Feminism

The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019 

Jason Bancroft
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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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Sophia Takal
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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Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
American Factory is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. A Chinese company revitalizes a General Motors plant in Moraine, a suburb in Ohio.
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Claire McCarthy
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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Chinonye Chukwu
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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Céline Sciamma
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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Little Women
Greta Gerwig
Little Women is a 2019 drama film directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Four sisters, Beth (Eliza Scanlen), Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), and Amy (Florence ...more
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Lorene Scafaria
Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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Lulu Wang
The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after ...more
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Claire Denis
High Life is a 2018 English-language science fiction film directed by Claire Denis. Part of a group of criminals sent on a journey in space to find alternative energy, Monte (Robert Pattinson) ...more
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Minhal Baig
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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Mati Diop
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
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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Melina Matsoukas
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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Petra Costa
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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Kasi Lemmons
Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes slavery and leads hundreds of ...more
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Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
One Child Nation is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang. After becoming a mother, a filmmaker (Nanfu Wang) uncovers the untold history of China's one-child ...more
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Hail Satan?
Penny Lane
Hail Satan? is a 2019 American documentary directed by Penny Lane. An examination of The Satanic Temple, including its origins and grassroots political activism.
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Olivia Wilde
Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde. On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie ...more
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Gurinder Chadha
Blinded by the Light is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha, based on the memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll by Sarfraz Manzoor. In 1987, a ...more
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Carol Morley
Out of Blue is a 2019 American crime film directed by Carol Morley, based on the novel Night Train by Martin Amis. Detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is called to investigate the ...more
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Issa López
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a 2019 Mexican fantasy horror film directed by Issa López. Five children attempt to survive the violence of the cartels and the ghosts that are left in its wake.
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The Lodge
Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
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
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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Captain Marvel
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more
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Tina Gordon Chism
Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul (Regina Hall) magically transforms into her younger self (Marsai Martin), her long-suffering ...more