Films by women

by danielbotos | created - 23 Jan 2016 | updated - 29 Mar 2016 | Public

As a new year plan inspired by (http://womeninfilm.org/52-films/) , I'll watch (at least) one film directed by a woman every week. Here I'll collect the titles, and also I'll add previous films (or even series) I watched and loved from female directors.

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1. Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart

Votes: 8,165 | Gross: $0.22M

2. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 138,629 | Gross: $40.31M

3. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 77,060 | Gross: $25.89M

4. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 38,262 | Gross: $20.78M

5. My Life Without Me (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

Votes: 23,497 | Gross: $0.40M

6. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 56,335 | Gross: $0.37M

7. Desert Flower (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as 4th wife. She's maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then McDonald's, where she's discovered and becomes int'l top model. 1997, she speaks up against female genital mutilation.

Director: Sherry Hormann | Stars: Soraya Omar-Scego, Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh, Awa Saïd Darar, Roun Daher Aïnan

Votes: 11,707 | Gross: $0.04M

8. Nothing Personal (I) (2009)

85 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Urszula Antoniak | Stars: Lotte Verbeek, Stephen Rea, Tom Charlfa, Ann Marie Horan

Votes: 4,413

9. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 16,277 | Gross: $0.13M

10. Polisse (2011)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.

Director: Maïwenn | Stars: Karin Viard, JoeyStarr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 12,852 | Gross: $0.17M

11. Vanishing Waves (2012)

Unrated | 124 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A neuron-transfer scientist experiments with the thoughts of a comatose young woman.

Director: Kristina Buozyte | Stars: Marius Jampolskis, Jurga Jutaite, Rudolfas Jansonas, Vytautas Kaniusonis

Votes: 2,466

12. Nuit #1 (2011)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama

61 Metascore

It starts as a one night stand that evolves in a long discussion with infinite subjects between a québécoise and an immigrant.

Director: Anne Émond | Stars: Catherine De Léan, Dimitri Storoge, Véronique Rebizov, Raphaël Boulanger

Votes: 775

13. Red Road (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

73 Metascore

Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press

Votes: 11,729 | Gross: $0.15M

14. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

Votes: 136,700 | Gross: $0.34M

15. Top of the Lake (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 30,626

16. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

89 Metascore

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 75,145 | Gross: $40.16M

17. No Home Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

Chantal Akerman films her mother, an old woman of Polish origin who is short lifetime, in her apartment in Brussels. For two hours, we will see them eating, chatting and sharing memories, ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Natalia Akerman, Sylvaine Akerman

Votes: 604 | Gross: $0.02M

18. The Gleaners & I (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Jean La Planche, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 5,456 | Gross: $0.15M

19. Her Name Is Sabine (2007)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A sensitive portrait of Sabine Bonnaire, the autistic sister of the french actress Sandrine Bonnaire.

Director: Sandrine Bonnaire | Star: Sabine Bonnaire

Votes: 445

20. My Twentieth Century (1989)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate ... See full summary »

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy, Paulus Manker, Péter Andorai

Votes: 1,195 | Gross: $0.68M

21. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 12,898 | Gross: $5.29M

22. The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Family

81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,881 | Gross: $1.74M

23. La Ciénaga (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Leonora Balcarce

Votes: 4,996 | Gross: $0.10M

24. A mi gólyánk (2000)

29 min | Short, Documentary

Our Stork is a unique story, which tells us about the distinctive relation between man and animal. This award-winning documentary tells the story of a stork that has stayed behind when its ... See full summary »

Director: Lívia Gyarmathy

Votes: 41

25. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,741

26. 48 (I) (2010)

93 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Susana Sousa Dias traces Portugal's period of fascism from 1926 until 1974.

Director: Susana de Sousa Dias

Votes: 93

27. Unveiled Views (2008)

52 min | Documentary

Five women in Islamic countries who use art to express themselves, different from the stereotypes the media shows us.

Director: Alba Sotorra



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