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14 Romantic Movies Directed By Women To Stream On Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is coming up and thus many of us are in the mood for something romantic. I combed through Netflix and Amazon Prime to come up with a list of 14 romantic films directed by women that you can enjoy this holiday.

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52 Films By Women To Stream On Netflix and Amazon Prime


To help people with their 52 Films By Women challenge this year I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite films directed by women that are easily accessible on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Keep in mind that this is in no way all of the films directed by women available on these services, but rather a selection of films I have seen and enjoy. There are also many more films available to rent on Amazon Video as well. Think of this as a jumping off point! Also if you have not taken the 52 Films By Women pledge yet you can do so here.

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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 – Musical Chairs, 2012 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


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Anita: Cheer up. You’re alive.

Movie Quote of the Day – Cookie, 1989 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


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Lenore: You both stop it! Now listen, I raised you all by myself. I was a single mother long before they were talking about it on Oprah Winfrey. And you! I waited for you for 13 years! And I had plenty of offers, let me tell you! I didn’t have to wait around with my tits on hold my entire life! Now you two learn to love each other! Right now!

Movie Quote of the Day – She-Devil, 1989 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


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Bob: Okay Ruth, I’ll give you a few days, then you’ve got to come back for the kids. Where can I reach you?
Ruth: I’m not coming back, Bob, they’ll have a much better life here with you.
Bob: Wait a minute, Ruth, where’re you going?
Ruth: I don’t know, Bob, into my future I guess.

Movie Quote of the Day – Smithereens, 1982 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


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Paul: You know everything, don’t you?
Wren: No. Just everything important.

Movie Quote of the Day – Desperately Seeking Susan, 1985 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


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Cigarette Girl: Susan! My God, we thought you were dead.
Susan: No, just in New Jersey.

More Lady Directors, Van Heflin and New Releases: February 2014 in Films


This is the first month in about four years that I didn’t manage to watch the equivalent of a new-to-me movie a day! I did, however, watch several movies I love for the first time on the big screen – including Je t’aime je t’aime at The Cinefamily and if you are in L.A. you gotta go see it! Maybe I’ll make up for this month next month. I don’t know. Regardless, I saw some great film (and some truly awful films) in February, a breakdown of which you can see after the cut.

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Female Filmmaker Friday: She-Devil, 1989 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


So this is week six of Female Filmmaker Friday and my fifth and final look the work of Susan Seidelman in the 1980s. I’ve really enjoyed delving into her work and I hope you guys have found some films you plan to see in the future.

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