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

  • Jackie Brown

    5

  • Y tu mamá también

    6

  • All About Eve

    7

  • Eva

    8

  • Jules and Jim

    9

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    10

  • Alien

    11

  • Aliens

    12

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    13

  • Mary and Max

    14

  • Mary Poppins

    15

  • Spirited Away

    16

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    17

  • Persepolis

    18

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    19

  • Toy Story 2

    20

  • True Grit

    21

  • The Apartment

    22

  • National Velvet

    23

  • Brave

    24

  • The Quick and the Dead

    25

  • Thelma & Louise

    26

  • Fargo

    27

  • A Short Film About Love

    28

  • Erin Brockovich

    29

  • Shakespeare in Love

    30

  • Bus Stop

    31

  • Imitation of Life

    32

  • Barbarella

    33

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    34

  • Amélie

    35

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    36

  • The Last Seduction

    37

  • L'avventura

    38

  • L'eclisse

    39

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    40

  • La Notte

    41

  • The Sound of Music

    42

  • Truly Madly Deeply

    43

  • Basic Instinct

    44

  • La Strada

    45

  • Dead Man Walking

    46

  • The Witches of Eastwick

    47

  • Moonstruck

    48

  • Prizzi's Honor

    49

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    50

  • Julie & Julia

    51

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    52

  • The Piano Teacher

    53

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    54

  • Mean Girls

    55

  • Death and the Maiden

    56

  • Nuts

    57

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    58

  • Adaptation.

    59

  • Precious

    60

  • Julia

    61

  • Dogville

    62

  • Dancer in the Dark

    63

  • Hilary and Jackie

    64

  • Sophie's Choice

    65

  • Scotland, Pa.

    66

  • Rashomon

    67

  • Gone with the Wind

    68

  • My Night at Maud's

    69

  • The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    70

  • La collectionneuse

    71

  • Gorillas in the Mist

    72

  • Sunset Boulevard

    73

  • No End

    74

  • Silkwood

    75

  • Run Lola Run

    76

  • Norma Rae

    77

  • The Hours

    78

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    79

  • The Breakfast Club

    80

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    81

  • Mulholland Drive

    82

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    83

  • Wait Until Dark

    84

  • Barefoot in the Park

    85

  • F for Fake

    86

  • An Angel at My Table

    87

  • In the Cut

    88

  • A Room with a View

    89

  • Anne of the Thousand Days

    90

  • La Femme Nikita

    91

  • Frantic

    92

  • Malice

    93

  • Great Expectations

    94

  • Badlands

    95

  • The Graduate

    96

  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    97

  • Orlando

    98

  • I Am Love

    99

  • The Dreamers

    100

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