Top 10 Movies that Deserve to be Made with a Female Cast
Top 10 Movies that Deserve to be Made with a Female Cast

Top 10 Movies that Deserve to be Made with a Female Cast

VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton
Script written by Spencer Sher

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All male casts certainly dominate the silver screen. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if movies like The magnificent Seven, 12 Angry Men, Reservoir Dogs, The Departed, Superbad, Top Gun, The Goonies, This is Spinal Tap, The Usual Suspects, or Men in Black had an all female cast? Which actresses would you pick to play the characters?

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Top 10 Movies that Deserve to be Made with a Female Cast

Girls rule, boys drool! Just kidding, but it would be nice to see more women’s names in film credits. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movies that deserve to be remade with a female cast.

For this list, we’re looking at films that originally boasted a primarily male cast, but which we think would be well suited to a remake or reboot with female leads. If a particular film or films are already confirmed to be in the works, like the all-female reboots of “The Expendables” and “Ocean’s 11,” they will not beconsidered.

#10: “The Magnificent Seven” (1960)

Following seven misfits who come together to protect a town of innocent people from a group of savage thieves, “The Magnificent Seven” is a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, “The Seven Samurai” – but who says these misfits have to be men? While a remake would replace the iconic faces of Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner with say, Cate Blanchett and Rosario Dawson, the fantastic action sequences and witty dialogue would translate perfectly to an all-female cast. Women don’t get nearly enough screen time when it comes toaction flicks, and what’s even more uncommon is an action movie made up entirely of female protagonists. But we gotta say; seven badass women, kicking ass in the Old West sounds like a rip-roaring good time!

#9: “12 Angry Men” (1957)

“12 Angry Men” follows a jury tasked with determining whether or not a young man is guilty of murder. Having been remade once before as a TV movie starring Jack Lemon in 1997, it is high time a new remake shows the world what happens when twelve angry women are thrown in a room together. The benefit of this female-led version would be to show the other side of things: how would the so-called “fairer sex” go about determining whether or not a man (or woman) should be put to death? Swapping the genders for this film opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities.

#8: “The Departed” (2006)

Mobsters, cops, guns, and a whole lot of blood – it must be Scorsese. This classic crime drama follows two men on opposite sides of the law as they attempt to identify one another. And think about it: a remake of this film withfemale leads would be a sight to behold. Rooney Mara in DiCaprio’s role and Jessica Chastain in Damon’s; both women living a lie, both searching for a way out. The remake would benefit from this casting change because of the different ways men and women approach different situations. It’s rare in film to see awoman hunt another woman. This fresh take would be unlike any film to date.

#7: “Superbad” (2007)

Crass, dirty and downright hilarious – such were the antics of Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in this high school comedy. On the hunt to finally lose their virginities and get as intoxicated as possible along the way, their characters, Seth and Evan, remind many men of their high school experience. Although the film is still quite fresh, it could use a little updating. For instance, the trope of teens trying to lose their virginity has been played out hundreds of times - but rarely are the teens in question women. It’s about time female audiences get achance to look up at the silver screen and see teenagers that remind them of themselves.

#6: “Top Gun” (1986)

Often mocked for its homoerotic subtext and over-the-top levels of testosterone, this 80s action flick is still undeniably successful. Featuring classic characters like Maverick, Goose, and Iceman, “Top Gun” follows a group of Naval fighter pilots as they compete to be the best in their flight class. Praised for its action sequences and lambasted for its character development, this film deserves afemale-led remake if only to erase some of the cringe-worthy moments thatoccur when characters aren’t flying through the sky. Not only that, but havingfemale fighter pilots would be more in touch with the times. Many women serve in the U.S. armed forces and today’s films should reflect that. Let the casting begin!

#5: “The Goonies” (1985)

Featuring a host of future Hollywood stars, this film is cemented in the minds of many as the quintessential childhood adventure story. However, there is something missing: girls. Sure the film features female characters like Andy and Stef; however their roles are secondary to the boys in the film. It’d be great tosee a youthful adventure from the perspective of a group of mischievous and resourceful young ladies. Rarely in film do we get to see young women throwing caution to the wind and taking on fantastical adventures without being a boy’s sidekick or love interest. It’s not the ‘80s anymore people; time for a little girl power.

#4: “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984)

You can never have too many mockumentaries. This film chronicles the rise and fall of the fictional English rock band Spinal Tap. The misogynistic behavior of the band is a direct comment on the state of sexism that existed in the rock n’ roll industry in the 70s and 80s. While the film attempts to bring these issues tolight by openly mocking them, the ultimate commentary could be made by thrusting a female cast into the roles of sex-crazed rockers. The ditsy behavior and heavy British accents seen in the film would be hilarious coming from the opposite sex. Turn the speakers up to eleven and get this one into pre-production.

#3: “The Usual Suspects” (1995)

If any film is dying for a little female companionship, it’s this one. This surprise hit about a group of men who meet in a seemingly random police lineup and decide to pull off a heist together would be a truly unique experience with afresh, female cast. A remake in this case may be a little difficult seeing as how the film’s success was directly tied to its twist ending. A reboot, however, is more than plausible. The gist of the film is that five individuals meet under suspicious circumstances and decide to work together. Seeing how a group of women would cope under similar conditions is an intriguing scenario. A gender swap would provide a fresh direction for a tired genre.

#2: “Men in Black” (1997)

Two women chasing extraterrestrials around New York City with giant futuristic weapons and a mind erasing device – uh, can we get this made immediately? Alright, we’ll just say it: this iconic film franchise could benefit from a woman’s touch. Whereas the original films were male-centric, with most femalecharacters being relegated to the role of “damsel in distress,” this remake would show that two women are just as capable of handling an alien invasion as their male counterparts. The odd couple routine that emerged between Agents Kay and Jay would be fun to see from a different perspective. How would these new characters interact? That’s what we’d like to know. Maybe Julianne Moore and Emma Stone as the two agents? Just a suggestion.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

- “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989)
- “Stand by Me” (1986)
- “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992)

#1: “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

This film needs to be remade with a female cast. Period. The classic crime thriller about the aftermath of a diamond heist gone wrong is perfectly suited for an all-female remake. Because seriously, think about it: swap out the dudes and throw some ladies into those iconic black suits and you’d have one hell of apicture. Films that feature primarily female casts rarely tackle the dramatic crime genre. Just picture Charlize Theron as the levelheaded Ms. White, Helena Bonham Carter as the sadistic Ms. Blonde, and Jennifer Lawrence as the neurotic Ms. Pink. The image of these women smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee while discussing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” sounds like pure movie magic.

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