Watch These 9 Films by Women Directors to Honor Female Filmmakers

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After the invention of motion pictures, men only directed movies for a while. That is, up to the arrival of Alice Guy-Blaché. She was initially employed by French inventor Léon Gaumont, who also established the first cinema studio, as his secretary. However, Alice became the first woman to ever direct a movie with The Cabbage Fairy in 1896, opening the door for future generations of female filmmakers. It’s interesting to note that The Cabbage Fairy was the first fable to be adapted for the big screen.


Naturally, it wasn’t always simple. Women had to battle discrimination and gender preconceptions in addition to the challenges of the profession, as they did in many other areas that were dominated by men. For instance, Park Nam-Ok, the first female director of a Korean film, would not only have to carry her infant daughter on her back while filming but also prepare meals for the entire cast.

There are many female directors working now, whether in Hollywood or elsewhere. Women directors continue to provide us with excellent entertainment across a range of genres, from well-known ones like Sofia Coppola, Mira Nair, and Agnes Varda to others who are just beginning out in the film profession.

Do you know which notable film directors were in fact, women? Please list your favourite female directors in the comments section below. Enjoy the selection of films we’ve put together for you in the interim; they were all directed by women.

Promising Young Woman

2020 Emerald Fennell

They contend that being indifferent or taking no action after a crime is just as reprehensible as committing the crime itself. Cassie Thomas, the main character in Promising Young Woman, was unable to forgive everyone who remained silent when her classmate Nina was sexually assaulted. Later, Nina took her own life, and Cassie was the only person who was devoted to doing whatever it took to bring about justice for her. Although some of filmmaker Emerald Fennell’s decisions were critiqued, the feature film was well-received by critics for its audacity. The Best Original Screenplay Oscar was later won for it.



Chloé Zhao | 2021

Despite being a work of fiction, this movie will feel very much like a documentary describing life on the road in the US because it is an adaptation of the nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Frances McDormand, an actress, approached Chloe Zhao about the project after admiring some of her earlier work. Nomadland tells the tale of Fern, a woman who decides to traverse the nation in a van after becoming a widow and losing her job. She encounters other nomads along the route, each with a unique tale to tell, and learns new ways to establish connections in a way of life where no one stays for an extended amount of time. In the movie, a number of real-life nomads play fictionalised versions of themselves.



Amy Hackerling | 1995

Everything begins with a subpar grade. Cher Horowitz, a Beverly Hills high school student, decides to play Cupid and make two instructors fall in love in the hopes that once they are together, they won’t be as strict with their grades. Unexpectedly, it succeeds, and Cher discovers that she likes doing nice actions. She continues to lend a hand, but this time in classic Beverly Hills fashion, by giving an unpopular student a makeover to make her more “cool.” Cher ultimately pauses to consider her life choices when her friendship with a buddy suffers. Despite being almost 30 years old, Clueless is still regarded as a great coming-of-age movie with a cult following and a comedy spin-off.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins | 2017

Wonder Woman’s creation started in 1996. Yes, 21 years before it was published. It is a part of the DC superhero universe and is based on a comic book. Diana, an Amazonian princess, meets people for the first time when she saves Steve Trevor, a WWI soldier, and finds out about the conflict raging in the outside world. Diana leaves her homeland in an effort to track down and stop Ares, the Olympian god of war, who she believes to be the culprit. Gal Gadot was cast in the lead part despite some initial scepticism; but, after the film’s release, critics complimented both her performance and her on-screen chemistry with Chris Pine, who played Steve.

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow | 2009

There are numerous films about the battle. Nevertheless, if a new one is well-made, it hits you hard every time you watch it. From the moment Sergeant First Class William James joins his new team using explosives during the Iraq War, The Hurt Locker follows his life. Director Kathryn Bigelow experiences every suffering that war imposes on you, including conflicts within the team, friendship losses, and daily existence that is in mortal danger yet to which you somehow manage to grow numb while still experiencing intense worry. What if one doesn’t really wish to flee from war? is an honest and unsettling question posed by the film at its conclusion.

Now And Then

Leslie Linka Glatter | 1995

Coming-of-age tales are popular because everyone has experienced a moment when things appeared to be staying the same yet our perspectives on them abruptly changed. When four childhood friends reunite after a lengthy separation, they reflect on a particularly memorable summer in their hometown when they were getting ready to enter adulthood and had to deal with their parent’s divorce, the concept of death, their first kiss, and the meaning of friendship. It’s interesting to note that critics weren’t overly complimentary of Now and Then’s the plot, but the movie eventually gained a cult following.

Winter’s Bone

Winter's Bone

Debra Granik | 2010

Not every tale of growing up is a lovely one to think back on with nostalgia. Winter’s Bone depicts the unpleasant particulars of such an experience for a person whose early years of adolescence were neither carefree nor especially cheerful. Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Ree Dolly, must locate or establish the death of her father in order to live in the family home with her mentally ill mother and the two younger siblings she looks after. Ree’s father was involved in meth production, and before he vanished, he was planning to alert the authorities about additional meth cookers, which makes the issue worse. The film’s grittier subject matter and director Granik’s handling of it, as well as Lawrence’s performance, were universally praised by critics.

Across The Universe

Across The Universe

Julie Taymor | 2007

You are quite correct if the first thing that springs to mind when you hear this title is a classic song by The Beatles. The 1969 song by the British rock band served as the foundation for the plot of this musical romance drama written by director Julie Taymor and her collaborators. Jude, a young man from Liverpool, embarks on a quest to track down his biological father in the United States. When she eventually does, their relationship doesn’t go well, but Jude makes some new acquaintances and falls in love with Lucy. The 1960s setting of Across The Universe combines the Jude and Lucy love story with historical facts from the era, such as student riots and civil disturbance.



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