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Film Finders: Exploring Special Topics: 52 Films By Women

28 Films for Black History Month, compiled by the New York Times in 2018.

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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