether the film stars an iconic leading lady, features a feminist character, raises interesting questions about gender roles, or is just a Hollywood staple that you should have seen by now, this list of 16 classic movies for women will provide you with hours of thoughtful entertainment.
Although the timeframe of what makes a movie a “classic” is debatable, we stuck with anything made before 1980. In doing so, this list sadly lacks a lot of diversity since (as an addendum to our previous statement) Hollywood has traditionally been dominated by white males.
Hopefully, these films will still make you proud to be a woman in some aspects. And if not, they will at least help out your film buff status. From comedies to horrors to dramas, here are 16 movies that you need to watch as a woman no matter what.
1Gone with the Wind, 1939
2Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
3Carmen Jones, 1954
4Norma Rae, 1979
Speaking of the Oscars, Sally Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Norma Rae, a cotton mill employee who attempts to unionize the factory she works in.