86 Must-See Films By Female Directors


No Film School has put together this list of 86 must-see features directed by women. Before you freak out because The Hurt Locker isn’t on here, the folks at NFS would like to remind their readers that this is not a comprehensive list–merely a sampler to whet your appetite. 

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night by Ana Lily Amirpour
  • A Teacher by Hannah Fidell
  • Advantageous by Jennifer Phang
  • Apartment Troubles by Jess Weixler & Jennifer Prediger
  • Appropriate Behavior by Desiree Akhavan
  • Belle by Amma Asante
  • Beyond the Lights by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Caught by Maggie Kiley
  • Concussion by Stacie Passon
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller
  • Honeytrap by Rebecca Johnson
  • I Believe in Unicorns by Leah Meyerhoff
  • It Felt Like Love by Eliza Hittman
  • Kelly & Cal by Jen McGowan
  • Little Accidents by Sara Colangelo
  • Lucky Them by Megan Griffiths
  • Obvious Child by Gillian Robespierre
  • Pariah by Dee Rees
  • Selma by Ava Duvernay
  • She’s Lost Control by Anja Marquardt
  • Sleeping with Other People by Leslye Headland
  • Stray Dog by Debra Granik
  • The Midnight Swim by Sarah Adina Smith
  • There Is A New World Somewhere by Li Lu
  • Vessel by Diana Whitten
  • Your Sister’s Sister by Lynn Shelton
  • American Psycho by Mary Harron
  • Beau Travail by Claire Denis
  • Boys Don’t Cry by Kimberly Peirce
  • But I’m a Cheerleader by Jamie Babbit
  • Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnes Varda
  • Daisies by Vera Chytilova
  • Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash
  • Down to the Bone by Debra Granik
  • Fat Girl by Catherine Breillat
  • Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold
  • Gas Food Lodging by Allison Anders
  • Go Fish by Rose Troche
  • High Art by Lisa Cholodenko
  • In A Better World by Susanne Bier
  • Jesus Son by Alison Maclean
  • La Cienega by Lucrecia Martel
  • Me and You and Everyone You Know by Miranda July
  • Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair
  • Monster by Patty Jenkins
  • Near Dark by Kathryn Bigelow
  • Ratcatcher by Lynne Ramsay
  • Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair
  • Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley
  • Suburbia by Penelope Spheeris
  • Sweetie by Jane Campion
  • The Arbor by Clio Barnard
  • Thirteen by Catherine Hardwicke
  • Vagabond by Agnes Varda
  • Variety by Bette Gordon
  • Virgin Suicides by Sofia Coppola
  • Wadjda by Haifaa al-Mansour
  • Wendy and Lucy by Kelly Reichard
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles by Chantal Akerman
  • Lovely & Amazing by Nicole Holofcener
  • An Education by Lone Scherfig
  • The Babadook by Jennifer Kent
  • American Splendor by Shari Springer Berman
  • Tiny Furniture by Lena Dunham
  • Winter’s Bone by Debra Granik
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Frozen River by Courtney Hunt
  • Wayne’s World by Penelope Spheeris 

To read the full article at No Film School, click here.

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3 Responses to “86 Must-See Films By Female Directors”

  1. Mick90 Says:

    August 15th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Some deep cuts! Glad to see Penelope Spheeris represented twice, but ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ (First Part) is masterful (albeit documentary). Questioning Miranda July’s ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ if older (should I say Pioneering?), less artsy-fartsy ‘Fast Times at Ridgmont High’ (Heckerling) and ‘Valley Girl’ (Coolidge) are missing.

  2. Liz Says:

    September 29th, 2017 at 7:24 am

    The Arbor (the film) is by Clio Barnard

  3. BlueCat Says:

    September 30th, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I understand Clio Barnard made a movie about Andrea Dunbar, who wrote a play entitled THE ARBOR. But you knew that :) Thanks for letting us know!

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