Best Films Directed by Women, Reaching Consensus

Best Films Directed by Women, Reaching Consensus

While we pore over the latest Sight & Sound film critics poll of the Top 50 Movies of all time, it’s not surprising that most of the films are directed by men. The notable exception is Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman,” which I saw in college but barely remember. On the other hand, I recall every frame of Maya Deren’s “Meshes in the Afternoon.” The poll, as many have commented, is dominated by older films, most of them pre-1960, a time when few women were directing, unless they were Ida Lupino, Dorothy Arzner or Leni Reifenstahl, who did not make the S & S list. Even the great French and Australian women filmmakers–accepted and supported by their culture in a way that American filmmakers are not– didn’t get going until the 70s.

Many of the directors who made the S & S list had built up critical consensus around their top titles. Those who didn’t got left off the list–such as Howard Hawks, Sam Peckinpah, Preston Sturges and others. It’s almost a PR issue–who gets written about the most, which movies stay extant in the conversation, retaining currency and relevance? So few films directed by women have become actual classics. When Cannes collected all the best filmmakers for a recent anniversary grouping, they included one woman: Jane Campion.

So let’s collect the best movies directed by women. Give them some ink. Get the conversation, if late, at least started. So few women have directed Hollywood films of any size, and so many have made personal independent ventures. And so few have built longlasting careers with steady ouput. So many of the best foreign films have not been widely seen. It’s the way it is. Please write in any notable films or filmmakers I have left off this list. I’ve picked each directors’ best film, but you may differ. Then we’ll come up with a poll for you to vote in. (Women in Hollywood is also doing this; they have their own list.)

1. Jane Campion The Piano

2. Kathyrn Bigelow The Hurt Locker

3. Julie Taymor Frida

4. Susanne Bier After the Wedding

5. Deba Granik Winter’s Bone

6. Lena Wertmuller Swept Away

7. Barbra Streisand Yentl

8. Mira Nair Monsoon Wedding

9.  Lisa Cholodenko The Kids Are All Right

10. Gillian Armstrong High Tide

SEE FULL LIST BELOW,  IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, BY DIRECTOR

Chantal Akerman Jeanne Dielman

Suzana Amaral The Hour of the Star

Allison Anders Gas Food Lodging

Andrea Arnold Fish Tank

Dorothy Arzner Dance Girl Dance

Drew Barrymore Whip It

Hava Kohav Beller The Restless Conscience

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini American Splendor

Antonia Bird Priest

Catherine Breillat 36 Fillett

Vera Chytilova Daisies

Niki Caro Whale Rider

Martha Coolidge Rambling Rose

Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation

Julie Dash Daughters of the Dust

Claire Denis Beau Travail

Maya Deren Meshes in the Afternoon

Marguerite Duras India Song

Nora Ephron Sleepless in Seattle

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton Little Miss Sunshine

Anne Fletcher The Proposal

Jodie Foster  Home for the Holidays

Marleen Goris Antonia’s Line

Randa Haines Children of a Lesser God

Mary Harron American Pyscho

Amy Heckerling Fast Times at Ridgement High

Agnieszka Holland Europa Europa

Nicole Holofcener Walking and Talking

Ann Hui Boat People

Courtney Hunt Frozen River

Patti Jenkins Monster

Tamra Jenkins  The Savages

Angelina Jolie In the Land of Blood and Honey

Miranda July Me and You and Everyone We Know

Nicole Kassell The Woodsman

Kasi Lemons Eve’s Bayou

Phyllida Lloyd Mamma Mia!

Barbara Loden Wanda

Ida Lupino Outrage (for On Dangerous Ground, she filled in for sick Nicolas Ray,  uncredited)

Penny Marshall Big

Lucrecia Martel The Headless Woman

Elaine May The Heartbreak Kid

Deepa Mehta Water

Marzieh Meshini The Day I Became a Woman

Nancy Meyer What Women Want

Rebecca Miller Peronsal Velocity

Euzhan Palcy Sugar Lane Alley

Kimberly Pierce Boys Don’t Cry

Sarah Polley Away from Her

Sally Potter Orlando

Gina Prince-Bythewood Love and Basketball

Lynne Ramsay  We Need to Talk About Kevin

Dee Rees Pariah

Kelly Reichardt Meek’s Cutoff

Leni Riefenstahl Triumph of the Will

Marjane Satrapi Persepolis

Nancy Savoca Household Saints

Lone Scherfig An Education

Lynn Shelton My Sister’s Sister

Larisa Shepitko  The Ascent

Joan Micklin Silver Hester Street

Penelope Spheeris Wayne’s World

Agnes Varda One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

Anne Wheeler Bye Bye Blues

Juanita Wilson As If I Am Not There

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Elka Nikolova

Binka Zhelyazova, "The Attached Balloon" (Bulgarian director)

Natasha

Kim Peirce – Boys Don't Cry (robbed of a directing Oscar imho)
Agnieszka Holland – Europa, Europa and Olivier, Olivier
Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is also quite underrated

Sophia Savage

Have we mentioned Maren Ade for "Everyone Else" yet?

Becca Lou

Martha Stephens is a name to watch out for. Her film Pilgrim Song was fantastic.

Hoping I'll make this list some day- watch out for my film, Electrick Children, out this Fall.

JM

Debra Granik but for Down to the Bone
Lynne Ramsey but for Ratcather

Ridick

Drew Barrymore's Whip It and not Tina Mabry's Mississppi Damned? Ok whatever you say.

BANTA

If you're doing newcomers like Dee Rees then Ava Duvernay's Middle of Nowhere which made her the first black woman to win Sundance should be here and Victoria Mahoney's Berlinale debut Yelling to the Sky. Also it is Sugar CANE Alley not Sugar LANE Alley for the iconic Euzhan Palcy.

Betty Kaklamanidou

Streisand's 1991 "The Prince of Tides"
Susanne Bier's 2002 "Open Hearts"
Julie Delpys 2007 "2 Days in Paris"
Nora Ephron's 1993 "Sleepless in Seatlle"
Nancy Meyers's 2000 "What Women Want"
Amy Heckerling's 1995 "Clueless" and 2007 "I Could Never Be Your Woman"

Hero

Ruba Nadda Cairo Time.

Hannah

Wendy and Lucy may be better than Meek's Cutoff, though both would be fine inclusions.

I think Blue Steel is Bigelow's second best film, but Near Dark is worthy.

White Material (Denis), An Angel at My Table (Campion), Take This Waltz (Polley), Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda), The Secret Garden (Holland), I, You, He, She (Akerman), Lost in Translation (Coppola)

Nikyatu

Kasi Lemmons – EVE'S BAYOU – surely some of you have seen this masterpiece?

Doc M

Now the S&S directors' top ten; even the descriptions are freudian!
We need to see a female directors' top ten; I think less than half would survive the cut

1. Tokyo Story Ozu Yasujirô, 1953 (48 votes)
2= 2001: A Space Odyssey
3= Citizen Kane
4. 8½
5. Taxi Driver
6. Apocalypse Now
7= The Godfather
8= Vertigo
9. Mirror
10. Bicycle Thieves

Ant Carpendale

I'd second Mary Harron's American Psycho, and add Antonia Bird's very entertaining and underrated horror film Ravenous.

Carla Zoogman

Another great one is MOSTLY MARTHA directed by Sandra Nettelbeck and starring Martina Gedeck (of The Lives of Others fame) and Sergio Castellito.
Thanks a lot, Anne, for this intriguing discussion of films by female directors. It's yielding valuable ideas. Perhaps it could be ongoing and in more detail?

Ulrich

Jocelyn Moorhouse A thousand acres

Catherine Campbell

Robin Swicord is not on list, her Jane Austin Book Club was great fun.
And may I suggest that the women filmmakers put their films on Netflix…so they can get seen!; especially after optimal time has passed. I'm currently searching for the right director for a script of mine and am unable to fine a lot of women's films tHAT ARE on your list.
My criterion – DIRECTOR MALE OR FEMALE HAS HAD TO HAVE MADE at least one film I ABSOLUTELY LOVE.

rgm

US women directors seem to have had less luck being nominated for Oscars, than have their foreign counterparts. Here is a list I found of women directors nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. However, only two actually won, Caroline Link and Marleen Gorris

Astrid Henning-Jensen – Paw (1959)
Lina Wertmüller – Seven Beauties (1976)
Diane Kurys – Entre Nous (1983)
María Luisa Bemberg – Camila (1984)
Agnieszka Holland – Angry Harvest (1985)
Coline Serreau – Three Men and a Cradle (1985)
Mira Nair – Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Marleen Gorris – Antonia's Line (1995)
Nana Dzhordzhadze – A Chef in Love (1996)
Berit Nesheim – The Other Side of Sunday (1996)
Caroline Link – Beyond Silence (1997)
Agn̬s Jaoui РThe Taste of Others (2000)
Paula van der Oest – Zus & Zo (2002)
Caroline Link – Nowhere in Africa (2002)
Cristina Comencini – Don't Tell (2005)
Susanne Bier – After the Wedding (2006)
Deepa Mehta – Water (2006)

Brenda

Jane Campion Angel At My Table

Destri

I love that this conversation is happening in many places online– thank you! I don't think I saw Claudia Weill's GIRLFRIENDS (a classic indie from 1978) on the list. On a related note, I've been tracking (mostly current ) women directors on a Pinterest board because I got tired of reading articles that quoted producers and the like saying that there weren't many women directors: http://bit.ly/QBBqnd I have many, many more to add (thanks partly to this list!).

Thomas Caron

Elaine May's "Mikey and Nicky" trumps every movie mentioned, and her omission robs this list of any credibility.

Anne Thompson

Denys Arcand is a guy, but will add Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Anne Thompson

Thanks for these recommendations. Make sure you see all the pages; the directors below the top ten list are in alphabetical order by director.
Julie Taymor is in the top ten for Frida, not Titus.
Martha Coolidge is there for Rambling Rose not Real Genius.
Nicole Holefcener is there for Walking and Talking not Lovely and Amazing. That could change.
I will add Barbara Kopple, didn't have docs on, should.
Mira Nair on for Monsoon Wedding on The Namesake.
Agnes Varda on for One Sings, the Other Doesn't but Cleo from 5-7 seems to be consensus title.

Carla Zoogman

Please consider adding NOWHERE IN AFRICA by Caroline Link and THE NAMESAKE by Mira Nair. Bravo for AFTER THE WEDDING by Susanne Bier. (Also special is Barbara Kopple's documentary about the Dixie Chicks, "SHUT UP AND SING.")

Nick demartino

HARLAN COUNTY USA by Barbara Kopple

Andrew

Not to pick apart this list, the majority of which I have yet to see (thanks for that), but Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman is deserving of mention here. Deft, efficient, beautifully understated, and emotionally catastrophic when the time comes. Easily one of my favorite films, and among the best of the last decade.

Dan

Angelina Jolie?!?! For that piece of crap!!! I didn't know this UN has their hands on this list…

ralch

Martel's "La ciénaga" is better than 'The Headless Woman", though both are great. And I'd recommend Varda's "Jacquot de Nantes" or "Cleo from 5 to 7". Anyway, here I go: (Seen by me) FOROUGH FARROKHZAD, 'The House Is Black"; JANA SEVCIKOVA, "Jakub"; EUZHAN PALCY, "Sugar Cane Alley"; MARGOT BENACERRAF, "Araya"; MARTA MESZAROS, "Adoption"; MATILDE LANDETA, "La Negra Angustias"; MARIA NOVARO, "The Garden of Eden"; ICIAR BOLLAIN, "Take My Eyes"; MIREIA ROS, "La Moños"; CLARA LAW, "Autumn Moon"; ANN HUI, "Song of the Exile"; MARIA LUISA BEMBERG, "Miss Mary"; TISUKA YAMAZAKI, "Parahyba, Mulher Macho"; JAN OXENBERG, "Thank You and Good Night"; JENNIE LIVINGSTON, "Paris Is Burning"; CLAUDIA LLOSA, "The Milk of Sorrow"; NADINE LABAKI, "Caramel"; VERA BELMONT, "Red Kiss"; FINA TORRES, "Oriana"; PILAR MIRO, "The Cuenca Crime"; SOLVEIG HOOGJENSTEIN, "Macu, The Policeman's Woman"; SHIRIN NESHAT, "Turbulent"; MARGARETHE VON TROTTA, "Rosa Luxemburg"; CHUI MUI TAN, "A Tree in Tanjung Malim; ILDIKO ENYEDI, "My 20th Century"; PAZ ENCINA, "Paraguayan Hammock"; BYAMBASUREN DAVAA, 'The Story of the Weeping Camel"; MARIANNE EYDE, "You Only Live Once"; CAROLINE LINK, "Nowhere in Africa"; BONNIE HUNT, "Return to Me"; ADRIENNE SHELLY, "Waitress"………………. (Not seen by me; titles chosen by reputation) LOURDES PORTILLO, "Missing Young Woman"; MARTA RODRIGUEZ, "Chircales"; HEDDY HONIGMAN, "O Amor Natural"; DANIELE HUILLET (duo with Jean-Marie Straub), "Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach"; LEONTINE SAGAN, "Maedchen in Uniform"; LUCILE HADZIHALILOVIC, "Innocence"; LIZZIE BORDEN, "Working Girls"; MOUFIDA TLATLI, "Silences of the Palace"; DORIS DORRIE, "Men"; NINA MENKES, "Phantom Love"; ALBERTINA CARRI, "The Blonds"; MAI ZETTERLING, "The Girls"; APARNA SEN, "Mr. and Mrs. Iyer"; NAOMI KAWASE, "Suzaku"; LIU JIAYIN, "Oxhide"; KIRA MURATOVA, "The Asthenic Syndrome"; MAREN ADE, "Everyone Else"; MARZIEH MAKHMALBAFF, "The Day I Became a Woman"; SAMIRA MAKHMALBAFF, "The Apple"; SU FRIEDRICH, "Sink or Swim"; MARLEEN GORRIS, "Antonia's Line"; MARION HANSEL, "Dust"; MIWA NISHIKAWA, "Sway"; GERMAINE DULAC, "The Seashell and the Clergyman"; BODIL IPSEN, "Cafe Paradise"; DANA ROTBERG, "Angel of Fire"; YULENE OLAIZOLA, "Artificial Paradises"; ADELA SEQUEYRO, "Nobody's Wife"; LUCIA PUENZO, "xxy"; MARINA DE VAN, "In My Skin"; AGNES JAOUI, "The Taste of Others"; SO YONG KIM, "Treeless Mountain"; TRINH T. MINH-HA, "Reassemblage"

Timothy Farrell

Beyond the massive oversight on the Sprecher Sisters, where are:
Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple)
Real Genius (Martha Coolidge)
Lovely & Amazing plus various others (Nicole Holofcener)
Slums of Beverly Hills (Tamara Jenkins)
Personal Velocity (Rebecca Miller)
Blue Car (Karen Moncrieff)
Titus (Julie Taymor)
Europa, Europa and some episodes of The Wire (Agnieszka Holland)
Little Man Tate (Jodie Foster)
The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
Earth, Fire, & Water trilogy (Deepa Mehta)
???

Timothy Farrell

The work of the Sprecher Sisters belongs not only on lists of films directed by women but on lists of great films. Some may think Clockwatchers is too light or full of whimsy, but 13 Conversations About One Thing is a singular achievement. No Sprecher Sisters = Fail!

Faerthurin

BARBRA STREISAND has to be #1 or at least #2… "Yentl" was a masterpiece of a movie (and her directorial debut at that). It took her a total of 14 years to get studios to agree, finance, give the green light and film "Yentl". In addition, she was a pioneer in that she was the first woman to direct, produce, star and co-write a major hollywood production: That is a lot of different hats to wear. She is also the first woman to receive the Best Director Golden Globe award and the first woman director to receive the AFI Life Achievement award. She is the 3rd woman nominated for a Directors Guild of America award. In addition, she made the brilliant "Prince of Tides" in 1991, which could arguably also be included on this list!
Whether you like her or not, she has made some outstanding films and has broke through the glass ceiling and opened doors for the women directors today. But she was crucial in showing the world that nothing is impossible! She deserves to be acknowledged fully for the value of her work!

Julian Bishop

I think the only one which deserves to be in the top 10 of all time is Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will.

Because of her associations, it would never be voted there. Still a fantastic film though

Christianne Benedict

I'm paraphrasing Manohla Dargis here, but does being supportive of films made by women mean I have to say nice things about Nancy "Stop me before I kill again" Meyer? Fuck that.

Morgan Davies

Daisies, Fish Tank, The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Beau travail, We Need to Talk About Kevin…

Andrea OL

Most of these movies are crap. The only three truly great female directors were Riefenstahl(for TRIUMPH and OLYMPIAD), Wertmuller(for 4 or 5 films, especially SEVEN BEAUTIES), and Bigelow(K-19 and HURT LOCKER). Another one worth mentioning is Liv Ullmann, who has made some very fine films from Bergman's scripts. Scheptiko might a fine film but died too young. Claire Denis is an interesting director, and Sofia Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION is a gem. Penny Marshall's BIG is also pretty good. But most of the films on the list are not even good.

Who voted on this list? It goes to show why women fail in art. They are so much into groupthink. They are so politically correct that Riefenstalh is way down on the list and her OLYMPIAD isn't even mentioned.

Sean Baker

You need Shirley Clarke and Elaine May on there.

Catherine

Don't forget Daisies by Vera Chytilova. SO great.

GG

Olympia should be on there. That film set the standard for sports coverage today.

Peter Nellhaus

BTW, Ms. Thompson, feel free to browse through my blog. I'm not the most consistent guy on the internet, but I write more frequently about female filmmakers than several women I know. Google my name, and you'll find me.

David

How about Denys Arcand, for a bunch of film. "Jesus of Montreal," "The Barbarian Invasions," "The Decline of the American Empire". And what about "Romance," for Catherine Breillat. How about Anna Boden? You includen Bergman & Pulcini, her and Ryan Fleck have made some great films like "Half-Nelson" and "Sugar".

Laura

Glad to see Allison Anders' "Gas Food Lodging" here, but what about her brilliant "Mi Vida Loca" too?

Peter Nellhaus

Considering the number of films she has made, and the awards given to her most recent film,"A Simple Life", Ann Hui should have rated much higher than Barbra Streisand. Missing are Naomi Kawase, Lucía Puenzo and Momoko Ando. A Hollywood hack is still a hack, no matter the gender.

Tiger

I would like to add another vote for:
Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides

and
Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown

Ondi Timoner's We Live in Public

Jill Sprecher's Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Zana Briski's Born Into Brothels

and last but not least:
Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar

Doc M

Thanks for Anne Wheeler and the charming, 'Bye Bye, Blues' on page 2, but where is Pat Rozema's 'Mansfield Park'? And I agree, 'The Piano' for #1, but 'Bend It' should be ahead of Nair, and Riefenstahl's 'Olympia' should be ahead of 'Seven Beauties'.
And please, Holly Dale for 'Blood and Donuts'.

Aaron

Seriously, you missed Alison Maclean – Jesus' Son

@andrewburhoe

Excuse my ignorance please.

But S & S' article listed older films from a generation that remembers more men then the present.

Plus the list which you gave is spot on! But none of them were before 1980.

And that is what angered me most about their list is that we know women have been directing way before that.

Hopefully next time they actually ask female directors.

DS

Private Parts belongs on this list. Betty Thomas directs.
And Ba-Ba-Booey to y'all.

Andrew

Alison Maclean – Jesus' Son

viktor

Great to see The Piano at #1, and especially good to see After The Wedding on such a list, when being danish myself. The Hurt Locker is a shitty film, just cut it out.

Jarrett Leahy

Lost in Translation should be #1 on that top 10, glad to see Winter's Bone.

martha hart

Gurinder Chadha – BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM

Bran Stark

Dude. How bout actually formatting this list? Ya know, like Sofia Coppola – Lost in Translation. Rather than Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation. I guess I should be grateful you actually put spaces between your words.

DJAHA

Over on Ebert's Facebook, there's a lot of love for
Awakenings

Robert Blenheim

…And how about Claire Denis' "White Material", a film which meant so much to this sensitive filmmaker by being set in the place of her childhood?

Alexander Baack

Darnell Martin – Cadillac Records
Jennifer Yuh – Kung Fu Panda 2
Elaine May – The Heartbreak Kid
Agnieszka Holland – Europa, Europa
Rebecca Miller – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Catherine Hardwicke – Thirteen
Karyn Kusama – Girlfight
Betty Thomas – Private Parts

Robert Blenheim

Shame on the reviewer! Ida Lupino did NOT direct "On Dangerous Ground." That was Nicholas Ray, a man. Ida Lupino did direct a number of wonderful films of which the serial killer noir, "The Hitch-Hiker" may be the most famous (although "The Bigamist" is also very good).

Lisa1LinenLady

You mean "Bend Over Boyfriend" and "How to Fuck in High Heels" din't make the list?

Heidi

Lynne Shelton – Hump Day

Ross

I don't think Sleepless in Seattle should exist on this list but it is missing Floria Sigismondi

Heidi

Sue Brooks – Japanese Story, Isabel Coixet – The Secret Life of Words

John Severa

Some others which are worthy of this list:

Innocence (2004) – Lucile Hadzihalilovic
The Virgin Suicides (1999) – Sofia Coppola
Old Joy (2006) – Kelly Reichardt
The Secret Garden (1993) – Agnieszka Holland

Edmund Yeo

I nominate SWAY by Miwa Nishigawa, ENDING NOTE by Mami Sunada, SHOJI AND TAKAO by Yoko Ide (a documentary that took the filmmaker 15 years to complete!), AN AUTUMN'S TALE by Mabel Cheung and MUKHSIN by Yasmin Ahmad.

Damon

Joanna Hogg and Lynne Ramsay are two fantastic British women directors.

Nanciann Horvath

Kathryn Bigelow is also a wonderful person making a difference every day!

Martin Heavisides

Oh, and I was forgetting: what about Temptations of a Monk by Clara Law?

Nonny

Adrienne Shelly – Waitress. Such a promising filmmaker!

Martin Heavisides

Swept Away by Lena[sic] Wertmuller? Why in Hell are you representing the director of Seven Beauties and The Seduction of Mimi by one of her weakest films? Where are Liliana Cavani (The Night Porter) and Vera Chytilova (Daisies, The Apple Game, Panel Story)? It seems like a pretty lame list to me.

BEE

It's five years old and it's just for the US, but this is pretty comprehensive:
http://www.tft.ucla.edu/mediascape/Spring07_InResponseToTheAFI.html

Carrie Rickey

The Blot and How Men Propose by Lois Weber, many titles by Alice Guy-Blache, Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl, Dance, Girl Dance by Dorothy Arzner, Wanda by Barbara Loden, Cleo from 5 to 7 and Vagabond by Agnes Varda, and about 1000 more….

Historikitty

Oops! Forgot two. Gurinder Chadha's "Bend It Like Beckham," and Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times At Ridgemont High."

Matthew Gordon Long

I can't believe Agnes Varda is such a distant a footnote on this list. The mother of la nouvelle vague!

Cléo de 5 a 7
Sans toit ni loi
La Pointe Courte
Happiness
The Gleaners and I
Daguerrotypes

Historikitty

"Household Saints," directed by Nancy Savoca, "Little Man Tate," directed by Jodie Foster, and "Lost In Translation," directed by Sofia Coppola, deserve a spot.

"Whip It," directed by Drew Barrymore is worth mentioning here as well.

nick

No Joan Chen—"Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl" or Mira Nair (not sure which to choose here)?

rgm

The French director/writer Diane Kurys has been winning awards since Peppermint Soda in 1977, however, I'm not sure which of her titles to list. Perhaps Entre Nous, which was Oscar nominated for best foreign language film in 1983.

Maria O'Brien

I propose Ann Hui and particularly her excellent film 'Boat People'.

cc

Barbara Streisand blongs there but for The Price of Tides, not Yentl.

rgm

Yentl may be the best movie directed by Streisand, but in the top ten???

Just to lengthen your women directors list, Drew Barrymore and Phyllida Lloyd; one under-appreciated, while other lured women by the thousands to an antic, much-loved mess.

SeanAx

Ida Lupino didn't direct "On Dangerous Ground." She did direct "The Bigamist" and "The Hitch-hiker."

Also: Lois Weber, "Shoes"
Alice Guy-Blache, "The Ocean Waif"
I've only seen a couple of the Mabel Normand-directed shorts, but surely someone more knowledgeable can recommend a title.

pr

The forthcoming UNA NOCHE acquired by IFC / Sundance Selects will be added to this list as it is updated. Mark my word.

Joe Leydon

Glad to see the love for "High Tide." I would add:

Bye Bye Blues — Anne Wheeler

The Restless Conscience — Hava Kohav Beller

Home for the Holidays – Jodie Foster

Ronda

seven beauties – lena wertmuller

Anne Thompson

I am adding names as we go. Thanks all.

LeonRaymond

Racism created by White Men is no different than Racism created by White Women, with that -where is Dee Rees, where is Julie Dash, Where is Gina Prince???

Richard Caveman

American Psycho directed by Mary Harron. Shocking that it's not on this list.

Beth Hanna

No question in my mind that Varda's "Vagabond," "The Gleaners & I," and Vera Chytilova's "Daisies" would be in my Top 50 films of all time. And I would seriously consider including Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff" in my Top 50, too.

Miles Maker

Where is Dee Rees and PARIAH?

John Maguire

I'd nominate Irish director Juanita Wilson's harrowing 2011 Bosnian war film As If I Am Not There. Wilson was also nominated for an Academy Award for her live-action short film The Door in 2010.

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