Here’s a Great List of Movies Directed by Women, Recommended by Women Directors

It’s very easy to despair over the dearth of female directors in the film industry, and we often do. But it’s also important to acknowledge and celebrate the work of the women who are out there getting it done, and that’s where this wonderful post from Bitch Media comes in.

Following up on reader requests for female-helmed movies, writer Sarah Mirk reached out to Film Fatales, “a collective of female feature directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, collaborate on projects and create a supportive community in which to make their films.” That group furnished this list, and it is top-notch:

Recent Women-Directed Films That Everyone Should See:
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night by Ana Lily Amirpour
A Teacher by Hannah Fidell
Advantageous by Jennifer Phang
Apartment Troubles by Jess Weixler & Jennifer Prediger
Appropriate Behavior by Desiree Akhavan
Belle by Amma Asante
Beyond the Lights by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Caught by Maggie Kiley
Concussion by Stacie Passon
Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller
Honeytrap by Rebecca Johnson
I Believe in Unicorns by Leah Meyerhoff
It Felt Like Love by Eliza Hittman
Kelly & Cal by Jen McGowan
Little Accidents by Sara Colangelo
Lucky Them by Megan Griffiths
Obvious Child by Gillian Robespierre
Pariah by Dee Rees
Selma by Ava Duvernay
She’s Lost Control by Anja Marquardt
Sleeping with Other People by Leslye Headland
Stray Dog by Debra Granik
The Midnight Swim by Sarah Adina Smith
There Is A New World Somewhere by Li Lu
Vessel by Diana Whitten
Your Sister’s Sister by Lynn Shelton

Women-Directed Films That Inspired the Work of Film Fatales:
American Psycho by Mary Harron
Beau Travail by Claire Denis
Boys Don’t Cry by Kimberly Peirce
But I’m a Cheerleader by Jamie Babbit
Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnes Varda
Daisies by Vera Chytilova
Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash
Down to the Bone by Debra Granik
Fat Girl by Catherine Breillat
Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold
Gas Food Lodging by Allison Anders
Go Fish by Rose Troche
High Art by Lisa Cholodenko
In A Better World by Susanne Bier
Jesus Son by Alison Maclean
La Cienega by Lucrecia Martel
Me and You and Everyone You Know by Miranda July
Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair
Monster by Patty Jenkins
Near Dark by Kathryn Bigelow
Ratcatcher by Lynne Ramsay
Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair
Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley
Suburbia by Penelope Spheeris
Sweetie by Jane Campion
The Arbor by Andrea Dunbar
Thirteen by Catherine Hardwicke
Vagabond by Agnes Varda
Variety by Bette Gordon
Virgin Suicides by Sofia Coppola
Wadjda by Haifaa al-Mansour
Wendy and Lucy by Kelly Reichardt

Read more about it, and listen to Bitch Media’s podcast that inspired the list, here.