15 responses to “180 Essential Films by Female Directors

  1. Your list is too short, You left out: Allison ANDERS/Leslie HARRIS/Anna BILLER/Nina MENKES/Zeinabou DAVIS/Jaimie BABBIT/..among others. Kindly update.

  2. Interesting list. Thanks for putting it together.

    I watch films #DirectedbyWomen obsessively and there are quite a number on this list I’ve yet to see. I agree with Pearl that film lovers would want to see films by the filmmakers she mentioned. Zeinabu irene Davis’ Compensation is a great film just to mention one. But there are SO many more women directors… far too many to include in a list like this. For people who want to explore MANY more women directors I invite you to visit the list I’ve been curating –
    http://directedbywomen.com/en/directedby.html list. There are currently 11,496 women directors on the list, but it’s a work in progress. Adding to the list continuously.

    • Thanks for sharing your list, Barbara! My article is comprised largely of films that have personally moved me, and ones I believe are worth celebrating. There are so many more to discover…

  3. I LIKE IT LIKE THAT, Darnell Martin (first African-American woman to write and direct a studio film). THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURE OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE written & directed by Maria Maggenti.

  4. I don’t see any record of Children’s Games by Zora Neale Hurston. I can only find two shorts directed by her. Can you help point me in the right direction to any info about it?

  5. Great list, but perhaps would love to see “The Holy Girl”/”The Headless Woman” by Lucrecia Martel, or “Unrelated” /”Archipelago” by Joanna Hogg, or “The Wonders” by Alice Rohrwacher up there too?

  6. How about adding Euzhan Palcy to this list. She is a French film director and a black lady from French West Indies. She is famous for directing ‘Sugar cane Halley’ and she has had the support of François Truffaut for this shooting.
    And she is also famous for ‘Dry White Season’ that she has directed in her twenties with Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando. It’s about apartheid in South Africa.
    Both of these movies are jewels. Euzhan Palcy is just amazing and her movies are so so meaningful!

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