Greatest Films Directed By Women – Individual Staff List

 

Justine Smith

Bright Star, Jane Campion

Orlando, Sally Potter

Trouble Every Day, Claire Denis

Cleo 5 a 7, Agnes Varda

A New Leaf, Elaine May

The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani

American Psycho, Mary Harron

Anatomy of Hell, Catherine Breillat

Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow

Everyone Else, Maren Ade

Ricky D

Connection, Shirley Clarke

Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold

35 Shots of Rhum, Claire Denis

Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Derin

Seven Beauties, Lina Wertmuller

The Hitch-Hiker, Ida Lupino

Lina Wertmuller- Swept Away

Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt

Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel

XXY, Lucía Puenzo

Special mention: 

Skyscraper – Shirley Clarke

Wasp – Andrea Arnold

On Dangerous Ground – Ida Lupino (uncredited)

Wanda

Chris Clemente

Little Miss Sunshine, Valerie Faris

American Psycho, Mary Harron

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold

Monster, Patty Jenkins

A League of Their Own, Penny Marshall

Wayne’s World, Penelope Spheeris

Clueless, Amy Heckerling

Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow

Joshau Youngerman

The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow

Cleo 5 a 7, Agnes Varda

An Education, Lone Scherfig

Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow

Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt

Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Amy Heckerling

Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July

We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay

Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold

Bill Arceneaux

The Woodsman - Nicole Kassell

The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow

Real Genius - Martha Coolidge

Lost in Yonkers - Martha Coolidge

Monster - Patty Jenkins

The Decline of Western Civilization – Penelope Spheeris

Wayne’s World – Penelope Spheeris

Me and You and Everyone We Know – Miranda July

American Psycho – Mary Harron

She-Devil – Susan Seidelman

Zornitsa Staneva

The Piano, Jane Campion

Night Porter, Liliana Cavalli

Red Road, Andrea Arnold

Romance, Catherine Breillat

Or, Keren Yedaya

To Take a Wife, Ronit Elkabetz

Salt White, Ketevan Machavariani

Women Without Men, Shirin Neshat

Caramel, Nadine Labaki

In Darkness, Agnieszka Holland

Laura Holtebrinck

Ratcatcher – Lynne Ramsay

Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Amy Heckerling

Europa, Europa – Agnieszka Holland

The Virgin Suicides - Sofia Coppola

Beyond Silence – Caroline Link

My Life WIthout Me – Isabel Coixet

An Education - Lone Scherfig

American Psycho – Mary Harron

Away From Her – Sarah Polley

Nowhere in Africa – Caroline Link

Robert Simpson

Lynne Ramsay, Rat Catcher

Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone

Lone Scherfig, Italian for Beginners

Agnieszka Holland, Europa-Europa

Andrea Arnold, Fish Tank

Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis

Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

Anne Hui, A Simple Life

Leni Riefenstahl, Triumph of the Will

Ody Constantinou

Werckmeister Harmonies, Agnes Hranitzky/Bela Tarr (co-director)

The Turin Horse, Agnes Hranitzky/Bela Tarr (co-director)

Mickey and Nicky, Elaine May

The Heartbreak Kid, Elaine May

Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July

Monster, Patty Jenkins

Microcosmos, Claude Nuridsany/Marie Pérennou

Scott Patterson

Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola

American Psycho – Mary Hannon

Monster - Patty Jenkins

The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow

Big – Penny Marshall

The Piano – Jane Campion

Winter’s Bone - Debra Granik

An Eductation – Lone Sherfig

Boys Don’t Cry – Kimberly Pierce

Strange Days - Kathyrn Bigelow

Michael Ryan

Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Penelope Spheeris, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

Jennifer Lynch, Chained

Patti Jenkis, Monster

Lisa Cholodenka, The Kids are Alright

Deepa Mehta, Bollywood, Hollywood

Amy Heckerling, Clueless

Penny Marshall, A League of Their Own

Shari Springer Berman, American Splendor

Honourable Mention:

Caroline Leaf, The Street

Tressa Eckermann

The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow

Somethings Gotta Give, Nancy Meyers

Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow

Lords of Dogtown, Catherine Hardwike

Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik

Wayne’s World, Penelope Spheeris

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold

Me, You, and Everyone we know, Miranda July

2 Days in Paris, Julie Delpy

The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola

Katie Wong

Thirteen - Catherine Hardwicke

Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola

Virgin Suicides - Sofia Coppola

Clueless – Amy Heckerling

The Piano - Jane Campion

The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow

Point Break – Kathryn Bigelow

Monsoon Wedding - Mira Nair

Bend it like Beckham - Gurinder Chadha

Waitress – Adrienne Shelly

Edgar Chaput

Je, tu, il, Elle, Chantal Akerman

La pointe courte, Agnes varda

Beau travail, Claire Denis

American Psycho, Mary Harron

The Hitch Hiker, Ida Lupino

Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik

Chained, Jennifer Lynch

Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt

Dan Heaton

Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola

The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow

After the Wedding – Susanne Bier

Wendy and Lucy – Kelly Reichardt

Cleo from 5 to 7 – Agnes Varda

Big - Penny Marshall

American Psycho – Mary Harron

Lovely and Amazing - Nicole Holofcener

Harlan County, USA – Barbara Kopple

Triumph of the Will – Leni Riefenstahl

Josh Slater-Williams

Bright Star, Jane Campion

Can Go Through Skin, Esther Rots

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow

One Two One, Mania Akbari

Somersault, Cate Shortland

Vendredi soir, Claire Denis

The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay

White Material, Claire Denis

Erik Bondurant

Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold

The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow

Innocence, Lucile Hadzihalilovic

The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani

A Time For Burning, Barbara Connell & Bill Jersey

Where Are My Children?, Lois Weber

Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik

The Woodsman, Nicole Kassell

XXY, Lucia Puenzo

John McEntee

Near Dark – Kathtyn Bigelow

Oscar & Wendy – Kelly Richardt

The Hitch Hiker- Ida Lupino

Bright Star - Jane Campion

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things – Asia Argento

Red Road – Andrea Arnold

On Dangerous Ground – Ida Lupino

Lost In Translation - Sofia Coppola

Morvan Callar - Lynne Ramsay

Pet Semetary - Mary Lambert

Shayne Ramirez

The Piano, Jane Campion

Point Break, Kathryn Bigalow

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

Ravenous, Antonia Bird

Beau Travail, Claire Denis

Titus, Julie Taymor

Harlan County, USA, Barbara Kopple

We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lynne Ramsey

American Psycho, Mary Harron

Half Nelson, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Honorable Mentions:

Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July

Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt

After the Wedding, Susanne Bier

Wayne’s World, Penelope Spheeris

Ryan Clagg

Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Amy Heckerling

Sita Sings The Blues - Nina Paley

Half Nelson - Anna Boden (co-director)

Meshes of the Afternoon – Maya Deren

Winter’s Bone - Debra Granik

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi (co-director)

Mad Hot Ballroom – Marilyn Agrelo

American Psycho – Marry Harron

The Virgin Suicides – Sofia Coppola

Waitress - Adrienne Shelly

Justin Li

Friday Night (Vendredi Soir) – Claire Denis

Marie Antoinette – Sofia Coppola

Morvern Callar – Lynne Ramsay

Hearts of Darkness – Eleanor Coppola

Father of My Children - Mia Hansen-Love

Old Joy – Kelly Reichardt

Fat Girl - Catherine Breillat

Fish Tank - Andrea Arnold

A Simple Life – Ann Hui

Scarlet Diva - Asia Argento

Neal Dhand

The Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel

Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Deren

Cleo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda

Friday Night, Claire Denis,

Point Break, Kathyrn Bigelow

Beau Travail, Claire Denis

Fat Girl, Catherine Breillat

Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman

The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani

Ratcatcher, Lynne Ramsay

Seema

Vendredi Soir, Claire Denis

The Asthenic Syndrome, Kira Muratova

Morvern Callar, Lynne Ramsay

Innocence, Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Cleo From 5 to 7, Agnes Varda

Everyone Else, Maren Ade

Daisies, Vera Chytilova

Sweetie, Jane Campion

A New Leaf, Elaine May

Dave Robson

Triumph of the Will – Leni Riefenstahl

Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola

Bright Star – Jane Campion

Wuthering Heights – Andrea Arnold

Titus – Julie Taymor

Sita Sings the Blues – Nina Paley

Winter’s Bone – Debra Granik

Boys Don’t Cry – Kimberly Peirce

Water – Deepa Meta

Monsoon Wedding – Mira Nair

Bill

Red Road, Andrea Arnold

Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel

A New Leaf, Elaine May

Swept Away, Lina Wertmuller

Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt

35 Shots of Rum, Claire Denis

Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold

XXY, Lucía Puenzo

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Ackerman

Sita Sing The Blues, Nina Paley

Temitope

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

Beau Travail, Claire Denis

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles , Chantal Akerman

Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt

Swept Away, Lina Wertmüller

Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl

The Hitch-Hiker, Ida Lupino

Sans toit ni loi/Vagabond, Agnès Varda

Seven Beauties, Lina Wertmüller

La Cienaga, Lucrecia Martel

Honourable Mentions:

Le Bonheur, Agnès Varda

Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Deren

Fat Girl, Catherine Breillat

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold

Ratcatcher, Lynne Ramsay

Simon Howell

Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow

Trouble Every Day, Claire Denis

The Virgin Suicides, Sophia Copolla

Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Deren

Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt

Seven Beauties, Lina Wertmüller

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay

The Decline of Western Civilization, Penelope Spheeris

Elegy, Isabel Coixet

Persepolis, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi

 



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4 Responses to Greatest Films Directed By Women – Individual Staff List

  1. Dave December 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    No movies by Larisa Shepitko, Margarether von Trotta or Clara Law. Only one ‘critic’ mentioned a movie by Kira Muratova who is probably the best female director ever. This ‘staff’ is probably made up of drunks or people that are very ignorant about non-english spoken cinema.

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    • Edgar Chaput December 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      You read me like a book.

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    • Ricky December 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      I’m sorry that you can’t comprehend that each critic had to choose ten and only ten of their favourite films. I can’t speak for everyone who participated but it was extremely hard for me to cut it down to only ten choices. I had a list of 75 films to begin. In the end, I went with ten honest choices – all very different – and five of the ten were not in the English language.

      Perhaps if we had time we could have asked for 20 choices from each critic and doubled the list. Maybe the results would have drastically been different, or maybe not.

      The plan was to follow up this article with another list, recommending movies to my staff that I think they should seek out. It has been an extremely busy year for me and I still have not found the time to finish that list. Every name you mentioned and more will be found in that article.

      Clearly you read through the entire list, so you surely must have noticed mentions of non-English films. Or do you suffer from short term memory loss? The only person who comes across has ignorant is you based on your comment which is clearly written to insult our staff and make you feel better as a person. Is there no one around who appreciates your knowledge of film? Did you not have anyone growing up who would appreciate your good taste and tap you on the back and say “good job”.

      Well now you can feel better knowing that I do.

      Our staff went of our way to simply promote the films listed above because we love cinema and we wanted to shine a bigger spotlight on these directors. So why get upset?

      Nothing good comes out of your comment. When I visit other sites, I never leave a comment insulting the writers because I’ve watched more movies then they do. That wouldn’t make me feel like a better man. Instead I recommend films. This is why I started our site. I love film and I try my best to recommend movies on a daily basis.

      Perhaps you can take your knowledge of cinema and use it to better use. You could have simply recommended some movies that you feel our staff should see.

      I will quote a comment made by a reader defending another one of our lists found on the site. She said:

      “Elitist and pretentious people will frown down on a list with mostly American films but truthfully, every film on the list is incredibly influential and important in the history of cinema.
      To say that a list NEEDS to have more non American films is ridiculous. There should be no restrictions, nor rules, nor expectations – simply honesty. I find this list incredibly honest.”

      I think the comment can apply here once again.

      Not everyone on staff is as well versed as others. Our youngest contributor is only 16 while our oldest is a film professor, who’s worked at HBO, has written many screenplays (some produced) and published books on the history of cinema. Others are filmmakers, film students, members of the OFCS.

      We are not Film Comment nor Sight and Sound, and we are not trying to be. The idea has always been to bridge the gap between the mainstream and the independent/foreign film scene. That is what we do. Yes we have a column on Soviet Cinema but we also have a column named after a quote from the movie The Goonies.

      Perhaps not everyone on staff is as well versed as others, but that is ok. Remember – once upon a time you yourself did not know who Kira Muratova was.

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    • Deepayan Sengupta December 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

      If you had to read comments like this on your hard work, you’d be drunk too.

      Reply

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