Girls, dames, femmes fatales, sweethearts: women!

As a life-long cinemaphilic mama's boy and the father of two emerging women, I've long been fascinated by actresses being distorted by the squinting male gaze.

This list presents some of my favorite femmematic creations. Filtered, of course, through nostalgia, idolatry and enculturated patriarchal misogyny.

  • Gloria

    1

  • Crooklyn

    2

  • His Girl Friday

    3

  • The Wizard of Oz

    4

  • La Strada

    5

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    6

  • Jackie Brown

    7

  • Y tu mamá también

    8

  • All About Eve

    9

  • Eva

    10

  • Jules and Jim

    11

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    12

  • Alien

    13

  • The Sound of Music

    14

  • Aliens

    15

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    16

  • Truly Madly Deeply

    17

  • A Short Film About Love

    18

  • Toy Story 2

    19

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    20

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    21

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    22

  • Three Colors: Blue

    23

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    24

  • Amélie

    25

  • Three Colors: Red

    26

  • Mary Poppins

    27

  • La Femme Nikita

    28

  • Spirited Away

    29

  • Marnie

    30

  • Before Sunrise

    31

  • Prizzi's Honor

    32

  • Before Sunset

    33

  • La Notte

    34

  • L'Avventura

    35

  • L'Eclisse

    36

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    37

  • Persepolis

    38

  • The Witches of Eastwick

    39

  • Mary and Max

    40

  • Mean Girls

    41

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    42

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    43

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    44

  • True Grit

    45

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    46

  • Mulholland Drive

    47

  • Basic Instinct

    48

  • The Apartment

    49

  • National Velvet

    50

  • Before Midnight

    51

  • Her

    52

  • Bay of Angels

    53

  • Brave

    54

  • Three Colors: White

    55

  • The Quick and the Dead

    56

  • Thelma & Louise

    57

  • Fargo

    58

  • Dogville

    59

  • Erin Brockovich

    60

  • Shakespeare in Love

    61

  • Bus Stop

    62

  • Imitation of Life

    63

  • Barbarella

    64

  • The Last Seduction

    65

  • Dead Man Walking

    66

  • Moonstruck

    67

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    68

  • Julie & Julia

    69

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    70

  • The Piano Teacher

    71

  • Death and the Maiden

    72

  • Nuts

    73

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    74

  • Adaptation.

    75

  • Precious

    76

  • Julia

    77

  • Dancer in the Dark

    78

  • Hilary and Jackie

    79

  • Sophie's Choice

    80

  • Scotland, Pa.

    81

  • Rashomon

    82

  • Gone with the Wind

    83

  • My Night at Maud's

    84

  • The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    85

  • The Collector

    86

  • Gorillas in the Mist

    87

  • Sunset Boulevard

    88

  • No End

    89

  • Silkwood

    90

  • Run Lola Run

    91

  • Norma Rae

    92

  • The Hours

    93

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    94

  • The Breakfast Club

    95

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    96

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    97

  • Wait Until Dark

    98

  • Barefoot in the Park

    99

  • F for Fake

    100