Films to Watch by Female Directors

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1. My Life Without Me (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

Votes: 23,016 | Gross: $0.40M

2. Marianne & Juliane (1981)

106 min | Drama

Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler, Doris Schade

Votes: 1,567

3. In Darkness (2011)

R | 145 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader

Votes: 9,255 | Gross: $1.04M

4. The Blue Light (1932)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

When the moon is full, young men die attempting to reach the mysterious blue light in the mountains.

Directors: Leni Riefenstahl, Béla Balázs | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Mathias Wieman, Beni Führer, Max Holzboer

Votes: 1,013

5. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,311 | Gross: $0.40M

6. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,706 | Gross: $2.08M

7. Mãe Só Há Uma (2016)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama

77 Metascore

After discovering the truth about being stolen by the woman he thought was his mother as a child, Pierre (AKA Felipe) must deal with the consequences of his mother's actions and must try to cope with his biological family.

Director: Anna Muylaert | Stars: Naomi Nero, Daniel Botelho, Dani Nefussi, Matheus Nachtergaele

Votes: 1,080 | Gross: $0.01M

8. The Bride Wore Red (1937)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. ... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 755

9. Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 662

10. La mujer sin cabeza (2008)

Unrated | 87 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

After hitting something with her car, a bourgeois Argentine woman's life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron, César Bordón

Votes: 3,883 | Gross: $0.10M

11. The Tango Lesson (1997)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she takes up tango lessons and forms a relationship with the dancer.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón, Morgane Maugran, Géraldine Maillet

Votes: 2,073 | Gross: $1.30M

12. Mañana a esta hora (2016)

85 min | Drama

Adelaida, 17, lives in Bogotá with her parents. Together, they enjoy a comfortable family life. But cracks are beginning to show. Most of the housekeeping and parental duties fall onto ... See full summary »

Director: Lina Rodriguez | Stars: Laura Osma, Maruia Shelton, Francisco Zaldua, Clara Monroy

Votes: 111

13. The Bad Batch (2016)

R | 118 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

62 Metascore

In a desert dystopia, a young woman is kidnapped by cannibals.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 19,912 | Gross: $0.18M

14. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 15,299 | Gross: $0.13M

15. La faute à Fidel! (2006)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.

Director: Julie Gavras | Stars: Nina Kervel-Bey, Julie Depardieu, Stefano Accorsi, Benjamin Feuillet

Votes: 4,712 | Gross: $0.17M

16. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 9,022 | Gross: $1.19M

17. Funny Valentines (1999)

108 min | Drama

A woman returns to her home town to sort out her troubled marriage and finds new happiness in the rekindling of a broken friendship with her cousin.

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine, CCH Pounder, Tom Wright

Votes: 458

18. Talk to Me (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps

Votes: 9,012 | Gross: $4.47M

19. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,730 | Gross: $14.82M

20. Mudbound (2017)

R | 134 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jonathan Banks, Jason Clarke

Votes: 32,773

21. Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

56 Metascore

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

Votes: 100,966 | Gross: $24.34M

22. The Tempest (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

43 Metascore

Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand

Votes: 7,013 | Gross: $0.28M



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