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#DirectedbyWomen 1970 - 1999 - be a cheerleader for these films!

Updated: May 19


For International Women's Day I did a blog, Stories Women Tell: Films #DirectedbyWomen 2000 -2021, where I selected a single film per year, directed by a woman, from 2000 - 2021. It was a tough task, as much has been done to see films by female filmmakers commissioned and distributed in the past couple of decades. But what about the 20th century? How far could I go back until I'd not seen a film made by a woman in that year?


Well, here's 1970 - 1999. I have indicated the years in which I have only seen one film directed by a woman, and would welcome any suggsestions for any additional films I could watch, let me know on twitter.



Wanda (1970, Barbara Loden)*

Velvet Vampire (1971, Stephanie Rothman)











The Heartbreak Kid (1972, Elaine May)

Messiah of Evil (1973, Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz)*

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974, Chantal Akerman)

Hester Street (1975, Joan Micklin Silver)

Daguerreotypes (1976, Agnès Varda)

Peppermint Soda (1977, Diane Kurys)








Girlfriends (1978, Claudia Weill)

My Brilliant Career (1979, Gillian Armstrong)

It's My Turn (1980, Claudia Weill)*

36 Chowringhee Lane (1981, Aparna Sen)

Starstruck (1982, Gillian Armstrong)









The Gold Diggers (1983, Sally Potter)

Old Enough (1984, Marisa Silver)*

Vagabond (1985) Agnes Varda

2 Friends (1986, Jane Campion)

Near Dark (1987, Kathryn Bigelow)

Salaam Bombay! (1988, Mira Nair)










Sweetie (1989, Jane Campion)

An Angel At My Table (1990, Jane Campion)

Daughters of the Dust (1991, Julie Dash)

Orlando (1992, Sally Potter)

The Piano (1993, Jane Campion)








Little Women (1994, Gillian Armstrong)

Clueless (1995, Amy Heckerling)

The Watermelon Woman (1996, Cheryl Dunye)

The Tango Lesson (1997, Sally Potter)

The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998)

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999, Jamie Babbit)

I'll always be a cheerleader for films #DirectedbyWomen. How about you?