Invented by awesome cartoonist Allison Bechdel, the Bechdel Test is a rubric for whether or not a film has a decent amount of female representation (hint: most of them don’t). The test consists of three simple questions:

Are there are least two female characters in the film, whose names we know? If yes, continue.

Do these characters talk to each other? If yes, continue.

Do they talk about anything other than a man? If yes, then the movie passes!

Sounds simple, but you’d be amazed how many movies still fail the Bechdel Test to this day. That said, here are a few classics that managed to earn the Bechdel stamp of approval.

1 . ‘MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN’ (1979)

Despite being a group of male comedians, Monty Python has famously portrayed many interesting, compelling women—including in Life of Brian. The film passes the Bechdel Test when Loretta (a transgender character played by Eric Idle) discusses her gender identity with Judith (played by Sue Jones-Davies). Up until this point in the film, the characters refer to Idle's character as 'Stan' and 'Brother,' but they refer to her as 'Loretta' and 'Sister' after this—without making a joke out of it. Pretty progressive for the '70s, no?

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Despite being a group of male comedians, Monty Python has famously portrayed many interesting, compelling women—including in Life of Brian. The film passes the Bechdel Test when Loretta (a transgender character played by Eric Idle) discusses her gender identity with Judith (played by Sue Jones-Davies). Up until this point in the film, the characters refer to Idle’s character as ‘Stan’ and ‘Brother,’ but they refer to her as ‘Loretta’ and ‘Sister’ after this—without making a joke out of it. Pretty progressive for the ’70s, no?

2. ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’ (1965)

It's not surprising that a movie that partially takes place in a convent passes the Bechdel Test—and it does so pretty early on, when Maria is persuaded by the Mother Abbess to work for the Von Trapp family and reconsider her life goals.

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It’s not surprising that a movie that partially takes place in a convent passes the Bechdel Test—and it does so pretty early on, when Maria is persuaded by the Mother Abbess to work for the Von Trapp family and reconsider her life goals.

3. ‘THE EXORCIST’ (1973)

Since The Exorcist mostly takes place in the home of single mother Chris MacNeil and her daughter Reagan, the movie passes the Bechdel Test almost as many times as it scares us.

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Since The Exorcist mostly takes place in the home of single mother Chris MacNeil and her daughter Reagan, the movie passes the Bechdel Test almost as many times as it scares us.

4. ‘ROSEMARY’S BABY’ (1968)

Another terrifying movie about a mother and child (AKA the spawn of the Devil!). This movie is chock-full of interesting women with way more than men on their minds, and it passes the Bechdel Test when Rosemary talks to her neighbor Terry about her difficult past.

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Another terrifying movie about a mother and child (AKA the spawn of the Devil!). This movie is chock-full of interesting women with way more than men on their minds, and it passes the Bechdel Test when Rosemary talks to her neighbor Terry about her difficult past.

7 ‘REAR WINDOW’ (1954)

While not all of his films pass the Bechdel Test, Alfred Hitchcock often included strong women in his stories. And sure, Grace Kelly's character mostly talks to nurse Stella about James Stewart—he is playing her boyfriend, after all—but they also talk about other things, giving this film a soft pass.

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While not all of his films pass the Bechdel Test, Alfred Hitchcock often included strong women in his stories. And sure, Grace Kelly’s character mostly talks to nurse Stella about James Stewart—he is playing her boyfriend, after all—but they also talk about other things, giving this film a soft pass.