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
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Red Meadows
  • Wanda
  • Ticket of No Return
  • Dogfight
  • Smithereens
  • Poem of the Sea
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • The Eternal Breasts
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • 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
  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
  • Cameraperson
  • Sisters in Law
  • Paris Is Burning
  • 13th
  • The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
  • Anita
  • The Waldheim Waltz
  • Kedi
  • The Arbor
  • Home
  • 24 Weeks
  • Caramel
  • Things to Come
  • 35 Shots of Rum
  • The Forest for the Trees
  • Pure
  • All Good
  • Nancy
  • Lourdes
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
  • Away from Her
  • Beau Travail
  • Marianne and Juliane
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • Women Without Men
  • 3 Days in Quiberon
  • The Rider
  • The Milk of Sorrow
  • The Farewell
  • Monster
  • Tales
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • Beyond the Lights
  • Round Trip Heart
  • In a Better World
  • The Kindergarten Teacher
  • Sweet Bean
  • Obvious Child
  • The Tale
  • Little Forest
  • Losing Ground
  • Sand Storm
  • Winter's Bone
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • We Go Way Back
  • I Am Not a Witch
  • Fat Girl
  • Mustang
  • As I Open My Eyes
  • Microhabitat
  • Bhaji on the Beach
  • In Between
  • What Will People Say
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Girlfriends
  • Parched
  • Fish Tank
  • Love & Basketball
  • Wadjda
  • Atlantics
  • System Crasher
  • Celia
  • Slums of Beverly Hills
  • Leave No Trace
  • Smooth Talk
  • Girlhood
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • The Edge of Seventeen