Ladies!

Here are some movies for ladies, about ladies, and/or written or directed by ladies. Because feminism is important. And so is representation of women on film. And sometimes I get bored of watching so many movies all about dudes all the time, you know?

And yes I hope some day we don't need to add "woman" in front of the "director" title to distinguish them, but at the same time I don't think it's wrong to highlight some films made by women for the sake of list-making.



13 Going on 30 (co-writ. Cathy Yuspa)
35 Shots of Rum (writ./dir. Claire Denis)
$9.99 (dir. Tatia Rosenthal)

American Psycho (dir./co-writ. Mary Harron, co-writ. Guinevere Turner)
American Teen (dir. Nanette Burstein)
An Education (dir. Lone Scherfig, based on Lynn Barber's memoir)
Anna Christie (writ. Frances Marion)
Annie (1982) (writ. Carol Sobieski)
Away We Go (co-writ. Vendela Veda)

Bachelorette (writ./dir. Leslye Headland)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (co-writ./based on play by Lucy Alibar)
Beauty and the Beast (co-writ. Linda Woolverton)
Big Business (co-writ. Dori Pierson)
Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even (dir. Joan Micklin Silver)
Blood Tea and Red String (writ./dir. Christiane Cegavske)
Blue Beard (writ./dir. Catherine Breillat)
Born in Flames (co-writ./dir. Lizzie Borden)
Brave (co-dir./co-writ. Brenda Chapman, co-writ. Irene Mecchi)
Bridesmaids (writ. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo)
Bridget Jones's Diary (writ. Helen Fielding, dir. Sharon Maguire, insp. by Jane Austen)
Bright Star (writ./dir. Jane Campion)
Bringing Up Baby (co-writ./story by Hagar Wilde)
But I'm a Cheerleader (writ./dir. Jamie Babbit)

Casual Sex? (writ. Wendy Goldman and Judy Toll, dir. Geneviève Robert)
Circumstance (writ./dir. Maryam Keshavarz)
Clueless (writ./dir. Amy Heckerling, insp. by Jane Austen)
Coco Before Chanel (writ./dir. Anne Fontaine)

Daisies (writ./dir. Vera Chytilová)
Dance, Girl, Dance (co-writ. Vicki Baum and Tess Slesinger, dir. Dorothy Arzner)
Day Night Day Night (writ./dir. Julia Loktev)
Dead Space (writ. Catherine Cyran)
D.E.B.S. (writ./dir. Angela Robinson)
Desperately Seeking Susan (writ. Leora Barish, dir. Susan Siedelman)
Dimensions (dir. Sloane U'Ren)
Dirty Dancing (writ. Eleanor Bergstein)
Dirty Harry (co-writ. Rita M. Fink)
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (co-writ. Tara Ison)
Drones (co-dir. Amber Benson)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (writ. Lona Williams)
Duck Season (co-writ. Paula Markovitch)

El Calentito (co-writ./dir. Chus Gutiérrez)
Empire Records (writ. Carol Heikkinen)
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (co-writ. Susannah Grant)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (dir. Amy Heckerling)
Fear(s) of the Dark (feat. short film by Marie Caillou)
Fish Tank (writ./dir. Andrea Arnold)
For a Good Time, Call... (writ. Lauren Anne Miller and Katie Anne Naylon)
Frances Ha (co-writ. Greta Gerwig)
Frida (dir. Julie Taymor, co-writ. Diane Lake and Anna Thomas)
Friends with Kids (writ./dir. Jennifer Westfeldt)
Fright Night (writ. Marti Noxon)
Frozen (co-writ./co-dir. Jennifer Lee)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (writ. Olivia Hetreed, based on book by Tracy Chevalier)
Girlfight (writ./dir. Karyn Kusama)
Going the Distance (dir. Nanette Burstein)
Grace of My Heart (writ./dir. Allison Anders)
Grease 2 (dir. Patricia Birch)

Hairspray (co-writ. Leslie Dixon)
Halloween (co-writ. Debra Hill)
Harvey (co-writ./based on play by Mary Chase)
Hearts of Darkness (co-dir. Eleanor Coppola)
Hysteria (co-writ. Jonah Lisa Dyer, dir. Tanya Wexler)

I Am Love (co-writ. Barbara Alberti; essentially a modern-day version of The Awakening)
I Could Never Be Your Woman (writ./dir. Amy Heckerling)
I'll Take You There (writ./dir. Adrienne Shelly)
In a World... (writ./dir. Lake Bell)
It's Always Fair Weather (co-writ. Betty Comden)

Jane Eyre (writ. Moira Buffini, based on book by Charlotte Bronte)
Jennifer's Body (writ. Diablo Cody, dir. Karyn Kusama)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (dir. Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg)
Johnny Dangerously (dir. Amy Heckerling)
Julie & Julia (writ./dir. Nora Ephron, based on books by Julia Child and Julie Powell)
Just Like Heaven (co-writ. Leslie Dixon)

Kamikaze Girls (made by men but features an amazing portrayal of female friendship)
Kick-Ass (co-writ. Jane Goldman)

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (writ. Nancy Dowd)
Legally Blonde (writ. Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, based on book by Amanda Brown)
Lost in Translation (writ./dir. Sofia Coppola)
Lovely & Amazing (writ./dir. Nicole Holofcener)

Made in Dagenham (made by men but tells true story of women workers striking for equal pay)
Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (writ./dir. Sarah Jacobson)
Me Without You (co-writ./dir. by Sandra Goldbacher)
Meduzot (co-writ./dir. Shira Geffen)
Metropolis (1927) (writ. Thea von Harbou)
Min and Bill (writ. Frances Marion and Marion Jackson)
Mirror Mirror (co-writ. Melisa Wallack)
Miss Representation (dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom; doc on images of women in media)
Modern Girls (writ. Laurie Craig and Anita Rosenberg)
My Effortless Brilliance (co-writ./dir. Lynn Shelton)
My First Mister (writ. Jill Franklyn, dir. Christine Lahti)

Near Dark (co-writ./dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
New Waterford Girl (writ. Tricia Fish)
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (writ. Lorene Scafaria)
Night Catches Us (writ./dir. Tanya Hamilton)
Nine to Five (co-writ./story Patricia Resnick)

Office Killer (writ./dir. Cindy Sherman)
Once Upon a Mattress (dir. Kathleen Marshall)
Orlando (writ./dir. Sally Potter, based on book by Virginia Woolf)

Pariah (writ./dir. Dee Rees)
Penelope (writ. Leslie Caveny)
Pepperminta (writ./dir. Pipilotti Rist)
Pet Sematary (dir. Mary Lambert)
Please Give (writ./dir. Nicole Holofcener)
Point Break (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

Romance (writ./dir. Catherine Breillat)
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (writ. Robin Schiff)

Save the Last Dance (co-writ. Cheryl Edwards)
Shake, Rattle & Rock! (writ. Trish Soodik)
Singin' in the Rain (co-writ. Betty Comden)
Sita Sings the Blues (writ./dir. Nina Paley)
Slap Shot (writ. Nancy Dowd)
Smithereens (co-writ./dir. Susan Seidelman)
Somewhere (writ./dir. Sofia Coppola)
Stage Door (predominantly female cast of rad ladies, based on play co-writ. by Edna Ferber)
Stardust (co-writ. Jane Goldman)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (co-writ. Leigh Brackett)
Strange Days (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
Sugar and Spice (writ. Lona Williams, dir. Francine McDougall)
Super Mario Bros. (co-dir. Annabel Jankel)
Suspiria (co-writ. Daria Nicolodi)
Sweetie (writ./dir. Jane Campion)

Talk to Me (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Tank Girl (dir. Rachel Talalaly)
The Adventures of Mark Twain (writ. Susan Shadburne)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (writ./dir. Lotte Reiniger)
The Bling Ring (writ./dir. Sofia Coppola)
The Cake Eaters (dir. Mary Stuart Masterson)
The Decoy Bride (co-writ. Sally Phillips, dir. Sheree Folkson)
The First Wives Club (made by dudes but very woman-centric)
The Fog (co-writ. Debra Hill)
The Future (writ./dir. Miranda July)
The Heat (writ. Katie Dippold)
The Hours (insp. by Virginia Woolf, plus it has tons of female protagonists)
The Hunger Games (co-writ./based on book by Suzanne Collins)
The Hurt Locker (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
The Kids Are All Right (writ./dir. Lisa Cholodenko)
The Long Goodbye (writ. Leigh Brackett)
The Lost Boys (co-writ. Janice Fischer)
The Omega Man (co-writ. Joyce Hooper Corrington)
The Painting (co-writ. Anik Leray)
The Parking Lot Movie (dir. Meghan Eckman)
The Piano (writ./dir. Jane Campion)
The Runaways (writ./dir. Floria Sigismondi, based on book by Cherie Currie)
The Shining (co-writ. Diane Johnson)
The Terminator (co-writ. Gale Anne Hurd)
The To Do List (writ./dir. Maggie Carey)
The Virgin Suicides (writ./dir. Sofia Coppola)
Thelma & Louise (writ. Callie Khouri)
Tuvalu (co-writ. Michaela Beck and Lyudmila Merdzhanska)

(Untitled) (co-writ. Catherine DiNapoli)

Vamps (writ./dir. Amy Heckerling)

Walking and Talking (writ./dir. Nicole Holofcener)
Wayne's World (co-writ. Bonnie Turner, dir. Penelope Spheeris)
Wendy and Lucy (writ./dir. Kelly Reichardt)
What a Way to Go! (co-writ. Betty Comden)
Whip It (writ. Shauna Cross, dir. Drew Barrymore)
Winter's Bone (writ. Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, dir. Debra Granik)
With Love, Lilly (writ./dir. Larisa Sadilova)
Wreck-It Ralph (co-writ. Jennifer Lee)
Wuthering Heights (co-writ./dir. Andrea Arnold, co-writ. Olivia Hetreed)

X-Men: First Class (co-writ. Jane Goldman)

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (dir. Aviva Kempner; doc on pioneering comedy writer Gertrude Berg)
Young Adult (writ. Diablo Cody)
You've Got Mail (co-writ./dir. Nora Ephron, co-writ. Delia Ephron)

Zero Dark Thirty (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

PS Here is our podcast episode about the Bechdel Test.

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