favorite films by female directors

i've noticed when searching for female directors lists on letterboxd that usually the most movies people list is around 20, so i decided to do my top 100!

ranked by film, not director. didn't include films co-directed by women unless all of the co-directers were women, for no reason other than trying to keep this list completely made up of female directors. some of this list is ranked by personal favorite preference over quality

i'll probably update every time i watch something new i can add

  • Across the Universe
  • American Honey
  • The Bling Ring
  • Breathe
  • Cameraperson
  • Lovesong
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • The Fits
  • With Every Heartbeat
  • Clueless
  • Bachelorette
  • Pariah
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Secret Garden
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Jennifer's Body
  • Raw
  • Lore
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Berlin Syndrome
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Obvious Child
  • Girlhood
  • Revenge
  • The Tale
  • Certain Women
  • American Mary
  • Now and Then
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Whip It
  • Mustang
  • Divines
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Into the Forest
  • American Psycho
  • The Lure
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Sunshine Cleaning
  • One Day
  • Paint It Black
  • Water Lilies
  • Selma
  • Novitiate
  • The Parent Trap
  • Suffragette
  • White Girl
  • The Piano
  • The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Honeymoon
  • Stick It
  • The Brass Teapot
  • 13th
  • On Body and Soul
  • Lost in Translation
  • Sugar & Spice
  • Your Sister's Sister
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  • Fat Girl
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • Lady Bird
  • The Babadook
  • Always Shine
  • Mudbound
  • Thirteen
  • The Beguiled
  • D.E.B.S.
  • The Bad Batch
  • Tomboy
  • Electrick Children
  • Beach Rats
  • Lords of Dogtown
  • The Holiday
  • RBG
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Fish Tank
  • The To Do List
  • Money Monster
  • Life Partners
  • Wonder Woman
  • Summertime
  • 88
  • Miss You Already
  • Tig
  • Tallulah
  • Riding in Cars with Boys
  • Miss Representation
  • Monster
  • Mosquita y Mari
  • Somewhere
  • Saving Face
  • Summer 1993
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • The Invitation
  • The Summer of Sangaile
  • The Trouble with Angels
  • In a World...
  • Evolution