Best Movies by Farr
An Unmarried Woman Poster
Released Runtime Category
1978 124 Romance
Director Language
Paul Mazursky English
Jill Clayburgh, Michael Murphy, Alan Bates

An Unmarried Woman

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What's it About
Living comfortably on Manhattan's Upper East Side with her daughter and lawyer husband, Martin (Murphy), Erica Benton (Clayburgh) seems to have it all. So she's understandably devastated when Martin announces he's leaving her for a younger woman. Suddenly forced to adjust to life as a single mom, with all the freedom and hardships that independence entails, Erica must learn how to be self-sufficient — and how to love — all over again.
Why we love it
Driven by a compelling performance from lead actress Clayburgh, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, Paul Mazursky's sensitive drama transcends the so-called "woman's film" in presenting a perceptive and touching portrait of contemporary femininity. After a shattering split-up lands her in the open market, Erica's affair with a soulful painter, touchingly played by the scruffy Bates, teaches her how to invest emotionally in another person without submerging her own identity. "Woman" offers a warm, human, often comic look at feminine self-reliance that still resonates. Don't miss this spiritual precursor to "Sex and the City."

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"