After IMDb’s announcement last week, more than 22,000 films have been categorized with an F-Rating, helping viewers find movies directed, written by or primarily featuring women. After taking into account influence, audience popularity and creativity, we’ve compiled a list of 40 incredible F-rated films on IMDb, in no particular order.
Directed by Annie Goldson, the documentary captures the rivalry between internet entrepreneur Kim dotcom and the US Government. Dotcom is the creator of the website “Megauploads” that provides pirated content to the masses, ridding the entertainment industry of more than $500 million. The story itself became a hot button issue after Dotcom’s mansion was raided by the FBI in New Zealand.
39. Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures shares the untold story of three mathematicians working at NASA in the early 60’s. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe portray the women (Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, respectively) who heavily influenced space travel but were discredited simply because of their gender and skin color. The film was released on Christmas day, but is still finding success at the box office.
The Force Awakens is the first of the Star Wars films to not be produced by George Lucas. Once news broke that J.J. Abrams would be in full creative control of the sequel, however, uncertainty by Star Wars fans dissipated. The movie featured a major female role, occupied by Daisy Ridley, and was also one of Carrie Fisher’s last films. The movie grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
This coming-of-age film captures the awkwardness of being 17 years old. Directed and written by Kelly Fremon Craig, the movie centers around the life of a girl who has to navigate sticky situations revolving family, friends and romantic interests. While the film has not received copious amounts of recognition it was able to gross just over $18 million at the box office, offsetting their $9 million budget during production.
36. American Honey
American Honey was released last year, achieving success in Britain. The film focuses on a millennial woman, Star, who gets tired of her home life and decides to travel across the country with Jake (played by Shia LaBeouf). The film’s director, Andrea Arnold received a nomination for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards. Also, Shia LaBeouf dons a braided ponytail in this movie, and that in itself is worth watching.
Uma Thermon kicks ass in this Quentin Tarantino film. The Bride (Thermon) works to seek revenge on a team of assassins who have attempted to kill her and her unborn child. Naturally, from there she takes a trip to Japan and gets a sword and more badassery ensues. The movie did so well that they have since released two sequels.
34. Wonder Woman
The movie is still three months away from being released in theaters, but has maintained a high level of anticipation from fans. Gal Gadot was the break-out star from Batman Vs. Superman and people have eagerly awaited a large role for her such as this one. The movie showcases the earlier years of Wonder Woman, taking on a more personal story line than perhaps other movies in this genre. Wonder Woman is expected to be released on June 2.
The second movie of the Alien movie series, but one of the first movies to feature a strong female role. Sigourney Weaver plays Ripley, a woman who is working to regain contact with the moon from the first Alien film. Director James Cameron worked magic on this film, sparking influence for films later down the line.
32. American Beauty
A 40-something year old man experiences a midlife crisis and develops a fascination towards his daughter’s best friend. Materialism and insecurity are running themes in the movie, followed by satirical takes on middle class standards of beauty and satisfaction. The movie was released in 1999, receiving a well-respected 8.5 out 10 rating on IMDb.
31. Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty portrayed the decade long man hunt for Osama Bin Laden. This was a huge focal point for the American public after the attacks on September 11. Maya, portrayed by Jessica Chastain, was sent into to a military base to help aid in the discovery of Bin Laden, given her credentials and logistical intelligence. The movie was released in 2012 and received a dozen awards ranging from sound editing to best original screenplay.
Joy, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is a stay at home mom who fought the odds to start her own business. Yet between a dysfunctional family and being a single-mother, she was able to start her own dynasty. Lawrence took the role and turned it into something more, allowing the viewers to empathize with her and feel ‘joy’ through her successes.
Adapted from 1959’s An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle is now considered a classic romantic comedy film. Director Nora Ephron made the right choice in casting both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who were both making it big in the 90s with their acting careers. Although the movie’s ratings only hover around 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it continues to be referenced in television and on the big screen today.
28. Wayne’s World
Director Penelope Spheeris knew exactly what she was doing when creating this film, as Mike Meyers and Terry Turner have gone on to become legends for their roles. It was released 25 years ago, but still continues to provide laughter and nostalgia for those who grew up watching it.
Based off of the book “Matilda” by Roald Dahl, the movie featured a young girl by the name Matilda (obviously) who was dealt a not-so-great hand when it came to her family life. After learning she harbored special powers, she decided to do something about it. Alongside her friends and unwavering literary and mathematical intelligence, she was able to defeat her neglectful parents and school principal to pave the way for a better life for herself with her favorite teacher, Ms. Honey.
This psychological drama blew people’s minds when first released. Between the acting talent of Ellen Burstyn, the script and the underlying narratives of the plot, the film was a forced to be reckoned with during its time. Director Darren Aronofsky certainly evoked thought, induced adrenaline and established a sense of remorse all within seconds of each other, taking the viewer on an emotional roller coaster that they will want to ride over and over again.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was the first of the the three films based off of the Stieg Larsson book trilogy. Rooney Mara, who played one of the movie’s main characters, Lisbeth, captured everyone’s attention with her dedication to the role. News recently broke that Mara will not return to the big screen for the second film, disappointing fans who fell in love with her work in the first.
The sci-fi action/horror film is the second of the series. The movie was written by Paul W.S. Anderson, but based off of the Capcom video games. It wasn’t necessarily a huge hit with critics, but if you’re looking for a movie filled with action sequences, and a plot that won’t betray you at the end, this is the one.
23. The Help
Adapted from the Kathryn Stockett novel, The Help was a period drama aimed at shining a light on the black women who cared for white families, particularly in the south. The cast featured primarily women with Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone receiving much of the recognition. It is a film filled with emotion, empowerment and a history that is sometimes misunderstood.
This was the first of the two Chronicles of Narnia films, but nevertheless successful on its own. Based off the C.S. Lewis book, it became a British-American fantasy movie that many grew to appreciate. The movie features large roles for the four children, as well as voice-over work from Tilda Swinton and Liam Neeson. The movie grossed over $745 million worldwide, making it 2005’s third most successful film of the year.
21. Power Rangers
This one hasn’t been released yet, but is climbing the charts on IMDb. The television show in which the movie is based off of was a huge hit in the 1990s, leaving those who grew up with it growing with anticipation. The movie will feature badass women, from two of the Power Rangers to the villains. The movie will hit theaters Thursday, March 23.
20. American Psycho
American Psycho was released in the year 2000 and was directed and co-written by Mary Harron. The film starred Christian Bale who played Patrick Bateman, an attractive and wealthy businessman from Manhattan who happened to also be a complete psychopath. Bale received positive reviews for his performance and the screenplay was widely praised.
While it’s the fifth installment of the X-Men movie series, First Class still sits toward the top of IMDb’s F-Rated films list. There are many recognizable faces in this movie, and a lot of talent behind the camera. Matthew Vaughn directed this film, alongside other well-known action features such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman and The Fantastic Four.
In this now classic boxing movie, Hillary Swank portrays a female boxer who wants to fight against the stereotypes of the sport, despite the criticism from those around her. Clint Eastwood co-produced and directed the film, and the movie stands with high reviews from many critics across the board.
This much anticipated film by J.K. Rowling is a pre-quel to the highly successful Harry Potter series. It was released last November and became one the the top 10 films of the year, as it was nominated for five BAFTAs, two Oscars and won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. A second installation of the movie is expected to be in the works this summer.
Precious is a remarkable film set in Harlem in the late 80s. It tells the story of a high school kid who is often abused by her mother and sexually assaulted by her father, but still manages to maintain an overall positive spirit outside. As a breakout role for Gabourney Sidibe, and a much simpler time for Mariah Carey, it’s a bittersweet story that makes the viewer think twice.
Gravity is a sci-fi film created by Alfonso Cuarón starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who play astronauts stranded in space after their space shuttle crashed. Multiple actors were considered for the female lead before finally landing on Sandra Bullock, but after winning many awards and being referred to as one of the best films of the decade, we’re sure the team was happy they picked her.
14. Mean Girls
Mean Girls is a comedy that plays upon the stereotypes held toward beauty, double standards and how horrible life is in high school for many people. Written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, the movie quickly grew to become a crowd favorite among men and women alike.
13. Panic Room
Panic Room is a psychological thriller starring Jody Foster and Kristen Stewart. In the movie, Foster and her daughter (played by Stewart) move into a new home, only for a group of burglars to break in due to knowledge of bonds worth $3 million hidden by a previous owner. Foster and Stewart’s characters are then forced into the panic room in attempt to keep themselves safe while the plot unfolds.
With astounding reviews across the board from critics, this remake did not disappoint the fans of the original. The action packed film featured a handful of strong female roles. Not to mention the stunts and special effects went perhaps above and beyond what was expected. Director George Miller should be proud of his work.
Lost in Translation stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson who play Bob Harris and Charlotte. Their paths cross and they exchange stories, gaining an understanding of each other’s unhappiness. Bob comes up with the idea to travel to Tokyo and invites Charlotte along. In a willingness to temporarily escape her life, Charlotte accepts the offer and the two form an unlikely friendship filled with humor and new founded beliefs.
Based on the 2015 novel from Paula Hawkins, The Girl on The Train tells the story of an alcoholic who becomes wrapped up in a missing person’s investigation. The thriller drama provides enough mystery to keep the viewer enthralled in the story line without sacrificing quality of the film. Emily Blunt, Allison Janney and Lisa Kudrow star in this captivating film.
Thirteen is a semi-autobiographical film based on the life of writer Nikki Reed. Reed co-starred in the film, alongside Evan Rachael Wood. The movie sparked controversy due to its inclusion of drugs, sex and self-harm, but those who enjoyed the film praised it for its raw ability to tell the story of a troubled teenager. The script was written in six days and was given an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination via Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood’s performances, respectively.
8. Black Swan
In this mystery/drama, Natalie Portman plays Nina, a ballet dancer in New York City who is striving to become the lead dancer for an upcoming performance of Swan Lake. Much to her dismay, her dance instructor has assigned another dancer, Lily (played by Mila Kunis), for the role. As the story unravels, Nina becomes more in touch with her darker side at the hands of Lily. Fun fact: much of the dance scene were filmed at SUNY Purchase, where our editor-in-chief went to college.
7. Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas is a sci-fi movie meant to make you think. The story line takes place across six different eras, intertwining the lives of individuals from the past, present and future. The film has been described as “one soul is being shaped from killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”
Director Jyllian Gunther tells the story of how a group of people created a school in an underserved neighborhood in Brooklyn. The lives of different students are explored alongside the ways their educators shape their experience in and outside of life at school.
This documentary features the life of snowboarder Kevin Pearce. His talents have been compared to that of Shaun White, which is no small remark if you are familiar with White’s abilities. Lucy Walker, director of the documentary, first met Pearce at an event at she was mentoring. She was so stricken by him that she wanted to tell the story of his life.
4. The Red Pill
Director Casey Jaye worked to share the experience behind the Men’s Rights Movement. This documentary features interviews with these men, as well as the events at which they hosted. Reoccurring themes within the documentary are power, privilege and systemic inequality, challenging the viewers perception of society and how we perceive others.
Suffragette is a British period drama that tells the story of the women’s rights movement in the UK. The characters face stigma at home from spouses and neighbors, and are essentially forced to work in secret meetings in an attempt to gain the right to vote. The film was only shown on limited release in the United States, but was praised in the United Kingdom for its dramatized portrayal of history.
This classic film takes place during the time of the Civil War. It tells the story of a wealthy woman named Scarlett O’Hara and her love for a man who does not reciprocate those feelings. After learning this, Scarlett marries a man she does not love, and from that point forward, romantic complications ensue. The movie debuted in 1939 and has remained a classic ever since.
This hit movie is based on the trilogy of young adult dystopian novels written by American novelist Suzanne Collins. It surrounds the trials of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in ‘The Hunger Games,’ which forces 12 teenagers to fight to the death. As one of the most anticipated releases of 2012, the film grossed $408 million.
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