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Film Finders: Exploring Special Topics: 52 Films By Women

52 Films by Women

 

 

Spearheaded by Women In Film (WIF), movie lovers are asked to commit to watching one film by a woman, once a week for one year. The Film & Video Collection supports the #52FilmsByWomen movement as a fun way to bring attention to the many talented female filmmakers around the world and as a great way to spark creative and interactive conversation. Cinema-Fanatic polled over 500 critics, filmmakers, bloggers, historians, professors and casual film viewers asking them what films directed (or co-directed) by women are essential viewing.

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A Year With Women: 103 Essential Films By Female Filmmakers

 

 

  1. Clueless (1995), dir. Amy Heckerling-DVD 13305 (147 votes)
  2. Lost in Translation (2003), dir. Sofia Coppola-DVD 1003 (144 votes)
  3. The Piano (1992), dir. Jane Campion–DVD 5309 (120 votes)
  4. Selma (2014), dir. Ava DuVernay-DVD 15948HDDVD 404 (118 votes)
  5. American Psycho (2000), dir. Mary Harron-DVD 228 (110 votes)
  6. Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961), dir. Agnès Varda-DVD 4772 (93 votes)
  7. The Hurt Locker (2009), dir. Kathryn Bigelow-DVD 6921 (92 votes)
  8. Fish Tank (2009), dir. Andrea Arnold-DVD 9255 (84 votes)
  9. The Virgin Suicides (1999), dir. Sofia Coppola-DVD 623 (84 votes)
  10. Winter’s Bone (2010) dir. Debra Granik-DVD 8311HDDVD 74 (75 votes)
  11. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), dir. Chantal Akerman-DVD 7782 (74 votes)
  12. The Babadook (2014), dir. Jennifer Kent-DVD 15901 (72 votes)
  13. Zero Dark Thirty (2012), dir. Kathryn Bigelow-DVD 12904HDDVD 220 (72 votes)
  14. Sedmikrásky = Daisies (1966) dir. Věra Chytilová-DVD 11790 disc 2 (70 votes)
  15. A League of Their Own (1992) dir. Penny Marshall-DVD 4551 (69 votes)
  16. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), dir. Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid-DVD 1155 (69 votes)
  17. Big (1988) dir. Penny Marshall-DVD 399 (68 votes)
  18. Boys Don’t Cry (1999), dir. Kimberly Pierce-DVD 221 (62 votes)
  19. Orlando (1992), dir. Sally Potter-DVD 4828 (59 votes)
  20. Point Break (1991), dir. Kathryn Bigelow-DVD 7546 (58 votes)
  21. Stories We Tell (2013), dir. Sarah Polley-DVD 13489 (58 votes)
  22. We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011), dir. Lynne Ramsay-DVD 11652 (58 votes)
  23. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), dir. Ana Lily Amirpour-DVD 15911 (57 votes)
  24. An Education (2009), dir. Lone Scherfig-DVD 7159 (56 votes)
  25. The Hitch-Hiker (1953), dir. Ida Lupino-DVD 15669 (56 votes)
  26. Bright Star (2009), dir. Jane Campion-DVD 7395 (55 votes)
  27. Beau Travail (1999), dir. Claire Denis-DVD 968 (54 votes)
  28. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) dir. Amy Heckerling-DVD 3948 (50 votes)
  29. Wayne’s World (1992), dir. Penelope Spheeris-DVD 17359 (49 votes)
  30. Near Dark (1987), dir. Kathryn Bigelow-DVD 7883 (47 votes)
  31. Persepolis (2007), dir. Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud-DVD 4882 (47 votes)
  32. Marie Antoinette (2006), dir. Sofia Coppola-DVD 3267 (45 votes)
  33. Little Women (1994),dir. Gillian Armstrong-DVD 4947 (44 votes)
  34. Meek’s Cutoff (2011), dir. Kelly Reichardt-DVD 10312 (44 votes)
  35. Wadjda (2013) dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour-HDDVD 301 (43 votes) 
  36. Beyond the Lights (2014), dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood-DVD 16527 (42 votes)
  37. Pariah (2011), dir. Dee Rees-DVD 7141 (42 votes)
  38. Wendy and Lucy (2008), dir. Kelly Reichardt-DVD 6436 (42 votes)
  39. Bande de filles = Girlhood (2014) dir. Céline Sciamma-DVD 17310 (41 votes)
  40. An Angel at My Table (1989), dir. Jane Campion-DVD 2003 (40 votes)
  41. Obvious Child (2014), dir. Gillian Robespierre-DVD 15049 (40 votes)
  42. Ratcatcher (1999), dir. Lynne Ramsay-DVD 7365 (40 votes)
  43. Bend it Like Beckham (2002), dir. Gurinder Chadha-DVD 725 (39 votes)
  44. Tomboy (2011), dir. Céline Sciamma-DVD 11754 (39 votes)
  45. Sans toit ni loi = Vagabond (1985), dir. Agnès Varda-DVD 2549DVD 4773 (38 votes)
  46. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999), dir. Jamie Babbit-DVD 7898 (36 votes)
  47. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), dir. Miranda July-DVD 2069 (36 votes)
  48. 35 Rhums = 35 Shots of Rum (2008), dir. Claire Denis-DVD 7696 (35 votes)
  49. À ma sœur! = Fat Girl, (2001), dir. Catherine Breillat-DVD 2520 (35 votes)
  50. Monster (2003), dir. Patty Jenkins-DVD 1007 (35 votes)
  51. Morvern Callar (2002), dir. Lynne Ramsay-DVD 17295 (35 votes)
  52. Sleepless in Seattle (1993), dir. Nora Ephron-DVD 389 (35 votes)
  53. Daughters of the Dust (1991), dir. Julie Dash-DVD 1783 (34 votes)
  54. Belle (2014), dir. Amma Asante-HDDVD 372 (33 votes)
  55. Strange Days (1995), dir. Kathryn Bigelow-DVD 5294 (33 votes)
  56. Whale Rider (2003), dir. Niki Caro-DVD 765 (33 votes)
  57. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), dir. Susan Seidelman-DVD 13565 (32 votes)
  58. Away From Her (2006), dir. Sarah Polley-DVD 3878 (31 votes)
  59. Monsoon Wedding (2002), dir. Mira Nair-DVD 1422 (31 votes)
  60. Sweetie (1989) dir. Jane Campion-DVD 9741 (31 votes)
  61. Harlan County, U.S.A., (1976), dir. Barbara Kopple-DVD 2639 (30 votes)
  62. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), dir. Penelope Spheeris-DVD 16371 (29 votes)
  63. Wanda, 1970 (dir. Barbara Loden)-DVD 17343 28 votes
  64. You’ve Got Mail (1998), dir. Nora Ephron-DVD 1755 (28 votes)
  65. Thirteen (2003), dir. Catherine Hardwicke-DVD 768 (27 votes)
  66. The Kids Are All Right (2010), dir. Lisa Cholodenko-DVD 8413 (26 votes)
  67. Little Miss Sunshine (2006), dir. Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton-DVD 3117 (25 votes)
  68. My Brilliant Career (1979), dir. Gillian Armstrong-DVD 1814 (25 votes)
  69. Take This Waltz (2011), dir. Sarah Polley-DVD 12322 (25 votes)
  70. Whip It (2009), dir. Drew Barrymore-DVD 7303 (25 votes)
  71. White Material (2009), dir. Claire Denis-DVD 9678 (25 votes)
  72. Enough Said (2013), dir. Nicole Holofcener-DVD 14031 (24 votes)
  73. Frida (2002), dir. Julie Taymor-DVD 646 (24 votes)
  74. Love & Basketball (2000), dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood-DVD 16040 (24 votes)
  75. Paris is Burning (1990), dir. Jennie Livingston-DVD 7768 (23 votes)
  76. Ravenous (1999), dir. Antonia Bird-DVD 17384 (23 votes)
  77. A New Leaf (1971), dir. Elaine May-DVD 12017 (22 votes)
  78. Dogfight (1991), dir. Nancy Savoca-DVD 17301  (21 votes)
  79. Eve’s Bayou (1997), dir. Kasi Lemmons-DVD 5035 (21 votes)
  80. Le bonheur (1964), dir. Agnès Varda-DVD 4775 (21 votes)
  81. Titus (1999), dir. Julie Taymor-DVD 204 (21 votes)
  82. Triumph des Willens = Triumph of the Will (1935), dir. Leni Riefenstahl-DVD 336 (21 votes)
  83. Trouble Every Day (2001), dir. Claire Denis-DVD 17339 (21 votes)
  84. Waitress (2007), dir. Adrienne Shelly-DVD 4261 (21 votes)
  85. The Matrix (1999), dir. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski-DVD 409 (20 votes)
  86. Appropriate Behavior (2015), dir. Desiree Akhavan-DVD 16526 (19 votes)
  87. Somewhere (2010), dir. Sofia Coppola-DVD 9617 (19 votes)
  88. Voskhozhdeniye = The Ascent (1977), dir. Larisa Sheptiko-DVD 5653 (19 votes)
  89. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse  = The Gleaners & I (2000), dir. Agnès Varda-DVD 3991 (19 votes)
  90. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940), dir. Dorothy Arzner-DVD 17304 (18 votes)
  91. Europa Europa (1990),  dir. Agnieszka Holland-DVD 1813 (18 votes)
  92. Girlfight (2000), dir. Karyn Kusama-DVD 772 (18 votes)
  93. Mikey and Nicky (1976) dir. Elaine May-DVD 17327 (18 votes)
  94. The Heartbreak Kid (1983), dir. Elaine May-VHS 1562 (18 votes)
  95. Khaneh siah ast = The House is Black (1962), dir. Furūgh Farrukhzād-DVD 4285 (18 votes)
  96. Across The Universe (2007), dir. Julie Taymor-DVD 4382HDDVD 28 (17 votes)
  97. The Bling Ring (2013), dir. Sofia Coppola-DVD 13534 (17 votes)
  98. Il portiere di notte = The Night Porter (1974), dir. Liliana Cavani-DVD 179 (17 votes)
  99. Middle of Nowhere (2012), dir. Ava DuVernay-DVD 15734 (17 votes)
  100. Born in Flames (1983), dir. Lizzie Borden-e-VideoVHS 2181 (16 votes)
  101. Gas Food Lodging (1991), dir. Allison Anders-DVD 8986 (16 votes)
  102. Ishtar (1987), dir. Elaine May-HDDVD 458 (16 votes)
  103. La Mujer sin Cabeza = The Headless Woman (2008), dir. Lucrecia Martel-DVD 7059 (16 votes)

 

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