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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 June 27, 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

  • A Silent Voice

    2

  • Yuni

    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

  • Little Forest

    12

  • 0.5 mm

    13

  • Microhabitat

    14

  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    15

  • The Rider

    16

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    17

  • Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus

    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

  • Bangalore Days

    26

  • The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    27

  • Vikram Vedha

    28

  • Boat People

    29

  • Suzaku

    30

  • American Girl

    31

  • One Million Yen Girl

    32

  • A Death in the Gunj

    33

  • Talvar

    34

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    35

  • Shara

    36

  • Helter Skelter

    37

  • Turning Red

    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

  • Given

    48

  • The Way Home

    49

  • Moothon

    50

  • Parched

    51

  • Moving On

    52

  • Rent-a-Cat

    53

  • Take Care of My Cat

    54

  • English Vinglish

    55

  • Monsoon Wedding

    56

  • Soorarai Pottru

    57

  • Our Times

    58

  • Unforgettable

    59

  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    60

  • Billie and Emma

    61

  • The Namesake

    62

  • Lingua Franca

    63

  • Sillu Karupatti

    64

  • 37 Seconds

    65

  • Water

    66

  • Under the Open Sky

    67

  • The House of Us

    68

  • Saint☆Young Men

    69

  • Angels Wear White

    70

  • Rain

    71

  • Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

    72

  • Manto

    73

  • Tamako Love Story

    74

  • Gully Boy

    75

  • Om Shanti Om

    76

  • Peepli Live

    77

  • The Sky Is Pink

    78

  • Raazi

    79

  • The Stranger by the Shore

    80

  • Queen of Katwe

    81

  • Treeless Mountain

    82

  • Lucky Chan-sil

    83

  • My King

    84

  • That Thing Called Tadhana

    85

  • The Mourning Forest

    86

  • Mississippi Masala

    87

  • The Long Walk

    88

  • What Will People Say

    89

  • Fire

    90

  • True Mothers

    91

  • Dead Pigs

    92

  • Dhobi Ghat

    93

  • The Love Witch

    94

  • Luck by Chance

    95

  • Aloners

    96

  • Sakuran

    97

  • By the Time It Gets Dark

    98

  • The Truth Beneath

    99

  • Lipstick Under My Burkha

    100