films The Best Movies Directed by Women

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List Rules Films directed by a lady. Vote up your favorite female-directed film.

It’s no longer just a man’s world out there, women have been taking over Hollywood for years in some pretty big ways! From becoming some of the world’s top actresses to screenwriting and directing, women have certainly started to make their mark in the world of movies. In fact, some of the top box office hits and award winners of recent years have been produced or directed by women! But what are the best movies directed by a woman?
 
The movies featured on this list have been ranked as the all time best films directed by women. Perhaps one of the most surprising success stories of women in film came when Kathryn Bigelow but a woman's stamp on the usually male-dominated war movie genre. Her film, The Hurt Locker was both a commercial and critical success. No matter what genre you’re craving there is sure to be a movie, directed by a woman, on this list that will do.
 
This list is made up of the best movies that were directed by a woman, including: Away From Her, Frida, Clueless, The Piano, The Kids Are All Right, Lost In Translation, and American Psycho. Vote up your favorite female-directed films below or add your favorite movies, directed by a woman, if they aren't already on the list.

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women
American Psycho Mary Harron

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Big Penny Marshall

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Monster Patty Jenkins

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women
The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow

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Point Break Kathryn Bigelow

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Pet Sematary Mary Lambert

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A League of Their Own Penny Marshall

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Brave Brenda Chapman

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Wayne's World Penelope Spheeris

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Boys Don't Cry Kimberly Peirce

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Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola

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Clueless Amy Heckerling

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Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow

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Carrie Kimberly Peirce

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What Women Want Nancy Meyers

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The Parent Trap Nancy Meyers

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Something's Gotta Give Nancy Meyers - Excellent script. amazing acting. So funny and deep and leaves a important impression. Beautifully directed and visually stunning as well.

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The Piano Jane Campion

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Winter’s Bone Debra Granik

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You've Got Mail Nora Ephron

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Frida Julie Taymor

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Sleepless in Seattle Nora Ephron

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Awakenings Penny Marshall

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women
Frozen Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

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I Am Sam Jessie Nelson

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The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola

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We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

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Billy Madison Tamra Davis

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Bridget Jones's Diary Sharon Maguire

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Look Who's Talking Amy Heckerling

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The Runaways Floria Sigismondi

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Whale Rider Niki Caro

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Bend It like Beckham Gurinder Chadha

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Thirteen Catherine Hardwicke

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The Secret Garden Agnieszka Holland

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Chocolat Claire Denis

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Little Women Gillian Armstrong

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Pay It Forward Mimi Leder

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Julie & Julia Nora Ephron

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Deep Impact Mimi Leder

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Joe Dirt Dennie Gordon

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The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko

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The Prince of Egypt Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells Steve Hickner

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Whip It Drew Barrymore

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Persepolis Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

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It's Complicated Nancy Meyers

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Marie Antoinette Sofia Coppola