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The best in queer cinema - nothing like Room in Rome or that other cheap crap. I've tried to order the movies regarding cinematic aspects and/or importance of the film or subject. However I can only rank the movies when I am on my PC, so new additions below Carol might get ranked higher when I get round to it.
The Handmaiden is awful and I can't include it here.
Blockers I normally wouldn't include because the lesbian story line doesn't take up much space, but gets an honorary mention because it is surprisingly good and funny.
I only add movies I have watched. If you think I have missed a great movie, please send me a pm! :)
"As a feminist film theorist and avid moviegoer, my main, geeky goal in life is to see as many female-driven films as possible from every decade, country, and genre imaginable. I’m sure this list won’t please everybody, and you may disagree with my choices, but I tried to be as diplomatic as possible and to keep the list diverse. I certainly haven’t seen every single women’s picture though. The films on this list may not all be widely acclaimed or even directly feminist films, but what some of them may lack in aesthetic pleasures or political correctness is made up tenfold by their feminine bravura and radiant characters. From 1910 to the present, these are the absolute best, most emblematic women’s pictures I’ve ever seen."
Alison Nastasi's essential feminist films list is diverse and audacious, offering everything from obscure avant-garde shorts to Hollywood classics.
Let’s hope the seismic waves triggered by #MeToo and #TimesUp result in serious, lasting change—the kind that marks one generation from the next. In the meantime, we're inspired. We're furious. And we want to watch the best feminist movies of all time. From Oscar-winning classics like ‘Norma Rae’ and ‘Thelma & Louise’ to ferocious action movies like ‘Foxy Brown’ and ‘Kill Bill’, we've packed decades of empowerment into our list, along with the landmark accomplishments of women directors, women screenwriters and women documentarians.
A promise: If you watch all of these films—and take your time, because they're all worth savouring—you'll become a better person, more aware of the distance we've come and how far we still have to go.
List published March 2018