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 March 28, 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.
•…

  • Ode to Nothing

    1

  • Yuni

    2

  • A Silent Voice

    3

  • The Farewell

    4

  • Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    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

  • Microhabitat

    13

  • Little Forest

    14

  • The Rider

    15

  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    16

  • Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus

    17

  • Salaam Bombay!

    18

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    19

  • Four Sisters and a Wedding

    20

  • Kim Ji-young, Born 1982

    21

  • Nomadland

    22

  • Close-Knit

    23

  • A Simple Life

    24

  • American Girl

    25

  • Dear Ex

    26

  • Boat People

    27

  • The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    28

  • Suzaku

    29

  • Bangalore Days

    30

  • Turning Red

    31

  • A Death in the Gunj

    32

  • Vikram Vedha

    33

  • Talvar

    34

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    35

  • One Million Yen Girl

    36

  • Shara

    37

  • Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

    38

  • Helter Skelter

    39

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    40

  • Polisse

    41

  • An Autumn's Tale

    42

  • Sweet Bean

    43

  • Two Blue Stripes

    44

  • Sir

    45

  • Kamome Diner

    46

  • The Way Home

    47

  • Given

    48

  • Moothon

    49

  • Parched

    50

  • Moving On

    51

  • Rent-a-Cat

    52

  • Take Care of My Cat

    53

  • English Vinglish

    54

  • Monsoon Wedding

    55

  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    56

  • Soorarai Pottru

    57

  • Unforgettable

    58

  • Our Times

    59

  • Water

    60

  • 37 Seconds

    61

  • Lingua Franca

    62

  • The Namesake

    63

  • Under the Open Sky

    64

  • Saint☆Young Men

    65

  • Gully Boy

    66

  • The House of Us

    67

  • The Stranger by the Shore

    68

  • Tamako Love Story

    69

  • Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

    70

  • Manto

    71

  • Angels Wear White

    72

  • Peepli Live

    73

  • Queen of Katwe

    74

  • The Sky Is Pink

    75

  • Raazi

    76

  • What Will People Say

    77

  • Treeless Mountain

    78

  • Om Shanti Om

    79

  • The Mourning Forest

    80

  • Lucky Chan-sil

    81

  • My King

    82

  • That Thing Called Tadhana

    83

  • Fire

    84

  • True Mothers

    85

  • Dead Pigs

    86

  • The Love Witch

    87

  • Dhobi Ghat

    88

  • Luck by Chance

    89

  • By the Time It Gets Dark

    90

  • Aloners

    91

  • The Truth Beneath

    92

  • Sakuran

    93

  • Lipstick Under My Burkha

    94

  • The Third Wife

    95

  • Hear Me

    96

  • Mississippi Masala

    97

  • Fan Girl

    98

  • Still the Water

    99

  • Cart

    100