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...with Heartlessly Bitchy themes and/or characters



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  • Georgia Rule
    (2007) Comedy/Drama/Romance
    Stars: Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, Lindsay Lohan
    Directed by: Garry Marshall

    A movie about the power of redemption, freedom in forgiveness and the unbreakable bonds of motherhood. When Lilly ( Felicity Huffman) Can no longer handle her rebellious teenage daughter Racheal (Lindsay Lohan), she takes her to the one place she swore she would never return.... her mothers house. For a very surprising summer, these three very different women are living under one roof and under one rule, Georgia's rule (Jane Fonda)

    I have to say, I didn't think I would like this movie. Seeing all the news press Lindsay Lohan got during making this movie, I didn't think it would be worth buying and watching. I was very much mistaken. The best HB in this movie was hands down Jane Fonda. But throughout the movie you see Felicity Huffman, and Lindsay Lohan come around to the HB way of life. Huffman's part was a very weak part, and it was very nice watching her grow as a person. There are some very funny parts in this movie, and I have to say I ended up watching it three times. As a movie pick, I would have to say its one of the best buy's I have made this month.

  • Glass House (The good mother)
    (2006) Drama/Mystery
    Stars: Angie Harmon (From Law and Order) / John Gretsh
    Directed by: Steve Antin

    A foster mother (Angie Harmon) whom really does make mommy dearest look like an angel, fosters Abby and Ethan Snow after their parents have died. What looks like a wonderful match and a loving family takes a horrible turn for the worse.

    Abby Harmon Plays a woman with Munchausen by Proxy. She is not the Heartless Bitch in this film. the young girl Abby Snow stands against all odds to protect herself and her brother. Amid her parent's cop friend who PUT them up for adoption, and clueless social workers, This Heartless Bitch in the making did what needed to be done. and kicked ass all the way around.

  • Dead Girl
    (2006) Mystery/Drama/Thriller
    Stars: Rose Byrne, Toni Collette, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Piper Laurie, Brittany Murphy, Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen, Kerry Washington.
    Directed by: Karen Moncrieff

    The life of a lonesome caretaker (Toni Collette) is turned upside down when she stumbles upon the body of a murdered girl. This discovery may provide closure for a forensics graduate student (Rose Byrne) who's sister went missing when she was a child. A housewife (Mary Beth Hurt) Makes a Disturbing connection between the body and her own husband which leads her to take dark and decisive action. A mother (Marcia Gay Harden) Desperately searches for answers about her runaway daughter's life and finds them in one of her daughter's troubled young friend (Kerry Washington). A volatile young woman (Brittany Murphy) goes on an odyssey to deliver a birthday present to her little girl. Together, These stories paint a devastating portrait of seven women who's lives are linked by a single act of violence and a desire to change.

    Although at first look, some of these women seem weak, and not HB material at all. But getting into the movie you figure out that your watching an HB coming out party for most of them. True not all of them make GOOD choices but none the less, the fact that they made choices instead of just waiting for life to hand them whatever it was willing to dole out. That makes them HB's in my book.

    I didn't like the ending to this movie. I would say I do not want to spoil it for you, but truly it doesn't really seem to have one. Then again I guess that's life, no ending, only beginnings.

  • 28 Days Later

    (2000) Horror/SciFi
    Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, Megan Burns
    Directed by: Danny Boyle

    Animal rights activists attempt to release apes from a lab not knowing they are infected with a deadly "Rage" virus which ultimately infects the whole of England leaving the infected as raging zombies. Shot in digital video the movie has an eerie feel to it from the very start, and the scenes of an empty London in broad daylight are unnerving. Definitely edge-of-your-seat scary!

    Selena (Naomi Harris), is a great HB - a survivor through and through, "If I think you are infected, I'll kill you in a heartbeat." Without spoiling it, I'll say I didn't like the ending of the theatrical release. There are two alternate endings on the DVD, one of which was much more suitable to this disturbing film. I am looking forward to "28 Weeks Later" coming out in theatres May 11th.

  • Ginger Snaps

    (2000) Horror/Comedy
    Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers
    Directed by: John Fawcett

    A delightfully cheesy, low budget and Heartless werewolf story where Lycanthropy is a metaphor for puberty. Two sisters with a decidedly black outlook on life (they take pictures of each other in "death" poses), encounter a werewolf just as the are about to enter puberty. Has some great heartless quotes like, "A girl can only be a slut, a bitch, a tease, or the virgin next door." and "Just so you know... the words "just... cramps" don't go together."

    A cult classic. The sequel isn't nearly as good.

  • The Transporter

    (2002) Action
    Stars: Jason Statham, Qi Shu, Matt Schulze, François Berléand
    Directed by: Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen

    Written by Luc Besson, this movie doesn't have a great plot or even great dialog, and it certainly doesn't have Heartless Bitches in it. So why is it on the list, because it's a perfect Heartless Bitch "Chick Flick" - it has a RIPPED Jason Stratham, with his shirt off for half the movie, rolling around in OIL at one point! It has an awesome opening car chase and great martial-arts style fight scenes. And did I mention Jason Stratham with his shirt off? Rolling in Oil?

  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) DRAMA
    Stars: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, David Carradine
    Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

    The first of a 2-part movie series, Uma Thurman plays "Black Mamba", once part of an elite assassin squad (The Deadly Vipers), headed up by the elusive "Bill". On her wedding day (and very pregnant), her former colleagues took out her entire wedding party, and left Black Mamba for dead - Bill putting the final bullet in her head. She wakes from a coma 4 years later, and begins a revenge killing-spree...

    While technically a "Drama" this classic Tarantio film is so over-the-top absurd with the amount of dismemberment and blood spurting, nay, SPRAYING, that it really should be rated a COMEDY. Cartoonishly filled with memorable Heartless Bitches (all but one of the elite assasin squad are women), cheesy lines, and an interesting diversion into Anime, it is a fun, campy romp that is a blend of super-hero comics and b-grade kung-fu movies. Not for the squeamish, however.

  • Deliver Us From Eva (2003) COMEDY
    Stars: Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J
    Directed by: Gary Hardwick

    Gabrielle Union plays the ultimate heartless bitch. She has a bunch of rants throughout the whole movie, and in all of her rants, she is yelling at a man. It's great! It really causes you to feel empowered and have feminist-like thoughts afterwards. It's also a love story, so it's kind of sappy towards the end, but she is just a definite HB. You've GOT to see it.

  • Girl Interrupted (1999) DRAMA
    Stars: Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder
    Directed by: James Mangold

    oh my god... i cant believe this isn't on the list. Watch the movie and you will understand. Lisa Roe, Angelina's character is as heartlessly bitchy as you can get. She doesn't accomplish much, being permanently confined to a mental institution. It's the attitude and belief in self that makes her character so beautiful. Pretty much all Angelina Jolie movies should be on the list.

  • Enigma (2001) ROMANCE
    Stars: Kate Winslet, Dougray Scott
    Directed by: Michael Apted

    During the dark early days of World War II, the Nazis change the Enigma Code that commandeers their U-boat fleet -- and it's up to Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott), a brilliant code-breaker, to crack the new encryption. As if that weren't trouble enough, a German agent may have infiltrated the British code-breaking team. Kate Winslet co-stars matching him wit for wit with intelligence. She is a heartless bitch because she is the heroine, she refuses to give up her search for clues even after Jericho gets in trouble. Saffron Burrows stars as Jericho's mysteriously missing fiancée.

  • Divine Secrets of Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) COMEDY
    Stars: Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn, Sandra Bullock
    Directed by: Callie Khouri

    A Southern-fried comedy, which follows a group of lifelong friends over decades of ups and downs. Forced to resort to intervention to help their friend's daughter, Siddalee (Bullock), cope and forgive her eccentric mother (Burstyn) for inflicting years of pain and embarrassment, the Ya-Yas don't hold anything back. Based on Rebecca Wells's best-selling novels.

  • Gone With the Wind (1939) DRAMA
    Stars: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable
    Directed by: Victor Fleming, George Cukor

    How can Scarlett O'Hara be omitted from the Hall of Heartless Bitches? Yes, she is vain and self-centered, and ruthlessly manipulates and bulldozes anyone and anything to achieve her own selfish goals, her own betterment. Constantly self-focused, she uses her beauty and manufactured charm shamelessly. And we love her for it! Such a classic, conniving bitch.

  • The Crow (1994) DRAMA
    Stars: Brandon Lee
    Directed by: Alex Proyas

    Based on the comic by James O'barr,The Crow is about a man named Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) who is engaged to Shelly Webster (Sofia Shinas). They live in a Gothic slum type of community run by Top doller and his gang. When Shelly and Eric refuse to move out of their apartment building just becuase the gang says so,Top Dollar's crew comes into Eric's home and murders Shelly, and then him. Then, a crow brings back Eric Draven's soul and he is restored, ready to kick ass and take vengance on his murderers.

Animated Features

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  • Blood - The Last Vampire (2001) ANIME
    Stars: Youki Kudoh
    Directed by: Hiroyuki Kitakubo

    Saya is a vampire, the last of her kind. She is part of a secret US Army operation that fights to eliminate an outbreak of demons (if you look at other reviews made of the film, they are NOT vampires, they're demons).

    Saya impersonates a schoolgirl throughout the majority of the film, trying to identify the demons which take on human form and turn into demons when they attack you. The opening session of this has to be the most graphic demonstration of "gore-fest" I've ever seen in a Manga.

    The important thing about this film is the sheer power given to the female role of Saya. It is truly unbelievable (especially on a powerful home cinema system). Nothing I have ever seen in any film (live action or animation) has ever touched the intensity portrayed in a woman fighting to destroy the demons masquerading as humans. The strength, agility, emotional response and outcome, are like nothing that has been seen on screen.

    The film is very, VERY bloodthirsty, but there is a cohesion of morality and forgiveness to the demons in the final part of the film that takes a while to work out when you consider that Saya - the last vampire, is one of them.

    Saya's nurse-sidekick, is also a great way of mirroring the weakness of a female "normal" human when faced with a desperate situation.

    The ending is slightly weak, but the breathlessness you feel (the movie is VERY short) from watching it, makes it well worth the time.

  • Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 (1998) ANIME
    Directed by: Hiroki Hayashi

    Four women in 21st-century Neo Tokyo put on full high-tech battle armor, and as the "Knight Sabres" battle the evil Genom Corporation. The battlesuits let even the requisite "girly girl" kick butt, but Priss is a Heartless Bitch even in her civilian job, as a popular punk rocker who rides a motorcycle. She spends the series getting inside information from a lovestruck police detective - and making him pay for her meals, an expensive enough proposition in 20th century Tokyo! - then splitting before he can ask her out.

    Great soundtrack, too.

  • Cat Girl Nuku Nuku/Banno bunka nekomusume (1995) ANIME
    Directed by: Yoshio Ishida

    The Heartless Bitch in this movie is Akiko, the mother of Shinosuke. She is the president of a military supply company, and when she gets mad she blows things up! Nuku Nuku is a cat in an android's body, but she will do anything to save Shinosuke. There are the people who work for Akiko. The pilot is totally bitchy! She will do anything for Akiko especially if it means blowing something up!

  • Ghost in the Shell/Kokaku Kidotai (1995) ANIME
    Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

    This is an animated movie out of Japan with a level of plot and production values that puts most Hollywood fare to shame. The Heartless Bitch is Major Motoko Kusanagi, a special forces officer who is also a cyborg. She is the epitome of cool under pressure, absolutely fearless, and absolutely kick ass. Again and again throughout this movie she out runs, out thinks, and out fights the men around her. In the end she attacks a massive "tank" all by herself (with her bare hands after running out of ammo!), refusing to call for back up. When her long time friend and partner Bateau races off to help her, another cop remarks "since when did amazon woman need back-up?" It is true that in the end Bateau saves her, though it's clear that he's only able to do so because she has already weakened the "tank", causing it to run out of bullets. Even then he needs "your standard big gun" to kill it. The only real knock against this movie is the fact that in order to utilize the "thermoptic" camouflage built into her skin to become invisible, she has to take her clothes off. But it only seems gratuitous the first time, and after the animators got their kicks they toned it down. Until recently it was rare to find a female character in a manga whose sole purpose wasn't just to take her clothes off at every opportunity, so this is actually quite an improvement. Overall one hell of a thrilling movie (see it on DVD if you can, it's the best way to appreciate the sheer quality of the animation and sound).

  • Perfect Blue (1997) ANIME
    Directed by: Satoshi Kon

    Perfect Blue is a stand-alone movie about an idol singer, Mima, who leaves her girl group and tries to become an actress. What follows is a slow breakdown of the barriers between the identity Mima thinks of as her own, the identity her fans have created for her, and the identity in the drama series she's playing in. Then people start dying. It's very well-animated and quite Hitchcockian; overall an excellent psychological thriller that leaves the watcher constantly trying to figure out what's REALLY going on. Best of all, despite her cute-little-girl, ideal Japanese woman act, Mima is hardly a pushover.

  • Princess Mononoke/Mononoke Hime (1997) ANIME
    Voices by: Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, and Minnie Driver
    Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

    Prince Ashitaka finds himself cursed by the touch of a demon boar and must seek out the forest spirit to help lift the curse. On the way he meets a variety of people and creatures who both help and hinder his cause. This film is NOT for young children, but it has some great Heartless Bitches.

    "Lady Eboshi" runs Iron town with a gentle but iron fist. She is the brains and the courage behind the town being successful, and is respected by the men and women alike. She pulled women from the brothels and employed lepers to help build, run and protect the town, however, she is single-minded in her goal to make the town profitable and successful - to the detriment of the forest and forest gods. The women of Iron town are ex-brothel maids, and as such, are delicious Heartless Bitches and spare the men no grief when they deserve it.

    The Wolf God(dess), Moro is wonderfully played by the voice of Gillian Anderson. Just as Lady Eboshi is single-minded in her pursuit of economic wealth for her town, Moro is single-minded in her plans to bite off the Lady's head. The "princess" in Princess Mononoke, is a young girl, San, who was adopted by the wolf god as a child, and lives as her daughter. Much as San is wild and courageous and fearless, she unfortunately has to get rescued too much for my tastes.

    On the whole, the movie is visually stunning, interesting, and the characters are multifaceted. For more information, check out www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/mh/

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  • Mulan (1998) ANIMATED FEATURE
    Stars: Ming Na Wen, Eddie Murphy
    Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

    For once Disney releases a film featuring a strong heroine who defies the world. She becomes a smart warrior who doesn't give up even when rejected by the man she loves. She kicks Barbarian Butt with force and smarts. Her inmost desire isn't love, although she wants that too, but to be accepted for what and who she really is, not just some frou-frou girl. She does the rescuing and not once waits around for a man.

  • Shrek (2001) ANIMATED FEATURE
    Stars: Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Carmen Diaz, Eddie Murphy
    Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    Absolutely DELIGHTFUL. Uproariously funny riff of every Disney flick you've ever seen. Carmen Diaz does the voice of the Princess, but THIS Princess kicks butt. She defends herself and Shrek from a French-accented "Robin Hood" who insists on trying to "rescue" her, with moves and camera pans straight out of The Matrix. She sings in the morning and causes a bird to explode as a result, and then shrugs and cooks up the eggs left behind... Too hilarious. But best of all, the Princess has a secret, and when her "true" self is revealed, it turns out that she is a green ogre. Loved the message to young kids that you don't have to be a beautiful princess to find love and happiness, - that who you ARE, not what you look like, matters most in the end.

  • Slayers (1995) ANIME
    Directed by: Makoto Noriza, Masato Sato

    The Slayers is a multipart animated series and series of novels from Japan. Alas for us, the novels have not been translated into English for I am told that they contain even more scenes of Heartless Bitchiness from the living incarnation of anime Heartless Bitchhood, the sorceress, Lina Inverse. Lina is, well, short and rather underdeveloped. Any comments about which often end with the hapless speaker being roasted to crispy black by a well-placed fireball. Lina Inverse is one of the most powerful black sorceresses in the world, capable of firing off nuke-sized magical effects and smartass one-liners with equal facility. She robs from bandits and gives to herself. She wipes out whole villages while throwing down with marauding dragons. She casually challenges Omnipotent Gods of Mass Destruction to one-on-one fights, winner take all. Her hapless, idiot, blonde sidekick Gourry follows her with the adoration of a puppy that knows it has no brain and must therefore rely on hers.

  • Rurouni Kenshin (2000) ANIME
    Series - now available on DVD/VHS

    It's exceptionally well done and researched for the sake of keeping things historically accurate. Rurouni Kenshin takes place in the Meiji era of Japan, and begins in 1878. It begins with a wandering samurai named Kenshin Himura, who meets the spirited and tough Kaoru Kamiya. At first, she makes a mistake and thinks he's the one that's been defaming her family's dojo (where she's the resident instructor) but things are quickly cleared up. She welcomes Kenshin to stay with her, saying that she doesn't care about his past, which is good (he was a legendary manslayer ten years before but resolved to never kill again).

    The characters are all interesting and believable people. The main female characters are pleasantly strong, without being super-human. Kaoru is a kendo instructor of her family's style, Megumi is a doctor, and Misao is an independent ninja girl that eventually leads the Oniwabanshu group. While they do occasionally get saved, they do plenty of their own saving too, rather than being the brainless and perky damsels in distress you see in some shows.

    Kenshin is a good example of how it's much harder to do the right thing, rather than just slaughter the bad guys to save the day...and throughout the epic anime series, rivals pop up and try to push him to revert to his old self. It's actually rather hard to summarize the whole thing, as there's 95 episodes in total. However, it's very historically accurate and engaging series. Lots of character development, an interesting plot, and the comic relief is a riot.

    Lastly, Saito Hajime is THE Heartless Bitch of the series. As a former member of the Shinsengumi, he follows one code of ethics: Aku Soku Zan (Execute evil immediately). He also doesn't really care who he pisses off, and won't put up with bleeding hearts or morons. The way he treats the impulsive, hot-headed fighter Sanosuke is just priceless, particularly when he forces Sanosuke to ride on TOP of the carriage he and Kenshin are riding in because Sano is so loud and obnoxious....and he still stabs his katana through the roof at him when Sano overdoes it. "Moron. You're disturbing our conversation."

    A classic line of Saito's: "You can tame a dog with food, and a man with money, but no one has ever been able to tame a wolf of Mibu." (The Shinsengumi were called Wolves of Mibu) He says this right before executing a corrupt politician who was trying to bribe him.

    One of the best shows (animated or live action) that I've ever watched.

  • Titan A.E. (1998) ANIMATED FEATURE
    Stars: Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon
    Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

    Yes, it's a kid's movie. Yes, it's a cartoon. Yes, the story doesn't flow very well because of the various plot holes! But damn, the female lead character Akima sure does kick butt! Aside from the normal ass-kicking qualities of a strong woman (she flies a space-ship and knows how to use her jujitsu style), Akima is the one who ultimately influences the main character to believe in himself and in the future of humanity.

Foreign & Independent

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  • Antonia (1995-Netherlands) DRAMA
    Stars: Willeke van Ammerlroy
    Directed by: Marleen Gorris

    After WWII, Antonia returns with her daughter, to her village in the Dutch countryside. A wonderful story about a strong, self-sufficient, unconventional woman (who refuses to marry or bow to societal pressures), and the generations that follow her. (in Dutch with English subtitles). Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar, 1995.

  • Asia The Invincible (The East is Red) (1992-China) ACTION
    Stars: Brigitte Lin
    Directed by: Siu-Tung Ching, Raymond Lee

    Not only does she keep the Emperor's man around to beat almost to death the revive throughout the flick; she dismembers, disembowels, decapitates and generally decimates foreign devils, Asia the Invincible imposters and those who claim to worship her. This movie makes the Bride with White Hair look practically non-violent.

  • Audition (1999-Japan) THRILLER
    Starring: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawak, Jun Kunimura
    Directed by: Takashi Miike

    Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the résumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. He notes her number from her file, calls her and takes her to dinner. He hesitates to call again, worried that he'll seem too eager when he does, Asami knowingly lets the phone ring for some time before answering. She's alone in her darkened room - alone, that is, apart from the writhing victim she has tied up in a sack on the floor. Soon, of course, he meets her again and the film turns to an examination of exactly what happens to people who deceive others.

  • The Bandit Queen (1994-India) DRAMA
    Stars: Seema Diswas
    Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

    Difficult to watch because the lead woman is raped about a thousand times. It seems like every time she stands up she gets raped. However, if you can view this as a metaphor for how independent women are treated by men in a society they dominate, (in other words, view it in the abstract), it is not as painful. In the end she mobilizes to kill an entire town of the fuckers. Based on a true story, set in India in the 70's, the Bandit Queen goes on to become the emblem for the movement to abolish the caste system. The visual quality of the film is outstanding. This movie caused a huuuuuuggggeeee public scandal and was banned in India when it first came out.

  • Baise-moi (2000-France) DRAMA
    Stars: Rafaela Anderson, Karen Lancaume
    Directed by: Virginie Despentes

    A French film about women who are fed up with assault by men, and get even. REALLY EVEN. It's a bit bloody and DEFINITELY NOT "Hollywood" fare.

  • Belle Epoque (1992-Spain) COMEDY
    Stars: Penelope Cruz
    Directed by: Fernando Trueba

    A soldier, Fernando, defects from the army during the Spanish civil war, and finds himself at the home of Manolo. The two strike up a great friendship, but then Manolo hears that his daughters are coming home from Madrid, and tries to cut the friendship short by sending Fernando away. Fernando takes one look at the daughters getting off the train and decides to stick around for a while.

    At first we think Manolo was trying to protect his four daughters from this young man by sending him away, but as the movie progresses, we realize that he was trying to protect his friend from the ravages of his strong-willed daughters!

    Delightful, light-hearted entertainment, and a great Heartless Bitch scene where one daughter (Violeta) dresses up in costume for the "dance" as a boy, and "takes" the soldier in the barn later that night. Fernando's "Deer caught in the headlights" look throughout the film is priceless! Manolo's wife is a classic Heartless Bitch -- she has a husband AND a lover.

  • Betty Blue (also released as 37.2 Degrees in the Morning (1986-France) COMEDY
    Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Beatrice Dalle
    Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix

    Zorg is a handyman working at the French Riviera, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. One day Betty walks into his life, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss they leave, and Betty manages to get a job at a restaurant. She persuades Zorg to try and get one of his books published, but it is rejected, which makes Betty fly into a rage. Suddenly Betty's wild manners starts to get out of control. Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Can his love prevail even if it comes to the worst?

  • Bread and Tulips/Pane e Tulipani (2000-Italy) COMEDY
    Stars: Licia Maglietta
    Directed by: Silvio Soldini

    A woman on a tour with her family gets left behind and decides to go on an adventure of her own. I highly recommend this movie. The acting is excellent and the script is wonderful. It was great to see a movie that didn't fall into the typical Hollywood traps.

  • Breaking the Waves (1996-Denmark) DRAMA
    Directed by: Lars von Trier

    Actually this is the ANTI Heartless Bitch movie. If you want to be reminded in graphic slow crescendo horror of all the social pressures that destroy those with weaker constitutions, see this story of a whiny trapped moth of a girl self-destructing in a moralistic Scottish town. The heavenly bells at the end were particularly insulting. I just wanted to leap through the screen and KILL her husband, although rationally I know it wasn't her sacrifice that saved him no matter what justification they tried to set up. The love that develops between two of the women is touching, and the nurse's strength a soothing redeeming spot in the whole mess. Don't see this anytime you are going to be around men you like and respect. I left the theater to spitting mad; no male was safe until I calmed down.

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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000-China) DRAMA
    Stars: Chow Yun-Fat, Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh
    Directed by: Ang Lee

    The story of a young girl from an aristocratic family who secretly learns an ancient style of martial art normally reserved for men from a bandit-woman. She steals a sword, and the rest of the movie revolves around Yeoh and Yun-Fat trying to get the sword back. The two female leads, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang, do most of the fighting, with the fight scenes choreographed by the same artist who did the fights scenes for "The Matrix." An absolutely PRICELESS Heartless Bitch scene: Ziyi Zhang (playing "Jen") goes looking for a "gang" and ends up kicking every potential gang member's butt and destroying a tavern in the process. The men, bandaged and beaten, all go complaining to the prefect about how this girl kicked their asses.

  • Diva (1981-France) ACTION
    Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix

    This is an excellent film portrayal of Delacorta's slim novel, now become a cult classic. The male characters are great -- worthy of honorary Heartless Bitch membership, right down to the extras. Check out the strong female characterisation, which is everywhere. The film opens with Luna, refugee, survivor, and a thief with a heart of gold. A modern day Robin Hood who appears to steal for sport -- useless, frivolous items from people too rich even to notice--stuff that she immediately gives away. Be inspired by the gorgeous black opera singer Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez, whose character eschews untold wealth to protect her artistic integrity, chooses to sleep with the skinny postman (when she could have anyone), and is only ever-so-slightly vulnerable at the end, which can be explained away in terms of artistic temperament. Her rendition of the "avalanche" aria from La Wally is the film's recurring musical theme, and you will NEVER forget it. Add a helping of Tennison-like gritty female cop, a dollop of whistle-blowing former moll (who dies for her bravery) and you have the perfect recipe for a Heartless Bitchfest sans pareil. Magnificent.

  • Fong Sai Yuk (1993-China) ACTION
    Stars: Lung Chan, Sung Young Chen, Adam Cheng
    Directed by: Corey Yuen

    A Chinese film chock full of kung fu and kick-ass women! The best scene of the film involves two Chinese moms in an unbelievable battle scene. These women make Bruce Lee look like a wimp! Guaranteed 100% fun!

  • Fucking Åmål (1998-Sweden) DRAMA
    Stars: Alexandra Dahlstrom, Rebeck Liljeberg
    Directed by: Lukas Moodysson

    This is the film about two girls who grow up in the little town "Åmål" in Sweden. They are both bored; they hate the way the young ones in Åmål live their lives, and they want to get out of the hellhole they are trapped in. They fall in love with each other and have to cope with a small-town society's prejudices against lesbians and homosexuality. This is the first movie which accurately describes the lives of young Scandinavians.

  • The King's Whore/La Putain de la Roi (1990-France) DRAMA
    Stars: Timothy Dalton
    Directed by: Axel Corti

    Timothy Dalton plays a King who desires a happily married woman in his bed. She refuses only to be thrust at him by her entire family, including her husband. She goes to the King, but only on her terms, and manages to get revenge on all who insulted her and pushed her at the King. She even gets the country embroiled in a losing war with France. While the King tries to make her love him, she fights him at every turn and never misses a chance to be cruel to him. All in all a Heartless Bitch.

  • Love and Anarchy (1973-Italy) DRAMA
    Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato
    Directed by: Lina Wertmuller

    The film is set in 1930's Italy and an attempt by a country bumpkin to assassinate Mussolini. The primary location is a brothel where a young man (Tunin) is working with an informant (Salome) a madame. The film is a celebration of women, their characters, intentions, music, clothes and their feelings of love and hate and their attempts to take things into their own hands at the expense of their lives. The main character is certainly Tunin but the real meat of the film is the fantastic, gutsy women, in a time when political views were a matter of life and death. Give it a look. It's been my favorite film for years. I've watched it at least a dozen times and plan to view it whenever the desire strikes.

  • New Waterford Girl (1999-Canada) COMEDY
    Stars: Lian Balaban, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Mary Walsh
    Directed by: Allan Moyle

    This is an absolutely great movie about two girls in the small town of New Waterford, Cape Breton. One of the girls, Mooney, will do anything to get out of New Waterford. Help comes in the form of a new neighbor, Lou, whose family moves there from New York. The two girls hatch a plot to get Mooney out of New Waterford by ruining her reputation, convincing everyone she's pregnant (she's never actually had sex), and getting her shipped off to have the baby. Throughout the film there is a subplot where Lou gets hired by local girls to punch their jerk boyfriends for some offense or another. The belief is that if they're guilty, they'll fall - and almost all of them do. The film is a wonderful story of two independent girls being true to themselves. (It's Canadian - I hope you can get your hands on a copy!)

  • Once Were Warriors (1994-New Zealand) DRAMA
    Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison
    Directed by: Lee Tamahori

    This award-winning film is totally unique. It has two wonderful female characters: a Maori mother and daughter. The mother is a strong woman who, like many of us, is torn between her sexual drives and her need for dignity and autonomy. In her case, dignity means reclaiming her cultural birthright, and autonomy means giving up her husband for her extended family.

    Her husband is a very large, very physical man who descends into brutality when he loses his job. The amount of self-pity he indulges is so extreme, he loses all sense of proportion and honor. Not unusual, but we watch his likeable personality deteriorate before our eyes.

    This movie perfectly illustrates why it is often necessary to take steps that will get us branded a Heartless Bitch by men, even when we are following our heart and empowering ourselves and our children.

    Their daughter is a gentle, sensitive insightful girl who keeps a journal and longs for a meaningful life. It takes a tragedy for the woman to realize that sexual fulfillment with a man must sometimes be rejected to find oneself.

    Violent, realistic, heart-wrenching, with superb performances, this is a powerful realization of feminist loss and redemption.

  • Outrage/Dispara (1993-Spain) DRAMA
    Stars: Antonio Banderas
    Directed by: Carlos Saura

    The main character is a woman who is just excellent. She performs in a circus by riding a horse and firing a gun at balloons held by young women. Of course she never misses! But if the sight of a gorgeous woman who knows how to use her gun isn't enough, then watch what she does with it to the three men who attack her. Rock on, sister!

    Of course, she doesn't survive, (How typical!). However, she is truly a Heartless Bitch, and she deserves our respect.

  • Platinum (1997-Canada) DRAMA
    Stars: Tanya Allen, Laura Bertram
    Directed by: Bruce McDonald

    This film explores the lives of a low-budget record label trying to battle the corporate suits to sign an underground band called Ophelia (including music from "The Dough Boys"), but the girls that make up the band are totally in charge of their tastes and lives. Lead singer Astrid (Tanya Allen) can freak out the best of them, and bowl over any record producer trying to weasel into their profits. Also great performance from Jessica (Ready or Not's Laura Bertram), the pop singer who gets fed up with the "whore" image being thrust upon her.

  • Queen Margot (1994-France) DRAMA
    Stars: Isabelle Adjani
    Directed by: Patrice Chereau

    Isabelle Adjani plays the beautiful Margot, a princess whose marriage is arranged for political purposes. This doesn't stop her from having the lover of her choice, or from helping her husband subvert the intentions of her murderous royal family.

  • A Question of Silence/Stilte rond Christine M., De (1982-Netherlands) TYPE
    Stars: Henriette Tol, Nelly Frijda, Edda Barends
    Directed by: Marleen Gorris

    A film about three women who are trapped in different ways by our patriarchal society. One night, while shopping, these three women who don't know each other are shopping in a dress shop, suddenly become enraged with the system, attack, and murder the innocent male shopkeeper. He becomes the symbol of Patriarchy.

    The three women are arrested and charged with murder. They are assigned a female psychiatrist, who desperately wants to prove that they are insane. Slowly, she realizes that the women aren't insane at all. In fact, all of their anger and hatred is completely justified.

  • Rabbit-proof Fence (2002-Australia) DRAMA
    Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monoghan
    Directed by: Phillip Noyce

    Rabbit-proof Fence is an incredible true story of three aboriginal girls who were taken away from their mothers in the 1930s, in Western Australia. (They were taken because of a government policy to remove 'half-caste' children from aboriginal families - they have been more recently described as 'the stolen generation'.) The girls were taken to a mission station 1,500 miles (2,400 kms) from their home. They decided to escape from the mission and walk back home. The journey took many weeks over incredibly hot, arid and at times desert conditions. The girls also managed to evade an Aboriginal tracker through their ingenuity. The movie is very moving and depicts the incredible bond between mother and child. The acting is terrific. The film raises important questions about the clash between cultural values and contributes to a continuing debate about compensation for the children and families affected by the policy.

  • Ran (1985-Japan) DRAMA
    Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu
    Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

    One of the greatest classics of Japanese film. Kurosawa's movie is an epic remake of Shakespeare's King Lear set in 16th century Japan. What makes this film so great is not only the magnificent imagery set up by Kurosawa, but the fluid way in which this movie flows together. Of course, the requisite bitch is an integral part of the plot. She is most definitely not what I would consider heartless(questionable at times), however she is somewhat deranged and the actress cast in the role gives a very convincing performance as she aids in the separation of three brothers who are dividing up an inheritance from their 'retired' father. Overall, the movie provoked a degree of emotion from me that encompassed my actual caring for the characters. A film of this caliber is not to be missed by anyone with the least bit of interest in Japanese culture or deception and intrigue.

  • Romance (1999-France) DRAMA
    Stars: Caroline Trousselard
    Directed by: Catherine Breillat

    The movie that "shocked France", this sexually explicit "art" film, is the story of Marie, a neurotic woman who is obsessed with a boyfriend that won't have sex with her. Whether to satisfy her carnal desires, or to "get back" at her boyfriend, (it's not really clear), this anti-heroine takes the film through a series of sexual escapades in search of the answers to soothe her tortured soul. While Marie is too weirdly obsessive for most people to identify with, she does get particularly nasty in the end. And some of the sex scenes are pretty hot --though unfortunately short in duration. While unrated in Canada as an "art" film, it will certainly be rated X in many other jurisdictions. What I want to know is why can't we have porn actors like Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi (Marie's first affair), in North America? (Rocco was HOT - instead, we get stars like Ron Jeremy - BLECH!)

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  • Run Lola Run/Lola Rennt (1998-Germany) DRAMA
    Directed by: Tom Tykwer

    A German film about a punk girl who has 20 minutes to save her boyfriend after he loses a mobster's money. She'll stop at nothing to save him, including holding up her father's bank. When the police come, they "rescue" her, not knowing that the bag in her hand is full of money, because a young female couldn't "possibly" pull off a bank robbery! When tension gets too high, she belts out a shattering primal scream to gain control, even in a snooty upscale casino.

  • Shame (1987-Australia) DRAMA
    Stars: Deborra-Lee Furness
    Directed by: Steve Jodrell

    About a city lawyer, Asta, who rides her motorbike into a small Outback town. When her bike breaks down, she is forced to stay the night. She soon discovers that the town is home to a pack of violent, arrogant young men who bully and rape the town's women. The other men try to ignore this, for fear that they themselves will be beaten up if they complain, and also because the worst rapist is the son of the owner of the town's cannery, the main source of employment.

    Furness comes to the assistance of Lizzie, a young girl who has been raped, but this isn't some goody-two-shoes lovey-dovey movie. The men take on Furness, and end up black and blue for their trouble. Furness helps the women and the men stand up for themselves against the thugs and rapists who have ruled the town, but not before young Lizzie is killed after she tries to press charges against her rapists.

    Furness is a tough-talking, hard-riding, two-fisted Heartless Bitch. She won't take shit from anyone, and when the Law won't do anything, she will. An emotionally charged movie, it's not "Rambo in a skirt."

  • Smila's Sense of Snow (1997-Denmark) ACTION
    Stars: Julia Ormond, Ona Fletcher
    Directed by: Bille August

    Set in Denmark, Smila (Julia Ormand) plays a very assertive, independent woman that investigates the apparent accidental death of a young boy in her apartment. building. The plot gets pretty involved, so I won't elaborate. There are several scenes where she really puts some bone-headed men in their place. There's also one where she nails her father's bimbo girl friend, grabbing her throat with one hand and her crotch with the other and letting her know the she (Smila) is a not a bitch to be fucked with.

  • Swordsman II/Xiao ao Jiang hu Zhi Dong Gang Bu Bai (1991-China) ACTION
    Stars: Brigitte Lin, Jet Li
    Directed by: Siu-Ting Ching, Stanley Tong

    Hong Kong movie superstar Brigitte Lin plays a warlord who castrates himself to become a woman in order to achieve supernatural kung-fu powers. Jet Li, a wandering, hapless swordsman, falls in love with Brigitte but doesn't know that she is a he. Lin's character kills a million people with flying thread and kung fu. This movie is one of the best "gender-bending" flicks from HK during HK's motion picture heyday. The film's sequel, "Swordsman III: The East Is Red", is equally amazing. At one point, Lin's character says to a group of warriors bent on killing her, "Give me your hearts", and their hearts explode from their chests and fly into her outstretched hands.

  • Tatie Danielle (1990-France) COMEDY
    Stars: Tsilla Chelton
    Directed by: Etienne Chatiliez

    This movie is all about one MEAN old lady. The humor in this movie is blacker than black, and I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants (and that was on a blind-date with a guy -- I never heard from him again). The Heartless Bitch in this film is a nasty, manipulative old lady who uses and abuses the misplaced pity and kindness of others. When her housekeeper dies, she moves in with relatives and continues her horribly abusive ways until the family goes on vacation and leaves a new housekeeper behind to look after Tatie. The new housekeeper isn't about to get sucked in by Tatie's antics and doesn't take any guff, so a grudging respect forms. Deliciously black comedy.

  • Tillsammans/Together (2000-Sweden) COMEDY
    Stars: Lisa Lindgren
    Directed by: Lukas Moodysson

    Takes place in Sweden, 1975. The basic plot is of an abused woman who leaves her alcoholic husband. She goes to live with her children, her brother and two other couples in a self made commune. One of the couples has a free relationship, the other couple split up because the women believes she's a lesbian.

    The plot sounds very old fashioned and boring, but maybe that's why you're head over heels in love with 'Tillsammans' after you've seen it. The first few minutes of the movie gives you the idea that it truly is an old fashoned film but quickly it turns out to be funny, tragic, and moving. It's made by Lukas Moodysson, who made Fucking Amal, and it's a real feel-good-movie. You'll be smiling the whole day after you've seen it.

  • Trainspotting (1996-UK) DRAMA
    Stars: Ewan McGregor
    Directed by: Danny Boyle

    When Renton tries to make a move on Diane, the following Instant Classic Heartless Bitch speech is delivered by her; "Do you find that this approach usually works, or, let me guess, you've never tried it before. In fact, you don't normally approach girls, am I right? The truth is that you're a quite, sensitive type but if I'm prepared to take a chance I might just get to know the inner you: witty, adventurous, passionate, loving, loyal, a little bit crazy, a little bit bad, but, hey, don't us girls just love that?"

  • Venus in Furs (1999-US Ind.) DRAMA
    Directed by: Joel Schlemowitz

    Based on the novel by Leopold Von Sader-Massoch. A woman owns a man, straps him to a cart and makes him pull it through her field like an ox.

  • Three Colors: White/Trzy Kolory: Baily (1994-France/Poland) DRAMA
    Stars: Jesse Hartman, Lea Kelman
    Directed by: Krzysztof Kieslowski

    Part of a trilogy, "Trois Couleurs" (Bleu, Rouge, Blanc). Julia Dupuy plays the wife of the main character, a Polish immigrant. She unceremoniously divorces him because he has not been able to perform sexually since their marriage and subsequent move to Paris. Unfortunately the film is based on his revenge, but the women of all three of these films are incredible characters. Also released as Blanc

  • Wifemistress/Mogliamante (1977-Italy) COMEDY
    Stars: Laura Antonelli, Marcello Mastroianni
    Directed by: Marco Vicario

    Antonia, (in the opening) is an invalid. Her husband Luigi disappears and she rises from the bed to take over the family business. It turns out, that Luigi is in hiding in the attic across from his bedroom. His wife discovers his unfaithfulness, takes lovers, male and female (the female was her husband's lover), and she grows in strength and power throughout the story as he weakens. A great Heartless Bitch movie.

  • Yong Chun (1994-China) ACTION
    Stars: Michelle Yeoh
    Directed by: Woo-ping Yuen

    A Chinese film starring Michelle Yeoh, (a.k.a. Michele Khan from Supercop) the incredible Hong Kong star who does all her own stunts.

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988-Spain) COMEDY
    Stars: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderos
    Directed by: Pedro Almodovar

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  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger
    Directed by: Gil Junger

    Yet another cinematic take on Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" with this one set in a modern day high school. In this rendition, Julia Stiles plays Katarina, a Heartless Bitch who doesn't let anyone force her into anything. She finds verbal assault natural -- especially when it comes to posers like her sister.

  • 9 to 5 (1980) COMEDY
    Stars: Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Dabney Coleman
    Directed by: Colin Higgins

    Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house, they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up?

  • The Alien Series (1979-Alien) HORROR/SCI FI
    Stars: Sigourney Weaver
    Directed by: Ridley Scott

    Sigourney Weaver portrays a very strong female role in these movies, and there are those female Marines in the second one. The private named Vasquez, who was played by Jeanette Goldstein, has the best Heartless Bitch line in the whole movie! When one of her male colleagues asked, "Hey, Vasquez. Have you ever been mistaken for a man?" Vasquez replies, "No, have you?" While the last one, "Resurrection" was pretty lame, Weaver's character was tough, heartless, and utterly, utterly ruthless.

  • All About Eve (1950) DRAMA
    Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
    Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

    Don't miss the real Heartless Bitch in this flick. Hint: It isn't the manipulative ingenue. It's all about Bette!

  • All Over Me (1997) DRAMA
    Stars: Alison Folland, Tara Subkoff
    Directed by: Alex Sichel

    The story of two teenage girls growing up in Hell's Kitchen. One is in love with the other, but the first has the hots for a sleazy, thug-like drug dealer. He kills the second girl's new gay friend (who has some killer heartless lines himself) for standing up for himself. The first girl turns the thug's slimy ass into the police, dumps her loser friend and hooks up with a hot grrrl from the local scene,played by Leshia Hailey from the Murmurs. A must see for all budding Heartless Bitches in the riot grrrl scene.

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  • The Andromeda Strain (1971) SCI-FI
    Stars: Kate Reid, Arthur Hill, David Wayne
    Directed by: Robert Wise

    A CLASSIC Science Fiction film about the outbreak of an alien virus and the emergency response team that tries to figure out how to stop it. Listed here because of the delightfully Heartlessly Bitchy role of "Dr. Ruth Leavitt", played by Kate Reid. Dr. Leavitt is a chain-smoking, cussing, ornery, take-no-guff researcher called in to help the team.

  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) COMEDY
    Stars: Cary Grant, Elaine Harper, Josephine Hill, Jean Adair
    Directed by: Frank Capra

    Two innocent old ladies are visited by their nephew. He accidentally comes across a body in a windowseat and demands an explanation. They eagerly explain their own "little secret"-- they poison unsuspecting old men who seek lodging with their special homemade elderberry wine (a gallon mixed with a teaspoonful of arsenic, a half-teaspoon of strychnine and a "pinch of cyanide") as a charity act -- to end their loneliness and find ultimate peace. "If we could help other lonely old men to find that same peace, we would."

    They are blissfully unaware that their humanely murderous acts ("Murders Incorporated") are immoral. The action that follows is hilarious as one nephew attempts to get another nephew committed for the murders to save his aunts as more and more dead bodies keep showing up.

  • Bad to the Bone (1997) DRAMA
    Stars: Kristy Swanson
    Directed by: Bill L. Norton

    Kristy Swanson's character seduces a guy, gets what she wants out of him, and convinces her brother to murder him. Not a great movie, but a real Heartless Bitch.

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  • Bad Girls (1994) WESTERN
    Stars: Drew Barrymore, Madeleine Stowe, Andie MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson
    Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

    A western about four fairly inventive chicks who put their collective skills together to stake a claim for land belonging to the dead husband of one. A little less than Heartlessly Bitchy at times, but deserving of at least an honorable mention.

  • Barb Wire (1996) ACTION
    Stars: Pamela Anderson
    Directed by: David Hogan

    Pamela Anderson as a mercenary for hire. She starts off the movie by killing a man in her audience during a "wet-dress" dance by throwing her spiked heel into his forehead because he calls her "babe." She doesn't like to be called "babe." Two minutes later she kills the owner of the nightclub; she pulls out a cigarette and asks him for a light. He replies, "I don't smoke." She blows the poison dart into his forehead, killing him, and replies, "Neither do I."

  • Beautiful Girls (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Rosie O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Mira Sorvino, Annabeth Gish
    Directed by: Ted Demme

    Rosie O'Donnell gives a wonderful monologue about how men's ideas of women with silicone breasts, shaved pubic areas, and bleach blonde hair is unnatural. She also goes on the explain to two of the male characters that breasts were meant to be suckled by babies, not by pathetic drooling men. A wonderfully empowering performance.

  • Being John Malkovich (1999) COMEDY
    Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich
    Directed by: Spike Jonz

    A scathing play on the facile nature of Hollywood show business, this film is brilliantly acted, twisted, and funny. The basic story follows Cusack as an out-of-work puppeteer who takes a job on the 7 1/2 floor of an office building as a file clerk. During the course of the miserable job, he becomes smitten with his co-worker, Maxine, who is a delicious ice queen. He also discovers a door in the office wall that leads into the mind of John Malkovich. He convinces Maxine to run a business with him, selling time in John Malkovich's mind. Keener, as Maxine, is the classic Heartless Bitch -- manipulating all those around her to achieve her own ends.

  • Bend it Like Beckham (2002) COMEDY
    Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightly
    Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

    It is about an Indian girl born and raised in the UK who really wants to play footie (or soccer as it is called in the US) but due to her family's traditional beliefs/values, she is prohibited from doing so. The movie follows her adventures and deals with topics that are very sensitive in the Indian community. It also portrays the sad truths about women's football in the UK. While the men's league is world renowned, the women do not even have a professional league. This is appalling and the movie deals with this issue brilliantly. I would recommend this movie to everyone. "Bend It Like Beckham" has been released worldwide except in North America. Its North America launch date is set for May 2003. So ladies, definitely go check it out!!! It'll be worth your time, no doubt!!!

  • Better than Chocolate (1999) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Karen Dwyer, Christina Cox, Wendy Crewson
    Directed by: Anne Wheeler

    A romantic comedy about relationships of all kinds: lesbian, transsexual, bisexual, and heterosexual. The plot revolves around Maggie (Karen Dwyer) and Kim (Christina Cox), who meet and rapidly develop an intimate relationship, only to find out that Maggie's mother is getting divorced, and coming to live with Maggie. The problem? Maggie dropped out of school, doesn't have a place to live, and isn't "out" to her mother. What ensues is light-hearted comedy about relationships, entanglements, and honesty, with several fun stabs at Canadian censorship of queer literature, and more sex toys than I have ever seen in a single movie before.

  • Big Business (1988) COMEDY
    Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin
    Directed by: Jim Abrahams

    Two pairs of twins (Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin) are mismatched at birth and grow up in two different caste systems. When the home town of one pair is threatened by the corporation of the other pair, these Heartless Bitches face off in the corporate office.

  • Bitter Harvest (1993) THRILLER
    Stars: Jennifer Rubin, Patsy Kensit, Stephen Baldwin
    Directed by: Duane Clark

    We won't spoil the ending of this remake, but there's an incinerator, sex and money involved.

  • Bitter Moon (1992) DRAMA
    Stars: Peter Coyote, Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas
    Directed by: Roman Polanski

    A story about long, satisfying revenge and co-dependent relationships and not necessarily in that order. The heroine is a dancer who gives up everything for "the man she loves," who in turn abuses the privilege. In one fell swoop situations are reversed and ... ya just gotta see the movie.

    This movie is a great Heartless Bitch movie because it shows that everyone has more than one side to their personality and that the great Karmic Rule sometimes applies--especially with a decent storyline.

  • Black Widow (1987) THRILLER
    Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell
    Directed by: Bob Rafelson

    An incredible movie featuring two Heartless Bitches: Theresa Russell is a gorgeous woman who marries-- and then murders--a succession of rich husbands. Debra Winger is the FBI agent who becomes obsessed with her and tracks her down.

  • Body Heat (1981) THRILLER
    Stars: Kathleen Turner, William Hurt
    Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

    Great film noir with Kathleen Turner as the ruthless Mattie Walker who uses lawyer Ned Racine, played by William Hurt, in a scheme to murder her wealthy husband and get all his money. If you haven't seen this yet, just wait for the ending!

  • Bound (1996) THRILLER
    Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon
    Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

    These women know what they want, and they know how to get it. Not that they don't fuck up; they're not perfect, and they're smart and sexy as hell.

  • Boxing Helena (1993) DRAMA
    Stars: Sherilyn Fenn
    Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch

    Okay, so the heroine doesn't make out so great in the last half of the movie, but there's a party scene at the male lead's house where you gotta love the way she delivers her lines.

  • Boy's Don't Cry (1999) DRAMA
    Stars: Chloe Sevigny, Hilary Swank, Peter Sarsgaard
    Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

    Based on the real-life story of "Brandon Teena," who was originally Teena Brandon, a young woman in search of her gender identity. Often in trouble with the law, "Brandon" romances girls, and ultimately wins the love of Lana (Chloe Sevigny). Her brief and troubled life comes to a tragic end, but the film is brilliantly done.

  • Boys on the Side (1995) COMEDY
    Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore
    Directed by: Herbert Ross

    They are all fantastic as (respectively) a lesbian band singer, a woman struggling with AIDS, and a woman on the run who has inadvertently killed her abusive boyfriend. Even the soundtrack, featuring the likes of Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls, is filled with Heartless Bitch anthems.

  • Bride of Chucky (1998) COMEDY/HORROR
    Stars: Jennifer Tilly
    Directed by: Ronny Yu

    Tilly plays a woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants in this cheesy sequel to the "Child's Play" horror series. If you are into camp, gore, and Heartless Bitches, this movie is for you. Tilly goes on a murderous rampage as "Chucky's" bride. In one of the first scenes of the movie, she kills a cop with a nail file, then does her nails with the blood still dripping from it.

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  • Bright Leaf (1950) DRAMA
    Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Lauren Bacall, Gary Cooper
    Directed by: Michael Curtiz

    Theoretically, this a movie about a man (Gary Cooper) so obsessed with clawing his way out of his impoverished background and then defeated by his obsessive desire to possess all the trappings of wealth that eluded him growing up. Indeed, it's got a fine moment here and there, along those lines; however, as far as I'm concerned, the scene is completely stolen by Lauren Bacall, his brothel-running investor/partner/confidante, and Miriam Hopkins, his wife and eventual downfall.

    Now, this is 1940's Hollywood, so of course Lauren is placed in the position of the long-suffering female confidante who REALLY just wants to be the love of his life...but even at that she excels! It's HER money, earned through her own hard work in the sex industry, that backs all Mr. Up-by-my-bootstraps's business ventures. Never ONCE does she apologize, feel second class, take a bit of shit for being a prostitute, or for later owning the brothel. BEST of all...when Mr. Up-by-my-bootstraps is in that last, life-altering bind, good old Lauren has enough Heartless Bitch sense to let him know that she ain't his emotional booty-call anymore!

    Just Lauren would be enough, but WOULD YOU BELIEVE it gets BETTER? How about Miriam Hopkins as the spoiled little rich girl who never gives him the time of day growing up. Of course, she serves as symbol of all that his impoverished self could never possess, so he wants her. As great an empire he builds in the early days of cigarette manufacturing, she STILL won't give his nouveau riche from the gutter ass any play! Finally, he drives her father out of business and to suicide. All alone in the world, what is spoiled little rich gurl to do? Determined not to lose her family's legacy, she marries him to keep the house and all their heirlooms, lures him into a super-extended honeymoon during which she successfully distracts him from paying ANY attention to the management of his business whatsoever, uses his own money to buy up his company, then sells it for a song, and that's not the final act.

  • Brokedown Palace (1999) DRAMA
    Stars: Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsdale
    Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

    A film about two young women who visit Thailand. They are both falsely accused of carrying illegal drugs when making a short flight to Hong Kong with their "new" friend they made in Thailand. Both girls are sent to an awful, unsanitary, cockroach-infested jail for women. Their love for each other and friendship is put to the ultimate test as one must decide whether to sacrifice her life for the other.

  • Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Doom (1989) ACTION/COMEDY
    Stars: Shannon Tweed, Adrienne Barbeau, Karen Mistal
    Directed by: JF Lawton

    This cult classic B-movie comes complete with males that deserve a fate worse than death... and they usually get it. Borders on the absurd.

  • Chasing Amy (1997) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Joey Lauren Hutton, Ben Affleck
    Directed by: Kevin Smith

    An independent film about Alyssa who takes a chance on a guy even though she's obviously a lesbian. We follow closely her character as she comes to terms with all aspects of her sexuality, and what her love with this man means to her. A touching story that pushes the limits on American film treatment of sexual relationships.

  • Chicago (2002) MUSICAL COMEDY
    Stars: Renee Zellwiger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
    Directed by: Rob Marshall

    Yes, it's a musical- but it's a musical even the most Heartless Bitches can get behind! Set in late 1920's Gangland-era Chicago, the film (based on the musical based on the play) focuses on Heartless Bitch Roxie Hart, in jail for the murder of her lying lover. Roxie manages to charm, manipulate, use, or just plain steal from her husband, lawyer Billy Flynt, prison matron Mama Morton (Queen Latifa, a great Heartless Bitch in her own right), and fellow murderess and Heartless Bitch Velma Kelly. The song, "The Cellblock Tango" where the "six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail" sing about murdering the men in their life, will leave all Heartless Bitches smirking with glee. The movie is sexy, fun, and the bitches, although not great role models or particularly admirable in their quest for fame, still win in the end.

  • Clue (1985) COMEDY
    Stars: Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry
    Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

    The character "Mrs. White" (played by Madeline Kahn) is the quintessential bitch. She admits to having had affairs with the husbands of other women, she emasculated her own adulterous husbands (just the FIVE of them), and also throttles one of the women who engaged in extramarital affairs with her husband. Not to mention she has the bitchiest lines in the movie!
    "Husbands should be like Kleenex...soft, strong and disposable,"
    "Flies are where men are most vulnerable,"
    "Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage."
    "It's a matter of life after death, now that he's dead I have a life."
    She takes no crap from anyone, and she isn't afraid to let them know who's boss.

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989) DRAMA
    Stars: Richard Bohringer, Helen Mirren
    Directed by: Peter Greenaway

    A great flick! The Wife feeds her husband (the Thief) the genitals of her murdered lover. A-1 sauce anyone?

  • Coffy (1973) ACTION
    Stars: Pam Grier
    Directed by: Jack Hill

    Watching Pam (in her prime) continuously pull implements of death out of her afro and kill sleazy white gangsters just gives you a new outlook on life. She literally plays the perfect black widow in this revenge, blacksploitation classic. Shaft looks like a chump next to COffy.

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  • Courage Under Fire (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Meg Ryan, Denzel Washington
    Directed by: Edward Zwick

    The first Woman ever to be nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor. Follow as Denzel unravels the mystery of what really happened and see Meg Ryan portray a strong woman under fire.

  • Cousin Bette (1998) COMEDY
    Stars: Jessica Lange, Hugh Laurie
    Directed by: Des McAnuff

    This movie is for anyone out there who likes watching wronged women get their revenge. Do not read the supremely misogynistic book, but watch the movie where cousin Bette, long seen by her manipulative selfish family as merely an ugly servant, uses this assumption of her weakness to destroy them all. Setting the plot in motion is the theft of Bette's beloved by her pettily bitchy baby cousin. Far from moping about the house over her man's betrayal, she enlists the help of a glitteringly nasty courtesan to seduce the man and wreck her cousin's marriage, seduce her cousin's father, and destroy his finances and his health. Together they do all sorts of tricky things which deliciously culminate in the complete destruction of anyone who ever pissed Bette off.

    The movie, unlike the book, also plays with the idea of passive beauty and its connection with patriarchial luxury, but then shows Bette and her courtesan friend actively using these male ideals against every man that believes in them.

  • Cruel Intentions (1999) DRAMA
    Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Directed by: Roger Kumble

    Not a great movie as far as plot and dialog, but certainly in the "Heartless Bitch" genre. Yet another remake of "Valmont," teen-angst style.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar's character, Kathryn, is a full blown manipulative bitch. She plays a spoiled little rich girl with nothing better to do than destroy other people's lives and manipulate them to her own ends. She uses her step brother, Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) to get back at a guy who dumped her, without a care for the people she might hurt along the way. Ultimately, she gets her own come-uppance, but she has some nasty lines along the way:

    Kathryn: "You're just a toy I like to play with, Sebastian."

  • Cutthroat Island (1995) ACTION
    Stars: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine
    Directed by: Renny Harlin

    Geena Davis kicks ass as a pirate captain in search of buried treasure.

  • Dangerous Beauty (1998) DRAMA
    Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt
    Directed by: Marshall Herskovitz

    It is Venice in the height of the Renaissance and the only option a woman has is to become a wife and the property of her husband, or to become a nun and the property of a mysogynistic god. Wait, there is another road to take if a woman is willing, a road that will open a wonderful world of possibilites. She can become a Courtesan.

    Dangerous Beauty follows the life of an intelligent and vital young woman in Venice who falls in love with a man who, though he claims to love her, will not marry her because his father has "contracted" him to marry another. Angry, heartbroken, and frustrated by a social system that refuses to acknowledge her worth as a human being, our heroine explores her option. Her mother, a former courtesan herself, instructs her in the arts of seduction and reveals to her that by using sex as a subtle weapon aginst men, she can open up a whole new world of opportunity.

    There is a scene towards the close of the film where our heroine boldly challenges the almighty Church itself, even in the face of extreme adversity.

  • Dangerous Liaisons (1988) DRAMA
    Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich
    Directed by: Stephen Frears

    In this "Valmont" remake, Glenn Close plays the ultimate heartless seductress in this cruel, witty, and gorgeously costumed flick set in 18th century France. She happily ruins the lives of lovers and peers just to show up her Don Juan rival, played by an equally cool John Malkovich. She gets stung in the end, and deserves it, but all the same, you've got to admire her style.

  • Days of Pentecost (1995) COMEDY
    Directed by: Lawrence Elbert

    Simply must be seen to be believed! Imagine a feature length Black and Latino drag action adventure musical road movie inspired by "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and you've imagined this movie. Miss Melena D'L'Moja is the fierce Heartless Bitch to look out for. In one scene, she beats a mechanic to death with her stiletto pump!

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  • Dead Alive (Braindead) (1992) COMEDY/HORROR
    Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver, Elizabeth Moody
    Directed by: Peter Jackson

    By the same director of "Heavenly Creatures" and "Frighteners", Dead Alive is billed as the goriest horror film of all time -- this is true, but it's hilarious. The female lead (Paquita) is a spanish girl who runs the corner market in a 50's-eque New Zealand town. She has some incredible lines, falls in love, and hacks zombies and baddies like there's no tomorrow. Watch for the faboo scene in which her love interest's sleazy uncle tries to grope her.

  • Death to Smoochy (2002) COMEDY
    Stars: Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener
    Directed by: Danny DeVito

    Death to Smoochy is a dark comedy set in the dog eat dog world of children's television. Robin Williams is hilarious as Rainbow Randolph the kid show’s star who gets fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by Ed Norton as Smoochy, the fuchsia rhinoceros. Catherine Keener plays Nora, a top programming executive at the Network. The movie is satirical at best and hilarious. However, the star Heartless Bitch of this film is a character named Tommy (played by Pam Ferris) an Irish mobstress who rights all the wrongs of the film with her boys wielding a hammer and an axe. On a personal note she is my hero in the film.

  • Double Indemnity (1944) FILM-NOIR
    Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck
    Directed by: Billy Wilder

    Smooth talking insurance salesman Walter Neff meets attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband's automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and an affair begins. They cook up a scheme to murder Mr. Dietrichson for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go to plan.

  • Dead Calm (1989) HORROR
    Stars: Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane
    Directed by: Phillip Noyce

    Middle-aged surgeon John Ingram and his wife Rae embark on an extended yachting trip after the gruesome death of their young son in a car accident. The trip is intended as a therapeutic measure for the traumatized Rae. Things go well until the couple rescues Hughie Warriner, the sole survivor from a sinking schooner near the Great Barrier Reef. Warriner claims that all the other passengers died of food poisoning, but Ingram boards the schooner to investigate and makes a nasty discovery that turns their vacation into a nightmare.

    Nicole Kidman does the most interesting and demanding work in the film as the wife who must snap out of her melancholy distraction to outwit her vile captor. During the film's last half, Kidman convincingly transforms from a vunerable, distraught housewife into a ferocious battler--and it's an electrifying metamorphosis.

  • Deadlier than the Male (1966) THRILLER
    Stars: Elke Sommer
    Directed by: Ralph Thomas

    A tad disrespectful of Heartless Bitchs in its predictable ending. In one of the all-time great Heartless Bitch scenes, Elke Sommer's character explains to Mr. Bridgenorth that while he was attempting to kiss her, her ring injected him with a paralyzing drug: He can hear her triumphing over him, see her beautiful body, and will feel himself plummeting to his death -- he just can't move. In the movie's opening scene, Elke removes a cigar, that symbol of male gross-macho-stupidity from the garter well above the thigh of her beautiful stocking-clad leg, and gives it to a male, who is blown away by an embedded bullet a few seconds later. For every woman who has ever had some jerk clasp her head to his member and yell "swallow it!"

  • Death of the Maiden (1994) THRILLER
    Stars: Sigourney Weaver
    Directed by: Roman Polanski

    Weaver plays a woman who by chance meets the man at her own home who raped her many years ago. She plans a plot to have him confess on video tape or he pays with his life. Very intense story.

  • Delores Claiborne (1995) THRILLER
    Stars: Kathy Bates
    Directed by: Taylor Hackford

    Yes, it's true, a Stephen King movie with a soul! Not your typical Stephen King fare, yet chilling in its own right. Don't miss it.
    Most quoted line: "Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold on to."

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  • Diabolique (1996) THRILLER
    Stars: Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates
    Directed by: Jeremiah Chechik

    A wife and a mistress find out about one another and decide to do away with hubby/boyfriend. Kathy Bates, my all-time favorite actress (and I think, Heartless Bitch) also joins the cast. Don't miss the original (see next review).

  • Diabolique (1955) THRILLER
    Stars: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot
    Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot

    The 50's french diabolique, powered acting by Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot who play wife and mistress of a true rat. It's a fine edge-of-your-seat, film noir thriller that shows the Heartless Bitches not putting up with any bullshit.

  • Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) ACTION
    Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
    Directed by: John McTiernan

    While this movie is mostly about men blowing each other up, the Heartless Bitch played by Colleen Camp is well worthy of mention.

  • Dirty Weekend (1993) THRILLER
    Stars: Lia Williams, David McCallum, Rufus Sewell

    From the Director of "Death Wish," this is the story of Bella, who woke up one morning and realised that she's had enough. All it took was one rather nasty man to transform her from a meek and mild secretary into a murderous femme fatale. This is also the story of one woman who decided to do something about it. The female protagonist in this book/movie totally makes up for all of the books and movies where the women are portrayed as wimpy little ankle sprainers who need strong men for protection. Over-sexed men who treat women as sex objects would be well advised to steer clear of our Bella.

  • Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) COMEDY
    Stars: Carrie Snodgress, Richard Benjamin
    Directed by: Frank Perry

    Carrie Snodgress plays Tina, the diffident wife of a domineering husband, played by Richard Benjamin. Although Tina's meek personality is no match for her husband's overwhelming assholishness, she knows she must somehow get out from under his heel. Even her own children boss her around. She does not shoot or castrate anybody, and her male adversary proves to be an armor-plated jerk, but her struggle is quietly heroic. The next time you see a woman seemingly dominated by her husband, don't be so quick to chide her for her weakness. In a dozen everyday ways, she may be summoning the kind of courage few of us ever need. Even in the 90's, there are Tinas everywhere.

  • Double Jeopardy (1999) THRILLER
    Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones.
    Directed by: Bruce Beresford

    Although Judd gets screwed over quite a bit in the beginning, she gets her son back and kills off her husband too!

  • Elizabeth (1998) DRAMA
    Stars: Cate Blanchett
    Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

    The incredible story of Elizabeth I -- a woman who lived her life according to her own code and managed to hang on to the throne of England despite many threats to her life and monarchy. She challenged the Catholic Church, made the Protestant religion legal, and refused to become the pawn of men who would marry her for her power and her throne. It shows the changes that take place in her as she realizes that to survive, she must become brutally ruthless. Under her reign, England entered the renaissance. Also watch for Mary of France -- an armored, sword-wielding Queen of the north.

  • Erin Brockovich (2000) DRAMA
    Stars: Julia Roberts
    Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

    This movie isn't about some whiny, weak, little victim woman. It's about a woman who has made mistakes, and she's willing to face up to them. She's a woman who's lost respect and is fighting to get it back. She's not afraid of anyone, and she's hard working instead of just nasty. She's a woman with a wit. Erin is a paralegal who uncovers a cover-up by PG&E which leads to a class-action lawsuit.

  • Eve of Destruction (1991) ACTION
    Stars: Renée Soutendijk, Gregory Hines
    Directed by: Duncan Gibbons

    Eve Simmons is a scientist who builds a robot in her own image. Built for the military, the robot contains a nuclear device in its belly. The robot is programmed to interact like a human in society while it carries the bomb to its intended destination. Simmons implants her personality into the robot but during a traning exercise (where the robot is sent into the city to see how it reacts) it gets damaged and runs off. During this time it starts living the darker side of Simmons' personality, fears and desires. In one scene, the robot, named Eve VIII, is picked up in a bar by a guy and his four friends. Eve VIII goes with one of the guys to his room while the friends listen through the door. In short, the guy acts like a jerk and calls her a bitch, she bites off his penis then proceeds to smash up and kill the other three friends. Gregory Hines plays the part of the man sent to disable the robot before the bomb goes off. Nice fight scene between them in a subway takes place at the end.

  • Ever After (1998) ROMANCE
    Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston
    Directed by: Andy Tennant

    At first I thought, "Oh great," another SUCKY fairytale, and it is, except that it has redeeming qualities in that the PRINCESS rescues the PRINCE, as well as HERSELF, and stands up to his haughty arrogance in nearly every way. Too bad she doesn't stand up to the stepmother with as much spine. Don't miss Angelica's performance in this.

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  • Extremities (1986) DRAMA
    Stars: Farrah Fawcett
    Directed by: Robert M. Young

    A rape victim turns the tables on her assailant. She locks the stalker/rapist in the fireplace behind a set of bars made from a bedframe.

  • Fair Game (1995) ACTION
    Stars: Jenette Goldstein, William Baldwin, Cindy Crawford
    Directed by: Andrew Sipes

    Although the movie isn't that great, Jenette simply shines as a heartless bitch to the nth degree. As Rosa, she doesn't have a soft spot or vulnerable bone in her body. She is the only female villain in a gang of KGB agents and is by far tougher than any of the guys. When posing as a pizza delivery person to gain access to a building, the security guard says, "If this were Domino's, I would have gotten the pizza by now." She retorts, "If this were Domino's, you'd still be alive" and blows him away with a machine gun. Later in the film, the petite actress is undaunted by six-footer William Baldwin. They get into a physical fight and she uses her substantial karate skills to beat him up. While he is dazed, she taunts him by saying "What's the matter, baby? Does it hurt? Let me KICK it and make it better!" She then beats him up some more. If you want to see the ultimate heartless bitch, don't miss seeing her in this film! Miss Goldstein does have an extensive athletic background, so she's likely to have done much of her own stuntwork.

  • Fargo (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Frances McDormand
    Directed by: Joel Coen

    Frances McDormand's portrayal of Margie Gundersson was so good that she won an Oscar for it. Margie was a great cop, had a brilliant mind, and was even pregnant. Nice to see a pregnant character that didn't act like a complete ditz for a change.

  • Faster Pussycat...Kill! Kill! (1965) ACTION
    Stars: Tura Santana, Haji, Lori Williams, Sue Bernard
    Directed by: Russ Meyer

    Trashy, cheesy black-and-white action flick featuring big-breasted, nasty she-bitches. This film features three go-go dancers who enjoy terrorizing small towns on their day off. Tura Satana really does score big on Heartless Bitch scale, with snappy dialogue and thrashing male family members.

  • The Fifth Element (1997) ACTION/SCI-FI
    Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich
    Directed by: Luc Besson

    If you enjoy watching a petite woman kick some serious ass, this movie's for you.

  • First Wives Club (1996) COMEDY
    Stars: Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton
    Directed by: Hugh Wilson

    A MUST SEE. Three friends join together as they mourn the loss of their fourth friend to suicide. They all share a common denominator--they've all been traded in on a younger model.

  • A Fish Called Wanda(1988) COMEDY
    Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis
    Directed by: Charles Crichton, John Cleese

    It's about a Barrister that says, 'fuck you, I can't be bothered' to his Wife, and 'fuck you I don't give a shit' to his Daughter. John Cleese gives a performance as the Barrister in a unique and very English way - but what is important here is that, personally, this is the most revolting 'nice guy' act I have ever seen in my life. For the HB's out there, you will be physically sick when he utters the words 'I love you' several times to Jamie Lee Curtis playing a very pathetic, 'no way in hell am I a HB', throughout the film, (urgh, it made me itch listening to it) 'I'm too nice', atypical repulsive 80s woman. The gear she wears throughout will make you wretch right there and then (so get a bucket handy).

    So let's forget about those two right now. They are both utterly revolting to watch together on the same screen. The actor that plays Cleese's wife is absolutely brilliant, but I can't recall her name. Let's put it this way, she's the 80s HB if there ever was one.

    Michael Palin is definitely the star of this film. He has what John Cleese has obviously lost, he doesn't overact. What does come through can generally make you think the film is better than it is, but not quite. I'd watch it for this alone. Some scenes are so funny but never too sick. It probably helped the film to achieve the status did (can't believe it).

    I don't know about you, but I really don't think Kevin Kline does anything to this film except make Jamie Lee Curtis a very distateful, but moderately intelligent female who thinks that fluffy pink outfits and 'crying to get her way' fits in with a 'psychopathic america ninja total idiot'. Definite over acting problem here saddled with 'I'm desperate to be famous'. It doesn't work 80% of the time in the film.

    The DVD itself really has nothing much to offer (but it is nicely done).

  • Four Rooms (1995) COMEDY
    Stars: Madonna, Lili Taylor, Ione Skye
    Directed by: Allison Anders

    Watch it for the first segment (The Missing Ingredient) by Allison Anders, features cool lesbian witches who must perform an annual ritual that requires fresh male sperm. There's more entertaining bitchiness scattered throughout the movie, but this segment is a classic.

  • Foxfire (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Angelina Jolie, Hedy Burress
    Directed by: Anette Haywood-Carter

    It starts with two girls being sexually harassed by a high school teacher. One day a wandering Heartless Bitch (Angelina Jolie) roams into the town and into the class that the two girls are in. When she finds out about the teacher sexually harassing the girls, she and other girls from the school all join in to get the teacher back. They are all expelled and hide away in a house out in the woods. The rest of the movie is about the girls becoming friends and helping each other overcome their problems. It's a great movie and a REAL chick flick! None of that mushy love shit, just good female power.

  • Frances (1982) DRAMA
    Stars: Jessica Lange
    Directed by: Graeme Clifford

    Jessica Lange is the woman branded as crazy just because she won't tow the Hollywood line. She starts out as a promising young actress, is institutionalised and subjected to shock therapy. Finally, she becomes a walking zombie after a frontal lobotomy. Before the mutilation, however, she is a kick ass nonconformist! Harrowing, and not only because it is based on the events in the life of Francis Farmer. Kind of makes Angel at My Table look like a walk in the park. Farmer's mother is also bitch, but only in the "Mommie dearest" sense of the word.

  • Frankie and Johnny (1991) COMEDY
    Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer
    Directed by: Garry Marshall

    This bitch won't let anyone walk all over her, especially not the guy who "loves" her.

  • Freeway (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland
    Directed by: Matthew Bright

    The story of a high school grrl who decides to take off when her extremely dysfunctional mom and stepdad are arrested, and she is confronted with returning to a youth detention center. The grrl is accosted by a serial killer psychologist when she accepts a ride from him. When Bob (the killer) attempts to make her his next victim, our heroine teaches him one bloody lesson. Bob ends up alive, but completely mangled. It is one of the few films that concentrates almost entirely on a young female kicking the crap out of a predator.

  • Frida (2002) DRAMA
    Stars: Salma Hayek, Mia Maestro, Amelia Zapata
    Directed by: Julie Taymor

    It was the most beautiful, artistic and romantic movie I have ever seen. Even though Frida was in constant physical pain her whole adult life, she lived and loved hard and completely with whomever she wanted, all the while staying true to herself.

    The one scene in the movie that I feel truly captures what HBI is about is: She was lying in her bed in a full body cast after her accident and her then boyfriend came to her to tell her that he was going away with a relative. Frida says to him that it's too bad. She IS going to walk again and that it was his loss not hers because he wouldn't be around to see it or enjoy it with her.

    It was powerful because even though her lover was leaving her she didn't break down like a complete idiot. She had the good sense and confidence in herself to know that he was the one that was going to regret leaving her; not the other way around. She was right. Frida lived her life to the fullest and never let anything or anyone stand in her way. It's just a really great movie.

  • Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) DRAMA
    Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy
    Directed by: Jon Avnet

    Kathy Bates finds herself through a friendship with Jessica Tandy.

    A classic scene is when Kathy Bates is pulling into a parking spot, only to have it stolen out from under her by two younger women.
    "Face it, lady, we're younger and faster."
    " I'm older, and I have more insurance." As Kathy plows into their car.

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  • Fun (1994) DRAMA
    Stars: Alicia Witt, Rene Humphrey
    Directed by: Rafal Zielinski

    Cinema Verite portrayal of two teenaged girls who meet while hitch-hiking. The two bond immediately and go off "wilding" in search of something meaningful and something fun, which happens to be the brutal slaying of an elderly woman whose only crime was that she trusted them. The film really takes you into the bond that forms between Witt and Humphrey's characters and into the psychology of their actions. Neither character would have committed such a crime alone, but together they are deadly. This film received a Special Jury Recognition award at the 1994 Sundance festival for Witt and Humphrey's acting. Insightful and unsettling.

  • Ghost World (2001) COMEDY
    Stars: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson
    Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

    Thora Birch plays one of two outcasts that just graduated from high school- and hating every minute of it. What a great movie - cynical, caustic, bitter, everything that makes grrls great. Just watch it. It's fabulous! Opens with an East Indian Dance scene from the 50's. Total wide-on material.

  • GI Jane (1997) DRAMA
    Stars: Demi Moore
    Directed by: Ridley Scott

    Demi Moore plays Lt. Jordan McNeil, the first woman admitted into the U.S. Navy SEALs training program. Expected to fail, she outlasts many of the men, succeeds, and even risks her life for another during the final mission. This is a wonderful grrrl-empowering flick!

  • The Girl Mostly Likely to... (1973) COMEDY
    Stars: Stockard Channing
    Directed by: Lee Philips

    She plays a former ugly duckling who murders everyone who ever humiliated her (both men and women). Anyone who's ever been judged by their looks will rejoice! The screenplay was written by none other that the ultimate, independent, take no shit from anyone comedienne, Joan Rivers!

  • Girlfight (2000) DRAMA
    Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon
    Directed by: Karyn Kosama

    This move is really cool. Its main character (Rodriguez) is a boxer, despite what her macho father and fellow boxer boyfriend have to say. She takes it upon herself to train her ass off, no matter what anyone else thinks (even her trainer). She pushes herself to the limit, never going against her own beliefs. She stays true to her convictions throughout the entire film, even in the end when she ends up having to box her own boyfriend.

  • Girlstown (1996) COMEDY
    Stars: Lili Taylor
    Directed by: Jim McKay

    Four female friends get tired of the oppressive lives they lead and decide to do something about it. One friend, played by Lili Taylor, breaks into the house of her deadbeat boyfriend to get money for their child. Another of the friends publicly denouces a football player for sexual misconduct.

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  • Gloria (1980) THRILLER
    Stars: Gena Rowlands
    Directed by: John Cassavetes

    Gena Rowlands plays a tough-as-nails ex-showgirl and mob gun moll who turns out to have more of a heart than she ever expected as she risks her life to protect a young boy who she doesn't even like that much from the mobsters who killed his family. Once she reticently makes up her mind to help him, nothing stands in her way.

  • Gorillas in the Mist (1988) DRAMA
    Stars: Sigourney Weaver
    Directed by: Michael Apted

    Sigourney Weaver plays a gutsy Dian Fossey in this movie about her life.

  • The Governess (1998) DRAMA
    Stars: Minnie Driver
    Directed by: Sandra Goldbacher

    Minnie driver is a Jewish woman who poses as a governess for a rich Scottish family to help out her own family. She has an affair with the father who is a photographer and discovers how to make photo images "stay." When things turn rocky and he says he doesn't love her, she fucks his son, steals his camera, and runs away. La Femme Fatale.

  • The Grifters (1990) DRAMA
    Stars: John Cusack, Annette Bening, Anjelica Huston
    Directed by: Stephen Frears

    All three of the characters are "grifters," or con-artists. Who will do anything for the "con" including conning other con-artists.

  • A Gun for Jennifer (1996) HORROR
    Stars: Deborah Twiss
    Directed by: Todd Morris

    A group of female strippers get sick and tired of the assholes that come to watch them. Their slogan: "Dead men don't rape."

  • Hackers (1995) THRILLER
    Stars: Angelina Jolie
    Directed by: Iain Softley

    Another powerful movie from the grrl who made Foxfire so great! Angelina Jolie plays a teenage hacker. Fighting over who's better with Jonny Lee Miller, she kicks ass until the makers of the film had to come in with the romance and call it a tie. Her character is wonderful in that she refuses to take crap from anyone.

  • Hardware (1990) SCI-FI
    Stars: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis
    Directed by: Richard Stanley

    This is a hard to find movie but definitely worth the search! Watch the main character, Jill, kick the shit out of an "unstoppable" military robot bent on brutally disembowling all people in a psychotic government's attempt at population control. Hear her downstairs neighbors complain about her loud unmarried sex life minutes before she and a thousand pounds of genocidal metal come crashing through their nice family dining room. She takes no crap from her sappy lover who dies unceremoniously halfway through the movie. An obsessed stalker gets brutally mutilated.

  • Harold & Maude (1971) COMEDY
    Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort
    Directed by: Hal Ashby

    A 70's cult classic: Harold is the son of a domineering and infantilizing mother. Maude is the old woman every Heartless Bitch wants to be. At 79, she is self-sufficient, steals the pastor's car, paints, sings, plays music, picks her lover with care, and liberates trees. While taking Harold under her wing, she refuses to let him become dependent on her.

  • Heathers (1989) COMEDY
    Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
    Directed by: Michael Lehmann

    This is a brutal, yet entertaining look at cliques, teen angst, and revenge. A definite must for all bitches everywhere. While the Heathers are vain, insipid, shallow and manipulative, Winona's character, Veronica, uses her popularity to help those that the clique scorned.

  • Heavenly Creatures (1994) DRAMA
    Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet
    Directed by: Peter Jackson

    This flick is about two teenage girls living in New Zealand. They meet at school and become the best of friends. They develop this really weird, intense relationship and when one girl's mother threatens to keep them apart, they kill her. Don't fuck with female love!

  • The Heiress (1949) DRAMA
    Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift
    Directed by: William Wyler

    Based on Henry James' "Washington Square". Spinster Olivia deHavilland becomes a Heartless Bitch and gets even with her fortune-hunter fianceé!

  • I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Lili Taylor
    Directed by: Mary Harron

    Lili Taylor plays Valerie Solanas, the woman that wrote the SCUM manifesto.

  • I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman) (1978) HORROR
    Stars: Camille Keaton
    Directed by: Meir Zarchi

    A woman raped by four men gets 'em back one by one, and this was before anybody even --heard-- of Loreena Bobbit!

  • I'm the One That I Want (2000) COMEDY
    Stars: Margaret Cho
    Directed by: Lionel Coleman

    This recent single voiced monologue follows Margaret Cho's life through the industry. In it, she catalogues painful experiences with humor and a perfect bitchy attitude. I was so impressed with this movie as a vessel of empowerment for women, gays, straights, people of color, and people of all body types. Ms. Cho has truly evolved through the muck and mire of showbiz as a beatiful, intelligent, kick-ass, in-your-face, heartless bitch!

  • Impromptu (1991) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Judy Davis
    Directed by: James Lapine

    Judy Davis is a goddess who portrays the feisty author, George Sand. She makes men ache for her mind, body and soul! Of course she leaves most of them whimpering like the sad little dogs they are.

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  • Interview with the Vampire (1994) DRAMA
    Stars: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst
    Directed by: Neil Jordan

    Dunst gives a delightfully heartless performance as Claudia, a vampire child whose mind grows up, but whose body never will. Watching her stalk her prey is a delight.

  • Jackie Brown (1997) DRAMA
    Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Deniro
    Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

    Who says Tarantino doesn't write good roles for women? Pam Grier as the title character in this movie is an attractive, middle-aged, black woman with a record of jail time and being double-crossed by the men in her life. After being caught with drugs in her valise (a set-up), she plays the Feds against the drug lord she runs money for, and ends up screwing both over. This is a story of a POWERFUL woman who knows how to manipulate, lie, shoot AND shop.

  • The Killing (1956) THRILLER
    Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Marie Windsor, Vince Edwards
    Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

    This movie has hands-down the most heartless and manipulative female character imaginable, played by Marie Windsor. When her milqutoast husband gets caught up in a caper to rob the racetrack, Windsor and "friend" Vince Edwards plot to free him of his take. Eyelash-batting, sex and lying are just a few tricks in this cookie's arsenal. A bitchy tour-de-force!

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1981) COMEDY
    Stars: Diane Lane
    Directed by: Lou Adler

    Corinne "Third Degree" Burns is the singer for an all-girl punk group called The Stains. Tired of the go-nowhere life she's living in a Pennsylvania steel town, she lucks out one night when a famous British concert promoter invites her band to be the opening act for a rock tour he is promoting that features an aging acid rock band called The Metal Corpses, and a young punk band called The Looters (featuring real-life musicians, Paul Cook and Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols). For their first concert, Corinne dyes her hair black with a blonde streak in the middle and lashes out at some rowdy male audience members who start heckling her. She takes off her coat to reveal that she is wearing only a see-through blouse and panties, and she tells the men "I'm perfect! But nobody in this shit hole gets me because I don't put out!" It makes headlines, and all of a sudden, every girl in the country is dressing like her, calling themselves "skunks," and claiming that they are "beautiful and we don't put out!" She also has a brief fling with the singer for the Looters who betrays her. In the end, when the Stains become more popular than the Looters, Corinne tells him, "You are so jealous of me. I'm everything you ever wanted to be." This was riot grrrl power in action before the concept was even invented!

  • The Lady Eve (1941) COMEDY
    Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda
    Directed by: Preston Sturges

    Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding causes them to split on bad terms. To get back at him, Jean disguises herself as an English lady, and comes back to tease and torment him.

    Quote from the film: (Jane Harrington) I need him like the ax needs the turkey.

  • Last Dance (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow
    Directed by: Bruce Beresford

    A woman, convicted of murder, wants to die with dignity on death row. A great Heartless Bitch performance all the way!

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  • The Last Seduction (1994) THRILLER
    Stars: Linda Fiorentino
    Directed by: John Dahl

    Linda Fiorentino runs away with the money her husband stole from a dealer and hides in a small upstate New York town. She goes out to a bar and picks up a local boy, making it clear to him that he's just there for the sex. She gets a job managing a telemarketing company and takes no shit while vastly increasing its returns. Her husband hires a PI, who finds her, and she uses a particularly cruel method of getting him out of his seat belt before ramming the car they're in into a tree.

  • The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) DRAMA
    Stars: Helen Slater
    Directed by: Matthew Robbins

    Helen Slater portrays an under-estimated cutsie little blonde chica who is tired of being screwed over. She chops her long blonde locks, screams "fair is fair," and looks assholes straight in the eye as she knees them. It all starts when an old lech tries to screw her over for money she deserves. In the end, she pulls a Joan of Arc and torches the dude's shop, tossing his pay off into the flames.

  • The Lemon Sisters (1990) DRAMA
    Stars: Diane Keaton, Carol Kane, Kathryn Grody
    Directed by: Joyce Chopra

    Three childhood friends who grow up together and never ever let anyone bully one of the others.

  • Lilith (1964) DRAMA
    Stars: Jean Seberg, Warren Beatty
    Directed by: Robert Rossen

    Lilith is not a perfect movie, but it does illustrate the principle that even while we are being branded Heartless Bitches, Heartless male bastards are getting away with murder -- and they're murdering us. Lilith is about a young woman whose intimacy with nature, creativity, sexual expression, and oblique speech has landed her in an institution, which is not an unusual fate; there are many examples of this.

    Lilith is a film made in 1963, and it is as feminist as any movie in that grotesquely macho era. It concerns how negative perceptions of the female can literally demonize us -- thus the title.

    The main character is a young woman in a plush mental hospital, who is presented as sinister and conniving from the start. This is but a trick the director, Robert Rossen, is playing on us... plays on us... The cast is interesting: the elusive (and misunderstood) actress, Jean Seberg, in one of her best roles; Warren Beatty as the seemingly earnest, straightforward young orderly; Peter Fonda as a shy inmate; Kim Hunter as a female psychiatrist; and Gene Hackman, in one of his many misogynistic roles. This a classic study of a deadly masculine deception, and the rationalizations behind violence against women. If Lilith exemplifies Heartless Bitches, count/cunt me in!

  • The Lion in Winter (1968) DRAMA
    Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole
    Directed by: Anthony Harvey

    When Henry II lets his wife Elanor of Aquitaine out of prison for the holidays. She cajoles, manipulates, and generally messes with the minds of her three sons, King Henry, his mistress and King Phillip of France. Ostensibly it's all for political power, but really I think it's revenge for her hubby doing it with a Welsh babe many years ago. Still Henry has a soft spot for her... (and they did give Hepburn an Oscar for it).

    Classic line:
    "Henry, do you still love me?"
    "No"
    "Good, that will make this easier."

  • Liquid Sky (1982) SCI-FI
    Stars: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard
    Directed by: Slava Tsukerman

    An extremely weird movie about aliens who are after endorphins, so they team up with a woman who kills everyone that she fucks. She doesn't kill them - the aliens do, they get off on the endorphin high when the victim has an orgasm. Features a classic line: 'I kill with my cunt'

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) THRILLER
    Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson
    Directed by: Renny Harlin

    Geena Davis plays superspy Charly Baltimore. The problem: she has amnesia. She hires Samuel L. Jackson to help her find out who she is, which triggers a chain of ass-kicking events. Charly doesn't need to be rescued. This woman is one of the toughest I've ever seen. James Bond, move over. A must see.

  • The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) FANTASY
    Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett
    Directed by: Peter Jackson

    I'm sure you've seen Lord of the Rings...it's only the 5th highest grossing film ever - worldwide. It came out in December 2001 and was recieved with the highest levels of appreciation. If you haven't seen it, shame on you. It's one of the great epics of our time.

    Liv Tyler plays a great role, at one point defeating the bad guys with a devastating spell that she casts; a river floods and rushes towards the bad guys like a throng of wild, galloping horses.

  • Love Potion No. 9 (1992) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Tate Donovan, Sandra Bullock
    Directed by: Dale Launer

    Has a great Heartless Bitch scene: In a bar, the nerdy male lead is egged on by his friends to talk to a killer blonde at the bar. He approaches her and asks to buy her a drink. She turns to him a delivers a text-book example of how to put a nerdy creep in his place.

  • The Mask of Zorro (1998) ACTION/WESTERN
    Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Antonio Banderas
    Directed by: Martin Campbell

    Zeta-Jones holds her own in a swordfight with the main character. She doesn't let other people make her decisions for her, and during the big climax, while the two male leads are having their one-on-one battles with their enemies, it's left to her to go and save all the poor peasants before the entire place explodes... and she doesn't whine about having to go do it.

  • The Matrix (1999) ACTION
    Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss
    Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

    The opening scene with "Trinity" rocks! She kicks ass, flies helicopters -- she's simply non-stop. The Matrix is a futuristic sci-fi action movie in which reality is really virtual. Trinity is almost totally self-defined, and the scenes with her are electric.

  • Meet the Feebles (1989) COMEDY
    Directed by: Peter Jackson

    A sick, vile, disgusting and very funny parody of "The Muppets" and similar puppet shows. Bondage, heroin, oral sex...nothing is out of bounds. One of the main "stars" is an aging hippopotomous who keeps getting walked over by everyone. Her career is down the tubes, her husband (Blech the walrus) is fucking around, and everything seems hopeless. What does this Heartless mammal do? She gets her hooves on the nearest machine gun and pumps everyone in site full of bullets. Gotta love those inspirational heroines.

  • Men in Black (1997) ACTION
    Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith
    Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Linda Fiorentino deserves special mention for her kick-ass, save-the-boys-from-the-ugly-bug work in this movie.

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  • Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) DRAMA
    Stars: Milla Jovovich
    Directed by: Luc Besson

    Milla Jovovich is a pint-sized avenger in this retelling of the story of Joan of Arc.

  • Mi Vida Loca - My Crazy Life (1993) DRAMA
    Stars: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez
    Directed by: Allison Anders

    After two women wake up to the fact they've both been used by the same man, instead of kicking each other's butt, they decide to band together.

  • Mommie Dearest (1981) DRAMA
    Stars: Faye Dunaway
    Directed by: Frank Perry

    Christina Crawford puts one hell of a spin on her autobiography. Her brother, for example, is little more than a stage prop in this movie, but any movie about Joan Crawford is going to be a Heartless Bitch saga.

    This ain't my first time in the rodeo."

  • Ms. 45 (1981) DRAMA
    Stars: Zoe Lund, Albert Sinkys
    Directed by: Abel Ferrara

    A mute woman gets raped twice coming home from work and decides to take matters into her own hands. She dresses suggestively and roams the streets alone, blowing away anyone who tries to take advantage of her.

  • Muriel's Wedding (1994) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths
    Directed by: P.J. Hogan

    It has its flaws, but overall, it has some big Heartless Bitch action. While the title character is more than a little soft, Rhonda is definitely an Heartless Bitch. When people try to tell Muriel how to behave, she draws up or cries, until the very end. Rhonda's response is always, "Fuck off!" She is particularly exemplary when she puts the "beautiful" Senseless Bitch Tanya in her place, not once, but twice. Many female archetypes are represented and the film explores Muriel's fairy tale wedding fantasy, which we all must overcome on our way to becoming independent and strong. Even without embezzlement, a himbo, a mistress and a suicide, this film illustrates the steps Heartless Bitchs in training must take toward finding our strength.

  • Mystery Men (1999) COMEDY
    Stars: Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller
    Directed by: Kinka Usher

    Funny in its own right as a spoof on super-hero movies, this one is on the list because of Janeane Garofalo. Garofalo plays another delightfully Heartless Bitch in this film (we just love her characters!). As "The Bowler", she is hard-edged, take-no-shit and probably the most "talented" of all the "mystery men", because her super power comes from "bowling" a ball that contains her dead father's skull. And the Heartless Bitch in us LOVES the fact that the sold-out-to-sponsors superhero, Captain Amazing, gets TOASTED. Twistedly funny.

  • Natural Born Killers (1994) ACTION
    Stars: Juliette Lewis, Woody Harrellson
    Directed by: Oliver Stone

    Juliette Lewis as "Mallory Knox" is a natural born bitch. Tougher than her husband, she kicks some major ass and doesn't take shit from anyone.

    "How sexy am I now, fucker?"

  • Next Stop Wonderland (1998) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Hope Davis, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Holland Taylor
    Directed by: Brad Anderson

    Hope Davis is absolutely dazzling in this role. When her activist boyfriend dumps her, her mother places a personal ad in Davis' name. Davis gets a grand total of 64 replies but she looks at each one with skepticism. Then she goes on dates with some of them and that's where all the fun begins. I can't truly describe the sheer awesomeness of this flick but it's definitly worth the price of the rental. If you think that Julia Stiles played an independent woman in "10 Things I Hate About You," then you'll love Davis in Next Stop Wonderland.

  • The Night of the Hunter (1955) FILM-NOIR
    Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters Directed by: Charles Laughton

    Screen legend Lillian Gish appears in a strong supporting role as a kindly, yet tough-as-nails widow who has opened her home and her heart to young orphans. One scene is particularly memorable as she lines the children up against a wall and marches in front of them, back and forth, with a rifle in her hands, determined at all costs to protect them from the madman. She portrays a woman with a perfect balance between tenderness and justice, gentleness and strength. Very impressive.

  • (La Femme) Nikita (1990) THRILLER
    Stars: Anne Parillaud
    Directed by: Luc Besson

    Nikita (Parillaud), a young woman, kills a cop during a robbery. Instead of jail or the death penalty, she is trained to be an assasin. Later, she is released to lead a "normal" life and all hell breaks loose.

    The movie shows her growing stronger and stronger and eventually leaving two men, one she loves and another that loves her and wants to control her. The scene where she slaps the shit out of a cocky martial arts instructor alone should be reason enough to put this movie on your list.

    It has also been remade as Point of No Return (US) and Black Cat (Hong Kong).

  • The Others (2001) THRILLER
    Stars: Nicole Kidman, Alakina Mann
    Directed by: Alejandro Amenabar

    The children - Alakina Mann and James Bentley - are superb, while Kidman's performance of frayed sanity is the best example of how good- really awesome -Nicole Kidman actually is.

    'The Others' is a film about dead people. Until the end of the film.

    What sets it apart (and it didn't get any mention) is the truly unbelievable performance from Alakina Mann. A girl with such incredible life force (I'm sure you'll get the joke there) that it almost overpowers Nicole Kidman's role as a 'psyched-out' mother of two. Alakina Mann's acting is really quite staggering. Is Alakina Mann the youngest HB acted beautifully on screen?

    Nicole Kidman is so convincing that at times I wonder if she was having a nervous breakdown on-set. Fionnula Flanagan actually does the creepy, cranky, work. Nicely done. Alakina Mann's ever creepier, bitchy whispering, really hits the mark. Innocence tainted with awesome intelligence, knowledge and perception, really draws you in to this film and her role. Christopher Eccleston's reaction in the pitch black of his bedroom to the 'Others' ghostly presence in the room with him - as Alakina Mann runs riot - will have you knowing your own response to the same situation.

    Back to Alakina Mann. Without this blossoming HB consciousness building onscreen, Kidman would have gone flat even sooner than the film does (not to say the film isnt, actually, pretty darn great).

  • The Opposite of Sex (1998) COMEDY
    Stars: Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow
    Directed by: Don Ross

    The blackest of black comedies, Don Roos' film centers around Dedee Truitt in a fantastic performance by Christina Ricci -- a bleach-blonde, sixteen-year-old Heartless Bitch. When she finds out she's knocked up, she sets sail from her trailer-park home to her way-too-nice gay brother, Bill's, house. She promptly seduces his boyfriend, Matt, claims he's the child's father, takes four thousand dollars from her brother (and the urn full of his dead former lover's ashes), and splits for the open road, leaving Bill and his friends in chaos.

    Dedee's actions throughout are classically bitchy, but it's her hilarious and biting voice-over commentary throughout that really makes her an immortal screen Heartless Bitch. The absolute best example of this is the line that should be every Bitch's motto: "I don't have a heart of gold, and I don't grow one by the end of the movie, okay?"

    Ricci's character is insufferably manipulative, but some of the lines that come out of her mouth definitely qualify as heartlessly bitchy. At one point one of the other characters fumes, "You are just a COLD, HEARTLESS BITCH!" to which DeeDee (Ricci) replies, "Yeah. And what vital organ are YOU missing?"

  • The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton
    Directed by: Milos Forman

    Larry Flynt, the founder of Hustler magazine, is played by Woody Harrelson in the film. The plot basically consists of a poor white trash guy opening a chain of strip clubs and such. He meets his wife Althea, who is played by Courtney Love. This babe is a tough, cursing, intelligent bitch who gives Larry all sorts of ideas about his magazine. Larry faces legal problems, violating his first amendment rights. He and his wife are these obnoxious little lovers in court, flipping each other off and what not. Althea gets AIDS and bla bla bla. She dies a bitch, still.

  • The Pillow Book (1996) DRAMA
    Stars: Ewan MacGregor, Vivian Wu
    Directed by: Peter Greenaway

    Ms. Vivian is a prostitute; however, she also is an artist and she uses men as her canvas. At first, she allows them to use her, but then she turns it around uses her sexuality to trick men into becoming her canvas because she paints on their skin. What makes the character and performance so riveting is that the sex object in the movie becomes her lover, Jerome. She gets revenge by punishing the publisher who tormented her father with destroying all that is valuable to him and forcing him to kill himself. How? She points out his bastard tendencies and tells him the least he can do to make up for all the pain he's caused her is to kill himself. And, he does. Quite the victim fighting back film.

  • Pink Flamingos (1972) COMEDY
    Stars: Mink Stole, Divine
    Directed by: John Waters

    Divine (Babs) and Mink Stole (Connie) go head to head to prove who is the most disgusting person on the planet.

    Divine: "Connie and Raymond Marble you have been convicted of assholism. The sentence is death."

    Mink Stole and Divine go on to play Heartless Bitches in other John Waters movies such as Female Trouble (both), Polyester (both), and Serial Mom (Mink Stole).

  • Point of No Return (1993) ACTION
    Stars: Bridget Fonda
    Directed by: John Badham

    Bridget Fonda plays Maggie who is transformed from antisocial misfit, convicted of murder to covert government operative. She is dressed to kill, trained to survive and set loose in a deadly world as a cool-as-ice assassin. Throughout the entire movie she works to regain her freedom. Anne Bancroft equally shines as one of her trainers.

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  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) DRAMA
    Stars: Maggie Smith
    Directed by: Ronald Neame

    Maggie Smith won the Oscar for best actress in 1969 playing Miss Jean Brodie, a charismatic teacher at an exclusive girl's school in 1930's Scotland who both shamelessly manipulates and broadens the horizons of the girls she teaches. Anyone who remembers adolescence as being a time when it was impossible to tell the difference between the adults wishing to help you and the adults wishing to mold you in their image will identify with this movie. Jean Brodie, despite her many faults, has some excellent heartless bitch moments, and one of her students, Sandy, develops into a fantastic heartless bitch herself, much to Jean Brodie's chagrin.

  • Private Benjamin (1980) COMEDY
    Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan
    Directed by: Howard Zieff

    It is a faaahbulous example of how to become an Heartless Bitch. After her husband dies, former princess Goldie Hawn enlists in the army, and after a very shaky start, her parents come to "take her home." Instead of wimping out, she sticks with it, and goes on to sail past her male counterparts in the army to become an extrememly independent, successful woman!

  • Pulp Fiction (1994) THRILLER/ACTION
    Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman
    Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

    Mia Wallis, played by Uma Thurman, was the epitome of cool; a complete and utter Heartless Bitch in the nicest possible way -- it's obvious how much Vince Vega wants her but oh no he just doesn't get a look in. And who can forget that scene involving Bruce Willis' girlfriend? - yes its official POT BELLIES ARE SEXY - so no right-minded grrl has any excuse to diet or exercise.

  • The Quick and the Dead (1995) WESTERN
    Stars: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman
    Directed by: Sam Raimi

    In this Sam Raimi western, Sharon Stone is back for vengance, and gets to deliver it.

  • Red Planet (2000) SCI-FI
    Stars: Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss
    Directed by: Antony Hoffman

    Not a great flick - rather lame, in fact, but Carrie-Anne plays a great HB in that she is the COMMANDER of the Mars mission, she saves the ship, and she saves the "hero", Val Kilmer. If only they didn't do the sappy romance thing with it, it would have been so much better...

  • Relic (1997) THRILLER
    Stars: Penelope Ann Miller
    Directed by: Peter Hyams

    Yeah, yeah, it's a monster movie, but one in which the woman does NOT fall down when she runs from the monster.

    Another cool thing is that there's no romance between the male and female leads; they are just two people dealing with the silly situation. There's a female coroner who has some great funny lines, too. Probably because the script had four credited writers: two women and two men.

    Of course, this being a Hollywood flick, the female lead (Penelope Ann Miller) has to be wearing a skimpy little black dress showing lots of skin whilst dealing with the beast. However, she kicks off those stupid heels and gets down to bizness and kicks some beastly butt. Go, girl!

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) COMEDY
    Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
    Directed by: Jim Sharman

    Dr. Frank N. Furtur... hmm... Let's see...He Created the ultimate sex slave (Rocky), had his way with virgins Janet AND Brad, killed and served Eddie on a plate (Literally), and assaulted everyone that got in his way. All while wearing fishnet stockings, women's lingerie and enough makeup to make Tammy Faye Baker look fresh faced! I Say look beyond the dick between his legs and see the Heartless Bitch within!

  • Romeo is Bleeding (1993) THRILLER
    Stars: Gary Oldman, Juliette Lewis, Annabella Scioria
    Directed by: Peter Medak

    A great Heartless Bitch movie. Lena Olin does a fantastic job as a hitwoman, and the leading man's wife, played by Anabella Scioria, pulls some serious Heartless Bitch moves.

  • Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997) COMEDY
    Stars: Mina Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow
    Directed by: David Mirkin

    Who wouldn't love this fluffy tale of Heartless Bitches and their vengeful backlashes at the princesses of popularity who oppressed them in high school. Janeane Garofalo offers a delectable performance as the all-black clad Heartless Bitch, "Heather Mooney."

  • Rough Magic (1995) COMEDY/DRAMA
    Stars: Bridget Fonda
    Directed by: Clare Peploe

    A film a about a female magician's assistant with some magic of her own. She turns sleazy Paul Rodriguez into a sausage and trades one-liners with Russell Crowe (a la Bacall and Bogart).

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  • Ruby in Paradise (1993) DRAMA
    Stars: Ashley Judd
    Directed by: Victor Nunez

    Not an extremely exciting movie. Pretty low key, but she knows who she is and who she isn't.

  • Ruthless People (1986) COMEDY
    Stars: Bette Midler, Danny DeVito
    Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    A convoluted, O. Henry-esque plot mostly serves to showcase Bette Midler. Her character is one of the most memorable screen Heartless Bitchs ever. Not to be missed is the "San Quentin men's club" rant, about halfway through the movie. I was a little peeved by her character's transformation upon losing weight, but her lines are just so good.

  • Salome's Last Dance (1988) DRAMA
    Stars: Glenda Jackson
    Directed by: Ken Russell

    A great rendition of the Oscar Wilde play, Salome's character is taken to the height of Heartless Bitchiness.

  • Santa Sangre (1989) DRAMA
    Stars: Guy Stockwell, Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra
    Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky

    This is the story of a mother/son union gone awry. Guy Stockwell stars as Orgo, a sadistic circus master who brutally disfigures his wife after she catches him with another woman. Their son, Fenix, witnesses this act and is forever traumatized and committed to an asylum. Freed by his armless mother 12 years later, they forge an unholy alliance. He gives her his arms, she takes control of his mind. Together they feed a mounting obsession of desire and revenge. Be sure to see the NC17 version.

  • Set it Off (1996) ACTION
    Stars: Jada Pinkett, Viveca Fox, Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise

    Four cleaning ladies become bank robbers because they believe it's the only way they can escape their positions. Queen Latifah plays an unabashed lesbian who is tough as nails.

  • Shirley Valentine (1989) COMEDY
    Stars: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti
    Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

    Shirley is a 42 year old housewife (in England) whose children have grown up and left, while her marriage to a domineering man has grown dull. She talks to the walls in her kitchen. When her feminist friend wins an essay and the prize is a fortnight for two in Greece, she invites Shirley along. Shirley's husband absolutely forbids her to go. So Shirley makes up two weeks worth of frozen dinners, leaves a note, and off to Greece she goes. While in Greece, Shirley falls in love...with herself... and decides not to go back to England or her marriage!

    Incredibly funny movie and very insightful! Inspirational as hell!

  • Sliding Doors (1998) ROMANTIC COMEDY
    Stars: Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn
    Directed by: Peter Howitt

    Lydia, the mistress, utters these immortal words: "Of course you don't know what I want. I'm a woman. But, I have the right to be pissed off if I don't get it. That's what makes us so fascinating. And, not the least bit scary."

    Pure heartless bitch poetry.

  • The Silencer (1992) THRILLER
    Stars: Lynette Walden
    Directed by: Amy Goldstein

    Clad in leather and riding Harleys long before "Barbed Wire" was more than a bubble in Pam's bag, Lynette Walen kills bad men by choking them with strawberries, shooting them with the loudest silencer known to men and running around in biker boots and nun's habit. Serious, serious bitch having serious, serious fun.

    Also, soundtrack by Carol Pope of Rough Trade. The ultimate bitchin' bitch in my book.

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  • Snow White: A Tale of Horror (1997) HORROR
    Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill
    Directed by: Michael Cohn

    The real story of Snow White is a tale of relentless terror and unimaginable horror. Sigourney is flawlessly evil and genuinely frightening in this made for HBO special. She plays the evil queen stepmother as though she were reliving it. This movie will prove once and for all that blood is thicker than water; and evil, like an apple, comes around.

  • Something to Talk About (1995) COMEDY
    Stars: Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall
    Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom

    Grace Bichon, who is managing her father's riding-stable, discovers that her husband Eddie deceives her with another woman. After confronting him in the middle of the night on the streets of their small home town, she decides to stay at her sister Emma Rae's house for a while, to make up her mind. Breaking out of her everyday life, she starts to question the authority of everyone, especially her father's, thus causing a stir in her parent's marriage, too.

    Quote from the film:
    Eddie: Em., Emma Rae.
    Emma Rae: Are you addressing me?
    Eddie: Yes.
    Emma Rae: Well lick it, put a stamp on it, and mail it to someone who gives a shit.

  • Starship Troopers (1997) SCI-FI
    Stars: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards
    Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

    If you can put up with the stupid plot and the gorefest (the director clearly has a thing for decapitation), there are some cool Heartless Bitches in this film. It's basically about these killer bugs from outer space who are trying to destroy earth and our battle against them. Women are totally equal to men in this sci-fi action film. The best Heartless Bitch is called Dezz, and she joins the Mobile Infantry. She gets a tattoo done of a skull proclaiming "Death" with her friends (male) and she is treated just like them, no differently. She totally kicks ass with a machine gun!

  • Strange Days (1995) SCI-FI
    Stars: Angela Bassett
    Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

    Angela Bassett is EXCELLENT as a KICK-ASS bodyguard!

  • Straw Dogs (1971) THRILLER
    Stars: Susan George, Dustin Hoffman
    Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

    Violent rape scene in this flick and it's why the movie is still banned in the UK, in-spite of being shot there. Susan George's character is a cock-tease throughout the film and this is a fact rarely mentioned whenever the movie is discussed anywhere. She was in total control. Controlling and manipulating her ex-boyfriend, ex-school mates, even her husband but she lets it get away from her.

  • Sudden Impact (1983) DRAMA
    Stars: Sondra Locke, Clint Eastwood
    Directed by: Clint Eastwood

    Sure, it's a Clint Eastwood movie. But Clint looks like a sissy next to Sondra Locke, who plays a woman avenging the long-ago gang-rape of her sister. Her methodology is particularly brutal (letting them bleed to death after she shoots their balls off) as she hunts the men down, one by one.

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1967) COMEDY
    Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
    Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

    Elizabeth Taylor is a great Heartless Bitch in her own right, and she adds quite a bit of herself to the role of Kate. Her younger, bubble-headed sister (Bianca) wants to marry, but her father will not let her until Kate is married. Petruchio (Richard Burton) takes on the challenge to tame her from her "wild Kate" self to a "domesticated Kate," and seems to do so rather successfully. The operative word here is "seems." In the meantime, her sister and another married lady turn into ultimate bitches as their husbands have a contest to see who is most obedient, at which Taylor proves that she is the "obedient wife," if only to make the other two look like children. There's more to it than this, of course, but why spoil the fun?

  • Tank Girl (1995) SCI-FI
    Stars: Lori Petty
    Directed by: Rachel Talalay

    Not as rockin' as the comics but still a fun video with some classic Tank Girl lines.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) ACTION
    Stars: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Directed by: James Cameron

    Linda Hamilton really strutts her stuff.
    Even while incarcerated in a mental institution, she works out to get herself in good, strong, physical shape so that she can try to change the future of the world. She fights "the system" and everyone in it to protect her son and future generations. She believes in herself even when noone else does. And she kicks butt!!

  • The Tenth Kingdom (2000) FANTASY
    Stars: Dianne Wiest, Kimberly Williams, John Laroquette
    Directed by: David Carson, Herbert Wise

    If you want a Heartless Bitch worthy of the name, Queen Christine (Dianne Wiest) is THE ONE. When she asks a family what they know about a sensitive subject, and they tell her the truth, she has them all killed with a gentle, "Oh, dear. That was the Wrong answer". If you have not seen this, it is WONDERFUL fun! Kimberely Williams is a young woman whose journey to find her mother is as engrossing as her slowly building love affair with the character Wolf. All the characters are well acted and the two leading women (including the built-for-comfort-not-for-speed Snow White) strengths are portrayed in a way that isn't the usual "male scriptwriter and his bag of cliches". This is a six hour long, made-for-TV mini-series now available on video.

  • The Tenth Victim (1958) SCI-FI
    Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress
    Directed by: Elio Petro

    In a futuristic society, war is replaced by a game whereby each contestant must murder 10 opponents to receive a million dollar prize. There is a hunter and the hunted; The hunter has a picture and various data about the hunted. Ursula plays a ruthless participant.

  • Thelma and Louise (1991) DRAMA
    Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis
    Directed by: Ridley Scott

    (of course!)

  • Titanic (1997) DRAMA
    Stars: Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Leonardo DeCaprio
    Directed by: James Cameron

    This movie deserves to be ranked here if for no other reason than the fact that Kate Winslet endured months of scrutiny after the film's release about her atypical non-Hollywood figure. She said to those critics, "This is me. Like it or Lump it."

    In the movie, she spits in her fiance's face and her heart goes on without Leonardo. She's a kick-ass dancer and singer. She has a sharp-edged wit, and no man gets in her way. She smokes roll-your-owns and does not conform to anyones preconceptions about her. Her performance outshone Leonardo by light-years.

    Kathy Bates as the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown personified the epitome of the Heartless Bitch at the turn of the century with her no-nonsense, take-charge attitude. She would not let them all die. She wanted to go back for survivors, but the people in her lifeboat would not let her.

  • There's Something About Mary (1998) COMEDY
    Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller
    Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

    This movie is one of the funniest ever! Couple that with the fact that Cameron Diaz is the farthest thing from your traditional girl, and yet is being obsessed over by at least four guys. It is a classic example of breaking down the stereotypes about women.

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  • Three in the Attic (1968) COMEDY
    Stars: Christopher Jones, Yvette Mimieux
    Directed by: Richard Wilson

    "Paxton Quigley's crime was passion ...and his punishment fits the crime!" Three college co-eds find out that their boyfriend has been "3-timing" them... so they take revenge by tying him to a bed in the attic, and having sex with him until they nearly kill him.

  • Thursday (1998) ACTION
    Stars: Paulina Porizkova
    Directed by: Skip Woods

    She is the ultimate ice queen. She kills, she slices, she even rapes a man tied to a chair! Make sure you get the unrated version, otherwise you will miss the sequence.

  • To Die For (1995) DRAMA
    Stars: Nicole Kidman
    Directed by: Gus Van Sant

    Based on a true story, this black comedy stars Nicole Kidman as Suzanne Stone, a local TV weather girl who wants more from life than just the weather. Suzane craves fame and fortune, but that's hard to achieve in a small New Hampshire town. While making a documentary of the local high school kids, Suzanne has an affair with one of them, Jimmy Emmitt. She convinces Jimmy that in order for them to be happy, he must kill her dim-witted husband, whom she believes is trying to derail her career. Jimmy and his friend Russell brutally murder Larry, while Lydia covers it up. Suzanne enjoys all the publicity that comes from the case and her acquittal. But that's not the end -- Larry's dad doesn't believe that it was just some punk kids, and has a "friend" convince Sue he wants to help her in her quest for stardom, and nemisis takes her toll.

  • Too Hot to Handle (1976) ACTION
    Stars: Cheri Cafero
    Directed by: Don Schain

    Available widely in video stores. Cheri Cafero is truly heartless; she kills even the "good guy" cop in the story; and she dispatches others with the equivalent of a flick of her beautiful ankle.

  • Twenty-One (1999) DRAMA
    Stars: Patsy Kensit
    Directed by: Don Boyd

    Patsy Kensit stars as a 21 year old independent woman living in London. She becomes involved with a heroin addict who is unable to fulfill her sexual needs because of his addiction, so she carries on an affair with a married business man.

    This film is more like a "year in the life" piece rather than your typical plot to overcome. Kensit is amazing in the way she demonstrates her freedom. Heartless Bitches can appreciate her attitude of complete indifference to anything that isn't working in her direction.

    It is definitely a movie for bitches who are tired of the usual woman stereotype in movies.

  • U.S. Marshalls (1998) ACTION
    Stars: Kate Nelligan, Tommy Lee Jones
    Directed by: Stuart Baird

    This movie is also known as "The Fugitive, Part II" with Tommy Lee Jones reprising his U.S. Marshall role from the first flick. For larger-than-life action and adventure, you can't beat it. His colleague, played by Latanya Richardson, could have had some bigger impact on the team's work. The real Heartless Bitch, however, in this movie is Jones's boss, played by sexy, wrinkled, Kate Nelligan.

    Quote from her to Jones's character: "You know I love you...but that doesn't mean I won't FIRE your ass!"

  • The Vanishing (1993) THRILLER
    Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, Jeff Bridges
    Directed by: George Sluizer

    Nancy Travis plays a very strong female role in this suspense thriller, and comes to the rescue of Kiefer Sutherland when things get a little out-of-hand.

  • V.I. Warshawski (1991) COMEDY
    Stars: Kathleen Turner
    Directed by: Jeff Kanew

    I like Kathleen Turner. I was just 15 years old, and it made me say "I wanna be like her." V.I. is a private investigator with attitude in this comedy/crime drama. She's not too heartless, but she is a bitch to be reckoned with.

  • Vibes (1988) COMEDY
    Stars: Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk
    Directed by:Ken Kwapis A strange but delightful comedy by the writers of "Splash." Cyndi and Jeff are psychics who are conned by Peter Falk into a treasure hunt in the Andes. She delivers great Heartless Bitch lines like: "Hey! Wait for me to offer before you turn me down!", confronts an intruder in her apartment with the sawed-off shotgun she's "holding for a friend," and faces down the bad guys with more cool than Indiana Jones.

  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) THRILLER
    Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford
    Directed by: Robert Aldrich

    Hollywood's most notorious Heartless Bitches star in this classic horror about lies, deceit, cruelty and insanity.

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  • Waiting to Exhale (1995) DRAMA
    Stars: Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Whitney Houston, Leila Rochon
    Directed by: Forest Whitaker

    Almost panned it as a Heartless Bitch movie because it STILL gives too much of a message that a woman's "gotta have a man" in order to be happy, but it DOES try to get the message across that a woman DOESN'T need to take any shit or put up with it just to have a relationship. "Bernie" definitely kicks, though the movie fails to strongly assert that what counts most in life are good friends.

  • The War of the Roses (DRAMA) TYPE
    Stars: Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas
    Directed by: Danny DeVito

    They're a couple going through a very bitter divorce. While he clings desparately to her, all she wants is out.

  • Whipped (2000) COMEDY
    Stars: Amanda Peet
    Directed by: Peter Cohen

    Three guys (best friends) meet every Sunday to talk about their weekend escapades, each one thinking they are the "mack daddy," then they all meet the "one." They soon learn that their "one" is the other guys' "one" (Amanda Peet). All three guys continue to go along with dating her because she likes all three and can't just pick one. Ultimately, you learn that Amanda was "playing" all three and decided to when she saw them in the park trying to "mack" on some other girls. The guys go from puffed-upped egotists to complete idiots. Great laugh! I loved how Amanda's character had them wrapped around her finger. A girl playing the guy's game. A woman in total control. Favorite quote, during the girls' talk at the end :
    "You're not going emo[tional] on us, are you?"

  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987) COMEDY
    Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon
    Directed by: George Miller

    Three tough bored housewives, conjure up what was supposed to be the ideal man, and then manage to outwit the devil himself. Heartless-Bitch affirming quote by Nicholson, playing Daryl Van Horne:

    "Men are such cocksuckers aren't they? You don't have to answer that. It's true. They're scared. Their dicks get limp when confronted by a woman of obvious power and what do they do about it? Call them witches, burn them, torture them, until every woman is afraid. Afraid of herself... afraid of men... and all for what? Fear of losing their hard-on."

    And from Cher, as Alexandra Medford, addressing Jack Nicholson, in his bedroom:

    "I think... no, I am positive... that you are the most unattractive man I have ever met in my entire life. You know, in the short time we've been together, you have demonstrated EVERY loathsome characteristic of the male personality and even discovered a few new ones. You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded; you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid; you have no taste, a lousy sense of humor and YOU SMELL! You're not even interesting enough to make me sick."
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) DRAMA
    Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
    Directed by: Mike Nichols

    My mother was the Heartless Bitch that Elizabeth Taylor is in this movie. Liz is unrelenting on Richard Burton the entire movie. But Richard Burton is just as unrelenting an asshole as she is an Heartless Bitch.

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  • Wild Hearts Can't be Broken (1991) DRAMA
    Stars: Gabrielle Anwar
    Directed by: Steve Miner

    A strong female lead role about the woman who rode the diving horses in Atlantic City. She worked her way up from mucking out horse stalls to training and riding her own diving horse. She is blinded by an accident when her horse spooks at the band during a dive, but she sets out determinedly to learn to ride again.

  • Wild Side (1995) THRILLER
    Stars: Anne Heche, Joan Chen, Christopher Walken
    Directed by: Donald Cammell

    This film was made before "Bound" and features Anne Heche as a Heartless Bitch who falls for a Mob boss's (Christopher Walken's) wife (Joan Chen). They then proceed to try to get some money from the mob. Heche and Chen are both Heartless Bitches who outsmart the men and get the money and each other.

  • Wild Things (1998) THRILLER
    Stars: Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon
    Directed by: John McNaughton

    Neve Campbell is the Heartless Bitch in this tale of sex, lies, and deceit. In a film chock full of manipulative psychopaths, only one can come out on top. It also pushes some boundaries with male nudity and lesbianism -- an interesting flick to the end.

  • Willow (1988) ACTION/FANTASY
    Directed by: Ron Howard

    This movie is full of wonderful bitch characters. In this classic fantasy epic, the infant messiah fortold by prophecy is female. The villain, Queen Bavmorda, is the most ruthless bitch of all. Best of all is Sorscha, the evil queen's daughter. She's an armor-wearing, sword-slinging, army-conquering bitch with an attitude. She stands up to her mother and saves Val Kilmer's ass. There's also Finn Razel, the sorceress who gets shit done. There's a great scene at the end of the movie where Bavmorda and Razel battle it out bitch-style.

  • The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998) THRILLER
    Stars: Jude Law, Elina Lowensohn, Timothy Spall
    Directed by: Po-Chih Leong

    Jude Law is a vampire who woos and then kills women, Lowensohn is his current intended victim. Spall is a detective on his trail for the murder of his last girlfriend, until Law quite calculatedly saves his life which destroys his objectivity and causes him to point the investigation in another direction. For me, the film was mainly watchable for Spall's performance until the last half hour.

    Law's character has blown off his girlfriend for a couple days to punish her for being moody and not wanting to be touched (heaven forbid!). As he intended she has been begging for forgiveness since he started giving her the silent treatment. He finally lets her come over to his apartment. When she gets there he starts to bite her but backs off for some reason. When she tries to run off he admits to her that he is a vampire. He claims that it is not the blood, but the emotions carried in the blood that he feeds on and that the women have to be in love with him. He says that he has always believed that when he found a woman who would "love him perfectly" the cycle would all end. (At this line I became convinced that I was watching the Manipulator Files) Of course, that suckers her back in and she stays to try to nurse him through the body breakdown that occurs when he doesn't feed. After a while he turns nasty again and tries to kill her, of course. Fortunately, she's not that stupid and fights back.

  • A Woman Under the Influence (1974) DRAMA
    Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk
    Directed by: John Cassavetes

    Peter Falk is a blue collar man trying to deal with his wife's mental instability. He fights to keep a semblance of normalcy in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed.

  • Working Girl (1988) COMEDY
    Stars: Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver
    Directed by: Mike Nichols

    Melanie Griffith is a great Heartless-Bitch-in-training, but the true Heartless Bitch in this movie is Sigourney Weaver.



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