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Me and You and Everyone We Know

Miranda July's debut film, ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW surprised us all by topping this list of the Best Films Directed by Women!

Last updated: January 1, 2007
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
All rights reserved

Chlotrudis Society Picks:
100 Best Films Directed by Women!

Women hit a road bump on their way to shattering the glass ceilng this year, but Chlotrudis members decided to take not of all the amazing work that they have done in the world of film. While the academy may be slow to acknowledge talented female filmmakers, Chlotrudis has often seen wome receive accolades for their independent film work. This year members chose to celebrate the top 100 films directed by women. We got a great response for this list which is always exciting and better represents the group as a whole. One element that was discussed by members was whether films co-directed by men and women would be counted on this list. Ultimately we decided to  feature films that were directed only by women to celebrate a vision that is uniquely female. Obviously, we all know that film is a collaborative medium, and there are men and women providing creative input in almost all films, but for this list, we focused on directors, and kept to the women. This did knock several great films that would have made the list out of contention, incuding AMERICAN SPLENDOR, PERSEPOLIS, JELLYFISH, GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, and THE STORY OF WEEPING CAMEL.

While two films from the 1930's by Leni Riefenstahl appear on the list, it should come as no surprise that the majority of this list comes form the last, with a full 66 films coming post-2000, and another 28 coming from 1980 - 1999. In addition, the ladies from the USA dominate the list by far, with just over half, 51, having USA listed as a producing country. It is still a very international list, with 28 countries represented. After the USA, France, UK, Germany and Canada saw films numbering in the double digits.

Finally while there was no one single woman who stood out far above the pack, we did have 23 directors appear more than once, with 9 women appearing three times! Sarah Polley, Agnès Varda, Jane Campion, Claire Denis, Andrea Arnold, Kelly Reichardt, Nicole Holofcener, Kathryn Bigelow and Mira Nair all had three films appear on this list. In addition, Polley and Varda each had two films in the top 10! Congratulations to first-time filmmaker Miranda July taking the top spot with her quirky but heartfelt film ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW. July's second film, THE FUTURE, also made the list at #97.

We hope you enjoy our list of the 100 Best Films directed by women.

1
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Miranda July 2005
2
Boys Don't Cry
Kimberly Peirce
1999
3
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola
2003
4
Stories We Tell
Sarah Polley
2012
5
Winter's Bone
Debra Granik
2010
6
Away From Her
Sarah Polley
2006
7
The Gleaners & I Agnès Varda 2000
8
The Piano
Jane Campion
1993
9
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ana Lily Amirpour 2014
10
Cleo From 5 to 7
Agnès Varda 1962
11
Clueless Amy Heckerling
1995
12
Beau Travail
Claire Denis
1999
13
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
Patricia Rozema
1987
14
35 Shots of Rum
Claire Denis 2008
15
American Psycho
Mary Haron
2000
16
Fat Girl
Catherine Breillat
2001
17
An Angel at My Table
Jane Campion
1990
18
My Life Without Me
Isabel Coixet
2003
19
Red Road
Andrea Arnold
2006
20
Wendy and Lucy
Kelly Reichardt
2008
21
An Education
Lone Scherfig
2009
22
Archipelago Joanna Hogg
2010
23
Walking & Talking
Nicole Holofcener
1996
24
Marion Bridge
Wiebke von Carolsfeld
2002
25
Open Hearts
Susanne Bier
2002
26
Whale Rider
Niki Caro
2002
27
High Art
Lisa Cholodenko 1998
28
The Kids Are All Right
Lisa Cholodenko 2010
29
Fish Tank
Andrea Arnold
2009
30
Unrelated Joanna Hogg
2007
31
Hannah Arendt
Margarethe von Trotta 2012
32
Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow
2012
33
Jeanne Dielman
Chantal Ackerman
1975
34
The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow
2008
35
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Amy Heckerling
1982
36
A League of Their Own
Penny Marshall
1992
37
Monsoon Wedding
Mira Nair
2001
38
The Virgin Suicides
Sofia Coppola
1999
39
Or (My Treasure)
Keren Yedaya
2004
40
Girlhood Céline Sciamma 2014
41
Italian for Beginners
Lone Scherfig
2000
42
Sweetie
Jane Campion
1989
43
Lovely & Amazing
Nicole Holofcener
2001
44
Waitress Adrienne Shelley
2007
45
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Marielle Heller 2015
46
After the Wedding
Susanne Bier
2006
47
Mississippi Masala
Mira Nair
1991
48
Slums of Beverly Hills
Tamara Jenkins
1998
49
Titus Julie Taymor
1999
50
Please Give
Nicole Holofcener
2010
51
Chocolat Claire Denis
1998
52
Frozen River
Courtney Hunt
2008
53
My Brilliant Career
Gillian Armstrong
1979
54
Orlando Sally Potter
1992
55
Take This Waltz Sarah Polley
2011
56
Shut Up & Sing Barbara Kopple; Cecila Peck
2006
57
The Beaches of Agnès Agnès Varda 2008
58
Paris is Burning
Jennie Livingston
1990
59
Wadjda Haifaa Al Mansour 2012
60
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Ricki Stern
2010
61
Salaam Bombay!
Mira Nair
1988
62
Water Lilies
Céline Sciamma 2007
63
The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girlls in Love
Maria Maggenti
1995
64
Protagonist Jessica Yu
2007
65
The Safety of Objects
Rose Troche
2001
66
The Saver
Wiebke von Carolsfeld
2015
67
A Simple Life
Ann Hui
2011
68
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations, and Part Two: Festival of Beauty Leni Riefenstahl 1938
69
High Tide
Gillian Armstrong
1987
70
Morvern Callar
Lynne Ramsay
2002
71
American Honey
Andrea Arnold
2016
72
Cherry Blossoms
Doris Dörrie
2008
73
Eve's Bayou
Kasi Lemmons
1997
74
La Ciénaga Lucrecia Martel
2001
75
Harlan County, U.S.A. Barbara Kopple 1976
76
Certain Women
Kelly Reichardt
2016
77
Stander Bronwen Hughes
2003
78
In the Realms of the Unreal Jessica Yu 2004
79
Thirteen Catherine Hardwicke
2003
80
Advantageous Jennifer Phang
2015
81
The Innocents
Anne Fontaine
2016
82
Triumph of the Will
Leni Riefenstahl 1935
83
Proof Jocelyn Moorhouse
1991
84
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven 2015
85
Look at Me
Agnès Jaoui 2004
86
Near Dark
Kathryn Bigelow
1987
87
Go Fish
Rose Troche
1994
88
Meek's Cutoff
Kelly Reichardt
2010
89
Day Night Day Night
Julia Loktev
2006
90
Pariah Dee Rees
2011
81
Concussion Stacie Passion
2013
92
The Babadook Jennifer Kent 2014
93
Monster Patty Jenkins 2003
94
Bye Bye Blues Anne Wheeler 1989
95
Strangers in Good Company Cynthia Scott 1990
96
Europa Europa
Agnieszka Holland 1990
97
The Future
Miranda July
2011
98
XXY
Lucía Puenzo
2007
99
Kissed Lynn Stopkewich
1996
100
Your Sister's Sister
Lynn Shelton
2011