Top 50 Films Directed by Women (Part 2 of 2)

...Continued from Part 1, here is 25 - 1 in the Top Films Directed by Women List as compiled in September 2021:


25. A Silent Voice

Director: Naoko Yamada

Writers: Yoshitoki Oima, Reiko Yoshida, Kiyoshi Shigematsu Stars: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki

Year of release: 2016


24. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Director: Chantal Akerman

Writer: Chantal Akerman Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck

Year of release: 1975


23. Zero Dark Thirty

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writer: Mark Boal

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt

Year of release: 2012


22. Vagabond

Director: Agnès Varda

Writer: Agnès Varda

Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss

Year of release: 1985


21. Wonder Woman

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writers: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs

Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Year of release: 2017

Budget: $149,000,000 (estimated)


20. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Director: Cathy Yan

Writers: Christina Hodson, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm

Stars: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Year of release: 2020

Budget: $84,500,000 (estimated)


19. The Hurt Locker

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writer: Mark Boal

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty

Year of release: 2008

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)


18. Promising Young Woman

Director: Emerald Fennell

Writer: Emerald Fennell

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie

Year of release: 2020


17. Daisies

Director: Vera Chytilová

Writers: Vera Chytilová, Pavel Jurácek, Ester Krumbachová

Stars: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková

Year of release: 1966


16. Raw

Director: Julia Ducournau

Writer: Julia Ducournau

Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

Year of release: 2016


15. Beau Travail

Director: Claire Denis

Writers: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Herman Melville

Stars: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin

Year of release: 1999


14. The Piano

Director: Jane Campion

Writer: Jane Campion

Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill

Year of release: 1993


13. We Need To Talk About Kevin

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writers: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Stewart Kinnear, Lionel Shriver

Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

Year of release: 2011


12. Clueless

Director: Amy Heckerling

Writer: Amy Heckerling

Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Year of release: 1995


11. Point Break

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writers: Rick King, W. Peter Iliff Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Year of release: 1991


10. The Farewell

Director: Lulu Wang

Writer: Lulu Wang Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo

Year of release: 2019


9. You Were Never Really Here

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writers: Lynne Ramsay, Jonathan Ames Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov

Year of release: 2017


8. Nomadland

Director: Chloé Zhao

Writers:Chloé Zhao, Jessica Bruder Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May

Year of release: 2020


7. The Matrix

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Writers: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

Year of release: 1999


6. Little Women

Director: Greta Gerwig

Writers: Greta Gerwig, Louisa May Alcott Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh

Year of release: 2019


5. Cléo from 5 to 7

Director: Agnès Varda

Writer: Agnès Varda Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray

Year of release: 1962


4. American Psycho

Director: Mary Harron

Writers: Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner

Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas

Year of release: 2000


3. Lost in Translation

Director: Sofia Coppola

Writer: Sofia Coppola

Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi

Year of release: 2000


2. Lady Bird

Director: Greta Gerwig

Writer: Greta Gerwig

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Year of release: 2017


1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Director: Céline Sciamma

Writer: Céline Sciamma

Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami

Year of release: 2019



Thank you for reading! What would you submit as your Top 5? Do you think this is a good representation of the best films directed by women? Please share any thoughts or feedback on this list with me on social media @missenscenefilm!

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