5 of our Fav Female-Directed Flicks

5 of our Fav Female-Directed Flicks

Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Bong Joon-Ho; when we envision our favorite filmmakers, how often do we consider female filmmakers? Try even naming one off of the top of your head. The voice and representation of women is too frequently overlooked amongst the film community. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are devoted to recognizing and celebrating the outstanding movies created by women, that only require our time and open-mind. On a weekend of self-care, take a moment to watch one (or all) of these films and honor the women that daringly challenge this historic boys’ club.

Here are 5 stellar films directed by female filmmakers: 

1. Olivia Wilde's Booksmart (2019)

    Directed by Olivia Wilde, this contemporary coming-of-age film is as refreshing as it is hilarious. We follow Amy and Molly, best friends and go-getters, as they navigate their senior year of high school. While they spent the duration of their high school years dedicated to academic excellence, the approach of graduation sends the girls into a frenzy to experience one final night of fun before separating into their adult lives. Basically a female-led Superbad.

    2. Rebecca Hall's Passing (2021)

    For fans of black-and-white film, Passing is a heart-wrenching and heavy-hitting film directed by Rebecca Hall. Inspired by the experiences of her own relatives, Hall depicts the reunion of two mixed-race women and childhood friends, Irene and Claire. Set in the 1920s, Irene identifies as a Black woman, while Claire has chosen to “pass” as white and marry a privileged, wealthy white man unaware of her secret identity. Bring tissues, you’ve been warned. 

    3. Lulu Wang's The Farewell (2019)

    Also based on a true story of the director Lulu Wang’s real life, The Farewell is a heartfelt and sincere depiction of family. Billi, a Chinese-American woman, returns to China to attend a sham wedding designed to reunite her family as they cherish their last moments with their Nai Nai, the only person unaware of her few weeks left to live. A story of humanity, humor, and heart.

    4. Greta Gerwig's Little Women (2019)

    This modern adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel is charming, witty, and perfect to watch with the whole family. Director Greta Gerwig vividly brings to life the whimsical March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they each discover a different journey of their own. One by one, the sisters depart from their quaint Massachusetts home to discover life, love, and adolescence. Did I also mention Timothee Chalamet plays the dashing Laurie? For a period piece, this movie never gets old. 

    5. Amy Heckerling's Clueless (1995)

    Last but not least, it would be irresponsible to compile a list of outstanding female-directed-films without the original chick flick, Clueless. Directed by Amy Heckerling, we see life through the lens of primped, pretty, and privileged Cher. At her Beverly Hills high school, Cher lives at the top of the popularity food chain. Morally devoted to maintaining this social hierarchy, Cher plays matchmaker until she discovers love herself in the most unexpected of places. Surely to become one of your faves, Clueless will always stay at the top of my list. “As if” any sleepover could be complete without this iconic 90’s throwback. 


    Faith @ Pallure