Salute to Women Directors Playlist

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Films featured in our Salute to Women Directors video.

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1. La fée aux choux (1896)

1 min | Short, Family, Fantasy

The first film directed by a female director, "The Cabbage Fairy" presents a brief fantasy tale involving a strange fairy who can produce and deliver babies coming out of cabbages. Gently ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy | Stars: Alice Guy, Germaine Serand, Yvonne Serand

Votes: 1,044

2. Au bal de Flore (1900)

3 min | Short

Hand-tinted film of a couple dance on a stage.

Director: Alice Guy

Votes: 156

3. Caught in a Cabaret (1914)

TV-G | 30 min | Short, Comedy

Charlie is a clumsy waiter in a cheap cabaret and must endure the strict orders from his boss. He meets a pretty girl in the park and pretends to be a fancy ambassador but must contend with the jealousy of her fiancé.

Director: Mabel Normand | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Dan Albert, Phyllis Allen

Votes: 1,224

4. Hypocrites (1915)

Passed | 54 min | Drama, Fantasy

The parallel stories of a modern preacher and a medieval monk, Gabriel the Ascetic, who is killed by an ignorant mob for making a nude statue representing Truth, which is also represented by a ghostly naked girl who flits throughout the film.

Director: Lois Weber | Stars: Courtenay Foote, Myrtle Stedman, Herbert Standing, Adele Farrington

Votes: 493

5. The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916)

35 min | Short

The members of a Chinese family living in the US have a curse put upon them for becoming too "westernized".

Director: Marian E. Wong | Stars: Violet Wong, Harvey Soo Hoo, Marian E. Wong

Votes: 175

7. Bread (1918)

60 min | Drama

Country girl Candace Newby, jealous of Estelle Payne, an apparently successful actress, goes to New York, where she is introduced to theatrical manager Emil Krause. Krause makes advances ... See full summary »

Director: Ida May Park | Stars: Edward Cecil, Gladys Fox, Kenneth Harlan, Mary MacLaren

Votes: 17

8. Something New (1920)

Unrated | 57 min | Adventure, Western

A young woman visiting in Mexico is kidnapped by a gang of bandits, who drag her through the rugged wilderness to their hideout. She manages to leave word for her friend Bill, who knows the... See full summary »

Directors: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle | Stars: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle, L.M. Wells, Merrill McCormick

Votes: 247

9. Salomé (1922)

Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Drama, History

Salome, the daughter of Herodias, seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a salacious dance. In return, he promises her the head of the prophet John the Baptist.

Directors: Charles Bryant, Alla Nazimova | Stars: Alla Nazimova, Nigel De Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Rose Dione

Votes: 845

10. Linda (1929)

75 min | Drama

Circumstances force a young woman to marry a much older man, although she really loves a young doctor.

Director: Dorothy Davenport | Stars: Warner Baxter, Helen Foster, Noah Beery, Mitchell Lewis

Votes: 108

11. Zora Neale Hurston Fieldwork Footage (1928 Video)

4 min | Documentary, Short

A 2018 compilation of Zora Neale Hurston's registers of activities in American black communities from the rural South, it possesses a highly anthropological value. Shot in 1928-29, the ... See full summary »

Director: Zora Neale Hurston

Votes: 84

12. Get Your Man (1927)

63 min | Comedy, Romance

A young American girl in Paris falls in love with a handsome nobleman, but he is about to wed in an arranged marriage. She hatches a plan to overcome that obstacle and get her man.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Josef Swickard, Josephine Dunn

Votes: 174

13. Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 1,061

14. Christopher Strong (1933)

Passed | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A famous female flier and a member of Parliament drift into a potentially disastrous affair.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke, Helen Chandler

Votes: 1,317

15. The Bride Wore Red (1937)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A lounge singer is sent by a count to pose as a wealthy socialite.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 930

16. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When a troupe of danseuses becomes unemployed, one of them takes up burlesque dancing while another dreams of performing ballet.

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field

Votes: 2,088

17. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 11,815

18. Not Wanted (1949)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.

Directors: Elmer Clifton, Ida Lupino | Stars: Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn, Dorothy Adams

Votes: 571

19. The Bigamist (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A man secretly married to two women feels the pressure of his deceit.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 3,358

20. La Pointe Courte (1955)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

Follow the story of a couple who goes to a small French fishing village to try to solve the problems of their deteriorating marriage.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Silvia Monfort, Marcel Jouet, Albert Lubrano

Votes: 3,024

21. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck

Votes: 18,404

22. Wings (1966)

85 min | Drama

A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial schoolmistress, she has so internalized the ... See full summary »

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Mayya Bulgakova, Sergey Nikonenko, Zhanna Bolotova, Panteleymon Krymov

Votes: 1,728

23. The Music (1967)

80 min | Drama

A husband and wife meet three years after their formal separation, when they return to the provincial town where they once lived to pick up their divorce decree.

Directors: Marguerite Duras, Paul Seban | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Robert Hossein, Julie Dassin, Gérard Blain

Votes: 91

24. A Very Curious Girl (1969)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

An oppressed and exploited young woman (Marie) begins charging for her sexual favors and completely disrupts the smug patriarchal capitalist society of the village of Tellier.

Director: Nelly Kaplan | Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Georges Géret, Henri Czarniak, Claire Maurier

Votes: 616

25. Wanda (1970)

GP | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in.

Director: Barbara Loden | Stars: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes

Votes: 3,597 | Gross: $0.05M

26. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newlywed man on his honeymoon has second thoughts about his marriage and falls for a different woman.

Director: Elaine May | Stars: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Audra Lindley

Votes: 4,195 | Gross: $12.21M

27. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and its effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 5,282 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Je Tu Il Elle (1974)

86 min | Drama

'Je' is a girl voluntarily lock up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup, Claire Wauthion

Votes: 1,958

29. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 96,547 | Gross: $27.09M

30. Born in Flames (1983)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, it presents a dystopia in which the issues of many groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - are dealt with by the government.

Director: Lizzie Borden | Stars: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy

Votes: 1,190

31. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

66 Metascore

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 13,860 | Gross: $16.80M

32. Sugar Cane Alley (1983)

PG | 103 min | Drama, History

Set in 1931, Sugar Cane Alley paints a rich impasto of native life under French colonial rules, filtered through the coming-of-age of a bright, sweetly opportunistic boy.

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck, Joby Bernabé

Votes: 866

33. Yentl (1983)

PG | 133 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

68 Metascore

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 12,972 | Gross: $40.22M

34. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A bored New Jersey suburban housewife's fascination with a kooky character she's read about in the personal columns leads to her being mistaken for the woman herself.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum

Votes: 21,359 | Gross: $27.40M

35. Children of a Lesser God (1986)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.

Director: Randa Haines | Stars: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco

Votes: 15,304 | Gross: $31.85M

36. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Heartrending story of the life lived in the back alleys and gutters of India. It is there that young Krishna must struggle to survive among the drug dealers, pimps, and prostitutes. In HD.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Anjaan, Amrit Patel, Murari Sharma

Votes: 8,761 | Gross: $2.08M

37. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 95,723 | Gross: $57.47M

38. Europa Europa (1990)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Solomon Perel, Marco Hofschneider, René Hofschneider, André Wilms

Votes: 15,292 | Gross: $5.58M

39. Little Man Tate (1991)

PG | 99 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A single mother raises a child prodigy on her own, struggling to give him every opportunity he needs to express his gift.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Alex Lee

Votes: 14,061 | Gross: $25.01M

40. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 113 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: 2,272 | Gross: $1.64M

41. Prince of Shadows (1991)

109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Madrid, 1962. More than twenty years after the civil war has finished, a communist comes back to Spain to kill a traitor.

Director: Pilar Miró | Stars: Terence Stamp, Patsy Kensit, José Luis Gómez, Geraldine James

Votes: 240

42. Proof (1991)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe, Heather Mitchell

Votes: 6,295 | Gross: $0.52M

43. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 95,673 | Gross: $107.53M

44. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 15,007 | Gross: $5.29M

45. Gas Food Lodging (1992)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A waitress lives with her two teen daughters in a trailer park in New Mexico. They all want a boyfriend.

Director: Allison Anders | Stars: Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk, James Brolin

Votes: 3,654 | Gross: $1.35M

46. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.6