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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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289 115
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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Clueless Amy Heckerling

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Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola

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Boys Don't Cry Kimberly Peirce

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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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222 109
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Carrie Kimberly Peirce

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Lan1 added The Parent Trap Nancy Meyers

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Winter’s Bone Debra Granik

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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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125 56
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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KaleMovieVine added You've Got Mail Nora Ephron

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Sleepless in Seattle Nora Ephron

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Awakenings Penny Marshall

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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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80 77
We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Women

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weik added Bridget Jones's Diary Sharon Maguire

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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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marylylewarrenmccue added Persepolis Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

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weik added Little Women Gillian Armstrong

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weik added Bend It like Beckham Gurinder Chadha

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weik added Chocolat Claire Denis

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weik added The Secret Garden Agnieszka Holland

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looksharp added Julie & Julia Nora Ephron

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weik added Thirteen Catherine Hardwicke

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weik added Pay It Forward Mimi Leder

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

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looksharp added Deep Impact Mimi Leder

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marylylewarrenmccue added Whip It Drew Barrymore

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Lan1 added It's Complicated Nancy Meyers

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weik added Joe Dirt Dennie Gordon

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weik added Marie Antoinette Sofia Coppola