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23 Movies For Those Days When The Patriarchy's Got You Down

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what movies they watch when the patriarchy's got them down. Here's what they said.

1. The First Wives Club

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"It is kind of the perfect movie for this topic. It is literally about a group of women banding together to take back their power from the men who have wronged them." —Matty Cormier, Facebook

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3. Little Women

Columbia Pictures

"Marmee talks about how boys can get away with things that girls can't because of our societal gender roles, how corsets are limiting and pointless because girls are just as active as boys, and how women can't and shouldn't define themselves by their beauty." —Hannah Done, Facebook

4. Pride & Prejudice

Focus Features

"Elizabeth, for her time, is a great feminist! She stands up to people despite their rank, refuses two eligible matches (despite there being a HUGE pressure to wed no matter your feelings), and readily calls out patriarchal standards that are unjust." —Hillary Minne, Facebook

5. Aliens

20th Century Fox

"Nothing more empowering than watching Ripley take down hordes of aliens while protecting her adopted daughter. No other '80s action star is as kickass as motherfucking Sigourney Weaver." —Josiah Coulter, Facebook

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7. Hurricane Bianca

Netflix

"As a bisexual woman who comes from a conservative Christian family, I really identify with both Richard and Karma's storylines. It reminds me that I don't need to let the circumstances I am in hold me back from doing what I want to do." —Lauren Crabtree, Facebook

10. Lilo & Stitch

Disney

"Lilo is the ultimate feminist character. She is unapologetic, she is bold, she is an individual who is tired of conforming to society’s norms. She believes in embracing her feelings, whether they are positive or negative." —emma_ashton

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12. Mad Max: Fury Road

Warner Bros. Pictures

"Having an action movie that celebrates women rather than objectifying them is a rare fucking occurrence. This is a gem of feminist cinema." —TheIrishCowgirl

14. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate Films

"Katniss and Johanna are such empowering, badass female characters, and Peeta changes the dynamic of the leading male character often portrayed in films." —lightheart16

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19. Fried Green Tomatoes

Universal Pictures

"It’s a wonderful film about women empowering and helping each other. It covers topics like lesbian romance, intergenerational friendship, getting out of an abusive relationship, racism, and menopause." —kiisaki

22. A League of Their Own

Columbia Pictures

"Women proving that women’s sports are a viable product and something that should be invested in — even when they made them play in 'half a dress.'" —geocallie

23. Now and Then

New Line Cinema

"All I wanted was a group of friends like them who stick up for each other and get revenge by stealing the boys’ clothes while they're skinny dipping. Even when they grew up and grew apart, they reunited when one of them really needed it." —beccab15

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