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  1. A Year With Women: 103 Essential Films By Female Filmmakers's icon

    A Year With Women: 103 Essential Films By Female Filmmakers

    Favs/dislikes: 33:1. From Lately I’ve become more and more frustrated with the various “best ever” lists that have been released because they rarely feature films by women, or if they do it’s usually one or two films. I think this is more a reflection of those who are polled for these kinds of lists, as well as a compounding of history on itself. For so long films by men have made up the bulk of the film canon and I think people are afraid to add new films to these revered lists. I also think many people haven’t seen very many films by women, or if they have it’s always the same handful of films. In an attempt to create a better, more inclusive list of great films by women, I polled over 500 critics, filmmakers, bloggers, historians, professors and casual film viewers, asking them to tell me what films directed (or co-directed) by women are essential viewing. Some people only responded with as little as five votes, others submitted hundreds of films. In the end, I received over 7,000 votes for 1,100+ different films. After tallying up this data, with ties factored in, I then had a list of 103 essential films directed by women. While this list is in no way the end all and be all of female filmmakers, it does include films from multiple countries, filmmakers of all ages, films from all kinds of genres and spans 9 decades. Also, I would like to point out that although the earliest film on this list is from 1935, there were several filmmakers from the silent era who were women (and whose films were in the initial 1,100+ list), including Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber and others. This list should be looked at as a springboard, a way to get your feet wet with the most beloved films made by women. There are lots of resources to find even more great films by women. and are two such invaluable places to start learning more about the thousands of women who have been making films since the beginning of cinema.
  2. Little White Lies 100 Great Movies By Female Directors's icon

    Little White Lies 100 Great Movies By Female Directors

    Favs/dislikes: 28:0. A list of 100 films directed by women (no more than one film per director) selected by the editorial staff of the magazine Little White Lies and published in July 2015. [url][/url]
  3. 115 Films By and About Women of Color's icon

    115 Films By and About Women of Color

    Favs/dislikes: 9:0. "To be clear, the list itself isn't comprehensive and doesn't claim to represent every woman-directed film about women of color; there would be too many to name. Rather, consider it a solid reflection of people's tastes. The original call was to "name three films you like with black, brown, native or Asian women leads" that were also directed by women. So the response online tells us a great deal about the films that general movie fans watch, like and remember. You could say that the original list of 84 films reflects which movies had an impact on Hollywood and the US independent film scene, since the call came from a well-known US-based filmmaker. In order to come up with titles beyond the original 84, many of you looked to films made overseas, in nations where people of color are the majority. It’s interesting to note which directors were listed multiple times; names like Mira Nair, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Gurinder Chadha came up more than once as women who have built careers on telling the stories of women of color, and whose films have made money over the years. And of note, we’re looking only at feature-length, scripted films directed by women. Of course there are lots of important documentaries made by and about women of color, arguably many more than narrative features due to the cost and means of documentary production. So again, there would be too many documentaries to name here. There’s also the fact that many docs focus on groups of people, societal systems, or eras in history rather than individual protagonists, which makes it tougher to classify which documentaries are "led by women of color." But it may be worth a separate discussion on docs in the future."
  4. Fifty Essential Feminist Films's icon

    Fifty Essential Feminist Films

    Favs/dislikes: 9:0. Alison Nastasi's essential feminist films list is diverse and audacious, offering everything from obscure avant-garde shorts to Hollywood classics.
  5. IMDB Top 50 (by Females)'s icon

    IMDB Top 50 (by Females)

    Favs/dislikes: 8:0. Top Titles as Rated by Female Users Updated: 2015-01-11
  6. Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet Complete Filmography's icon

    Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet Complete Filmography

    Favs/dislikes: 8:0. All films directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet.
  7. TimeOut's 100 Best Feminist Films of All Time's icon

    TimeOut's 100 Best Feminist Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 7:0. 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
  8. BBC Culture's 100 greatest films directed by women's icon

    BBC Culture's 100 greatest films directed by women

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. "In 2019 we set out to focus the spotlight firmly on women directors. The result is BBC Culture’s biggest and most international poll yet: 761 different films were voted for by 368 film experts – critics, journalists, festival programmers and academics – who came from 84 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. We asked the same number of women to contribute as men to create a gender-balanced poll, with 185 female voters, 181 male voters, one non-binary person, and one who preferred not to say. Each voter listed their 10 favourite films directed by women, which we scored and ranked to produce the top 100 listed below."
  9. AWFJ’s Top 100 Films List's icon

    AWFJ’s Top 100 Films List

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. The Tenth Anniversary of AFI's 100 Greatest Movies List got us to thinking, especially when we noticed that of 400 films nominated for AFI's list, only 4.5 were directed by women. We thought it would be interesting and fun to see whether AWFJ members– a diverse group of strongly opinionated and outspoken professional women film journalists who care passionately about the movies and industry they cover– would develop a list substantially different AFI's. The result, presented in alphabetical order, is an eclectic, perhaps somewhat surprising, collection of titles. It's neither politically nor academically correct, and it's far from definitive.
  10. Chantal Akerman's Une Cinémathèque Imaginaire's icon

    Chantal Akerman's Une Cinémathèque Imaginaire

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. “If that’s what cinema is, then I want to make films!” Chantal Akerman, on Pierrot le fou. This list stems from interviews with the filmmaker* and additional information provided by her close collaborators: editor Claire Atherton; cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton; producer Marilyn Watelet; and her sister, Sylviane Akerman. * Mainly: - “Une Cinémathèque imaginaire de Chantal Akerman”, interview by Frédéric Strauss for La Cinémathèque française (2000) : - “Chantal Akerman: The Pajama interview”, by Nicole Brenez (2011):
  11. FemFilm's icon


    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. Ballot for 'ICMForum's Favourite Films Directed by Women'
  12. Great films by female directors's icon

    Great films by female directors

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. A compilation of some of the best female directed films.
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