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The Best Movies Directed by Women

Updated April 30, 2021 28.8k votes 2.5k voters 161.0k views416 items

List RulesFilms directed by a lady. Vote up your favorite female-directed film.

It’s no longer just a man’s world out there, women have been taking over Hollywood for years in some pretty big ways and there are some amazing female directors out there! From becoming some of the world’s top actresses to screenwriting and directing, women have certainly started to make their mark in the world of movies. In fact, some of the top box office hits and award winners of recent years have been produced or directed by women! But what are the best movies directed by a woman?
The movies featured on this list have been ranked as the all time best films directed by women. Perhaps one of the most surprising success stories of women in film came when Kathryn Bigelow but a woman's stamp on the usually male-dominated war movie genre. Her film, The Hurt Locker was both a commercial and critical success. No matter what genre you’re craving there is sure to be a movie, directed by a woman, on this list that will do.
This list is made up of the best movies that were directed by a woman, including: Away From Her, Frida, Clueless, The Piano, The Kids Are All Right, Lost In Translation, and American Psycho. Vote up your favorite female-directed films below or add your favorite movies, directed by a woman, if they aren't already on the list.

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    Wonder Woman

    Patty Jenkins
    Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC...  more

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    Amy Heckerling
    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It...  more

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    A League of Their Own

    Penny Marshall
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    Brenda Chapman
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    Wayne's World

    Penelope Spheeris
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    Lost in Translation

    Sofia Coppola
    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia...  more

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    American Psycho

    Mary Harron
    American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by...  more

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    Patty Jenkins
    Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for...  more

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    Penny Marshall
    Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as...  more

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    Point Break

    Kathryn Bigelow
    Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick...  more

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    Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
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    The Hurt Locker

    Kathryn Bigelow
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    Lady Bird

    Greta Gerwig
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    The Parent Trap

    Nancy Meyers
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    Bend It like Beckham

    Gurinder Chadha
    Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira...  more

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    The Piano

    Jane Campion
    The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set...  more

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    Kimberly Peirce
    Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen...  more

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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Kathryn Bigelow
    Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. A chronicle...  more

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    Little Women

    Gillian Armstrong
    Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by...  more

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    Pet Sematary

    Mary Lambert
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    Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by...  more

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    Boys Don't Cry

    Kimberly Peirce
    Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce...  more

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    The Prince of Egypt

    Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells
    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first...  more

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    The Virgin Suicides

    Sofia Coppola
    The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her...  more

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