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The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2019  

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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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Madeleine Sackler
O.G. is a 2019 American drama film directed by Madeleine Sackler. A maximum-security prison inmate named Louis (Jeffrey Wright), who, 24 years after committing a violent crime as a young man, ...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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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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Katt Shea
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a 2019 American mystery drama film directed by Katt Shea, loosely based on the book by Carolyn Keene AKA Mildred Wirt Benson. A bit of an outsider ...more
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Emma Tammi
The Wind is a 2018 American supernatural western horror film directed by Emma Tammi. A plains-woman is driven mad by isolation, as a supernatural force haunts the untamed lands where she
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Amy Poehler
Wine Country is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Amy Poehler. Tensions from the past come to the forefront for a group of friends celebrating a 50th birthday in Napa.
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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
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Wanuri Kahiu
Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are the daughters of two political rivals who fall in love amidst family and ...more
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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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Rachel Tunnard
Adult Life Skills is a 2016 British comedy film (2019 US theatrical release) written and directed by Rachel Tunnard. 29-year-old Anna (Jodie Wittaker) moves into her mum's shed and refuses to ...more
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Jenny Gage
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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Eva Husson
Girls of the Sun is a 2018 French drama film directed by Eva Husson. A Kurdish female battalion prepares to take back their town from extremists.
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Nisha Ganatra
Late Night is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Nisha Ganatra. A Late-night talk show host, Katerine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is about to lose her show but teams up with a new female ...more
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Zara Hayes
Poms is a 2019 American comedy dance film, directed by Zara Hayes. A group of women at a retirement community form a cheer leading squad.
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Laura Steinel
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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Sarah Dagger-Nickson
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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Nia DaCosta
Little Woods is a 2018 American-Australian crime thriller western film directed by Nia DaCosta. After their mother dies, reformed drug runner Ollie (Tessa Thompson) returns to smuggling and ...more
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Vicky Jewson
Close is a 2019 British-American action thriller film directed by Vicky Jewson. To protect an heiress (Sophie Nélisse) from highly trained kidnappers, a lone security expert (Noomi ...more
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Nahnatchka Khan
Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic ...more
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Jill Magid
The Proposal is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Jill Magid. The Proposal is the story of an artist that fights to make the archives of Mexico's most famous architect available to ...more
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Cindy Chupack
Otherhood is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Cindy Chupack, based on the novel Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. Three Suburban moms (Felicity Huffman, Patricia Arquette, ...more
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Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Someone Great is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. An aspiring New York music journalist, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), has just landed her dream job at an ...more
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Gail Mancuso
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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Roxann Dawson
Breakthrough is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Roxann Dawson, based on the novel by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, which was inspired by true events. In early 2015, teenager ...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