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Tired Film Tropes: The Damsel in Distress

The damsel-in-distress, persecuted maiden, or princess in jeopardy is a classic theme in world literature, art, film and video games. Existing in almost every culture and present as far back as Greek mythology, this misogynistic trope usually involves a beautiful or innocent young woman, placed in a dire predicment by a villain or monster, and who requires a male hero to achieve her rescue. After rescuing her, the hero often obtains her hand in marriage. She has become a stock character of fiction, particularly of melodrama. Though she is usually human, she can also be of any other species, including fictional or folkloric species; and even divine figures such as an angel, spirit, or deity. There are so many examples of this that no one list could contain them all, so here's a carefully-curated list of some great movies that contain this trope in one form or another. This is truly a tiny drop in the bucket when it comes to how common this trope isolated! How many have you seen???
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How many have you seen???

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
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The Accountant (2016)
The Accountant (2016)
3
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
4
Aquaman (2018)
Aquaman (2018)
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5
The A-Team (2010)
The A-Team (2010)
6
Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)
7
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
8
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
9
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Returns (1992)
10
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
11
Baywatch (2017)
Baywatch (2017)
12
Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale (2006)
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13
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
14
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
15
Damsel (2018)
Damsel (2018)
16
A Damsel in Distress (1937)
A Damsel in Distress (1937)
17
Damsels in Distress (2012)
Damsels in Distress (2012)
18
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
19
Deadpool (2016)
Deadpool (2016)
20
Dr. No (1962)
Dr. No (1962)
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21
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
22
Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern (2011)
23
The Harder They Fall (2021)
The Harder They Fall (2021)
24
Highlander (1986)
Highlander (1986)
25
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
26
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
27
The Informer (2019)
The Informer (2019)
28
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
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29
Jack Reacher (2012)
Jack Reacher (2012)
30
Jungle Girl (1941)
Jungle Girl (1941)
31
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
32
King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
33
King Kong (1976)
King Kong (1976)
34
King Kong (2005)
King Kong (2005)
35
Last Action Hero (1993)
Last Action Hero (1993)
36
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
37
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
38
Machete (2010)
Machete (2010)
39
Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
40
The Mask (1994)
The Mask (1994)
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