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Best movies directed by women

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Criticker's collection of movies directed by women now includes 1900 films. Of the 126 I've seen, there is only one I consider a masterpiece, and ten others in my top two tiers. Of these, a disproportionate number (seven) are documentaries, which presumably has some kind of significance (even if this significance only means something about me). An asterisk after the title indicates that one of the two co-directors for that movie is female (all these cases are documentaries):

Tier 10
91. Seven Beauties
90. Ballets Russes*
90. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
85. Beau Travail
85. The Gleaners & I
85. Mikey and Nicky
85. Rats in the Ranks*

Tier 9
80. Black Harvest*
80. Deep Water*
80. Genesis (2004)*
80. Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

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Tier 10
Descent (2007) 85
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) 83
Stander (2003) 83

Tier 9
American Psycho (2000) 80
Shrek (2001) 80
Wayne's World (1992) 80
City of God (2003) 78

Of the 27 female-directed films I've seen, slightly more than half of them are in tiers 8, 9 and 10. Only 2 of the 27 are documentaries, one tier 8 and one tier 4.

I Need to watch more female-directed films.

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Tier 10
Antonia (1995) 4
Lost in Translation (2003) 4

Tier 9
City of God (2003) 3
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) 3
Ripley's Game (2002) 3

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In the T10 category alone, I find this:

Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple, 1976) 94
Eve's Bayou (Kasi Lemmons, 1997) 90
Household Saints (Nancy Savoca, 1993) 90
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009) 88
Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce, 1999) 86
Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001) 84
Mansfield Park (Patricia Rozema, 1999) 83
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) 82
The Gleaners & I (Agnes Varda, 2000) 82
Mostly Martha (Sandra Nettelbeck, 2001) 82
Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) 81
Please Give (Nicole Holofcener, 2010) 81
Blame It on Fidel (Julie Gavras, 2006) 80
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Tier 10
Meek's Cutoff (Reichardt)
Ratcatcher (Ramsay)

Tier 9
35 Shots of Rum (Denis)
Araya (Benacerraf)
The Arbor (Barnard)
Forbidden Lie$ (Broinowski)
The Hurt Locker (Bigelow)
Manufactured Landscapes (Baichwal)
Morvern Callar (Ramsay)
The Tightrope (Ibañez)
White Material (Denis)

Lesson: If you want to be a female filmmaker, your last name should start with a 'B'

Also, seriously, y'all need to check out The Arbor.

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Tier 10
An Angel at My Table (1990) 96
Innocence (2004) 96
Jellyfish (2007) 95
Sita Sings the Blues (2008) 93
Happiness (1965) 92
36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) 90
Wendy and Lucy (2008) 90
The Hitch-Hiker (1953) 89
The Loveless (1982) 89
Orlando (1992) 89
Ydessa, les ours et etc. (2004) 89

Tier 9
Les Plages d'Agnès (2008) 88
Monster (2003) 87
The Ascent (1977) 86
Lost in Translation (2003) 85
The Milk of Sorrow (2009) 85
Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der … (1938) 85
Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der … (1938) 85
Vagabond (1985) 85
7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à… (1984) 84
Boys Don't Cry (1999) 84
An Education (2009) 84
Fish Tank (2009) 84
The House Is Black (1963) 84
Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (1978) 84

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I only have 635 rankings right now, but:

Tier 10
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) 94
Amreeka (2009) 89
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du … (1976) 88

Tier 9
Old Joy (2006) 86
American Psycho (2000) 82
City of God (2003) 80

(Werckmeister Harmonies & City of God are of course shared directors credits)

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Bolded the ones directed only by a woman.
Tier 10 Films
City of God (2003)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du … (1976)
Powers of Ten (1977)
Shrek (2001)
American Psycho (2000)
Grey Gardens (1975)
Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der … (1938)
Persepolis (2007)
Chronik der Anna Magdalena … (1968)
The Lost Honor of Katharina… (1975)
Vagabond (1985)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Lost in Translation (2003)
American Splendor (2003)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1989)
The Private Life of a Cat (1944)
The Ascent (1977)

Tier 9 Films
The Gleaners & I (2000)
Suburbia (1984)
Reassemblage (1983)
Les résultats du féminism (1906)
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
My Life Without Me (2003)
A Spy in the House that Rut… (1989)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Dear Frankie (2004)
Girls in Uniform (1931)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Jesus Camp (2006)
Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008)
Me and You and Everyone We … (2005)

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I just have to say one name and one movie.

Larisa Shepitko and her Voskhozhdeniye!

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Tier 10 Films
Lost in Translation (2003) 98
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) 98
Red Road (2006) 95
Somewhere (2010) 95

Tier 9 Films
Nénette et Boni (1996) 88

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