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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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