International Women’s Day: My Favorite Films By and About Women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite films by and about women. (I’ve co-opted “by” for my own purposes so I can include editing, a craft near and dear to my heart.)

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the remarkable, groundbreaking, inspiring work done by women in the industry — just many, many of the ones I love. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some I’ll kick myself for later. If I’ve left out your favorite, please comment!

Yes, this is a long list. I apologize to your bandwidth.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, director and writer Ana Lily Amirpour

A League Of Their Own, director Penny Marshall

Alien

 

American Mary, directors and writers Jen and Sylvia Soska

 

An Education, director Lone Scherfig

Appropriate Behavior, director and writer Desiree Akhavan

Away From Her & Stories We Tell, director and writer Sarah Polley

The Babadook, director and writer Jennifer Kent

Before Midnight, co-writer Julie Delpy

 

Bend It Like Beckham, director and writer Gurinder Chadra

 

Belle, director Amma Assante, writer Misan Saga

Beyond the Lights, director and writer Gina Prince-Blythewood

Boys Don’t Cry, director and co-writer Kimberly Pierce

Brave, co-director and writer Brenda Chapman

Bridesmaids, writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo

Bright Star, director and writer Jane Campion

Contact

 

Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt”

Citizenfour, director Laura Poitras

 

Cleo from 5 to 7 (+ The Beaches of Agnes, The Gleaners and I), director Agnes Varda

 

Clueless, director and writer Amy Heckerling

 

Daughters of the Dust, director and writer Julie Dash

 

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, writer Melissa Mathison

 

From the East, director Chantal Akerman

 

Frozen, director and writer Jennifer Lee

 

Girlhood, director and writer Celine Sciamma

 

Hanna

Harlan County USA, director Barbara Kopple

 

The Hitchhiker, director and co-writer Ida Lupino

 

Hiroshima Mon Amour, writer Marguerite Duras

 

In a World…, director and writer Lake Bell

 

Inside Out, co-writter Meg LeFauvre

 

Jackie Brown (+ Kill Bill), editor Sally Menke

 

Jaws (+ American Graffiti), editor Verna Fields

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service (+ Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro)

 

Labyrinth

 

Lilo and Stitch

 

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, co-director Margarethe Von Trotta

 

Mad Max: Fury Road, editor Margaret Sixel

 

Marie Antoinette, director and writer Sofia Coppola

 

Momento, editor Dody Dorn

 

Mulholland Dr, editor Mary Sweeney

 

Near Dark, director and co-writer Kathryn Bigelow

 

A Nightmare On Elm Street

 

Notorious

Nowhere Boy, director Sam Taylor-Wood

 

Obvious Child, director and writer Gillian Robespierre

 

Pan’s Labyrinth

 

Persepolis, co-director and writer Marjane Satrapi

 

The Red Shoes

 

Room, writer Emma Donaghue

 

Selma, director Ava DuVernay

 

Sense and Sensibility, writer Emma Thompson

 

The Silence of the Lambs

 

Singing in the Rain, co-writer Betty Comden, editor Adrienne Fazan

Sonita, director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

 

Star Wars, edited by Marcia Lucas

 

Taxi Driver (+ The Departed, Raging Bull), edited by Thelma Schoomaker

 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

 

Three Colors: Blue

 

You’ve Got Mail, director and writer Nora Ephron

 

What Happened, Miss Simone?, director Liz Garbus

 

Whale Rider, director and writer Niki Caro

 

Whip It, director Drew Barrymore, writer Shauna Cross

 

Winter’s Bone, director Debra Granik, writers Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

 

Wreck-It-Ralph, co-writer Jennifer Lee

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