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:

35 Shots of Rum (2008, dir. Claire Denis)

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)

Beau Travail (1999, dir. Claire Denis)

The Beaches of Agnes (2008, dir. Agnés Varda)

The Beguiled (2017, dir. Sofia Coppola)

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

Big (1988, dir. Penny Marshall)

Blue Steel (1990, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

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

Cameraperson (2016, dir. Kirsten Johnson)

Can You Ever Forgive Me (2018, dir. Marielle Heller)

Captain Marvel (2019, dir. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden)

Certain Women (2016, dir. Kelly Reichardt)

Chocolat (1988, dir. Claire Denis)

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)

Desert Hearts (1985, dir. Donna Deitch)

Documenteur (1981, dir. Agnés Varda)

A Dry White Season (1989, dir. Euzhan Palcy)

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)

Europa Europa (1990, dir. Agnieszka Holland)

Faces Places (2017, dir. Agnés Varda, JR)

Fire (1998, dir. Deepa Mehta)

The Fits (2015, dir. Anna Rose Holmer)

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

The Gleaners and I (2000, dir. Agnés Varda)

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)

High Art (1998, dir. Lisa Chodolenko)

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

Hotel Monterey (1972, dir. Chantal Akerman)

The Hurt Locker (2008, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

I Am Sam (2001, dir. Jessie Nelson)

Italian for Beginners (2000, dir. Lone Scherfig)

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

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974, dir. Chantal Akerman)

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)

Kedi (2016, dir. Ceyda Torun)

The Kids are All Right (2010, dir. Lisa Chodolenko)

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

La Cienega (2001, dir. Lucrecia Martel)

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

Le Bonheur (1965, dir. Agnes Varda)

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

Lions Love (1969, dir. Agnés Varda)

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)

The Meetings of Anna (1978, dir. Chantal Akerman)

Mikey and Nicky (1976, dir. Elaine May)

Money Monster (2016, dir. Jodie Foster)

Monsoon Wedding (2001, dir. Mira Nair)

Murs Murs (1981, dir Agnés Varda)

National Lampoon’s European Vacations (1985, dir. Amy Heckerling)

Near Dark (1987, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

A New Leaf (1971, dir. Elaine May)

News from Home (1977, dir. Chantal Akerman)

Nenette et Boni (1996, dir. Claire Denis)

The Night Porter (1974, dir. Liliana Cavani)

Old Joy (2006, dir. Kelly Reichardt)

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977, dir. Agnes Varda)

Pay It Forward (2000, dir. Mimi Leder)

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

Pet Sematary (1989, dir. Mary Lambert)

The Piano (1993, dir. Jane Campion)

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015, dir. Elizabeth Banks)

Point Break (1991, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

Queen of Katwe (2016, dir. Mira Nair)

Raw (2016, dir. Julia Ducournau)

Real Women Have Curves (2002, dir. Patricia Cardoso)

Salaam Bombay (1988, dir. Mira Nair)

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

The Savages (2007, dir. Tamara Jenkins)

The Secret Garden (1993, dir. Agnieszka Holland)

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)

A Silent Voice (2016, dir. Naoko Yamada)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993, dir. Nora Ephron)

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998, dir. Tamara Jenkins)

Smithereens (1982, dir. Susan Seidelman)

Stories We Tell (2012, dir. Sarah Polley)

Strange Days (1995, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

Sunshine Cleaning (2008, dir. Christine Jeffs)

Super Mario Bros. (1993, dir. Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton)

Superman: Doomsday (2007, dir. Lauren Montgomery and Bruce Timm)

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010, dir. Lauren Montgomery)

Sweetie (1989, dir. Jane Campion)

Toni Erdmann (2016, dir. Maren Ade)

Thirteen (2003, dir. Catherine Hardwicke)

Trouble Every Day (2001, dir. Claire Denis)

Vagabond (1985, dir. Agnes Varda)

The Virgin Suicides (1999, dir. Sofia Coppola)

Water (2005, dir. Deepa Mehta)

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

Wendy & Lucy (2008, dir. Kelly Reichardt)

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)

 

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