Films by Women

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films directed by women, written by women or both.

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1. Every Secret Thing (2014)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

46 Metascore

A detective looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant's death.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Diane Lane, Brynne Norquist, Eva Grace Kellner, Lily Pilblad

Votes: 6,443

director Amy Berg and screenplay by Nicole Holofcener

2. Beyond the Edge (2013)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

59 Metascore

Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight, Joshua Rutter

Votes: 1,574

directed by Leanne Pooley

3. Hannah Arendt (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch

Votes: 9,600 | Gross: $0.71M

directed by Margarethe Von Trotta, screenplay by Pam Katz and Margarethe Von Trotta

4. Advantageous (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.

Director: Jennifer Phang | Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong

Votes: 4,008

directed by Jennifer Phang; written by Jennifer Phang and Jacqueline Kim

5. Little White Lie (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A film about denial, race, family secrets and a search for identity.

Directors: Lacey Schwartz, James Adolphus

Votes: 431

directed by Lacey Schwartz

6. Ride (I) (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.

Director: Helen Hunt | Stars: Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, Robert Knepper

Votes: 3,657

written and directed by Helen Hunt

7. Strangerland (2015)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

A family finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumors of their past.

Director: Kim Farrant | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan

Votes: 8,145 | Gross: $0.02M

directed by Kim Farrant; written by Fiona Seres

8. Not Waving But Drowning (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Leaving small-town life in her dust, Adele moves wide-eyed to New York City, and her best friend Sara is stuck in their boring hometown. Separate for the first time in their lives, the film... See full summary »

Director: Devyn Waitt | Stars: Vanessa Ray, Megan Guinan, Lynn Cohen, Scott Bryce

Votes: 296

written and directed by Devyn Waitt

9. The Hacker Wars (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

Ripped from international headlines, The Hacker Wars takes you to the front lines of the high-stakes battle over the fate of the Internet, freedom and privacy.

Directors: Vivien Lesnik Weisman, Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Stars: Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, Andrew Blake, Barrett Brown, Jaime 'asshurtmacfags' Cochran

Votes: 882 | Gross: $0.00M

directed by Vivian Lesnick Weisman

10. Dear Dumb Diary (2013 TV Movie)

PG | 84 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Based on the best selling series "Dear Dumb Diary" by Jim Benton. Follow Jamie Kelly, as she navigates Mackeral Middle School with the help of her best friend Isabella, her nemesis Angeline and the boy of her dreams, Hudson.

Director: Kristin Hanggi | Stars: Emily Alyn Lind, Mary-Charles Jones, David Mazouz, Sterling Griffith

Votes: 575

directed by Kristin Hanggi

11. Sleepwalker (2011)

Not Rated | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller

Can you kill while Sleepwalking?

Director: Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Angelica Lee, Siyan Huo, Charlie Yeung, Zonghan Li

Votes: 155

directed by Mona Fastvold

12. How I Got Over (2014)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

HOW I GOT OVER follows 15 homeless women as they craft an original play to be performed one-night-only at The Kennedy Center.

Director: Nicole Boxer | Stars: Cheryl P. Barnes, Shevanda Brantley, La Juana Clarke, Caroline Dempsey

Votes: 13

written and directed by Simone North

13. In Her Skin (2009)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A young teenage girl goes missing from a very loving home of two sisters and her parents. When attempted, the assistance from expected resources is limited in response to their pleas and ... See full synopsis »

Director: Simone North | Stars: Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto, Ruth Bradley, Sam Neill

Votes: 4,429

written and directed by Simone North

14. Aloft (2014)

R | 112 min | Drama

34 Metascore

A struggling mother encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier.

Director: Claudia Llosa | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent, William Shimell

Votes: 3,071 | Gross: $0.05M

written and directed by Claudia Llosa

15. Suffragette (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

67 Metascore

In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep

Votes: 34,933 | Gross: $4.69M

directed by Sarah Gavron; written by Abi Morgan

16. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

86 Metascore

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez

Votes: 3,534 | Gross: $0.47M

dir by Rory Kennedy

17. The Wolfpack (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.

Director: Crystal Moselle | Stars: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Krsna Angulo

Votes: 11,229 | Gross: $1.30M

dir by Crystal Moselle

18. Middle of Nowhere (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley Dickerson

Votes: 1,421 | Gross: $0.08M

written and directed by Ava DuVernay

19. It Felt Like Love (2013)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Lila wants to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on a tough older guy who will "sleep with anyone" and tries to insert herself into his world, putting herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation.

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Gina Piersanti, Jesse Cordasco, Giovanna Salimeni, Nugget

Votes: 2,020 | Gross: $0.03M

dir by Eliza Hittman

20. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

46 Metascore

Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford

Votes: 283,312 | Gross: $166.17M

dir by Sam Taylor-Johnson

21. Unexpected (2015)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.

Director: Kris Rey | Stars: Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, Elizabeth McGovern

Votes: 2,895

written by Kris Swanberg and Megan Mercier; directed by Kris Swanberg

22. I Believe in Unicorns (2014)

TV-14 | 80 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.

Director: Leah Meyerhoff | Stars: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz

Votes: 759

written and directed by Leah Meyerhoff

23. The 33 (2015)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin

Votes: 32,925 | Gross: $12.19M

directed by Patricia Riggen

24. She's Lost Control (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

59 Metascore

The professional and personal life of a sexual surrogate begins to unravel when she starts working with a new client.

Director: Anja Marquardt | Stars: Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laila Robins

Votes: 727 | Gross: $0.00M

written and directed by Anja Marquardt

25. Vessel (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

68 Metascore

A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

Director: Diana Whitten | Star: Rebecca Gomperts

Votes: 205

directed by Diana Whitten

26. Jenny's Wedding (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

33 Metascore

Jenny's parents and siblings are always trying to set her up with a man when she visits them. What they don't know is that she's already met the right person, her "roommate" Kitty, 5 years ago and she wants to marry her and start a family.

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer

Votes: 9,610 | Gross: $0.00M

written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue

27. The Riot Club (2014)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay

Votes: 20,105

28. Mississippi Damned (2009)

TV-MA | 120 min | Drama

Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

Director: Tina Mabry | Stars: Adam Clark, Malcolm Goodwin, Michael Hyatt, Malcolm David Kelley

Votes: 812

directed by Tina Mabry

29. Zipper (2015)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

39 Metascore

A successful family man with a blossoming political career loses all sense of morality when he becomes addicted to using an escort agency.

Director: Mora Stephens | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Ray Winstone, Richard Dreyfuss

Votes: 6,263

directed by Mora Stephens; written by Mora Stephens

30. Little Sparrows (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

Simple and sincere, celebrating life and the unconditional love of a mother.

Director: Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen | Stars: Nicola Bartlett, James Hagan, Nina Deasley, Melanie Lyons

Votes: 174

directed and written by Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen

31. A Five Star Life (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Forty-something Irene had a dream job that made her life easy: she was indeed a luxury hotel inspector and her work got carried out in a wonderful ever-renewed setting, from Paris to Gstaad... See full summary »

Director: Maria Sole Tognazzi | Stars: Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Fabrizia Sacchi, Gianmarco Tognazzi

Votes: 2,237 | Gross: $0.31M

directed by Maria Sole Tagnazzi

32. Live Nude Girls Unite! (2000)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Documentary look at the 1996-97 effort of the dancers and support staff at a San Francisco peep show, The Lusty Lady, to unionize. Angered by arbitrary and race-based wage policies, ... See full summary »

Directors: Vicky Funari, Julia Query | Stars: Julia Query, Jane, Siobhan Brooks, Kristina

Votes: 456 | Gross: $0.05M

directed by Vicky Funari and Julia Query

33. Slow Learners (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Jeff and Anne, two close friends and co-workers, are embarrassingly unlucky at love. They hatch a plan to transform themselves over the course of a sex-and-alcohol-fueled summer.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Adam Pally, Megan Neuringer, Bobby Spears Jr., Peter Grosz

Votes: 2,584 | Gross: $0.02M

directed by Sheena Joyce and Don Argott

34. October Gale (2014)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

48 Metascore

A doctor takes in a mysterious man who washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound. Quickly they both learn the killer has arrived to finish the job, while a storm has cut them off from the mainland.

Director: Ruba Nadda | Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman, Tim Roth, Aidan Devine

Votes: 2,006

directed and written by Ruba Nadda

35. Crescendo! The Power of Music (2014)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

El Sistema, Venezuela's phenomenal youth orchestra program, now a global movement, brings social transformation to disadvantaged children. Our film is an in-depth, verite-based look at ... See full summary »

Directors: Jamie Bernstein, Elizabeth Kling

Votes: 31

directed by Jamie Bernstein and Elizabeth King

36. American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013)

82 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

Grace Lee Boggs is an activist and philosopher in Detroit who has dedicated her life to the next American Revolution and the possibility of a better, more just future for all of humanity. ... See full summary »

Director: Grace Lee | Stars: Grace Lee Boggs, Danny Glover, Bill Ayers, James Boggs

Votes: 108

directed by Grace Lee

37. Sleeping with Other People (2015)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.

Director: Leslye Headland | Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jordan Carlos, Margarita Levieva

Votes: 36,988 | Gross: $0.81M

directed and written by Leslye Headland

38. A Teacher (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.

Director: Hannah Fidell | Stars: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips

Votes: 4,043

directed and written by Hannah Fidell

39. Plush (2013)

R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A young singer/songwriter, despite being married, becomes involved with her new guitarist, who she soon discovers has a dark past and may be a danger to her and those close to her.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, Cam Gigandet, Dawn Olivieri

Votes: 3,508 | Gross: $0.00M

directed and written by Catherine Hardwicke

40. Amorous (I) (2014)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama, Romance

Four fragile young people flee London to start an unconventional utopia, creating a world of fantasy that overwhelms them.

Director: Joanna Coates | Stars: Josh O'Connor, Hannah Arterton, Rea Mole, Daniel Metz

Votes: 841

directed by Joanne Coates

41. Meet the Patels (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

70 Metascore

An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way.

Directors: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel | Stars: Ravi Patel, Geeta Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel

Votes: 3,003 | Gross: $1.69M

co-directed by Geeta Patel

42. Sister (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.

Director: Ursula Meier | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 5,897

directed by Ursula Meier

43. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

Friends and family reflect on the life and death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in a targeted homophobic attack in Wyoming in 1998.

Director: Michele Josue | Stars: Michele Josue, Judy Shepard, Zeina Barkawi, Dennis Shepard

Votes: 1,420

directed and written by Michelle Josue

44. Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Naomi and Ely have loved each other their whole lives, even though Ely isn't exactly into girls. The institution of a "No Kiss List" has prevented the two from rifts in the past, but bonds are tested when they both fall for the same guy.

Director: Kristin Hanggi | Stars: Victoria Justice, Pierson Fode, Matthew Daddario, Ryan Ward

Votes: 8,497

directed by Kristin Hanggi and written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer

45. India's Daughter (I) (2015)

63 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The life and death of Jyoti Singh, an Indian medical student whose violation and murder by gang rapists exposed the violent misogyny of Indian society.

Director: Leslee Udwin | Stars: Asha Devi, Badri Singh, Satendra, Mukesh Singh

Votes: 1,854

dir by Leslee Udwin

46. Ayanda (2015)

105 min | Drama, Romance

In a community vibrant with migrants from across the African Continent, against the backdrop of unspoken love, a young woman tries to navigate a path for herself. But this is a world where ... See full summary »

Director: Sara Blecher | Stars: Fulu Moguvhani, O.C. Ukeje, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi

Votes: 89

directed by Sara Blecher and written by Trish Malone

47. The Testimony (2015)

Not Rated | 28 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has cost more lives than any other since World War II. THE TESTIMONY chronicles the largest rape tribunal in Congo's history, offering ... See full summary »

Director: Vanessa Block

Votes: 152