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The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 31, 2020 465 votes 48 voters 1k views 74 items

UPDATED: Check out the top 2020 movies directed by women!

With increasing concerns about representation in Hollywood, 2019 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 more 2019 films made by women and other traditionally underrepresented groups. This list of 2019 films directed by women includes the most stunning examples of filmmaking by women this year. 

2019 films directed by women include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Rhythm Section, and The Kitchen.

There are many 2019 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!

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Gail Mancuso

Actors: Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Henry Lau, Kathryn Prescott, Dennis Quaid, + more

Released: 2019

A Dog's Journey is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Gail Mancuso and a sequel to the 2017 film A Dog's Purpose. A dog travels through several lifetimes to keep a promise made to a ...more
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Sophia Takal

Actors: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Lily Donoghue, Caleb Eberhardt, + more

Released: 2019

Black Christmas is a 2019 American slasher film directed by Sophia Takal, based on the 1974 film of the same name. Sorority girls are going missing on the Hawthorne College campus as it is ...more
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Claire McCarthy

Actors: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, + more

Released: 2019

Ophelia is a 2018 British-American historical romantic drama film directed by Claire McCarthy, based on the Shakespearean character of the same name and the novel by Lisa Klein. As a rebellious ...more
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Jill Culton

Actors: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, + more

Released: 2019

Abominable is a 2019 American-Chinese computer-animated adventure film directed by Jull Culton. When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in ...more
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Nzingha Stewart

Actors: Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Luke Eisner, Sabrina Carpenter, Anjelika Washington, + more

Released: 2019

Tall Girl is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Nzingha Stewart. That tallest girl in school, Jodi (Ava Michelle) decides to embrace her height.
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Sarah Dagger-Nickson

Actors: Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, C.J. Wilson, Tonye Patano, + more

Released: 2019

A Vigilante is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson, in her directorial debut. A vigilante (Olivia Wilde) helps victims escape their domestic abusers.
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Jenny Gage

Actors: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Shane Paul McGhie, Samuel Larsen, Khadijah Red Thunder, + more

Released: 2019

After is a 2019 new adult romance film directed by Jenny Gage, based on the novel by Anna Todd. A dedicated student, Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), enters her first semester in college where ...more
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Elisabeth Vogler

Actors: Noémie Schmidt, Grégoire Isvarine, Marie Mottet, Lou Castel, Alexandre Schreiber, + more

Released: 2019

Paris Is Us is a 2019 French drama feature film directed by Elisabeth Vogler. After surviving a plane crash, Anna moves further away from reality and the present as she is taken in the vertigo ...more
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Laura Steinel

Actors: Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry, Bryn Vale, Allison Tolman, Fabrizio Guido, + more

Released: 2019

Family is a 2018 American comedy film written and directed by Laura Steinel. An emotionally stunted senior vice president hedge fund manager, Kate Stone (Taylor Schilling) is charged with ...more
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Mati Diop

Actors: Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye

Released: 2019

Atlantics (a.k.a. Atlantique) is a 2019 internationally co-produced supernatural romantic drama film directed by Mati Diop. A futuristic-looking tower is about to be officially opened in the ...more
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Chanya Button

Actors: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, Gethin Anthony, + more

Released: 2019

Vita and Virginia is a 2018 British biographical romance drama film directed by Chanya Button. Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) embark on an ...more
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Céline Sciamma

Actors: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Released: 2019

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. A young female portrait painter (Noémie ...more
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Petra Costa

Actors: Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer, Eduardo Cunha

Released: 2019

The Edge of Democracy (a.k.a. Democracia em Vertigem) is a 2019 Brazilian documentary film directed by Petra Costa. Both a documentary and a memoir, The Edge of Democracy documents the ...more
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Melina Matsoukas

Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny

Released: 2019

Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim's (Daniel Kaluuya) lives take an unexpected turn when they are pulled ...more
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Chinonye Chukwu

Actors: Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks, Michael O'Neill, Richard Gunn, + more

Released: 2019

Clemency is a 2019 American drama film directed by Chinonye Chukwu. A Death Row prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) makes a connection to the prisoner she is sanctioned to
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Minhal Baig

Actors: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna

Released: 2019

Hala is a 2019 American drama film directed by Minhal Baig. Muslim teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.
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Euphoria Lisa Langseth

Actors: Alicia Vikander, Eva Green, Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Adrian Lester, + more

Released: 2019

Euphoria is a 2017 Swedish-British-German drama film (2019 US theatrical release) written and directed by Lisa Langseth. Ines (Alicia Vikander) and Emilie (Eva Green) are sisters in conflict ...more
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Ry Russo-Young

Actors: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Jake Choi, Camrus Johnson, Gbenga Akinnagbe, + more

Released: 2019

The Sun Is Also a Star is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the young adult novel written by Nicola Yoon. A teenager (Yara Shahidi) finds love at a difficult time ...more
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Madeleine Olnek

Actors: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, + more

Released: 2019

Wild Nights with Emily is a 2018 American biographical comedy film written and directed by Madeleine Olnek. Chronicles the life of Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) as she attempts to get ...more
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Roxanne Benjamin

Actors: Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus

Released: 2019

Body at Brighton Rock is a 2019 American horror thriller film, directed, written, and produced by Roxanne Benjamin. A park ranger spends the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote ...more
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The Lodge Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

Actors: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage

Released: 2019

The Lodge is a 2019 American-British horror film directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Aidan (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) must spend time in an isolated winter cabin with their ...more
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Kim Longinotto

Actors: Letizia Battaglia

Released: 2019

Shooting the Mafia is a 2019 Irish documentary directed by Kim Longinotto. The film explores the career of Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia and her documenting the life and crimes of the ...more
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Leila Conners

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio

Released: 2019

Ice on Fire is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Leila Conners. The film explores potential ways to reverse climate change and the possible extinction-level event caused by arctic ...more
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Irene Taylor Brodsky

Released: 2019

Moonlight Sonata (a.k.a. Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements) is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky. The documentary interweaves the story of a deaf boy ...more
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Kate Melville

Actors: Tiya Sircar, Brittany Drisdelle, Chad Connell

Released: 2019

Good Sam is a 2019 American drama film directed by Kate Melville. A curious reporter finds love while pursuing the story of a mysterious figure who's leaving bags of cash for strangers around ...more