The Sundance Film Festival has been letting women show their stuff since 1984. This year, 36 percent of the movies in competition are directed by women—compare that to the number of women directors for the top 250 North American films last year: a mere 6 percent. That’s a shame when you consider how many great movies by women directors have come out of the fest over the years. Without further ado, here are ten great movies that came out of Sundance that just happened to be directed by women. Add them to your cue.
There are so many outstanding characters from so many classic movies of the ’80s, it’s hard to narrow it down the list. Here are 8 greats we fall in love with all over again, no matter how many times we watch them do their thing.
Killers, hookers and obsessive Giants fans? These movies put the F in WTF.
We know you already have a set list of your favorite movies, but maybe there’s room for one or two more? There are not many surprises on this list, but rewatching a classic movie is like putting on a old favorite sweater—always satisfying.
Sometimes they’re framed, other times they’re straight up diabolical, and often, you spend 90% of the movie trying to figure out which. Regardless of their M.O., agents gone rogue are an onscreen sensation that few can resist–they’re wildly dangerous, pitted up against fellow CIA/FBI/MI6/criminal masterminds, and usually racing against the clock to uncover a conspiracy. You can’t say their training went to waste. Check out our list below of ten thrilling instances of agents gone AWOL.
Ah, Thanksgiving, when American families come together to eat and laugh and pass out at the dinner table in tryptophan-induced comas…. Too bad not every family’s a Norman Rockwell painting. The high-pressure holiday can often serve as a catalyst for drama, teasing decades’ worth of grudges and resentment out of hiding. Need examples?
Hollywood is, as the cliche goes, a dream factory, and Freudian analysts and movie theorists alike have compared movie-watching to dreaming. The list of memorable dream movies could go on practically ad infinitum, but here is an eclectic list of 10 of the greatest, ranging from movies with classic dream sequences to those that come seductively or unnervingly close to capturing the mood and logic of our dreams and nightmares.
Messing around behind a partner’s back is never smart, but sometimes the stakes end up even higher than a marriage. These ten brutal tales of lust, betrayal and violence put the “adult” in adultery.
Now that we’ve been surprised by which movies passed the Bechdel Test, let’s take a look at a few movies that shockingly fail. From family-friendly classics to indie hits, we’re sad to say that these 10 flicks just don’t make the grade.
The average male thinks about sex about 10 times a day. The average woman about 7. But we’re here to up the ante with this list of thought-provoking stories about everything from fantasies to fetishes–and beyond.
They may spend their waking hours pushing papers and quibbling in Congress, but politicians also do somewhat normal-people stuff, like make cameos in movies, adding political weight or a touch of oftentimes awkwardly-delivered humor. Here, our favorite and most surprising cameos politicians in the movies…
So many ’80s movies just wouldn’t be the same without their iconic soundtracks. Hey, you can’t have dance sequences and montages—two stylistic cornerstones of the era—without a catchy hit song. Here are 10 tunes that topped the charts thanks to the big Hollywood movies that featured them.
If self-lacing shoes and and breakfast machines actually existed, our world would be a much better place! Here’s to high hopes that some scientist gets on the following creations stat.
It’s that time of year again. The leaves turn golden, the lattes turn pumpkin spice and a full slate of summer blockbusters makes room for the good stuff! This year’s Sundance Film Festival found filmmakers turning in an array of intriguing projects, from musical drama to groundbreaking satire. Here are 10 movies you can’t miss this season.
Like it or not, every year we spend on this planet brings each of us the same thing: another birthday. And with each birthday comes the universal hope that our own day be unforgettable: hilarious, crazy, beautiful … or at least give us some motivation for the coming year. Here are the top 10 birthday scenes we’d like to blow out the candles with.
A TV soap-star actress, a crippled con, a single dad and an autistic savant—these are just a few of Dustin Hoffman’s very varied roles. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award seven times and won Best Actor twice–he’s also featured in nine movies in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Whether it be via a force of good or evil, something about not being in control of our own bodies fascinates us. While we would definitely steer clear of “Ghostbusters” Zuul, we might not mind Lily Tomlin’s Edwina taking up residence in half our bodies–especially if the results were as hilarious as “All of Me.” To review all our options, we put together a list of the all time top 10 creepiest (and funniest) supernatural hijackings!
Of any night of the year, Halloween is the best to watch a cult movies. To get you started on a this year’s binge, we picked 10 of the best cult horror movies to start with–all from the pages of “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Cannibals, mother killers, Nazis—sometimes actors go deep, and dark, to play some of the worst people imaginable. Here are 10 movies in which they completely nailed their villainous roles–and completely freaked us out.
At this point zombies are more than a horror institution. The undead are such a popular subject they’ve become a whole genre in their own right. Whether an outbreak is contained or apocalyptic, whether they shamble in hordes or jump out from dark corners, there’s nothing quite like a good zombie movie.
All top ten lists are, by their nature, subjective, but this one is especially so–because one person’s “WTF” sex scene is another person’s monkey spanking material. (Exhibit A: We’d qualify a lot of porn as WTF.) That’s said, here are 10 scenes that make us scratch our heads.
Great films don’t always do great things at the box office. These ten unforgettable hits were too dark, too unique or too poorly marketed to bring in the audiences they deserved upon release. Each has been saved from obscurity by hordes of obsessive, talkative, guushy fans. It’s that kind of passion—not reviews, awards or earnings—that makes a film a true classic.
No doubt about it: “Star Wars” had an astronomical impact on the movie industry. It was the first huge summer blockbuster that mixed genres, spawned a trilogy (and then franchise), had amazing special effects, and an epic “hero’s journey” plot. It opened the door for a surge of similarly-themed fantasy movies with intricately imagined universes inhabited by different races and species who coexist peacefully–or not so much. Here are 8 fantasy movies from the 80s that couldn’t have done it without Star Wars.
The noise! The destruction! The mad dash to safety! There just aren’t many scenes in cinema more tense and exciting than a good old-fashioned gunfight. These ten unforgettable showdowns set new visual standards and inspired generations of youthful finger pointing and “pew! pew!” sounds. Get fired up!
It’s a rare week when a sequel or a franchise movie isn’t playing in a local movie theater. Most are just a pale imitation of the original, but every now and then a sequel comes along that equals its predecessor, or on those rarest of occasions, betters it. Here’s a list of the best sequels—all featured in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”