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The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019

Updated January 31, 2020 641 votes 52 voters 1.2k views74 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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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Little Women

    Greta Gerwig

    ActorsSaoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen

    Released2019

    Little Women is a 2019 American drama film directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by... more
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    Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Hustlers

    Lorene Scafaria

    ActorsConstance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles

    Released2019

    Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York... more
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    Booksmart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Booksmart

    Olivia Wilde

    ActorsKaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Billie Lourd, Lisa Kudrow

    Released2019

    Booksmart is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde. On the eve of their high... more
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    The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    The Farewell

    Lulu Wang

    ActorsAwkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong

    Released2019

    The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the... more
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    High Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    High Life

    Claire Denis

    ActorsRobert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eldinger

    Released2019

    High Life is a 2018 English-language science fiction film directed by Claire Denis. Part of a... more
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    Harriet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Harriet

    Kasi Lemmons

    ActorsCynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monáe

    Released2019

    Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of... more
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    Adult Life Skills is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Adult Life Skills

    Rachel Tunnard

    ActorsJodie Whittaker, Ozzy Myers, Brett Goldstein, Alice Lowe, Lorraine Ashbourne

    Released2019

    Adult Life Skills is a 2016 British comedy film (2019 US theatrical release) written and... more
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    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Stai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019

    ActorsSophia Lillis, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Laura Slade Wiggins, Sam Trammell

    Released2019

    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a 2019 American mystery drama film directed by Katt... more
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    Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Captain Marvel

    Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

    ActorsBrie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace

    Released2019

    Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based... more
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    Blinded by the Light is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Blinded by the Light

    Gurinder Chadha

    ActorsViveik Kalra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams

    Released2019

    Blinded by the Light is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha, based on... more
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    Hail Satan? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Hail Satan?

    Penny Lane

    Released2019

    Hail Satan? is a 2019 American documentary directed by Penny Lane. An examination of The... more
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    Wild Nights with Emily is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Wild Nights with Emily

    Madeleine Olnek

    ActorsMolly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan

    Released2019

    Wild Nights with Emily is a 2018 American biographical comedy film written and directed by... more
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    One Child Nation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    One Child Nation

    Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

    Released2019

    One Child Nation is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang.... more
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    Breakthrough is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Breakthrough

    Roxann Dawson

    ActorsChrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz

    Released2019

    Breakthrough is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Roxann Dawson, based on the... more
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    Wine Country is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Wine Country

    Amy Poehler

    ActorsAmy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell

    Released2019

    Wine Country is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Amy Poehler. Tensions from the past... more
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    We Have Always Lived in the Ca is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019

    ActorsTaissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan

    Released2019

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Stacie... more
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    Out of Blue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Out of Blue

    Carol Morley

    ActorsMamie Gummer, Patricia Clarkson, James Caan, Jacki Weaver, Toby Jones

    Released2019

    Out of Blue is a 2019 American crime film directed by Carol Morley, based on the novel Night... more
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    Unicorn Store is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Unicorn Store

    Brie Larson

    ActorsBrie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford

    Released2019

    Unicorn Store is a 2019 comedy film directed and co-produced by Brie Larson. Kit (Brie Larson)... more
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    Sword of Trust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Sword of Trust

    Lynn Shelton

    ActorsMarc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Tim Paul, Whitmer Thomas

    Released2019

    Sword of Trust is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton. Cynthia (Jillian Bell)... more
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    Tigers Are Not Afraid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019

    ActorsPaola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas

    Released2019

    Tigers Are Not Afraid is a 2019 Mexican fantasy horror film directed by Issa López. Five... more
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    American Factory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    American Factory

    Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

    Released2019

    American Factory is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Steven Bognar and Julia... more
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    Little is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Little

    Tina Gordon Chism

    ActorsIssa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley, Tone Bell

    Released2019

    Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul... more
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    O.G. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    O.G.

    Madeleine Sackler

    ActorsJeffrey Wright, William Fichtner, Boyd Holbrook, Mare Winningham, David Patrick Kelly

    Released2019

    O.G. is a 2019 American drama film directed by Madeleine Sackler. A maximum-security prison... more
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    Always Be My Maybe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Always Be My Maybe

    Nahnatchka Khan

    ActorsAli Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Buteau

    Released2019

    Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. Childhood... more
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    Close is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019
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    Close

    Vicky Jewson

    ActorsNoomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse, Eoin Macken, Indira Varma, Mimi Keene

    Released2019

    Close is a 2019 British-American action thriller film directed by Vicky Jewson. To protect an... more
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