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The Best Movies Directed by Women

Updated September 3, 2020 29.3k votes 2.5k voters 160.5k views361 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

    ActorsGal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis

    Released2017

    Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC...  more
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  • Clueless2
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    Clueless

    Amy Heckerling

    ActorsAlicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn

    Released1995

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It...  more
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  • Brave3
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    Brave

    Brenda Chapman

    ActorsEmma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters

    Released2012

    Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation...  more
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  • A League of Their Own4
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    A League of Their Own

    Penny Marshall

    ActorsMadonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Geena Davis, Téa Leoni

    Released1992

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account...  more
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  • Wayne's World5
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    Wayne's World

    Penelope Spheeris

    ActorsAlice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Meat Loaf

    Released1992

    Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike...  more
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  • Lost in Translation6
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    Lost in Translation

    Sofia Coppola

    ActorsScarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris, Giovanni Ribisi, Hiromix

    Released2003

    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia...  more
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  • Monster7
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    Monster

    Patty Jenkins

    ActorsCharlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne, Bruce Dern, Scott Wilson

    Released2003

    Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for...  more
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  • American Psycho8
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    American Psycho

    Mary Harron

    ActorsChristian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Chloë Sevigny

    Released2000

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  • Big9
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    Big

    Penny Marshall

    ActorsTom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins, Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Loggia

    Released1988

    Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as...  more
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  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High10
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    ActorsNicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker

    Released1982

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  • Point Break11
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    Point Break

    Kathryn Bigelow

    ActorsKeanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze, Anthony Kiedis, Tom Sizemore

    Released1991

    Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick...  more
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  • Frozen12
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    Frozen

    Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

    ActorsKristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Jonathan Groff

    Released2013

    Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt...  more
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  • The Hurt Locker13
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    The Hurt Locker

    Kathryn Bigelow

    ActorsEvangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, David Morse

    Released2008

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  • The Parent Trap14
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    The Parent Trap

    Nancy Meyers

    ActorsLindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham, Dina Lohan, Natasha Richardson

    Released1998

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and...  more
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  • Lady Bird15
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    Lady Bird

    Greta Gerwig

    ActorsSaoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet

    Released2017

    Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a...  more
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  • Bend It like Beckham16
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    Bend It like Beckham

    Gurinder Chadha

    ActorsKeira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Parminder Nagra

    Released2002

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  • Carrie17
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    Kimberly Peirce

    ActorsJulianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort

    Released2013

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  • The Piano18
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    The Piano

    Jane Campion

    ActorsAnna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Cliff Curtis

    Released1993

    The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set...  more
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  • Pet Sematary19
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    Pet Sematary

    Mary Lambert

    ActorsStephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Susan Blommaert, Miko Hughes

    Released1989

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  • Sleepless in Seattle20
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson

    Released1993

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  • Zero Dark Thirty21
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Kathryn Bigelow

    ActorsJessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

    Released2012

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  • Little Women22
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    Little Women

    Gillian Armstrong

    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon

    Released1994

    Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by...  more
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  • Boys Don't Cry23
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    Boys Don't Cry

    Kimberly Peirce

    ActorsHilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

    Released1999

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  • The Virgin Suicides24
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    The Virgin Suicides

    Sofia Coppola

    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Hayden Christensen

    Released1999

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  • The Prince of Egypt25
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    The Prince of Egypt

    Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1998

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