I was talking with someone about - well, something else - and it occurred to me how well this also relates to writing. I'd like to be able to write more realistic women characters; characters that women can relate to better. Too much of what us men write tends to portray women more as some sort of ideal that men want from their women, or as some flat and shallow stereotype, or worse yet: as what is really a masculine character just acted by a woman. So I was talking with someone who described how people can really learn a lot about other cultures by watching movies from that culture; that there are subtle nuances that we can start to subconsciously pick up on, and over time we learn and shape ourselves to that culture. And part of the problem is that we do that with our own culture too; we shape our understanding of various archetypes and classes of people in our real world based on works of fiction, especially as we have more interaction with this fiction than with those real-life counterparts. So the point is: I could learn more about realistic female characters if I shifted my media diet to include more shows/movies that depict women in a more realistic light, rather than as vessels to fulfill a story written for men. So I would like to ask all the women here: what are some movies/shows that do a good job of portraying women in a more realistic light? Or what are some movies/shows that you feel you make a stronger connection with? Or failing all that, what are some good "chick flicks" that I normally don't care to watch but would probably give a good range of believable women characters that don't just boil down to common stereotypes and archetypes?