10 Films You Didn’t Know Were Directed By Women

How Many Of These Did You Already Know?

It has come to our attention that part of the industries misconception of female filmmakers lies in the types of genres they “allow” women to direct in. You’re probably thinking the same, female director = romantic movie. In a recent interview I read with filmmaker Amma Asante she spoke about how men find it hard to trust women on set and that “Even when we are able, or allowed, to make movies we are making certain types of movies.”

Well to proove that women are more than capable of making movies outside of the realms of romance here are 10 films you probably didn’t think were directed by women.

The Babadook (2014)

Dir: Jennifer Kent


Around the time this came out I struggled to talk to a person who wasn’t raving about it. Such a successful horror film couldn’t have possibly be directed by a woman, right? Well it was and she was Australian too.

Triumph of The Will (1935)

Dir: Leni Riefenstahl


A bit controversial seeing as this is a Nazi propaganda film but the fact that such a powerful political party chose a woman to make it for them is definitely interesting especially considering the time period.

Big (1988)

Dir: Penny Marshall


Semi-romantic you could argue but I bet you didn’t think that famous scene with the floor piano was directed by a woman.

Point Break (1991)

Dir: Kathryn Bigelow


Kathryn Bigelow is well known for making great thrilling action cinema but did you know this one was hers. The remake however was not directed by a woman so make sure if you only watch one, it’s this one.

Waynes World (1992)

Dir: Penelope Spheeris


Such a classic comedy film showcasing that women can be goofballs just as much as men and make great entertaining films.

Deep Impact (1998)

Dir: Mimi Leder


Sci-fi, action, high stakes, woman director. Not a common combo in the 90’s but definitely one we need to see more of.

American Psycho (2000)

Dir: Mary Harron


Another controversial film on our list which shows that women aren’t afraid to tackle some of the trickier subject matters. With a great performance by Christian Bale and wonderful direction from Mary Harron I would recommend this film for a Halloween movie night.

Shrek (2001)

Dir: Vicky Jenson


This one you all know and love but I bet you didn’t realise it was co-directed by female director Vicky Jenson.

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

Dir: Catherine Hardwicke


Surfing and skateboarding? Sounds a bit like a boys film.  Wrong and take your gender generalising away from here. This one was directed by Thirteen & Twilight Director Catherine Hardwicke.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Dir: Kathryn Bigelow


We kinda cheated with this one. But seriously if you didn’t know Kathryn Bigelow directed this film your punishment is to just go watch it again. It also scored her one of only 5 ever female Oscar Directing wins.

Our recommendation for female films this week is every single one on this list. Comment below or let us know via our social media if you already knew these films had women directors and which films out there need more recognition.


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