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Asian Women Directors: The Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films

This list of the 100 highest-rated narrative feature films directed by Asian women is current as at May 23, 2022, and ranked by average member rating. Please read the accompanying essay by Jessica Siu-yin Yeung, for the thematic discoveries she made while exploring this list.

Compiled by our lists editor Jack Moulton, with gratitude for Vanessa’s extensive list of films directed by women. To be included, films must have a minimum of 1,000 member ratings.

Eligibility Rules:
• Includes female directors of south, east and central Asian heritage, regardless of where they were born, or the country they make their films in.*
• Includes women co-directors, even if uncredited. For example, Slumdog Millionaire is included due to Loveleen Tandan’s co-director credit.
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  • Ode to Nothing

    1

  • Yuni

    2

  • A Silent Voice

    3

  • Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    4

  • The Farewell

    5

  • Fiction.

    6

  • Us and Them

    7

  • House of Hummingbird

    8

  • K-ON! The Movie

    9

  • The World of Us

    10

  • Saving Face

    11

  • 0.5 mm

    12

  • Little Forest

    13

  • Microhabitat

    14

  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    15

  • The Rider

    16

  • Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus

    17

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    18

  • Four Sisters and a Wedding

    19

  • Salaam Bombay!

    20

  • Kim Ji-young, Born 1982

    21

  • Close-Knit

    22

  • Nomadland

    23

  • Dear Ex

    24

  • A Simple Life

    25

  • Suzaku

    26

  • The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    27

  • Boat People

    28

  • American Girl

    29

  • Bangalore Days

    30

  • A Death in the Gunj

    31

  • Vikram Vedha

    32

  • Turning Red

    33

  • One Million Yen Girl

    34

  • Talvar

    35

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    36

  • Shara

    37

  • Helter Skelter

    38

  • Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

    39

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    40

  • Polisse

    41

  • An Autumn's Tale

    42

  • Sweet Bean

    43

  • Two Blue Stripes

    44

  • Sir

    45

  • Still Human

    46

  • Kamome Diner

    47

  • Moothon

    48

  • Given

    49

  • The Way Home

    50

  • Parched

    51

  • Moving On

    52

  • Rent-a-Cat

    53

  • Take Care of My Cat

    54

  • English Vinglish

    55

  • Monsoon Wedding

    56

  • Our Times

    57

  • Soorarai Pottru

    58

  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    59

  • Unforgettable

    60

  • Water

    61

  • 37 Seconds

    62

  • The Namesake

    63

  • Lingua Franca

    64

  • Under the Open Sky

    65

  • Saint☆Young Men

    66

  • Angels Wear White

    67

  • Tamako Love Story

    68

  • Gully Boy

    69

  • The House of Us

    70

  • Rain

    71

  • Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

    72

  • Manto

    73

  • The Stranger by the Shore

    74

  • Peepli Live

    75

  • Queen of Katwe

    76

  • Raazi

    77

  • The Sky Is Pink

    78

  • Om Shanti Om

    79

  • Treeless Mountain

    80

  • Lucky Chan-sil

    81

  • The Mourning Forest

    82

  • My King

    83

  • That Thing Called Tadhana

    84

  • What Will People Say

    85

  • The Long Walk

    86

  • Fire

    87

  • True Mothers

    88

  • Dead Pigs

    89

  • Dhobi Ghat

    90

  • The Love Witch

    91

  • Luck by Chance

    92

  • Mississippi Masala

    93

  • By the Time It Gets Dark

    94

  • Aloners

    95

  • Lipstick Under My Burkha

    96

  • Sakuran

    97

  • The Truth Beneath

    98

  • Hear Me

    99

  • The Third Wife

    100