Directed By Women

It is no secret that Hollywood has a diversity problem and nowhere is that more apparent than in the disheartening and unacceptable gap between men and women in directing roles. A recent study showed that of the Top 250 grossing films of 2016, only 7% of them were directed by women. And even worse, if you look back at classic cinema the disparity becomes even greater.

For the longest time I as a consumer was part of the problem, simply because I paid no attention to who was directing what, and my own statistical analysis of my films lin 2016 showed that of the close to 2000 films I had watched at the time, only 3% of them were by women. So I’ve tried to course correct since then (and it’s a long haul – as of mid-2017 I’ve managed to increase that percentage up to 6%). And as an accountability piece to myself I’ve decided to keep specific track in my collection of the films directed by women that I own. Cursorily, it’s a useful list for those of you out there who want to add some female-directed films to your own watch-lists. So here they are:

Across the Universe (2007, dir. Julie Taymor)

An Angel at My Table (1990, dir. Jane Campion)

American Splendor (2003, dir. Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)

Arthur Christmas (2011, dir. Sarah Smith, Barry Cook)

August Rush (2007, dir. Kirsten Sheridan)

Awakenings (1990, dir. Penny Marshall)

The Babadook (2014, dir. Jennifer Kent)

Batman: Year One (2011, dir. Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery)

Battle of the Sexes (2017, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris)

The Beguiled (2017, dir. Sofia Coppola)

Bend it Like Beckham (2002, dir. Gurinder Chadha)

Big (1988, dir. Penny Marshall)

Brave (2012, dir. Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman)

Certain Women (2016, dir. Kelly Reichardt)

Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962, dir. Agnes Varda)

Clueless (1995, dir. Amy Heckerling)

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981, dir. Penelope Spheeris)

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988, dir. Penelope Spheeris)

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998, dir. Penelope Spheeris)

The Edge of Seventeen (2016, dir. Kelly Fremon Craig)

An Education (2009, dir. Lone Scherfig)

Earth (1998, dir. Deepa Mehta)

Enough Said (2013, dir. Nicole Holofcener)

Fire (1998, dir. Deepa Mehta)

The Fits (2015, dir. Anna Rose Holmer)

Frozen (2013, dir. Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)

Gimme Shelter (1970, dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)

Girlfriends (1978, dir. Claudia Weill)

Harlan County U.S.A (1976, dir. Barbara Kopple)

Heart of a Dog (2015, dir. Laurie Anderson)

The Hitch-Hiker (1953, dir. Ida Lupino)

The Hurt Locker (2008, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

I Am Sam (2001, dir. Jessie Nelson)

Jane B. par Agnes V. (1988, dir. Agnes Varda)

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975, dir. Chantal Akerman)

Josie and the Pussycats (2001, dir. Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan)

Julie and Julia (2009, dir. Nora Ephron)

Kung-Fu Master (1988, dir. Agnes Varda)

La Pointe-Courte (1955, dir. Agnes Varda)

Le Bonheur (1965, dir. Agnes Varda)

A League of Their Own (1992, dir. Penny Marshall)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006, dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)

Little Women (1994, dir. Gillian Armstrong)

Lost in Translation (2003, dir. Sofia Coppola)

Lovely & Amazing (2001, dir. Nicole Holofcener)

Mansfield Park (1999, dir. Patricia Rozema)

Marie Antoinette (2006, dir. Sofia Coppola)

The Matrix (1999, dir. Lana Wachowki, Lilly Wachowski)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003, dir. Lana Wachowki, Lilly Wachowski)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003, dir. Lana Wachowki, Lilly Wachowski)

Meek’s Cutoff (2010, dir. Kelly Reichardt)

Money Monster (2016, dir. Jodie Foster)

Monsoon Wedding (2001, dir. Mira Nair)

Old Joy (2006, dir. Kelly Reichardt)

Pay It Forward (2000, dir. Mimi Leder)

Persepolis (2007, dir. Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi)

Pet Sematary (1989, dir. Mary Lambert)

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015, dir. Elizabeth Banks)

Point Break (1991, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

Queen of Katwe (2016, dir. Mira Nair)

Salaam Bombay (1988, dir. Mira Nair)

Salesman (1969, dir. David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, Albert Maysles)

The Savages (2007, dir. Tamara Jenkins)

The Secret of Kells (2009, dir. Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey)

Selma (2014, dir. Ava DuVernay)

Sepet (2005, dir. Yasmin Ahmad)

Shrek (2001, dir. Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993, dir. Nora Ephron)

Stories We Tell (2012, dir. Sarah Polley)

Sunshine Cleaning (2008, dir. Christine Jeffs)

Sweetie (1989, dir. Jane Campion)

Vagabond (1985, dir. Agnes Varda)

The Virgin Suicides (1999, dir. Sofia Coppola)

Water (2005, dir. Deepa Mehta)

Wayne’s World (1992, dir. Penelope Spheeris)

White Material (2009, dir. Claire Denis)

Winter’s Bone (2010, dir. Debra Granik)

Wonder Woman (2017, dir. Patty Jenkins)

You’ve Got Mail (1998, dir. Nora Ephron)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)