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 (excuse the lack of African movies, I just haven't seen enough yet) so I think there should be something on here for everyone.

I'm only adding movies I've seen, so feel free to add suggestions in the comments.

And finally, here are some more specific lists: Woman-made Documentaries, Women World…

There are 103 dramatic films in this list.

  • The Ascent
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • The Piano
  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Wanda
  • Dogfight
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Working Girls
  • The Beaches of Agnès
  • Home
  • 24 Weeks
  • Caramel
  • Things to Come
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Forest for the Trees
  • Pure
  • All Good
  • Lourdes
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
  • Beau Travail
  • Marianne and Juliane
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • Women Without Men
  • The Milk of Sorrow
  • Monster
  • Tales
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • In a Better World
  • Little Forest
  • Sand Storm
  • Winter's Bone
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • I Am Not a Witch
  • Fat Girl
  • Mustang
  • As I Open My Eyes
  • In Between
  • What Will People Say
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Fish Tank
  • Wadjda
  • Celia
  • Leave No Trace
  • Girlhood
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Breathe
  • The Apple
  • Disco Pigs
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • I Shot Andy Warhol
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Helter Skelter
  • Raw
  • The Babadook
  • American Psycho
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Laggies
  • Toni Erdmann
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Lady Bird
  • Clueless
  • Om Shanti Om
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Her Story
  • Orlando
  • Pariah
  • L'Animale
  • The Dancer
  • Tomboy
  • Summertime
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  • Bound
  • Fire
  • Seventeen
  • Beautiful Thing
  • Belle
  • Sakuran
  • The Beguiled
  • Selma
  • Mudbound
  • Mansfield Park
  • Sami Blood
  • Marie Antoinette
  • An Education
  • Bright Star
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • The Breadwinner
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed
  • Persepolis
  • A Silent Voice
  • Born in Flames
  • Madeline's Madeline
  • Attenberg