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  • Writer's pictureEllen Cheshire

Stories Women Tell: Films Directed by Women

Updated: May 5, 2023

There has been much written this year about women film directors and the lack of opportunities for them.

So as people are pulling together their best films of 2015, I thought I'd pick 16 films, one from each year since 2000 directed by a woman.

If you haven't seen any of them, do take the time to track them down.

What films would you add?

2000 American Psycho, American-Canadian black comedy psychological horror directed by Mary Harron

2001 Monsoon Wedding, romantic drama in English, Hindi and Punjabi directed by Mira Nair

2002 Italian for Beginners, Danish romantic comedy directed by Lone Scherfig

2003 My Life Without Me, Canadian drama directed by Isabel Coixet

2004 Yes, British drama (in iambic pentameter) directed by Sally Potter

2005 The Producers, American musical-comedy directed by Susan Stroman

2006 Home, Swiss drama directed by Ursula Meier

2007 2 Days in Paris, French-German romantic comedy-drama directed by Julie Delpy

2008 Mamma Mia!, British musical directed by Phyllida Lloyd

2009 Bright Star, British-French-Australian bio-pic directed by Jane Campion

2010 Winter's Bone, American independent drama directed by Debra Granik

2011 Dreams of a Life, British drama-documentary directed by Carol Morley

2012 Stories We Tell, Canadian autobiographical documentary directed by Sarah Polley

2013 Wadjda, Saudi Arabian–German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour

2014 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Persian-language Vampire film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

2015 The Dressmaker, Australian Western-revenge-drama directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse

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