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1.
The Piano (1993)
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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. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
2.
Bright Star (2009)
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The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
3.
Winter's Bone (2010)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
4.
Mermaid (2007)
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In Moscow, a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man. (115 mins.)
Director: Anna Melikyan
 
5.
Things Behind the Sun (2001)
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A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts. (120 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
6.
The Intruder (2004)
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Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems... (130 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
7.
Disco Pigs (2001)
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A twisted rite of passage. (93 mins.)
 
8.
North Country (2005)
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A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. (126 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
 
9.
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
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A father and daughter isolated on an island off the East Coast and living on a once-thriving commune grapple with the limits of family and sexuality. (112 mins.)
Director: Rebecca Miller
 
10.
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
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Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him... (106 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
 
11.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
12.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. (80 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
13.
Persepolis (2007)
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A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
14.
Mansfield Park (1999)
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At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband... (112 mins.)
Director: Patricia Rozema
 
15.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother... (114 mins.)
 
16.
The Dead Girl (2006)
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The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect. (85 mins.)
Director: Karen Moncrieff
 
17.
Blue Car (2002)
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A troubled young woman is encouraged by a teacher to enter a poetry contest. (96 mins.)
Director: Karen Moncrieff
 
18.
Away from Her (2006)
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A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. (110 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
19.
Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series)
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system. (510 mins.)
 
20.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
 
21.
Europa Europa (1990)
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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. (112 mins.)
 
22.
Orlando (1992)
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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that... (94 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
23.
The Mourning Forest (2007)
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A care-giver at a small retirement home takes one of her patients for a drive to the country, but the two wind up stranded in a forest where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey. (97 mins.)
Director: Naomi Kawase
 
24.
White Material (2009)
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Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life. (106 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
25.
My Life Without Me (2003)
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A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before. (106 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
 
26.
Eve's Bayou (1997)
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After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart. (109 mins.)
Director: Kasi Lemmons
 
27.
The Taste of Others (2000)
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Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel... (112 mins.)
Director: Agnès Jaoui
 
28.
High Art (1998)
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A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other. (101 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
 
29.
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
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In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi... (101 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
30.
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
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When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. (97 mins.)
Director: Ava DuVernay
 
31.
This Is My Life (1992)
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A stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) neglects her two daughters in the midst of her newfound fame. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
32.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
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Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
 
33.
Broken English (2007)
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Nora Wilder is freaking out. Everyone around her is in a relationship, is married, or has children. Nora is in her thirties... (97 mins.)
Director: Zoe Cassavetes
 
34.
Outrage (2010)
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The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. (109 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
35.
Faithless (2000)
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An imaginary woman recollects the painful experience of adultery to a storyteller. (155 mins.)
Director: Liv Ullmann
 
36.
Fire (1996)
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Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
37.
The Promise (2005)
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Empowered by the love of a slave (Jang), a royal concubine (Cheung) is given the chance to make an extraordinary decision. (121 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
38.
After the Wedding (2006)
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A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. (120 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
39.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
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Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto... (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
40.
Vagabond (1985)
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A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death. (105 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
41.
Blackboards (2000)
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Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran... (88 mins.)
 
42.
Real Genius (1985)
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Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans. (108 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
43.
Wayne's World (1992)
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Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show. (94 mins.)
 
44.
A League of Their Own (1992)
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Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (128 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
45.
Awakenings (1990)
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The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
46.
The Headless Woman (2008)
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After hitting something with her car, a bourgeois Argentine woman's life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
 
47.
Italian for Beginners (2000)
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Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives. (112 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
48.
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
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The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless and suicidal little brother... (111 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
49.
The Riot Club (2014)
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Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. (107 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
50.
Look at Me (2004)
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A french girl gifted with a great voice, has a complex about her weight and her appearance. (110 mins.)
Director: Agnès Jaoui
 
51.
Serious Moonlight (2009)
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A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars. (81 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Hines
 
52.
I'll Take You There (1999)
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A woman forces a man to move forward with his life after his wife dumps him. (93 mins.)
Director: Adrienne Shelly
 
53.
Sudden Manhattan (1996)
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Donna witnesses identical murders on the same street on different days. Is this a supernatural conspiracy or is she merely cracking up? (80 mins.)
Director: Adrienne Shelly
 
54.
Household Saints (1993)
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Unsettling drama about three generations of Italian-American women struggling to get by in post-World War II New York's Little Italy. (124 mins.)
Director: Nancy Savoca
 
55.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
56.
Manny & Lo (1996)
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A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy. (88 mins.)
Director: Lisa Krueger
 
57.
Fill the Void (2012)
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When the older sister of Shira, an 18-year-old Hasidic Israeli, dies suddenly in childbirth, Shira must decide if she can and should marry her widowed brother-in-law, which also generates tensions within her extended family. (90 mins.)
Director: Rama Burshtein
 
58.
Love Is All You Need (2012)
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A hairdresser, who has lost her hair to cancer, finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding, and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife. (116 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
59.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
 
60.
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
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A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother. (119 mins.)
Director: Shainee Gabel
 
61.
One True Thing (1998)
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A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother. (127 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
62.
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
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An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare. (144 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
63.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
64.
The Beaches of Agnès (2008 Documentary)
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Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story. (110 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
65.
The Gleaners & I (2000 Documentary)
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An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director... (82 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
66.
Frida (2002)
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A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
67.
Seven Beauties (1975)
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The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso. (116 mins.)
 
68.
Swept Away (1974)
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A trip into the Mediterranean sea becomes a trip into the discovery of how society's frameworks of the rich and poor are delicate and temporary. (116 mins.)
 
69.
The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
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In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of... (121 mins.)
 
70.
Love & Anarchy (1973)
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When a friend is murdered by the Facists, a melancholy farmer takes up residence in a Roman brothel as he and an anarchist prostitute plot to assassinate Mussolini. (124 mins.)
 
71.
Hester Street (1975)
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It's 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have... (89 mins.)
 
72.
Tomboy (2011)
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A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children. (82 mins.)
Director: Céline Sciamma
 
73.
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (104 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
74.
Ginger & Rosa (2012)
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A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship. (90 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
75.
A New Leaf (1971)
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Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her. (102 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
 
76.
Water (2005)
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A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents... (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
77.
Earth (1998)
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It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence. (110 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
78.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
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A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. (114 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
79.
Wanda (1970)
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In the coal mining region of Pennsylvania, Wanda Goronski is constantly drinking to shut out the problems in her life... (102 mins.)
Director: Barbara Loden
 
80.
The Trouble with Angels (1966)
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Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters. (112 mins.)
Director: Ida Lupino
 
81.
Frozen River (2008)
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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... (97 mins.)
Director: Courtney Hunt
 
82.
Walking and Talking (1996)
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Things have been tough lately for Amelia. Her best friend moved out of the apartment, her cat got cancer... (86 mins.)
 
83.
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
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A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice. (119 mins.)
Director: Randa Haines
 
84.
Antonia's Line (1995)
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A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive. (102 mins.)
Director: Marleen Gorris
 
85.
35 Shots of Rum (2008)
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The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. (100 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
86.
Sweetie (1989)
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An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister. (97 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
87.
Fat Girl (2001)
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Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. (83 mins.)
 
88.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
89.
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
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Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap... (90 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
 
90.
High Tide (1987)
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Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour... (101 mins.)
 
91.
My Brilliant Career (1979)
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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier... (100 mins.)
 
92.
52 Tuesdays (2013)
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16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. (114 mins.)
Director: Sophie Hyde
 
93.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
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In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are... (101 mins.)
 
94.
Roadies (2016 TV Series)
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A road crew helps with a rock band's major multi-city tour. (60 mins.)