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Recommendations for everyone who wants to watch more movies by female directors but doesn't know where to start

Since my Films Directed By Women list can be a little bit overwhelming – especially for people who haven't seen a lot of movies by female directors – I thought it would be a good idea to make a much smaller list with some recommendations.

I tried to cover as many genres as possible and include both popular and obscure choices as well as movies from all over the world. There are obviously a lot of blind spots (due to availability most of the movies on here are relatively new and from western countries) but I'm trying my best to find new stuff.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. I'm only adding movies I've seen and liked, but…

  • The Ascent
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • A New Leaf
  • Christopher Strong
  • The Bigamist
  • The Piano
  • The Bride Wore Red
  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Old Boyfriends
  • The Silences of the Palace
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • The Girls
  • Love and Anarchy
  • Red Meadows
  • Wanda
  • Ticket of No Return
  • Dogfight
  • Death Is a Caress
  • Hester Street
  • Smithereens
  • Poem of the Sea
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces
  • A League of Their Own
  • The Creatures
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Forever a Woman
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Heat
  • Daisies
  • Working Girls
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • Shirkers
  • Jane Fonda in Five Acts
  • #Female Pleasure
  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
  • Portrait of Jason
  • Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
  • The Beaches of Agnès
  • Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
  • Cameraperson
  • Sisters in Law
  • Tokyo Idols
  • Time
  • Paris Is Burning
  • 13th
  • Venus Boyz
  • The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
  • Anita
  • The Waldheim Waltz
  • Kedi
  • Blackboards
  • The Arbor
  • Home
  • 24 Weeks
  • Caramel
  • Things to Come
  • 35 Shots of Rum
  • A Question of Silence
  • The Forest for the Trees
  • Nancy
  • Lourdes
  • Quo vadis, Aida?
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
  • Something Useful
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
  • Away from Her
  • Beau Travail
  • Marianne and Juliane
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  • Outside In
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • Women Without Men
  • Tremble All You Want
  • 3 Days in Quiberon
  • The Rider
  • Star
  • The Milk of Sorrow
  • The Farewell
  • Monster
  • Tales
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • I'm Your Man
  • Beyond the Lights
  • In a Better World
  • The Kindergarten Teacher
  • Sweet Bean
  • Obvious Child
  • The Tale
  • Little Forest
  • Losing Ground
  • Farewell Amor
  • Sand Storm
  • Winter's Bone
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • I Am Not a Witch
  • Fat Girl
  • Mustang