6.9/10
16,419
162 user 175 critic

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

Trailer
1:43 | Trailer
The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Director:

Mimi Leder
Reviews
Popularity
1,632 ( 229)

Felicity Jones Reveals Her Film Idols

On the Basis of Sex star Felicity Jones take our Take 5 challenge, and reveals the actresses and characters she looks up to.

Watch Felicity Take 5 ...

1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

RBG (2018)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel
Colette I (2018)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Director: Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West
Vice I (2018)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Stan & Ollie (2018)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

Director: Jon S. Baird
Stars: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson
A Private War (2018)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

Director: Matthew Heineman
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Alexandra Moen, Tom Hollander
Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

Director: Robin Bissell
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay
Boy Erased (2018)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Director: Joel Edgerton
Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton
Tolkien (2019)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Director: Dome Karukoski
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Emma Thompson, Jason Watkins, Stanley Tucci
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Armie Hammer ... Martin Ginsburg
Justin Theroux ... Mel Wulf
Sam Waterston ... Erwin Griswold
Kathy Bates ... Dorothy Kenyon
Cailee Spaeny ... Jane Ginsburg
Jack Reynor ... Jim Bozarth
Stephen Root ... Professor Brown
Chris Mulkey ... Charles Moritz
Gary Werntz Gary Werntz ... Judge Doyle
Francis X. McCarthy ... Judge Daugherty (as Francis Xavier McCarthy)
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... Judge Holloway
Ronald Guttman ... Gerald Gunther
Wendy Crewson ... Harriet Griswold
John Ralston ... Tom Miller
Edit

Storyline

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

For freedom, for respect, for the future. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Basis of Sex See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$686,355, 30 December 2018

Gross USA:

$24,622,687

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,673,750
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: She appears as herself at the very end. See more »

Goofs

After welcome dinner, when Marty lifts Ruth to cheer her up and they move towards bed, camera trolley is visible in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer, in courtroom]
Judge: The word 'woman' does not appear even once in the US Constitution.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Nor does the word 'freedom,' Your Honor.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits include some "What happened to . . . " of the characters. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Glass (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Thousand Men of Harvard
Written by Alfred Putnam and Murray Taylor
Performed by the Harvard University Band and the Harvard Glee Club
By arrangement with the Harvard University Band and the Harvard Glee Club
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Unfair to compare to documentary
26 December 2018 | by ljcesqSee all my reviews

A documentary is a documentary and a movie inspired by real events is just that. Each stand alone. RBG is an outstanding documentary to which On the Basis of Sex should not be compared. Yes, the movie is old fashioned reminding one of the classic movies of the 40s. So what. The subject matter is still timely even more so in the climate we are now living in...unfortunately there are probably many who want to go back to the "great" pre-Ginsburg days.


128 of 222 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 162 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed