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List Rules Films 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! 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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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women
American Psycho Mary Harron

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Big Penny Marshall

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Monster Patty Jenkins

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282 111
The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women
The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow

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Point Break Kathryn Bigelow

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A League of Their Own Penny Marshall

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Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola

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178 94
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Boys Don't Cry Kimberly Peirce

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Clueless Amy Heckerling

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219 99
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marylylewarrenmccue added Wayne's World Penelope Spheeris

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freeling10 added Pet Sematary Mary Lambert

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marylylewarrenmccue added Brave Brenda Chapman

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Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow

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217 105
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Carrie Kimberly Peirce

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Winter’s Bone Debra Granik

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Lan1 added The Parent Trap Nancy Meyers

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Lan1 added What Women Want Nancy Meyers

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Lan1 added Something's Gotta Give Nancy Meyers - Excellent script. amazing acting. So funny and deep and leaves a important impression. Beautifully directed and visually stunning as well.

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The Piano Jane Campion

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Frida Julie Taymor

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118 53
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women
robinsontravis78 added Frozen Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

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Awakenings Penny Marshall

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KaleMovieVine added You've Got Mail Nora Ephron

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Sleepless in Seattle Nora Ephron

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weik added I Am Sam Jessie Nelson

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The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola

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looksharp added Billy Madison Tamra Davis

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weik added Bridget Jones's Diary Sharon Maguire

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74 76
We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

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Whale Rider Niki Caro

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The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko

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marylylewarrenmccue added The Runaways Floria Sigismondi

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Look Who's Talking Amy Heckerling

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weik added Bend It like Beckham Gurinder Chadha

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weik added Little Women Gillian Armstrong

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looksharp added Julie & Julia Nora Ephron

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weik added The Secret Garden Agnieszka Holland

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weik added Chocolat Claire Denis

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marylylewarrenmccue added Persepolis Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

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weik added Thirteen Catherine Hardwicke

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weik added Pay It Forward Mimi Leder

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looksharp added Deep Impact Mimi Leder

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marylylewarrenmccue added Whip It Drew Barrymore

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marylylewarrenmccue added The Prince of Egypt Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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weik added Joe Dirt Dennie Gordon

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Lan1 added It's Complicated Nancy Meyers

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weik added Marie Antoinette Sofia Coppola