The Best Movies Directed By Women In 2018 

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Updated May 12, 2020 816 votes 165 voters 4k views 47 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.

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Lynne Ramsay

Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, John Doman, Judith Roberts

Released: 2017

You Were Never Really Here is a 2017 thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on the novella by Jonathan Ames. A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks down missing girls for a ...more
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Blockers Kay Cannon

Actors: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Graham Phillips, + more

Blockers is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Kay Cannon. When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to ...more
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Susan Johnson

Actors: Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, + more

Released: 2018

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love ...more

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Chloé Zhao

Actors: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Cat Clifford, Lane Scott

Released: 2018

The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for new identity and what it ...more
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Desiree Akhavan

Actors: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher, Jr., Forrest Goodluck, + more

Released: 2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 American-British drama film directed by Desiree Akhavan, based on the 2012 novel by Emily M. Danforth. In 1993, a teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is ...more
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Coralie Fargeat

Actors: Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède

Released: 2018

Revenge is a 2017 French revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being assaulted by three married men and left for dead, a young woman (Matilda Lutz) returns with revenge on her

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Julie Cohen, Betsy West

Actors: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg

Released: 2018

RBG is a 2018 documentary film directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming ...more
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Susanna Fogel

Actors: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj, Justin Theroux, + more

Released: 2018

The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 American action comedy film directed by Susanna Fogel. Best friends Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) get involved in an undercover mission after ...more
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Debra Granik

Actors: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey

Released: 2018

Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13 year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living ...more
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The Party Sally Potter

Actors: Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, + more

Released: 2017

The Party is a 2017 British black comedy film directed by Sally Potter. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear ...more
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Laurie Collyer

Actors: Melissa Leo, Tessa Thompson, La La Anthony, Whoopi Goldberg, Anna Paquin

Released: 2018

Furlough is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Laurie Collyer. When an inmate (Melissa Leo) is granted one weekend out of prison to see her dying mother, a rookie correction officer (Tessa ...more
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Marielle Heller

Actors: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin, Anna Deavere Smith, Dolly Wells, + more

Released: 2018

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Marielle Heller, based on the memoir by Lee Israel. When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel (Melissa ...more

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Night Comes On Jordana Spiro

Actors: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Journee Brown, Cymbal Byrd, Max Casella

Released: 2018

Night Comes On is a 2018 drama film directed by Jordana Spiro. Released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday, Angel LaMere (Dominique Fishback) embarks on a journey with her ...more
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Sara Colangelo

Actors: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov, Rosa Salazar, Michael Chernus, + more

Released: 2018

The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo, based on the 2014 Israeli film. A kindergarten teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in New York becomes obsessed with ...more
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Olivia Newman

Actors: Elvire Emmanuel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp

Released: 2018

First Match is a 2018 American drama film directed by Olivia Newman. A teenage girl (Elvire Emmanuel) signs up for an all-boys wrestling team at her high school, causing more trouble than she ...more
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Like Father Lauren Miller Rogen

Actors: Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen

Released: 2018

Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. A workaholic woman (Kristen Bell) who is left at the altar takes her honeymoon trip anyway with her overachieving ...more
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Madeline's Madeline Josephine Decker

Actors: Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker

Released: 2018

Madeline’s Madeline is a 2018 mystery-thriller film directed by Josephine Decker. A theater director's (Molly Parker) latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star (Helena ...more
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Augustine Frizzell

Actors: Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith, + more

Released: 2018

Never Goin' Back is a 2018 American drama film directed by Augustine Frizzell. High school dropouts Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone) dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at ...more
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Nicole Holofcener

Actors: Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, Thomas Mann, Connie Britton, Elizabeth Marvel

Released: 2018

The Land of Steady Habits is a 2018 American film directed by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson. Into his mid fifties and newly retired, Anders Hill (Ben Mendelsohn) decides ...more
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Crystal Moselle

Actors: Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran, Dede, Kabrina Adams, + more

Released: 2018

Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged skateboarder (Rachelle Vinberg) makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.
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Haifaa al-Mansour

Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle, + more

Released: 2018

Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas. Tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend (Ricky Whittle) to ...more
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The Darkest Minds Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Actors: Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, Patrick Gibson, Skylan Brooks, + more

Released: 2018

The Darkest Minds is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, based on the novel by Alexandra Bracken. After a disease takes out 98% of America's children, ...more

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Josie Rourke

Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Martin Compston, + more

Released: 2018

Mary Queen of Scots is a 2018 British-American historical drama film directed by Josie Rourke, based on John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. After failing to ...more

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Hannah Fidell

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Released: 2018

The Long Dumb Road is a 2018 American road trip comedy film directed by Hannah Fidell. After Nathan (Tony Revolori) and Richard (Jason Mantzoukas) serendipitously meet at a time when they both ...more
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Elizabeth Chomko

Actors: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner, Taissa Farmiga, + more

Released: 2018

What They Had is a 2018 American drama film directed by Elizabeth Chomko. When her Alzheimer's-suffering mother wanders into a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Bridget Ertz (Hilary Swank) travels back ...more