Top 200 Films (Directed by Women)

by minalex | created - 18 Aug 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

[D] Most films are directed by Bigelow (7), Campion (5), Bier (4) and Wertmuller (4).

Page 1 (1922-2006), Page 2 (2006-2021).

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1. Blood and Sand (1922)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A toreador's (Rudolph Valentino) familial and social life is threatened when he has an affair.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, Nita Naldi, George Field

Votes: 1,408 | Gross: $2.73M

Dorothy Arzner was an uncredited editor and claims she has also directed small segments of the film

2. Moana (1926)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty presents a docufictional account of a family living in a Samoan village in the early 1920s.

Directors: Frances H. Flaherty, Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Ta'avale, Fa'amgase, T'ugaita, Tama

Votes: 642

3. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 13,152

4. Daisies (1966)

74 min | Comedy

After realizing that all world is spoiled, Marie and Marie are committed to be spoiled themselves. They rip off older men, feast in lavish meals and do all kinds of mischief. But what is all this leading to?

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková, Jirina Myskova

Votes: 12,475

5. Night Games (1966)

105 min | Drama

The story about a man who's trying to get rid of his memories from his past. He grew up in an upper-class family in a castle and now revisits the castle with his fiancee.

Director: Mai Zetterling | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Keve Hjelm, Lena Brundin, Jörgen Lindström

Votes: 490

6. Out 1 (1971)

Not Rated | 776 min | Drama, Mystery

87 Metascore

Following the May 1968 civil unrest in France, a deaf-mute and a con artist simultaneously stumble upon the remnants of a secret society.

Directors: Jacques Rivette, Suzanne Schiffman | Stars: Michèle Moretti, Hermine Karagheuz, Karen Puig, Pierre Baillot

Votes: 1,373 | Gross: $0.03M

7. The Seduction of Mimi (1972)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

Mimí, forced to leave his family in Sicily, finds a job in a factory in Turin, where he gets involved in an extramarital affair.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Agostina Belli, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 2,418 | Gross: $0.47M

8. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 16,891

The film includes material Oja Kodar had directed for a different project.

9. John the Violent (1973)

180 min | Crime, Drama

The story of Ioannis Zachos, a young psychopath who commits a murder in Athens.

Director: Tonia Marketaki | Stars: Manolis Logiadis, Mika Flora, Vangelis Kazan, Nikos Glavas

Votes: 179

10. Love & Anarchy (1973)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Eros Pagni, Pina Cei

Votes: 3,136

11. Swept Away (1974)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino, Isa Danieli

Votes: 6,233

12. The Night Porter (1974)

R | 118 min | Drama

A concentration camp survivor rekindles her sadomasochistic relationship with her lover, a former SS officer - now working as a night porter at a Vienna hotel - but his former Nazi associates begin stalking them.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 13,288 | Gross: $0.63M

13. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and its effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 5,937 | Gross: $0.01M

14. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 4,453

15. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 202 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 9,066 | Gross: $0.02M

16. India Song (1975)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Anne-Marie Stretter, wife of a French diplomat, lives in 1930s India. She takes many lovers as systems of oppression decay around her.

Director: Marguerite Duras | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière, Claude Mann

Votes: 2,203

17. Adoption (1975)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

A lonely middle-aged woman wants to give birth to a child, but her acquaintance with dysfunctional teenagers leads her to the idea of adoption.

Director: Márta Mészáros | Stars: Katalin Berek, Gyöngyvér Vigh, Péter Fried, László Szabó

Votes: 1,222

18. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A proud young woman in early 20th century Australia must choose between marriage and independence.

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

Votes: 4,395

19. Germany Pale Mother (1980)

123 min | Drama, History, War

Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and ... See full summary »

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Eva Mattes, Ernst Jacobi, Elisabeth Stepanek, Angelika Thomas

Votes: 779

20. Love Wanders in the Night (1981)

90 min | Drama

Two lonely middle-aged sisters living in Athens will come into conflict with the return of a cousin from Paris, whom they were once in love with.

Director: Frieda Liappa | Stars: Maria Skountzou, Mirka Papakonstantinou, Grigoris Evangelatos, Stamatis Fasoulis

Votes: 72

21. Testament (1983)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

Director: Lynne Littman | Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris, Roxana Zal

Votes: 6,318 | Gross: $2.04M

22. Love Letters (II) (1983)

R | 88 min | Drama, Romance

A story of love and obsession. A young radio personality who, after her mother dies, discovers she had been having a love affair for 15 years. Now she finds herself recreating her mother's romance by getting involved with a married man.

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Bonnie Bartlett, Matt Clark, James Keach

Votes: 819 | Gross: $5.27M

23. The Price of Love (1984)

110 min | Drama, Romance

Set on the island of Corfu at the beginning of the century. Story of the troubled love affair between Rene and Andreas and the refusal of Rene's mother to give Andreas the dowry he demands.

Director: Tonia Marketaki | Stars: Toula Stathopoulou, Anny Loulou, Stratis Tsopanellis, Giorgos Agiovlassitis

Votes: 213

24. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A bored New Jersey suburban housewife's fascination with a free-spirited woman she has read about in the personal columns leads to her being mistaken for the woman herself.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum

Votes: 23,738 | Gross: $27.40M

25. Vagabond (1985)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

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.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss, Setti Ramdane

Votes: 11,358

26. Topos (1985)

91 min | Drama, History

During its 85-minute, this jarring experimental film takes a no-holds-barred look at the way women have been treated and depicted in Western art.

Director: Antouanetta Angelidi | Stars: Jany Gastaldi, Magia Lymberopoulou, Annita Santorinaiou, Arietta Moutousi

Votes: 106

27. Children of a Lesser God (1986)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.

Director: Randa Haines | Stars: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco

Votes: 17,069 | Gross: $31.85M

28. Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

Not Rated | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander, Adelheid Arndt

Votes: 1,708

29. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror

76 Metascore

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 39,310 | Gross: $3.37M

30. Kobieta samotna (1987 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son. They live in a drab apartment. She is a mail carrier and her son is her only pride ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Maria Chwalibóg, Boguslaw Linda, Pawel Witczak, Danuta Balicka

Votes: 451

31. Making Mr. Right (1987)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

A reclusive scientist builds a robot which looks exactly like Dr. Ulysses, a scientist set to go on a long-term space mission. Since the (real) scientist seems to lack all emotions, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: John Malkovich, Ann Magnuson, Glenne Headly, Ben Masters

Votes: 2,802 | Gross: $1.58M

32. Big (1988)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

73 Metascore

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Votes: 218,769 | Gross: $114.97M

33. Permanent Record (1988)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A man who seemingly has it all together, being smart, talented, funny, and popular, is secretly overwhelmed by expectations of himself and those of his parents, and suffers what is assumed to be a horrible accident.

Director: Marisa Silver | Stars: Alan Boyce, Keanu Reeves, Pamela Gidley, Michael Elgart

Votes: 2,130 | Gross: $1.89M

34. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Young Krishna struggles to survive among the drug dealers, pimps, and prostitutes in the back alleys and gutters of India.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Anjaan, Amrit Patel, Murari Sharma

Votes: 9,470 | Gross: $2.08M

35. My Twentieth Century (1989)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

Two twin sisters, who grew up separately, Dóra, a pseudo-aristocrat, and Lili, an anarchist bomber, are reunited through Z, a mysterious traveller of the luxurious Orient-Express.

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy, Paulus Manker, Péter Andorai

Votes: 1,743 | Gross: $0.68M

36. Sweetie (1989)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Jon Darling

Votes: 4,284 | Gross: $0.94M

37. She-Devil (1989)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy

45 Metascore

A surprisingly resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr., Linda Hunt

Votes: 17,570 | Gross: $15.35M

38. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 140,108 | Gross: $52.10M

39. An Angel at My Table (1990)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

79 Metascore

Janet Frame was a brilliant child who, as a teen, was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. Explore Janet's discovery of the world and her life in Europe as her books are published to acclaim.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Votes: 7,874 | Gross: $1.05M

40. Proof (1991)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe, Heather Mitchell

Votes: 6,747 | Gross: $0.52M

41. Point Break (1991)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Votes: 180,801 | Gross: $43.22M

42. The Prince of Tides (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 18,239 | Gross: $74.79M

43. Little Man Tate (1991)

PG | 99 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A single mother raises a child prodigy on her own, struggling to give him every opportunity he needs to express his gift.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Alex Lee

Votes: 15,090 | Gross: $25.01M

44. Dogfight (1991)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4