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The 2010s—Top Women-Directed Feature Films

The 100 highest-rated films of the 2010s directed by women and femmes (as at 1 January 2020).

To be included, films had to be narrative (no documentaries), 60 minutes or longer, have a 1,000-view minimum, and a US theatrical release between 1/1/2010 and 12/31/2019 (with exceptions for films that had no US distribution). We have allowed TV movies, but excluded direct-to-video/DVD movies. We’ve also excluded animated films—you’ll find them in this list.

We include co-directors, even if they are uncredited (see this list if you need help understanding our reasoning).

Céline Sciamma is this list’s MVP with three feature films, including the first-placed Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Greta Gerwig has two films in the top ten. Other directors…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    1

  • Little Women

    2

  • The Second Mother

    3

  • The Farewell

    4

  • The Turin Horse

    5

  • Lady Bird

    6

  • Capernaum

    7

  • Mustang

    8

  • Booksmart

    9

  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

    10

  • Pariah

    11

  • Honey Boy

    12

  • The Rider

    13

  • The Cambridge Squatter

    14

  • The Tale

    15

  • Happy as Lazzaro

    16

  • The World of Us

    17

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    18

  • Birds of Passage

    19

  • Toni Erdmann

    20

  • Us and Them

    21

  • A Simple Life

    22

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    23

  • Divines

    24

  • Tomboy

    25

  • American Honey

    26

  • Dear Ex

    27

  • Close-Knit

    28

  • Breathe

    29

  • The Selfish Giant

    30

  • Summer 1993

    31

  • Selma

    32

  • You Were Never Really Here

    33

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    34

  • House of Hummingbird

    35

  • Leave No Trace

    36

  • Private Life

    37

  • Fish Tank

    38

  • Gully Boy

    39

  • Tigers Are Not Afraid

    40

  • Microhabitat

    41

  • Skate Kitchen

    42

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    43

  • Talvar

    44

  • Mudbound

    45

  • Wadjda

    46

  • Girlhood

    47

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    48

  • Raw

    49

  • Little Forest

    50

  • Queen of Hearts

    51

  • All About Me

    52

  • I Am Not a Witch

    53

  • In Between

    54

  • Western

    55

  • Things to Come

    56

  • The Innocents

    57

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    58

  • White Material

    59

  • The Edge of Seventeen

    60

  • Polisse

    61

  • Sami Blood

    62

  • On Body and Soul

    63

  • My Happy Family

    64

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    65

  • The Chambermaid

    66

  • Where Do We Go Now?

    67

  • Good Manners

    68

  • The Nightingale

    69

  • Sweet Bean

    70

  • English Vinglish

    71

  • Third Star

    72

  • Maudie

    73

  • Good Vibrations

    74

  • Certain Women

    75

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    76

  • What Will People Say

    77

  • Everyone Else

    78

  • Helter Skelter

    79

  • Detroit

    80

  • Hard Labor

    81

  • Unforgettable

    82

  • That Thing Called Tadhana

    83

  • Zero Motivation

    84

  • Zama

    85

  • Raazi

    86

  • Meek's Cutoff

    87

  • Lore

    88

  • The Fits

    89

  • Just Like Our Parents

    90

  • Novitiate

    91

  • Hustlers

    92

  • Angels Wear White

    93

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    94

  • Queen of Katwe

    95

  • Rent-a-Cat

    96

  • Boys

    97

  • In a Better World

    98

  • Atlantics

    99

  • Obvious Child

    100