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A Year With Women: 103 Essential Films By Female Filmmakers


Find out more about A Year With Women here.

Lately I’ve become more and more frustrated with the various “best ever” lists that have been released because they rarely feature films by women, or if they do it’s usually one or two films. I think this is more a reflection of those who are polled for these kinds of lists, as well as a compounding of history on itself. For so long films by men have made up the bulk of the film canon and I think people are afraid to add new films to these revered lists. I also think many people haven’t seen very many films by women, or if they have it’s always the same handful of films. In an attempt to create a better, more inclusive list of great films by women, I polled over 500 critics, filmmakers, bloggers, historians, professors and casual film viewers, asking them to tell me what films directed (or co-directed) by women are essential viewing. Some people only responded with as little as five votes, others submitted hundreds of films. In the end, I received over 7,000 votes for 1,100+ different films. After tallying up this data, with ties factored in, I then had a list of 103 essential films directed by women.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Whip It, 2009 (dir. Drew Barrymore)


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Bliss Cavendar: I just wanna tell you all that you’re my new heroes.
Maggie Mayhem: It’s your first time here?
Bliss Cavendar: Yeah.
Maggie Mayhem: Well, put some skates on, be your own hero.

Movie Quote of the Day – 50 First Dates, 2004 (dir. Peter Segal)


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Henry: It’s gonna be alright, Luce.
Lucy: Don’t call me Luce. I barely know you.
Marlin: Sweetie, you’re sorta dating him.
Henry: Sorry I’m not better looking.

Movie Quote of the Day – Lucky You, 2007 (dir. Curtis Hanson)


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Billie Offer: You know what I think? I think that everyone’s just trying not to be lonely.

Movie Quote of the Day – Riding in Cars with Boys, 2001 (dir. Penny Marshall)


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Beverly: How will I tell my parents about this? I can’t even talk to them about the weather! How am I supposed to tell them I committed a mortal sin?! A mortal sin?!
Fay: Okay! I know, I know, I understand. Calm down. We’ll practice. Pretend I’m your parents. Say what you’ll say. You’ll get through it. Okay,  tell it to me like you would tell them.
Beverly: Mom. Pop.
Fay: Yeah?
Beverly: I don”t know how to tell you this.
Fay: But. . .?
Beverly: I’m pregnant.
Fay: My daughter’s a tramp. My daughter’s a tramp! My daughter’s a tramp! You’re 15 years old! How could you do this? You make me sick to my stomach! Just take my gun! Why don’t you just take my gun, take my gun and shoot me in the head, tramp! I wish you were never born! Okay, go. You can do it.
Beverly: [stutters]

Movie Quote of the Day – Never Been Kissed, 1999 (dir. Raja Gosnell)


Sam Coulson: Sorry I’m late. It took me forever to get here.
Josie Geller: I know what you mean.

Movie Quote of the Day – Ever After, 1998 (dir. Andy Tennant)


Danielle: I would rather die a thousand deaths than see my mother’s dress on that spoiled, selfish cow!
Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent: Hmm. Perhaps we can arrange that.