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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists' Top 100 Films

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists' Top 100 Films

The American Film Institute recently released their revised 100 Years, 100 Films list (viewable here), and while many of the listed films are certainly greats, there are noticeably few nods toward female-directed or female-driven movies. Truth be told, there really isn't a whole lot of diversity of any kind amongst the titles listed. Thus, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has created its own Top 100 Films list, putting it in alphabetical order rather than starting the list with the very "best" and going from there.

I have to say I agree with more of the AWFJ's picks than I do with the AFI's list, though I'm not sure that has anything to do with my being female. The AFI's list baffles me for its inclusion of movies like Toy Story, but its dismissal of The Hours or The Piano.

On the AWFJ list I thoroughly support the addition of such films as Amelie, Frida and Heavenly Creatures. However, there are certain choices I can't get on board for, such as including Clueless and not Dr. Strangelove, or Fast Times at Ridgemont High but not One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Still, I'm more than a little excited that someone took it upon themselves to respond to the AFI's heralding of movies that focus primarily on the male perspective and the male experience.


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pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
i think they selected Clueless for what it socially and culturally did: knee-high socks and short skirts, the usage of words like Whatever, as if. it became a phenomemon for young girls, teenagers, adult women and even men. And also the characer Cher, though rich and pretty, was a a likable character. With all that said, Heavenly Creatures was the first movie I watched with my doormates in my freshman year. A group of us watched the movie with a cinephile, who told us he was going to teach us how to watch a "real" movie. now that I thought about it and am senior in college, why didn't I tell him to F*** off.
figurine figurine 8 years
Clueless is kinda brilliant, really. Toy Story is funny, but it doesn't come close to The Hours or The Piano (two favourites of mine, obviously).
xo_verity xo_verity 8 years
MrsSchmitt MrsSchmitt 8 years
I thought this whole list was weird! Like they just chose movies at random...
blogsap blogsap 8 years
i thought clueless was strange too!
Janeiro Janeiro 8 years
In terms of percentage women and girls are presented at anemic levels, far less than either religious or ethnic groups. I fear even albinos have better representation.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
be nice!!! Toy story is like the matrix. They the ones. Special effects and children movies. They make the difference.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Interesting list. Thanks for the posting, Buzz. Love the fact that Amelie is on there, but Clueless does seem like a strange pick.
blogsap blogsap 8 years
there were a lot of movies i'd never heard of - but i do love seeing "run, lola run" on the list!
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