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What Are the Greatest Movies Directed by Women?

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood August 3, 2012 at 12:00PM

Fueled by the anger of another best of list sorely lacking in women, I would like to put forward the following films (which came from people all over the world through twitter and facebook) for the distinction of the best or greatest films directed by women. 
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Jane Campion
Jane Campion

Fueled by the anger of another best of list sorely lacking in women, I would like to put forward the following films (which came from people all over the world through twitter and facebook) for the distinction of the best or greatest films directed by women. 

Here are the nominees (and remember this is unscientific and like all lists means nothing except for the fact that people are fucking list happy so we might as well get women in on the action.)

Also- I am not taking every nominee that came in.  I am using a bit of discretion here so that we can come up with a top 10 or 20.

So vote for your top five in the comments, on twitter or on Facebook.  Also, feel free to add anyone I may have forgotten.

Here they are:

Chantal Ackerman- Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Allison Anders - Gas, Food, Lodging

Gillian Armstrong - My Brilliant Career

Gillian Armstrong - High Tide

Andrea Arnold- Fish Tank

Dorothy Arzner - Dance, Girl, Dance

Susanne Bier - After the Wedding

Kathryn Bigelow- The Hurt Locker

Antonia Bird - Priest

Catherine Breillat - Fat Girl

Jane Campion- The Piano

Jane Campion- Sweetie

Nike Caro- Whale Rider

Lisa Cholodenko - The Kids Are All Right

Sofia Coppola - Lost in Translation

Claire Denis - 35 Shots of Rum

Marleen Gorris - Antonia's Line

Debra Granik- Winter's Bone

Randa Haines - Children of a Lesser God

Mary Harron - American Psycho

Amy Heckerling - Clueless

Amy Heckerling - Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Agnieszka Holland - Europa, Europa

Nicole Holofcener - Walking and Talking

Courtney Hunt - Frozen River

Annamarie Jacir - Salt of the Sea

Patty Jenkins - Monster

Miranda July - Me and You an Everyone We Know

Kasi Lemmons- Eve's Bayou

Barbara Loden - Wanda

Ida Lupino - The Trouble with Angels

Lucretia Martel - The Holy Girl

Elaine May - The Heartbreak Kid

Deepa Mehta - Water

Mira Nair- Monsoon Wedding

Kimberly Peirce- Boys Don't Cry

Sarah Polley - Away From Her

Sally Potter - Orlando

Lynne Ramsay - We Need to Talk About Kevin

Kelly Reichardt- Meek's Cutoff

Celine Sciamma - Tomboy

Joan Micklin Silver - Hester Street

Barbra Streisand - Yentl

Julie Taymor - Frida

Agnes Varda - Cleo from 5 to 7

Agnes Varda - Vagabond

Lina Wertmuller - Seven Beauties

Lina Wertmuller- Swept Away

This article is related to: Women Directors, Lina Wertmuller, Agnès Varda, Julie Taymor, Barbra Streisand, Lynne Ramsay, Céline Sciamma, Sally Potter, Ida Lupino, Kasi Lemmons, Amy Heckerling, Jane Campion


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