Film Feature: Favorite Fiction Features Directed by Women – An International Poll

Compiled by Gerald Peary

Six critics from the Arts Fuse were among the 139 participants from around the world — Canada, Australia, France, England, Sweden, Finland, etc. — polled for their Ten Favorite Fiction Features Directed by Women. Up top are the thirty films which appeared on the most ballots, and below that are the votes of Arts Fuse critics:

Delphine Seyrig in the title role of Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Photo: Paradise Films

THE TOP THIRTY

31 votes: Jeanne Dyelman (Chantal Akerman)

30 votes: Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Vardas)

29 votes: Vagabond (Agnes Vardas)

28 votes: Daisies (Vera Chytilova), piano (Jane Champion)

26 votes: Beau Travail (Claire Denis), The Hitch Hiker (Ida Lupine), Wanda (Barbara Loden)

22 votes: Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)

21 votes: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling)

20 votes: Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmüller)

19 votes: The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)

18 votes: Europe Europe (AgnieszkaHolland), Mikey and Nicky (ElaineMay), Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik), The Heartbreak Kid (ElaineMay)

17 votes: Angel at My Table (Jane Campion) Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)

14 votes: Dance Girl Dance (Dorothy Arzner), A New Leaf (ElaineMay)

13 votes: clueless (Amy Heckerling) The Bigamist (Ida Lupine), The Ascent (Larissa Shepitko)

11 votes: Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda) My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong) Outrage (Ida Lupine), The Rider (Chloé Zhao)

10 votes: Nomadland (Chloé Zhao), Swept Away (Lina Wertmüller)

9 votes: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma)


Gerald Peary

A scene from Dance, Girl, Dance.

Madchen in Uniform – Leontine Sagan

Dance Girl Dance – Dorothy Arzner

Daisies – Vera Chytilova

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) – Chantal Ackerman

Mikey and Nicky – Elaine May

Marianne and Juliane – Margarethe Von Trotta

Vagabond – Agnes Varda

sweeties -Jane Campion

Beau Travail – Claire Dennis

The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow

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A scene from The Love Witch.

Peppermint Soda – Diane Kuris

An Angel at my Table – Jane Campion

Relic – Natalie Erika James

amulet – Romola Garal

The Wind – Emma Tammy

Woodsman – Nicole Cassell

lady bird – Greta Gerwig

Winter’s Bone – Debra Granick

The Love Witch – Anna Biller

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Marielle Heller

Tim Jackson

A scene from Tony Erdman.

Variety –Bette Gordon

In a Better World – Suzanne Beer

bluebeard – Catherine Breillat

Enough Said – Nicole Holofener

somewhere – Sofia Coppola

Tony Erdman – Maren Ade

Songs My Brother Taught Me – Chloe Zhao

Wendy and Lucy – Kelly Reichardt

hump day –Lynn Shelton

It Felt Like Love – Eliza Hitman

Ed Symkus

Newcomer Agathe Rousselle as Alexia in Titan..

Kathryn Bigelow – Strange Days

Julia Ducournau – Titan

Mary Harron- American Psycho

Amy Heckerling – Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Agnieszka Holland – Europe Europe

Ida Lupine – The Bigamist

Sally Potter- Orlando

Lynne Ramsay – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Agnes Varda – Vagabond

Doris Wishman – The Hot Month of August

Evelyn Rosenthal

A scene from Crossing Delancey..

Joan Micklin Silver – Crossing Delancey

Susan Seidelman- Desperately Seeking Susan

Adrienne Shelley – Waitress

Jane Campion- Angel at My Table

Gillian Armstrong – My Brilliant Career

Amy Heckerling – clueless

Lina Wertmuller – Love and Anarchy

Penny Marshall – A League of Their Own

Agnieszka Holland – Europe, Europe

Chloe Zhao – The Rider

David Stewart

A scene from The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow

FishTank – –Andrea Arnold

Ratcatcher- – Lynne Ramsay

Grace of My Heart – Allison Anders

Prevent – Alice Lowe

The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller

One Night In Miami – Regina King

Variety –Bette Gordon

I Shot Andy Warhol – Mary Harron

Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola


Editor’s Note: What films would you choose? Add to the list. Please comment below.

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