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  • Writer's pictureEllen Cheshire

20 Films Directed by Women since 2000

Updated: May 5, 2023

In celebration of International Women's Day, I've set myself the challenge to pick one film a year, directed by a woman since 2000. These films have surpised, delighted, moved, amused or challenged me.

I've tried to select a mix of well-known titles alongside those that may need a little more tracking down. But well worth the effort.

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 Read how Mira Nair changed my life here

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, the first Saudi Arabian film to be written and directed by a woman, Haifaa al-Mansour

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

2015 Mustang, Turkish set film about five sisters directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven Read more

2016 Prevenge, a British comedy slasher film written by, directed by and starring Alice Lowe

2017 Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, an American bio-pic about the chap who created Wonder Woman and the two women in his life, directed and written by Angela Robinson

2018 The Rider, a hard-hitting drama using the real family who inspired it, written/directed Chloé Zhao

2019 The Portrait of a Lady on Fire, haunting French romance from Céline Sciamma

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