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The Best Movies Directed by Women

Updated September 3, 2020 29.9k votes 2.5k voters 160.0k 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.

  • 1
    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Wonder Woman

    Patty Jenkins

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


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

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  • 2
    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women


    Amy Heckerling

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


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

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  • 3
    Brave is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women


    Brenda Chapman

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


    Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 4
    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    A League of Their Own

    Penny Marshall

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


    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Wayne's World

    Penelope Spheeris

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


    Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Lost in Translation

    Sofia Coppola

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


    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women


    Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

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


    Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    ActorsNicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    American Psycho

    Mary Harron

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


    American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Monster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women


    Patty Jenkins

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


    Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Point Break

    Kathryn Bigelow

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


    Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Big is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women


    Penny Marshall

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


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

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  • 13
    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    The Hurt Locker

    Kathryn Bigelow

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


    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Lady Bird

    Greta Gerwig

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


    Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    The Parent Trap

    Nancy Meyers

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


    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Bend It like Beckham

    Gurinder Chadha

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


    Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women


    Kimberly Peirce

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


    Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 18
    The Piano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    The Piano

    Jane Campion

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


    The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Zero Dark Thirty

    Kathryn Bigelow

    ActorsJessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini, John Barrowman


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  • 20
    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Pet Sematary

    Mary Lambert

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


    Pet Sematary is a 1989 American horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    ActorsTom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson


    Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Little Women

    Gillian Armstrong

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


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

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  • 23
    Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Boys Don't Cry

    Kimberly Peirce

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


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

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  • 24
    The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    The Prince of Egypt

    Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells

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


    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Sharon Maguire

    ActorsRenée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Honor Blackman, Jim Broadbent


    Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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