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: 1,416 | 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, Tate Donovan, Chris Messina, Geneva Carr

Votes: 1,141

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: 7 | 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: 135 | 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, Cliff Simon

Votes: 314

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: 1,228

7. Freak Show (2017)

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: Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Alex Lawther, Laverne Cox

Votes: 933 | 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: 239 | 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: 3,475 | 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: 44 | 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: Lucy Punch, Toby Kebbell, James Marsden, Sofía Vergara

Votes: 814 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Oh Lucy! (2017)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

68 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: 659 | Gross: $0.36M

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: 9,067 | 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, Luke Arnold

Votes: 417

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: 13,162 | Gross: $97.37M

16. What They Had (2018)

98 min | Drama

A woman must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer's-stricken mother wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past.

Director: Elizabeth Chomko | Stars: Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank, Aimee Garcia, Taissa Farmiga

Votes: 41

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: Gina Gershon, Leslie Mann, Kathryn Newton, John Cena

Votes: 13,829 | Gross: $59.04M

18. You Were Never Really Here (2017)

R | 89 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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: 29,168 | Gross: $2.45M

19. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama

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, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Cat Clifford

Votes: 1,311 | Gross: $1.10M

20. Zama (2017)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

88 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: 1,236 | Gross: $0.17M

21. I Feel Pretty (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy

47 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: 9,226 | Gross: $46.60M

22. Valley Girl

Comedy, Musical, Romance | Post-production

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, Chloe Bennet, Jessica Rothe, Peyton List

23. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

Action, Comedy | Post-production

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: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan, Justin Theroux

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: Anne Hathaway

25. The Nightingale (I) (2018)

Drama | Post-production

1820s Tasmania. A young Irish convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, takes an Aboriginal male tracker with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.

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

26. The Darkest Minds (2018)

Sci-Fi, Thriller | Post-production

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: Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Gwendoline Christie, Bradley Whitford

27. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | Biography, Comedy, Drama | Completed

Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel. When Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Julie Ann Emery, Richard E. Grant, Marc Evan Jackson

28. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Biography, Drama, History | Post-production

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: Margot Robbie, Gemma Chan, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant

29. Dark River (2017)

90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

67 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: 333

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, Lorraine Toussaint, Christopher Denham

Votes: 41

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: 318

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: 136

33. Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017)

90 min | Thriller

The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun....and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 638

34. Mustang (2018)

Drama | Post-production

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: Matthias Schoenaerts, Connie Britton, Bruce Dern, Gideon Adlon

35. On the Basis of Sex (2018)

Biography, Drama | Post-production

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Justin Theroux, Armie Hammer, Felicity Jones, Kathy Bates

36. Out of Blue (2018)

Crime, Drama, Mystery | Post-production

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: James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Aaron Tveit, Toby Jones

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 and Virginia (2018)

Biography, Drama, Romance | Post-production

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: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones

39. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

53 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, Sam Rockwell, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Camp

Votes: 208

40. Andið eðlilega (2018)

95 min | Drama

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: 100

41. Clara's Ghost (2018)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

68 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: 28

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

Votes: 59

43. I Am Not a Witch (2017)

93 min | Drama

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: 1,010

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

93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

52 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: 101

45. The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

96 min | Drama

78 Metascore

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

Director: Sara Colangelo | Stars: Rosa Salazar, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Michael Chernus

Votes: 115

46. Leave No Trace (2018)

PG | 109 min | Drama

84 Metascore

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

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, Thomasin McKenzie

Votes: 142

47. The Long Dumb Road (2018)

90 min | Comedy

60 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: Grace Gummer, Ron Livingston, Taissa Farmiga, Jason Mantzoukas

Votes: 24

48. Madeline's Madeline (2018)

93 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A theater 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: 129

49. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

76 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, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland, Sasha Lane

Votes: 589

50. Nancy (2018)

87 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 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: 60

51. Never Goin' Back (2018)

85 min | Drama

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, Kyle Mooney, Aristotle Abraham II

Votes: 69

52. Night Comes On (2018)

90 min | Drama

Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister that could destroy their future.

Director: Jordana Spiro | Stars: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Lovie Marie Allen, Satchel Eden Bell

Votes: 47

53. Ophelia (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective.

Director: Claire McCarthy | Stars: Daisy Ridley, Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton

Votes: 165

54. Private Life (2018)

127 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An author (Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband (Giamatti) on edge.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Francesca Root-Dodson, Molly Shannon

Votes: 52

55. La reina del miedo (2018)

107 min | Drama

An actress becomes over anxious in the days leading up to the premiere of her one-woman show.

Directors: Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia | Stars: Valeria Bertuccelli, Gabriel Goity, Darío Grandinetti, Anders Hvidegaard

Votes: 172

56. Revenge (II) (2017)

R | 108 min | Action, Thriller

81 Metascore

Never take your mistress on an annual guys' getaway, especially one devoted to hunting - a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.

Director: Coralie Fargeat | Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède

Votes: 5,605 | Gross: $0.08M

57. Skate Kitchen (2018)

100 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Camille's life as a lonely suburban teenager changes dramatically when she befriends a group of girl skateboarders. As she journeys deeper into this raw New York City subculture, she begins... See full summary »

Director: Crystal Moselle | Stars: Kabrina Adams, Tom Bruno, Thaddeus Daniels, Kobi Frumer

Votes: 52

58. Summer of 84 (2018)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell | Stars: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew

Votes: 123

59. The Tale (2018)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

88 Metascore

An investigation into one woman's memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Director: Jennifer Fox | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 123

60. 306 Hollywood (2018)

82 min | Documentary

When two siblings undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind.

Directors: Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin | Stars: Annette Ontell, Ruby Berube, Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin

Votes: 24

61. Dark Money (2018)

99 min | Documentary