Favourite Films by Women

by johndavies007 | created - 04 Mar 2014 | updated - 31 Oct 2018 | Public

Including co-directed (e.g Madchen in Uniform, Werckmeister Harmonies, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, Brickmakers, Begone Dull Care, Saving Face, From the Pole to the Equator)

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1. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedy Krilla

Votes: 2,190

2. The Silences of the Palace (1994)

116 min | Drama

As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

Director: Moufida Tlatli | Stars: Amel Hedhili, Najia Ouerghi, Hind Sabri, Fatma Ben Saïdane

Votes: 805

3. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

145 min | Drama, Mystery

92 Metascore

An innocent young man witnesses violence break out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions: a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince."

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, János Derzsi

Votes: 11,541 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Molière (1978)

260 min | Biography, Drama, History

Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, the son of a prosperous tapestry maker. His mother ... See full summary »

Director: Ariane Mnouchkine | Stars: Philippe Caubère, Marie-Françoise Audollent, Frédéric Ladonne, Odile Cointepas

Votes: 732

5. Shara (2003)

100 min | Drama

The Aso family live in the old town of Nara. One Day, Kei, one of the Aso's twin boys suddenly disappears. Five years later seventeen-year old Shun, the remaining twin, is an art student. ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kohei Fukungaga, Yuka Hyyoudo, Naomi Kawase, Katsuhisa Namase

Votes: 1,545

6. Die Salzmänner von Tibet (1997)

108 min | Documentary

In Tibet's Changtang region, nomads harvest salt to buy barley. A clan prepares four of its men for an annual trek to Lake Tsento, where they rake salt from shoals into piles, then into ... See full summary »

Director: Ulrike Koch | Stars: Margen, Pargen, Zopon, Bopsa

Votes: 280 | Gross: $0.15M

7. Le Bonheur (1965)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Jean-Claude Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure-Bertin, Manon Lanclos

Votes: 4,347

8. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

89 Metascore

A mute woman is sent to 1850s 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: 74,245 | Gross: $40.16M

9. Zama (2017)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

89 Metascore

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín

Votes: 4,426 | Gross: $0.20M

10. Innocence (II) (2004)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic | Stars: Zoé Auclair, Lea Bridarolli, Bérangère Haubruge, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 5,391

11. Privarzaniyat balon (1967)

98 min | Drama, Fantasy

A large balloon suddenly appears above villages and fields and grabs the attention of the peasants. They start liking the sudden guest from nowhere for the beauty of the free existence. A policeman comes and the dreams of freedom vanish.

Director: Binka Zhelyazkova | Stars: Georgi Kaloyanchev, Grigor Vachkov, Ivan Bratanov, Georgi Georgiev-Getz

Votes: 104

12. 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: 55,761 | Gross: $0.37M

13. Adoption (1975)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

Single factory worker Kata, 43, wants to have a child with her long-time secret lover, a married man called Joska. He doesn't like the idea. Kata befriends teenage schoolgirl Anna, ... See full summary »

Director: Márta Mészáros | Stars: Katalin Berek, Gyöngyvér Vigh, Péter Fried, László Szabó

Votes: 592

14. From the Clouds to the Resistance (1979)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

Two segments. The first one arranges six stories from Cesare Pavese's "Dialoghi con Leucò", taken from classical mythology. The second segment is taken from Pavese's novel "La luna e i falò... See full summary »

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Olimpia Carlisi, Guido Lombardi, Gino Felici, Lori Pelosini

Votes: 346

15. The Other Side of Underneath (1972)

133 min | Drama

Jane Arden's surreal take on a group of females in a therapy session.

Director: Jane Arden | Stars: Sheila Allen, Jane Arden, Jack Bond, Liz Danciger

Votes: 186

16. Saving Face (2012)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad returns to his native Pakistan to help those left horribly scarred by acid attacks.

Directors: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy | Stars: Sarkar Abbas, Mohammad Jawad

Votes: 1,251

17. The Brickmakers (1972)

42 min | Documentary, Short

This film documents the life of a family of brick makers in the outskirts of Bogotá, using the personal experience of the Castañeda family to expose the exploitation of manual laborers. ... See full summary »

Directors: Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva

Votes: 110

18. On Body and Soul (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

77 Metascore

When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy

Votes: 20,074

19. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

94 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli

Votes: 1,211 | Gross: $0.02M

20. The Meetings of Anna (1978)

128 min | Drama

Anna, a detached and diffident director, arrives in Germany to show her latest film; she checks into a hotel, invites a stranger to her bed, and abruptly tells him to leave. He asks her to ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Aurore Clément, Helmut Griem, Magali Noël, Hanns Zischler

Votes: 1,159

21. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,704 | Gross: $1.64M

22. Begone Dull Care (1949)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Music

Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren

Votes: 1,348

23. A Tree in Tanjung Malim (2004)

24 min | Short

A woman on the brink of adulthood has a conversation with a world-weary older man during the course of one night.

Director: Chui Mui Tan | Stars: Fei Ling Foo, Pete Teo

Votes: 55

24. Oriana (1985)

88 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A young girl is sent to a South American hacienda, where she learns about the life of her reclusive aunt, Oriana

Director: Fina Torres | Stars: Doris Wells, Daniela Silverio, Rafael Briceño, Mirtha Borges

Votes: 362

25. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 39,553 | Gross: $1.48M

27. The Apple (1998)

86 min | Drama

After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi, Azizeh Mohamadi

Votes: 2,089 | Gross: $0.12M

28. The Long Farewell (1971)

97 min | Drama

A single mother is confused by the changes in her teenage son, who has become distant since spending summer vacation with his father.

Director: Kira Muratova | Stars: Zinaida Sharko, Oleg Vladimirsky, Tatyana Mychko, Yuriy Kayurov

Votes: 523

29. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 202 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 6,057 | Gross: $0.02M

30. The Ascent (1977)

111 min | Drama, War

Two Soviet partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches.

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova

Votes: 5,467

31. Invisible Adversaries (1977)

109 min | Drama

Anna, an artist, is obsessed with the invasion of alien doubles bent on total destruction. Her schizophrenia is reflected in the juxtapositions of long movie camera takes with violently ... See full summary »

Director: Valie Export | Stars: Susanne Widl, Peter Weibel, Josef Plavec, Monica Helfer-Friedrich

Votes: 111

32. The Day I Became a Woman (2000)

74 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can ... See full summary »

Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf | Stars: Fatemeh Cherag Akhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shahr Banou Sisizadeh, Ameneh Passand

Votes: 1,456 | Gross: $0.34M

33. Women Without Men (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari | Stars: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Orsolya Tóth

Votes: 2,231 | Gross: $0.18M

34. Old Joy (2006)

Unrated | 76 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Daniel London, Will Oldham, Tanya Smith, Robin Rosenberg

Votes: 5,644 | Gross: $0.26M

35. Archipelago (2010)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Christopher Baker, Kate Fahy, Tom Hiddleston, Andrew Lawson

Votes: 2,191

36. Turbulent (2002)

10 min | Short

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Director: Shirin Neshat | Star: Shoja Azari

Votes: 85

37. The Holy Girl (2004)

R | 106 min | Drama

75 Metascore

16-year-old Amalia looks to save the soul of a middle-aged doctor.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso, Alejandro Urdapilleta, María Alche

Votes: 3,410 | Gross: $0.30M

39. Powers of Ten (1977)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Eames, Ray Eames | Star: Philip Morrison

Votes: 1,967



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