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  • Writer's pictureEllen Cheshire

21 Films #DirectedbyWomen since 2000

Updated: May 5, 2023

In celebration of International Women's Day in March 2020, I set myself the challenge to pick one film a year, directed by a woman since 2000. Given that later in the year I embarked on film viewing project to watch films sequentially from 1930 to 2020, I thought I'd revisit this list to see whether any new discoveries have moved those previously selected out of the top-spot!

What films would you add? Get in touch at @cheshellen

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 and starring Julie Delpy.

2008 Sita Sings the Blues, sensational musical animation from Nina Paley - a new entry replacing a very different kind of music experience, Mamma Mia.

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

2010 Edge, British independent drama directed by Carol Morley - a new entry replacing a similarly chilly Winter's Bone.

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

And a new addition for 2020...

2020 Emma., an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic from Autumn de Wilde.

Just to add, this is a really tough experiment, there was so many close calls.

There are plenty of other blogs on here about films #DirectedbyWomen do check them out.


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