Chlotrudis Offers the Best Films Directed by Women

Cleo from 5 to 7The Chlotrudis Society for independent Film is not an overly political group, but after things went they way they did in 2016, we felt creating our list of the best films directed by women was a nice, creative and long-overdue spotlight on the wonderful films whose collective vision represent more than half the world's population. And no one was more surprised than the compilers of this list, that the woman leading the pack does so with her debut film, a quirky, lovable piece called ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KONW. And truly, who better than Miranda July, who appears on this list twice, to represent the creativity and singular vision of women. Agnes Varda is one of nine women who appeared on the list with three films. Pictured left is a still from her narrative film CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 which appears at #10 on this list. Her other two films are both documentaries: THE GLEANERS & I at #7 and THE BEACHES OF AGNES at #57.

Nearly 340 films were represented on best of lists from individual members that were then culled down to the Top 100. That means there an amazing list of 240 films that didn't quite make the cut. That's a great wealth of amazing films directed by women. Films from as early as the 1930's, when Leni Refistahl's ground-breaking work first appeared, to three brand new films just out this year, AMERICAN HONEY, CERTAIN WOMEN and THE INNOCENTS, represent the fact that women have always been and will continue to be making amazing, innovative films. 

Take a look at this list we have to offer, and check out some that you may not have seen before. And if you're favorite filmd directed by a woman doesn't appear here, let us know in the comments section!



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