W4-Women Artists, dancers, authors.

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Women artists.

Singers, dancers, authors, musicians, songwriters...

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1. The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (1981)

PG | 78 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.

Director: Jim Brown | Stars: Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie

Votes: 187

Ronnie Gilbert, singer and actress. Holly Near, singer.

2. Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A live concert performance of Grammy-winning pop/soul sensation Adele Adkins at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Director: Paul Dugdale | Stars: Adele, Jo Allen, Stephanie Cavey, Sarah Chapman

Votes: 871

3. Wild Wheels (1992)

64 min | Documentary

A documentary spotlighting "car-art" in America.

Director: Harrod Blank | Stars: Chuck Alston, Theo Althuiszes, Doc Atomic, J. Battenfield

Votes: 36

4. Coco Before Chanel (2009)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain

Votes: 36,939 | Gross: $6.11M

5. Housekeeping (1987)

PG | 116 min | Drama

After their mother commits suicide, two sisters end up living with their kind but peculiar aunt in their grandmother's old house in a small 1950s town.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill, Anne Pitoniak

Votes: 1,910 | Gross: $1.08M

6. Danzón (1991)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday ... See full summary »

Director: María Novaro | Stars: María Rojo, Carmen Salinas, Tito Vasconcelos, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 465 | Gross: $0.36M

Danzon, a graceful dance of 19th century Cuban origin.

7. Mozart's Sister (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.

Director: René Féret | Stars: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau

Votes: 1,399 | Gross: $0.71M

8. La Vie en Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 77,990 | Gross: $10.30M

Edith Piaf, singer.

9. Brassed Off (1996)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 17,577 | Gross: $2.56M

flugelhorn player in colliery brass band

11. Festival Express (2003)

R | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

85 Metascore

The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band.

Directors: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich | Stars: Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Band, Rick Danko

Votes: 2,062 | Gross: $1.17M

Janis Joplin. Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie and Friends.

12. Little Voice (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor

Votes: 15,187 | Gross: $4.60M

Jane Horrocks, singer. Imitates Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, more.

13. The Queens of Country (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 180 min | Music

This is a listening must for every aficionado of country music. The outstanding 52 foot-stomping tracks feature three of the best performers to have graced the bluegrass stage - Kathy ... See full summary »

Stars: Patsy Cline, Charlie Dick, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Emery

Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn

14. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

TV-PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival.

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yû Kashii, Shiori Sekine

Votes: 3,041

Betty Buckley, Rosemary Clooney, Irenne Dunne, Dorothy Fields, Ella Fitzgerald.

17. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (1988)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

Aretha Franklin's recording career is examined through archival footage and interviews with family and prominent figures within the music industry.

Director: Cathe Neukum | Stars: Aretha Franklin, C.L. Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin

Votes: 67

18. Diva (1981)

R | 117 min | Thriller

Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu

Votes: 10,971 | Gross: $0.11M

Wilhelmenia Fernandez, opera singer.

19. Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Passed | 132 min | Biography, Musical

Biography of songwriter, Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern. Unable to find immediate success in the USA, Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva.

Directors: Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney | Stars: Robert Walker, Van Heflin, Lucille Bremer, June Allyson

Votes: 1,922 | Gross: $6.72M

Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury sing and dance. Lena Horne sings 2 songs.

20. Bye Bye Blues (1989)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Romance, Music

Story about a WWII wife & mother who joins a local dance band to provide for family while husband at war. Romantic involvement with one of the band members make her decisions difficult when... See full summary »

Director: Anne Wheeler | Stars: Rebecca Jenkins, Luke Reilly, Michael Ontkean, Chad Krowchuk

Votes: 276 | Gross: $0.16M

1940s. Sing and play piano.

21. And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A jazz singer and a British jewel thief are brought together by their mutual desire to forget the past.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Patricia Kaas, Thierry Lhermitte, Alessandra Martines

Votes: 2,053 | Gross: $0.74M

jazz singer Patricia Kaas

22. Carmen (1984)

PG | 152 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Julia Migenes, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham

Votes: 1,361

23. Umm Kulthum (1996)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

She had the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, the public presence of Eleanor Roosevelt, and the audience of Elvis Presley. Her name was Umm Kulthum, and she became a powerful symbol, first of ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Goldman | Stars: Tawfik Badawi, Virginia Danielson, Amal Fahmy, Om Koultoum

Votes: 90

Om Koultoum, Egyptian singer.

24. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 12,244 | Gross: $2.45M

25. Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Passed | 98 min | Fantasy, Musical

A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 2,491

Ethel Waters performs many songs.

26. Pucker Up (2005)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Profiles six competitors in the 2004 Annual Whistler's Convention, held in Louisburg, North Carolina. We hear them whistle, and they and others talk about whistling as a way to relax, cheer... See full summary »

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Irene Roberts, Ernest Barreto, Andrew Russo, Charles Heil

Votes: 85

Woman whistlers in competition.

27. Young@Heart (2007)

PG | 107 min | Documentary, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.

Directors: Stephen Walker, Sally George | Stars: Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Elaine Fligman

Votes: 3,766 | Gross: $3.96M

Women singing and dancing. Eileen Hall is 92.

28. Harp Dreams (2010 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, Music

Thirty-two competitors from around the world compete in the triennial international harp competition in Indiana. This film presents a taste of the grueling challenges of preparing for this ... See full summary »

Director: Susanne Schwibs

Votes: 21

Woman harp players in competition.

29. Artemisia (1997)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Merlet | Stars: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Luca Zingaretti

Votes: 1,928 | Gross: $0.38M

30. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 898 | Gross: $0.15M

Ray Eames, woman director, writer, producer. With husband Charles Eames, collaboration on architecture, exhibitions, films, furniture. Design history born from their studio.

31. A Common Thread (2004)

89 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Claire (Nymark), an unmarried pregnant teenager, finds an odd relation in Madame Mélikian (Ascaride), an older woman grieving over the death of her son.

Director: Éléonore Faucher | Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Lola Naymark, Jackie Berroyer, Thomas Laroppe

Votes: 1,378 | Gross: $0.03M

A 17 year old does embroidery for Armenian embroiderer who works for Parisian haute couture designers.

32. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 68,507 | Gross: $11.63M

33. Siren of the Tropics (1927)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Marquis Sévéro, a rich, lazy Parisian, wants to divorce his wife so that he can marry his own goddaughter Denise. But Denise herself loves André Berval, an engineer employed by the marquis.... See full summary »

Directors: Mario Nalpas, Henri Étiévant | Stars: Josephine Baker, Pierre Batcheff, Régina Dalthy, Regina Thomas

Votes: 148

Josephine Baker becomes famous.

34. Zouzou (1934)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Musical, Romance

Zou Zou tries to help her childhood friend prove his innocence after he's accused of murder.

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Josephine Baker, Jean Gabin, Pierre Larquey, Yvette Lebon

Votes: 452

Josephine Baker, a Creole laundress, replacing a performer in a stage review.

35. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,574 | Gross: $3.52M

A woman choreographer in Germany.

36. Martha Graham: An American Original in Performance (1957)

90 min | Documentary

A documentary containing three historic performances in the world of dance: (1) "A Dancer's World" demonstrates the challenge and beauty of expression through movement, dance and ballet. (2... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glushanok | Stars: Martha Graham, Yuriko, Helen McGehee, Gene McDonald

Votes: 31

37. Been Rich All My Life (2006)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Five sassy, tap dancing women aged 84 - 96. Meet the "Silver Belles".

Director: Heather MacDonald | Stars: Marion Coles, Elaine Ellis, Cleo Hayes, Fay Ray

Votes: 85 | Gross: $0.03M

38. Ballets Russes (2005)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History, Music

81 Metascore

Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists -- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s -- who gave birth to modern ballet.

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Irina Baronova, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Yvonne Chouteau, Yvonne Craig

Votes: 625 | Gross: $0.82M

39. The Love Goddesses (1965)

87 min | Documentary

This insightful documentary features some of the major and most beautiful actresses to grace the silver screen. It shows how the movie industry changed its depiction of sex and actresses' ... See full summary »

Director: Saul J. Turell | Stars: Carl King, Agnes Ayres, Theda Bara, Brigitte Bardot

Votes: 430

40. Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

The author of a controversially racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her provincial small-town neighbors, who'd be scandalized if they knew.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall

Votes: 1,984

Best selling author

41. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb

Votes: 3,242

Writer

42. Perspectives (2011– )
Episode: David Suchet: The Mystery of Agatha Christie (2013)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary

David Suchet, who has spent more of his life acting out the plots of Agatha Christie's work than anyone else in the world, takes a journey around Britain to get under the skin of the best-selling author of all time.

Director: Clare Lewins | Stars: David Suchet, Mathew Prichard, Rosalind Christie, Agatha Christie

Votes: 109

43. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (1984– )

Biography, Drama, Romance

Gentle drama series about the Warwickshire schoolteacher whose nature diary became a best seller

Stars: Pippa Guard, Isabelle Amyes, Brian Rawlinson, Allyson Rees

Votes: 27

44. Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Family

Life changes dramatically for a Czech housemaid when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts.

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Libuse Safránková, Pavel Trávnícek, Carola Braunbock, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 7,424

Cinderella's life and 3 hazelnuts.

45. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A young Englishwoman goes to the Hebrides to marry her older, wealthier fiancé. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, George Carney, Walter Hudd

Votes: 7,196

46. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 7,928

47. Strangers in Good Company (1990)

PG | 101 min | Drama

A busload of women become stranded in an isolated part of the Canadian countryside. As they await rescue, they reflect on their lives through a mostly ad-libbed script.

Director: Cynthia Scott | Stars: Alice Diabo, Constance Garneau, Beth Webber, Catherine Roche

Votes: 886 | Gross: $1.00M

48. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 11,777 | Gross: $1.06M

Beirut women caught between tradition and modernism.

49. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

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

6.5