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The Best Movies Directed By Women In 2018

Updated May 12, 2020 2.0k votes 166 voters 4.1k views47 items

With increasing concerns about representation in Hollywood, 2018 seems to be the year for movies directed by women. It's a great time to be a female director, as many people are craving a change from the status quo. The desire for a diversity of voices means more and more movie-goers want to see films made by women and other traditionally underrepresented groups. This list of 2018 films directed by women includes the most stunning examples of filmmaking by women. 

Some good 2018 films directed by women include Blockers, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Rider.

There are many 2018 movies with female directors, many of them made by the best female directors working today. However, which movie is truly the best of the best? Vote below to decide! Do you feel any female directed movies of 2018 are missing? Feel free to add them.

Want more movies directed by women? Here is a list of 2020 female directed films.

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    Blockers
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    Blockers

    Kay Cannon

    ActorsLeslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Graham Phillips

    Blockers is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Kay Cannon. When three parents stumble... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    You Were Never Really Here

    ActorsJoaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman, Judith Roberts

    Released2017

    You Were Never Really Here is a 2017 thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    ActorsLana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard

    Released2018

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    The Spy Who Dumped Me
    63
    17

    ActorsMila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj, Justin Theroux

    Released2018

    The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel. Best... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ActorsChloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher, Jr., Forrest Goodluck

    Released2018

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 American-British drama film directed by Desiree... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Rider
    69
    32

    The Rider

    Chloé Zhao

    ActorsBrady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Cat Clifford, Lane Scott

    Released2018

    The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Revenge
    59
    23

    Revenge

    Coralie Fargeat

    ActorsMatilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède

    Released2018

    Revenge is a 2017 French revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    RBG
    65
    32

    RBG

    Julie Cohen, Betsy West

    ActorsRuth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg

    Released2018

    RBG is a 2018 documentary film directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. At the age of 84, U.S.... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Furlough
    49
    20

    Furlough

    Laurie Collyer

    ActorsMelissa Leo, Tessa Thompson, La La Anthony, Whoopi Goldberg, Anna Paquin

    Released2018

    Furlough is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Laurie Collyer. When an inmate (Melissa Leo)...
  • 10
    The Party
    51
    23

    The Party

    Sally Potter

    ActorsTimothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy

    Released2017

    The Party is a 2017 British black comedy film directed by Sally Potter. Janet (Kristin Scott... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Night Comes On
    31
    10

    Night Comes On

    Jordana Spiro

    ActorsDominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Journee Brown, Cymbal Byrd, Max Casella

    Released2018

    Night Comes On is a 2018 drama film directed by Jordana Spiro. Released from juvenile...
  • 12
    The Land of Steady Habits
    24
    5

    The Land of Steady Habits

    Nicole Holofcener

    ActorsBen Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Thomas Mann, Connie Britton, Elizabeth Marvel

    Released2018

    The Land of Steady Habits is a 2018 American film directed by Nicole Holofcener, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Kindergarten Teacher
    21
    2

    ActorsMaggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov, Rosa Salazar, Michael Chernus

    Released2018

    The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    First Match
    26
    10

    First Match

    Olivia Newman

    ActorsElvire Emmanuel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp

    Released2018

    First Match is a 2018 American drama film directed by Olivia Newman. A teenage girl (Elvire... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Like Father
    26
    10

    Like Father

    Lauren Miller Rogen

    ActorsKristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen

    Released2018

    Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. A workaholic woman... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Madeline's Madeline
    26
    10

    Madeline's Madeline

    Josephine Decker

    ActorsHelena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker

    Released2018

    Madeline’s Madeline is a 2018 mystery-thriller film directed by Josephine Decker. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Never Goin' Back
    28
    15

    Never Goin' Back

    Augustine Frizzell

    ActorsMaia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith

    Released2018

    Never Goin' Back is a 2018 American drama film directed by Augustine Frizzell. High school... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Nappily Ever After
    21
    8

    Nappily Ever After

    Haifaa al-Mansour

    ActorsSanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle

    Released2018

    Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Skate Kitchen
    28
    18

    Skate Kitchen

    Crystal Moselle

    ActorsRachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran, Dede, Kabrina Adams

    Released2018

    Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged...
  • 20
    Leave No Trace
    21
    10

    Leave No Trace

    Debra Granik

    ActorsBen Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey

    Released2018

    Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    16
    5

    ActorsMelissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin, Anna Deavere Smith, Dolly Wells

    Released2018

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Marielle Heller,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mary Queen of Scots
    10
    0

    ActorsSaoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Martin Compston

    Released2018

    Mary Queen of Scots is a 2018 British-American historical drama film directed by Josie Rourke,... more on Wikipedia

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    After Everything
    13
    2

    After Everything

    Hannah Marks, Joey Power

    Actors Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe, DeRon Horton, Sasha Lane, Dean Winters

    Released2018

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    Boundaries
    20
    12

    Boundaries

    Shana Feste

    ActorsVera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal

    Released2018

    Boundaries is a 2018 Canadian-American road trip comedy-drama film directed by Shana Feste.... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    The Long Dumb Road
    8
    0

    The Long Dumb Road

    Hannah Fidell

    ActorsTony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, Casey Wilson

    Released2018

    The Long Dumb Road is a 2018 American road trip comedy film directed by Hannah Fidell. After... more on Wikipedia