W4-Women Artists, dancers, authors.by road-traveled | created - 16 Jul 2015 | updated - 13 Apr 2017 | Public
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.
Ronnie Gilbert, singer and actress. Holly Near, singer.
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.
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 »
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
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.
Votes: 1,399 | Gross: $0.71M
8. La Vie en Rose (2007)
PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 77,990 | Gross: $10.30M
Edith Piaf, singer.
9. Brassed Off (1996)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.
Votes: 17,577 | Gross: $2.56M
flugelhorn player in colliery brass band
11. Festival Express (2003)
R | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music
The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band.
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
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.
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 »
Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn
American Masters (1985– )
Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley
TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary, Biography
Betty Buckley, Rosemary Clooney, Irenne Dunne, Dorothy Fields, Ella Fitzgerald.
American Masters (1985– )
Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
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.
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.
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.
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 »
Votes: 276 | Gross: $0.16M
1940s. Sing and play piano.
21. And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002)
PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A jazz singer and a British jewel thief are brought together by their mutual desire to forget the past.
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.
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 »
Om Koultoum, Egyptian singer.
24. The Sapphires (2012)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
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.
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.
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 »
Woman whistlers in competition.
27. Young@Heart (2007)
PG | 107 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.
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
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 »
Votes: 1,928 | Gross: $0.38M
30. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography
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 »
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
Claire (Nymark), an unmarried pregnant teenager, finds an odd relation in Madame Mélikian (Ascaride), an older woman grieving over the death of her son.
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
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.
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 »
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.
Josephine Baker, a Creole laundress, replacing a performer in a stage review.
35. Pina (2011)
PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.
Votes: 13,574 | Gross: $3.52M
A woman choreographer in Germany.
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 »
38. Ballets Russes (2005)
Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History, Music
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.
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 »
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.
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.
Perspectives (2011– )
David Suchet: The Mystery of Agatha Christie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 886 | Gross: $1.00M
48. Caramel (2007)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.
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