Films to watch by/about women

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1. The World Before Her (2012)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.

Director: Nisha Pahuja | Stars: Pooja Chopra, Manasvi Mamgai, Marc Robinson, Ankita Shorey

Votes: 781

2. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 25,621

3. Bande de filles (2014)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Votes: 6,288

4. Beyond the Lights (2014)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Music, Romance

73 Metascore

The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Danny Glover

Votes: 13,775 | Gross: $14.62M

5. Middle of Nowhere (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley Dickerson

Votes: 1,373 | Gross: $0.08M

6. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,790 | Gross: $0.53M

7. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 15,134 | Gross: $0.13M

8. La faute à Fidel! (2006)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.

Director: Julie Gavras | Stars: Nina Kervel-Bey, Julie Depardieu, Stefano Accorsi, Benjamin Feuillet

Votes: 4,690 | Gross: $0.17M

9. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 71,722 | Gross: $40.16M

10. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 8,884 | Gross: $1.19M

11. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 44,322 | Gross: $3.83M

12. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 24,966 | Gross: $10.73M

13. If I Were You (2012)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

28 Metascore

When a woman tries to outwit her husband's sexy young mistress, the unexpected consequences include starring as King Lear in a very amateur production - with the mistress, an aspiring actress, playing The Fool.

Director: Joan Carr-Wiggin | Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling, Joseph Kell, Daniela Saioni

Votes: 1,753 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Lovely & Amazing (2001)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Troy Ruptash, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 6,497 | Gross: $4.19M

15. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,449 | Gross: $1.64M

16. 2 Days in Paris (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents -- and several of her ex-boyfriends.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Daniel Brühl, Marie Pillet

Votes: 28,778 | Gross: $4.43M

17. Walking and Talking (1996)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Just as Amelia thinks she's over her anxiety and insecurity, her best friend announces her engagement, bringing her anxiety and insecurity right back.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Amy Braverman, Miranda Rhyne

Votes: 2,861 | Gross: $1.28M

18. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 51,012 | Gross: $1.19M

19. Kahaani (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Mystery, Thriller

A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh | Stars: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 50,155 | Gross: $1.04M

20. A Teacher (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.

Director: Hannah Fidell | Stars: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips

Votes: 3,889

21. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 53,877 | Gross: $0.37M

22. In a World... (2013)

R | 93 min | Comedy

79 Metascore

An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.

Director: Lake Bell | Stars: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry

Votes: 28,942 | Gross: $2.96M

23. L!fe Happens (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

A comedy centered on two best friends, Kim and Deena, who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after Kim gets pregnant and has a baby.

Director: Kat Coiro | Stars: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Geoff Stults

Votes: 7,086 | Gross: $2.00M

24. The World Unseen (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen

Votes: 3,369 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry house.

Director: Pratibha Parmar | Stars: Laura Fraser, Shelley Conn, Art Malik, Ronny Jhutti

Votes: 1,964 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Loving Annabelle (2006)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Romance

Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between ... See full summary »

Director: Katherine Brooks | Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge, Michelle Horn

Votes: 10,706 | Gross: $1.10M

27. The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)

TV-G | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

Elizabeth Alison Gray is just your average suburban eleven-year-old waiting for adolescence to arrive when she finds out her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, she runs away to find the truth.

Director: Tara Johns | Stars: Dolly Parton, Gil Bellows, Julia Sarah Stone, Dawn Ford

Votes: 520

28. To Get Her (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Five teenage girls with a shared secret get together for a weekend of "No Consequences." The sex, drugs and rock n'roll they intend pale in comparison to the more dangerous path they find themselves on.

Director: Erica Dunton | Stars: Jazzy De Lisser, Chelsea Logan, Adwoa Aboah, Audrey Speicher

Votes: 291

29. Lovers, Liars and Lunatics (2006)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime

Two inept robbers take a dysfunctional family hostage during a burglary gone wrong, and are soon victimized by their own hostages.

Director: Amber Benson | Stars: Amber Benson, Christine Estabrook, Michael Muhney, Mia Cottet

Votes: 139

30. Stella (2008)

103 min | Drama

Paris, 1977. Eleven year old Stella knows poker better than grammar when she starts the year at a prestigious new school. There, she discovers the possibilities of a whole new world outside her parents' bar.

Director: Sylvie Verheyde | Stars: Léora Barbara, Mélissa Rodriguès, Laëtitia Guerard, Karole Rocher

Votes: 1,359

31. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,203

32. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 94,165 | Gross: $30.02M

33. Towheads (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

56 Metascore

Adventurous and bold mother of two, PENELOPE, struggles to strike the balance between her artistic aspirations and motherly responsibilities in this playful look at modern-day motherhood and the difficulties families face everyday.

Director: Shannon Plumb | Stars: Shannon Plumb, Derek Cianfrance, Cody Cianfrance, Walker Cianfrance

Votes: 100

34. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama

74 Metascore

In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.

Director: Jill Sprecher | Stars: Alan Arkin, John Turturro, Matthew McConaughey, David Connolly

Votes: 9,122 | Gross: $3.29M

35. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 11,001 | Gross: $1.60M

36. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 85,603 | Gross: $11.53M

37. Night Catches Us (2010)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.

Director: Tanya Hamilton | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamara Griffin, Sadiq Afif

Votes: 1,380 | Gross: $0.08M

38. Somewhere (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Erin Wasson

Votes: 39,593 | Gross: $1.77M

39. Futatsume no mado (2014)

121 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

On a subtropical island, a teenage couple deal with the interwoven cycle of life, death and love.

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Nijirô Murakami, Junko Abe, Miyuki Matsuda, Tetta Sugimoto

Votes: 2,203

40. Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (2013)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This film tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman's journey from her birth in a paper thin shack in the cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the ... See full summary »

Director: Pratibha Parmar | Stars: Robert L. Allen, Tony Brown, Angela Davis, Jennifer DeVere Brody

Votes: 58

41. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 7,931 | Gross: $0.19M

42. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah, Vijay Raaz

Votes: 21,784 | Gross: $13.88M

43. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Romance

70 Metascore

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

Director: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen | Stars: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde, Henriette Steenstrup, Beate Støfring

Votes: 8,639 | Gross: $0.12M

44. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz | Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa

Votes: 6,955 | Gross: $0.44M

45. Frozen River (2008)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »

Director: Courtney Hunt | Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 23,257 | Gross: $2.51M

46. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 295,171 | Gross: $14.68M

47. Wendy and Lucy (2008)

R | 80 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Lucy, David Koppell, Max Clement

Votes: 14,436 | Gross: $0.86M

48. Mary Shelley (2017)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History