2018 women-directed movies

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1. Bar Bahar (2016)

103 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud | Stars: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura, Mahmud Shalaby

Votes: 1,825 | Gross: $0.11M

2. Blame (I) (2017)

100 min | Drama

54 Metascore

A drama teacher's taboo relationship with an unstable student strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to 'The Crucible'.

Director: Quinn Shephard | Stars: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Chris Messina, Tate Donovan, Nadia Alexander

Votes: 1,731

3. In the Land of Pomegranates (2018)

120 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Directed by Hava Beller an 85-year-old, female, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, whose two prior films took her each over a decade to make. This one took even longer. She has a very distinct eye ... See full summary »

Director: Hava Kohav Beller

Votes: 11 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Yao ling ling (2017)

89 min | Comedy

A quirky internet star, a pair of retired gangsters, and the black sheep of a prolific family of herbalists are a few of the oddball tenants that call the dilapidated apartments of Humble ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Kwan Yue Ng | Stars: Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Francis Ng, Yi Zhang, Alex Fong

Votes: 158 | Gross: $0.19M

5. Project Eden: Vol. I (2017)

95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Aided by an ex-military officer, a young woman becomes an unwitting fugitive after discovering that her son's catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy.

Directors: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance M. Young | Stars: Mike Dopud, Erick Avari, Anna McGahan, Patrick Thomas O'Brien

Votes: 348

6. The Strange Ones (2017)

R | 81 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.

Directors: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Gene Jones

Votes: 1,831

7. Freak Show (2017)

Unrated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

Follows the story of teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.

Director: Trudie Styler | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, Alex Lawther

Votes: 1,711 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Vazante (2017)

116 min | Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

Brazil 1821. A rich cattle herder finds out that his wife dies in labor. Forced to live in the property with numerous African slaves, he marries his wife's niece. But he returns to droving, leaving his wife behind alone with the slaves.

Director: Daniela Thomas | Stars: Adriano Carvalho, Luana Nastas, Sandra Corveloni, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha

Votes: 377 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Forever My Girl (2018)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Music, Romance

36 Metascore

After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind.

Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf | Stars: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Travis Tritt

Votes: 8,218 | Gross: $16.38M

10. Kangaroo (2017)

103 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A film that reveals the unsettling truth about Australia's love-hate relationship with its beloved icon.

Directors: Kate McIntyre Clere, Michael McIntyre | Stars: Kangaroo Dundee, Tim Flannery, Terri Irwin, Peter Singer

Votes: 65 | Gross: $0.00M

11. The Female Brain (2017)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy

41 Metascore

What makes a woman swipe right for Mr. Wrong? Sofía Vergara and Whitney Cummings star in this fresh, witty look at the science behind our romantic missteps.

Director: Whitney Cummings | Stars: Whitney Cummings, Toby Kebbell, Beanie Feldstein, Cecily Strong

Votes: 1,760 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Oh Lucy! (2017)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy.

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 1,923 | Gross: $0.38M

13. The Party (I) (2017)

R | 71 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 12,848 | Gross: $0.75M

14. Half Magic (2018)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

Explores themes of female empowerment through sex, work, and friendship. These women are able to come together through their frustration over male dominance and in fact use their newly ... See full summary »

Director: Heather Graham | Stars: Heather Graham, Angela Kinsey, Stephanie Beatriz, Chloe Graham

Votes: 795

15. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 31,918 | Gross: $100.48M

16. What They Had (2018)

R | 101 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Bridget returns home at her brother's urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father's reluctance to let go of their life together.

Director: Elizabeth Chomko | Stars: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner

Votes: 784 | Gross: $0.26M

17. Blockers (2018)

R | 102 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

Director: Kay Cannon | Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton

Votes: 50,419 | Gross: $59.84M

18. You Were Never Really Here (2017)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

84 Metascore

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman

Votes: 60,921 | Gross: $2.52M

19. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 7,635 | Gross: $2.42M

20. Zama (2017)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

89 Metascore

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín

Votes: 3,297 | Gross: $0.20M

21. I Feel Pretty (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy

48 Metascore

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?

Directors: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein | Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Tom Hopper

Votes: 33,252 | Gross: $48.80M

22. Valley Girl

PG-13 | Comedy, Musical, Romance | Completed

Set to a new wave '80s soundtrack, a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together. A musical adaptation of the 1983 film.

Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg | Stars: Mae Whitman, Peyton List, Jessica Rothe, Chloe Bennet

23. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

Director: Susanna Fogel | Stars: Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi, Mila Kunis

Votes: 38,738 | Gross: $33.56M

24. Barbie (2020)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama | Pre-production

A doll living in 'Barbieland' is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world. A Live-action feature film based on the popular line of Barbie toys.

Director: Alethea Jones | Star: Margot Robbie

25. The Nightingale (I) (2018)

136 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, Aisling Franciosi, Ewen Leslie

Votes: 283

26. The Darkest Minds (2018)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

39 Metascore

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford, Harris Dickinson

Votes: 17,493 | Gross: $12.70M

27. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

87 Metascore

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

Votes: 3,831 | Gross: $7.78M

28. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 5,543 | Gross: $16.12M

29. Dark River (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.

Director: Clio Barnard | Stars: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean, Esme Creed-Miles

Votes: 1,972 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Fast Color (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.

Director: Julia Hart | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, Saniyya Sidney, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 62

31. Furlough (2018)

R | 83 min | Comedy

When an inmate is granted one weekend out of prison to see her dying mother, a rookie correction officer struggles to keep her under control.

Director: Laurie Collyer | Stars: Melissa Leo, Tessa Thompson, Edgar Ramírez, Erik Griffin

Votes: 660

32. The Honor List (2018)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

A story of four friends and a bucket list.

Director: Elissa Down | Stars: Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Karrueche Tran, Arden Cho

Votes: 348

33. Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017)

Unrated | 92 min | Thriller

62 Metascore

A grizzled thug and his gang head to an island retreat with a haul of 250 kilograms of gold bullion to lay low; however, a bohemian writer, his muse, and a pair of gendarmes further complicate things, as allegiances are put to the test.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Michelangelo Marchese

Votes: 1,519 | Gross: $0.09M

34. The Mustang (2019)

R | Drama | Completed

MUSTANG tells the story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre | Stars: Josh Stewart, Connie Britton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Gideon Adlon

35. On the Basis of Sex (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston

Votes: 3,007 | Gross: $17.68M

36. Out of Blue (2018)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

When Detective Mike Hoolihan is called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, Jennifer Rockwell, she is affected in ways she struggles to comprehend.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Jacki Weaver, Patricia Clarkson, James Caan, Toby Jones

Votes: 100

37. The Turning (2019)

Drama, Horror | Post-production

A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. A modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw".

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Mark Huberman

38. Vita & Virginia (2018)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

It's the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

Director: Chanya Button | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 79

39. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

51 Metascore

Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland, Chaske Spencer

Votes: 2,987 | Gross: $0.06M

40. Andið eðlilega (2018)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two women's lives will intersect while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

Director: Isold Uggadottir | Stars: Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Bragi Arnason

Votes: 690

41. Clara's Ghost (2018)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

Set over the course of a single evening in the Reynolds family home in suburban Connecticut, Clara's Ghost tells the story of Clara Reynolds who, fed up with constant ribbing from her ... See full summary »

Director: Bridey Elliott | Stars: Paula Niedert Elliott, Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott, Bridey Elliott

Votes: 126

42. Dead Pigs (2018)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly-modernizing Shanghai.

Director: Cathy Yan | Stars: Zazie Beetz, Mason Lee, Meng Li, Archibald C. McColl IV

Votes: 134

43. I Am Not a Witch (2017)

93 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp... See full summary »

Director: Rungano Nyoni | Stars: Benfors 'Wee Do, Boyd Banda, Kalundu Banda, Boniventure

Votes: 1,759 | Gross: $0.05M

44. I Think We're Alone Now (2018)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse -- until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.

Director: Reed Morano | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 4,164

45. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

R | 96 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.

Director: Sara Colangelo | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Libya Pugh

Votes: 5,777

46. Leave No Trace (2018)

PG | 109 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard, Derek John Drescher

Votes: 25,252 | Gross: $6.05M

47. The Long Dumb Road (2018)

R | 90 min | Comedy

64 Metascore

Two guys serendipitously meet at a time when they both find themselves at personal crossroads and decide to embark on an unplanned road trip across the American Southwest.

Director: Hannah Fidell | Stars: Tony Revolori, David DeLao, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Jason Mantzoukas

Votes: 777 | Gross: $0.00M

48. Madeline's Madeline (2018)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

A theatre director's latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

Director: Josephine Decker | Stars: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili

Votes: 1,767 | Gross: $0.18M

49. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard, Kerry Butler

Votes: 8,941 | Gross: $0.90M

50. Nancy (2018)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief.

Director: Christina Choe | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo

Votes: 1,314 | Gross: $0.08M

51. Never Goin' Back (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke.

Director: Augustine Frizzell | Stars: Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Liz Cardenas, Michelle Sherrill

Votes: 1,202 | Gross: $0.06M