To honor International Women’s Day and continue to represent the importance of being a woman, Michelle has compiled a list of films that depict the complexities of women, show a history of feminism and women’s rights, deal with love and loss, friendship and family, self-discovery, and more.

Today is International Women’s Day, and it has also become a worldwide protest named #ADayWithoutWomen. Recently IMDB went through their database and gave 21,800 films the rating of F. Doesn’t sound familiar does it? Well that’s because this rating was created to show the number of films that were created by, star, center, and depend on women. I went through a good portion of their list and thought about the films that have directly influenced my life as a woman. These films span over decades, originate from countries all over, and tell the stories of different women. Each have received an F rating. The stories aren’t the same, but they all stem from the same ideology. Women are people, we are human, and we have the right to be equal.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014, Mary Dore)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012, Katheryn Bigelow)
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All About My Mother (1999, Pedro Almodovar)
The Help (2011, Tate Taylor)
Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003, Quentin Tarantino)
Pitch Perfect (2012, Jason Moore)
Monster (2003, Patty Jenkins)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975, Chantal Akerman)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996, Mary Harron)
The Punk Singer (2013, Sini Anderson)
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Black Narcisssus (1947, Michael Powell)
Queen of Katwa (2016, Mira Nair)
Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
Dance Girl Dance (1940, Dorothy Arzner)
Tangerine (2015, Sean Baker)
Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953, Howard Hawks)
The Love Witch (2016, Anna Biller)
The Ring (2002, Gore Verbinski)
Bridesmaids (2011, Paul Feig)
Thirteen (2003, Catherine Hardwicke)
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Lucy (2014, Luc Besson)
Jennifer’s Body (2009, Karyn Kusama)
Young Adult (2011, Jason Reitman)
My Life Without Me (2003, Isabel Coixet)
La Vie En Rose (2007, Olivier Dahan)
Always Shine (2016, Sophia Takal)
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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, Robert Aldrich)
Chicago (2002, Rob Marshall)
A Woman Is A Woman (1961, Jean-Luc Godard)
4 Months, 3 Days, 2 Weeks (2007, Christian Mungiu)
Carol (2015, Todd Haynes)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011, Lynne Ramsay)
The Descent (2005, Neil Marshall)
Winter’s Bone (2010, Debra Granik)
The Babadook (2014, Jennifer Kent)
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The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola)
Frida (2002, Julie Taymor)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005, Ken Kwapis)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999, Kimberly Pierce)
The Kids Are All Right (2010, Lisa Cholodenko)
Little Women (1994, Gillian Armstrong)
Josie and the Pussycats (2001, Harry Elfont/Deborah Kaplan)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015, Marielle Heller)
Mona Lisa Smile (2003, Mike Newell)
Whip It (2009, Drew Barrymore)
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The To-Do List (2013, Maggie Carey)
Mustang (2015, Deniz Gamze Erguven)
Sunshine Cleaning (2008, Christine Jeffs)
Now and Then (1995, Lesli Linka Glatter)
A Girl Walks Home At Night (214, Ana Lily Amirpour)
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985, Susan Seidelman)
Ruby Sparks (2012, Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris)
200 Cigarettes (1999, Risa Bramon Garcia)
Bachelorette (2012, Leslye Headland)
Tanner Hall (2009, Francesca Gregorini/Tatiana von Furstenberg)
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Riding In Cars With Boys (2001, Penny Marshall)
Tiny Furniture (2010, Lena Dunham)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011, Sean Durkin)
Fat Girl (2001, Catherine Breillat)
Ginger & Rosa (2012, Sally Potter)
Harriet the Spy (1996, Bronwen Hughes)
Obvious Child (2014, Gillian Robespierre)
Real Women Have Curves (2002, Patricia Cardoso)
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Tomboy (2011, Celine Sciamma)
Girlfight (2000, Karyn Kusama)
Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
The Heat (2013, Paul Feig)
Heathers (1988, Michael Lehmann)
Black Swan (2010, Darren Aronofsky)
Mistress America (2015, Noah Baumbach)
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