Directed by Women

by dustypistol | created - 04 Dec 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Films directed (exclusively or partially) by women... apparently only 4% of Hollywood movies have been directed by women, but that percentage seems to be rising today.

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1. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 638,786 | Gross: $7.56M

2. Thirteen (2003)

R | 100 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens

Votes: 75,585 | Gross: $4.60M

3. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 9,396

4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 743,105 | Gross: $141.32M

5. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 557,901 | Gross: $267.67M

6. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 407,651 | Gross: $59.89M

7. After the Wedding (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 29,273 | Gross: $0.41M

8. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 111,414 | Gross: $52.10M

9. The Turin Horse (2011)

Not Rated | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | Stars: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi

Votes: 13,317 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedwig Schlichter

Votes: 2,091

11. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 10,600 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Cherry Blossoms (2008)

Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner

Votes: 5,199 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 37,456 | Gross: $20.78M

14. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 427,751 | Gross: $15.07M

15. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 86,706 | Gross: $11.53M

16. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 45,431 | Gross: $6.00M

17. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 325,136 | Gross: $27.11M

18. The Ascent (1977)

111 min | Drama, War

Two Soviet partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches.

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova

Votes: 5,189

19. The Gleaners & I (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 4,929 | Gross: $0.15M

20. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck

Votes: 12,031

21. Celia (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Victoria Longley, Mary-Anne Fahey

Votes: 595

22. Jessica Jones (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 171,281

23. Personal Velocity (2002)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk, John Ventimiglia

Votes: 3,301 | Gross: $0.77M

24. Ravenous (1999)

R | 101 min | Horror

46 Metascore

In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies

Votes: 34,111 | Gross: $2.06M

25. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 169,431 | Gross: $0.92M

26. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 92,542 | Gross: $15.96M

27. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011– )

10 min | Short, Comedy

J, an awkward black girl, navigates the embarrassing minefield of love, friendship, and office politics.

Stars: Issa Rae, Sujata Day, Lyman Johnson, Madison Shockley III

Votes: 390

28. News from Home (1977)

85 min | Documentary

Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 1,041

29. Now and Then (1995)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Christina Ricci, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch

Votes: 24,104 | Gross: $27.40M

30. Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946)

Not Rated | 15 min | Short

An experiment with editing techniques that distort space and time in order to further contextualize an image.

Director: Maya Deren | Stars: Rita Christiani, Maya Deren, Anaïs Nin, Frank Westbrook

Votes: 1,301

31. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 13,674

32. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 7,935 | Gross: $0.95M

33. The Woodsman (2004)

R | 87 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Nicole Kassell | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Yasiin Bey, David Alan Grier

Votes: 30,312 | Gross: $0.04M

34. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 305,109

35. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 252,656

36. Daria (1997–2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A smart and cynical girl goes through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic adolescents and condescending adults.

Stars: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo, John Lynn

Votes: 21,465

37. Dawn (II) (2014)

17 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.

Director: Rose McGowan | Stars: Tara Lynne Barr, Reiley McClendon, Hannah Marks, Michael Moskewicz

Votes: 473

38. Falling Leaves (1912)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Drama

Trixie Thompson concludes that the only way she could save her sister from dying of the "white plague" is by preventing the autumn leaves from falling. Little Trixie knows all this because ... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy | Stars: Mace Greenleaf, Blanche Cornwall, Marian Swayne, Magda Foy

Votes: 723

39. Cinema Komunisto (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

When history has a different script from the one in your films, who wouldn't invent a country to fool themselves? The collapsing sets of Tito's Hollywood of the East take us on a journey ... See full summary »

Director: Mila Turajlic | Stars: Stevan Petrovic, Veljko Despotovic, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Dragisa Djokic

Votes: 544

40. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

81 Metascore

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier

Votes: 1,558 | Gross: $1.64M

41. Mur murs (1981)

80 min | Documentary

Agnes Varda's documentary on murals in Los Angeles.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Juliet Berto, Judy Baca, Mathieu Demy, Arno Jordan

Votes: 322

42. Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley's Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, Ralph Abernathy

Votes: 187

43. From the East (1993)

107 min | Documentary

A look at life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Natalia Chakhovskaia

Votes: 497

44. Heart of a Dog (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary