Gender of Dialogue in Film

We compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across IMDB's top films of the past 15 years. We then compared the films by the genders of their creators. Here's what we found.

Male vs. Female Dialogue

Dialogue Breakdown by Percentage

Gross Revenue Comparison

When a film's...

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Restore to all movies

Every circle is a movie:

= Women speak more
= Men speak more

of specified films are female dominated.

of specified films are male dominated.

Male Dialogue Dominates

We chose words of dialogue spoken by either gender as a metric of a film's gender learnings (inspired largely by the Bechdel test). Data was collected on 1000 of IMDB's top movies of the past 10 years with Python's Beautiful Soup library.

Percentages

If we evaluate the films by a simple percentage breakdown of male-female dialogue, we see a skewed normal distribution with a mean of 76%.

Gross Revenue

Not enough data is used to make any conclusive statements on the impact of gender on revenue (this would require a more rigorous filtering process). Interesting however, we can see comparable average revenues for male and female gendered movies when we filter by the creative roles.

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average revenue of specified movies where women speak more

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average revenue of specified movies where men speak more