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50 Essential Feminist Films

It’s no secret that the numbers surrounding women in cinema are dismal. Melissa Silverstein’s Women and Hollywood recently reported that only 74 of the 271 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences this year were women. We also know that for every 15 or so male directors, there is just one female director. At the same time, filmmakers of all genders continue to explore new representations of women in cinema. We thought it was time to revisit some essential feminist films (a few classics and several, perhaps, unexpected picks) that deconstruct gender identity, explore issues pertinent to women and their history, and challenge the patriarchy. These films, directed by women and men, have broadened the scope of female representation in cinema.
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Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
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The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
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One Sings the Other Doesn't (Agnes Varda, 1977)
One Sings the Other Doesn't (Agnes Varda, 1977)
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Faces (1968)
Faces (1968)
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Daughters of the Dust (1991 - Julie Dash)
Daughters of the Dust (1991 - Julie Dash)
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Riddles of the Sphinx (2008)
Riddles of the Sphinx (2008)
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One Way or Another
One Way or Another
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Sweetie (1989)
Sweetie (1989)
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All About My Mother (1999)
All About My Mother (1999)
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The Sisters Trilogy
The Sisters Trilogy
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Dyketactics (1974)
Dyketactics (1974)
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
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Daisies (Věra Chytilová)
Daisies (Věra Chytilová)
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Women Without Men (Shirin Neshat, 2009)
Women Without Men (Shirin Neshat, 2009)
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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A Question of Silence (1982)
A Question of Silence (1982)
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The Last Mistress (2007)
The Last Mistress (2007)
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India Song (1975)
India Song (1975)
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Born in Flames (1983)
Born in Flames (1983)
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21
Orlando (1992)
Orlando (1992)
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Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
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Dogfight (1991)
Dogfight (1991)
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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3 Women (1977)
3 Women (1977)
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Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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Christopher Strong (1933)
Christopher Strong (1933)
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Female Trouble (1974)
Female Trouble (1974)
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Smithereens (1982)
Smithereens (1982)
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I Will Follow (2010)
I Will Follow (2010)
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Morvern Callar (2002)
Morvern Callar (2002)
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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
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Song of the Exile (1990)
Song of the Exile (1990)
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The Body Beautiful
The Body Beautiful
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Sisters-In-Law
Sisters-In-Law
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Baadasssss Cinema (2002)
Baadasssss Cinema (2002)
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The Student Nurses (1970)
The Student Nurses (1970)
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I Was a Teenage Serial Killer (1993)
I Was a Teenage Serial Killer (1993)
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Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box
Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box
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Farewell China (1990)
Farewell China (1990)
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