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by Melissa Silverstein
October 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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Women Centric Films Currently Playing

  • War Story 
  • Very Good Girls - Written and Directed by Naomi Foner 
  • Lucy 
  • Happy Christmas
  • A Five Star Life - Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi 
  • Tammy - Co-Written by Melissa McCarthy 
  • Obvious Child - Directed by Gillian Robespierre 
  • The Fault in Our Stars 
  • Maleficent – Written by Linda Woolverton 
  • We Are the Best! 
  • Belle - Directed by Amma Asante; Written by Misan Sagay
  • Ida


Women Directed Films Currently Playing

  • Land Ho! - Co-Written and Co-Directed by Martha Stephens 
  • Citizen Koch (doc) - Directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin 
  • Fed Up (doc) - Directed by Stephanie Soechtig 


Women Written Films Currently Playing

  • Sex Tape - Co-Written by Kate Angelo
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Co-Written by Amanda Silver


Upcoming Films


  • Around the Block - Directed by Sarah Spillane - August 1
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey - August 8
  • Mercenaries - August 8
  • Abuse of Weakness - Written and Directed by Catherine Breillat - August 15
  • If I Stay - August 22
  • May in the Summer - Written and Directed by Cherien Dabis - August 22
  • Jessabelle - August 29
  • The Congress - August 29
  • Last Weekend - August 29
  • Rocks in My Pockets - Written and Directed by Signe Baumane - September 5
  • Kelly and Cat - directed by Jen McGowan - September 5
  • Wetlands - September 5
  • Born to Fly (doc) - directed by Catherine Gund - September 10
  • Before I Go To Sleep - September 12
  • Altina - September 12
  • Tracks - September 19
  • Fort Bliss - Written and Directed by Claudia Myers - September 19
  • My Old Lady - September 10 (UK)
  • Gone Girl - October 3
  • The Good Lie - Written by Margaret Nagle - October 3
  • Sleeping with the Fishes - written and directed by Nicole Gomez Fisher - October 7
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya - October 17
  • 1,000 Times Good Night - October
  • Laggies - Directed by Lynn Shelton; Written by Andrea Seigel - October 24
  • Beyond the Lights - Written and Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood - November 14
  • Mockingjay: Part 1 - November 21
  • Wild - December 5
  • Annie - Written by Emma Thompson - December 19
  • Big Eyes - December 25


2015


  • Jane Got a Gun - February
  • Girlhood - written and directed by Celine Sciamma
  • Suffragette - Directed by Sarah Gavron, Written by Abi Morgan (UK release Jan)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey - Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson; Written by Kelly Marcel - February 14
  • Insurgent - March 20
  • Reese Witherspoon/Sophia Vergara Comedy - Directed by Anne Fletcher - May 8
  • Pitch Perfect 2 - Directed by Elizabeth Banks - May 15
  • Me  Before You - Directed by Thea Sharrock - August 21
  • The Nest - December 15


2016


  • Allegiant: Part 1 - March 18
  • Finding Dory - June 17


2017


  • Allegiant: Part 2 - March 25

 

Upcoming Women Directed


  • Rich Hill (doc) - co-directed by Tracy Droz Tragos - August 1
  • Web Junkie - directed by Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shlam - August 6
  • The Dog (doc) - co-directed by Allison Berg - August 8
  • Fifi Howls From Happiness (doc) - directed by Mitra Farahani - August 8
  • To Be Takei (doc) - directed by Jennifer M. Kroot - August 22
  • The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears - co-directed by Hélène Cattet - August 29
  • Last Days of Vietnam (doc) - directed by Rory Kennedy - September 5
  • Honeymoon- directed by Leigh Janiak - September 12
  • Art and Craft (doc) - co-directed by Jennifer Grausman - September 19
  • Pelican Dreams (doc) - Judy Irving - November 7
  • McFarland - directed by Niki Caro; Co-Written by Bettina Gilois - November 21
  • Unbroken - directed by Angelina Jolie - December 25
  • Selma - directed by Ava DuVernay - December 25


Women Directed 2015


  • Jupiter Ascending - Co-Written and Co-Directed by Lana Wachowski - February 6

Women Written 2015


  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children- written by Jane Goldman - July 31, 2015

Women Centric - Shooting/Finished Shooting/No Release Date 

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness - starring and directed by Natalie Portman
  • Brightest Star
  • Cake - Toronto 2014 premiere
  • Dark Places  
  • Eden - Directed by Mia Hansen-Love- Toronto 2014 premiere
  • Every Secret Thing - Directed by Amy Berg; Written by Nicole Holofcener - Tribeca 2014 premiere
  • Final Girl 
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins 
  • The Keeping Room - written by Julia Hart - Toronto 2014 premiere
  • Madame Bovary - Directed by Sophie Barthes
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Miss Julie - Directed by Liv Ullmann - will premiere in Toronto 2014
  • Miss Meadows - Written and Directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins - premiered at Tribeca 2014
  • Queen of the Desert 
  • Suite Francaise
  • Susan Cooper - Melissa McCarthy
  • Testament of Youth 
  • Train Wreck - written by Amy Schumer
  • The Woman in Gold - Helen Mirren
  • You're Not You


Women Directed - Shooting/Finished Shooting/No Release Date


  • The 33 - Patricia Riggen
  • A Second Chance - Susanne Bier
  • Adulthood - Katherine Randolph
  • Posh - Lone Sherfig
  • Serena - Susanne Bier
  • Strangerland - Kim Farrant (shooting)
  • The Voices - Marjane Satrapi
  • Your Right Mind - Ami Canaan Mann
  • Untitled Hannah Fidell


Future Women Directed


  • 6 Figures - Barbara Stepansky
  • A Fall From Grace - Jennifer Lynch
  • A Ghost Story - Jordan Scott
  • A Reliable Wife - Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • A Virgin Mary - Beth Schacter
  • Addicted - Rosemary Rodriguez
  • Alias Grace - Sarah Polley
  • All Quiet on the Western Front - Mimi Leder
  • The Archivist- Robin Wright, written by Ann Cherkis
  • The Bengali Detective - Mira Nair
  • Bombay Dreams – directed by Deepa Mehta, Written by Sabrina Dhawan
  • Brain on Fire - Dakota Fanning
  • The End - Drew Barrymore
  • The Fugees - Audrey Wells
  • Heist Society - Drew Barrymore
  • How to Be Single - Drew Barrymore
  • Human Resources - Courtney Hunt
  • Ithaca- Meg Ryan
  • Late Bloomers – Julie Gavras
  • Legacy - Thea Sharrock
  • Marburg - Isabel Coixet
  • Martian Time Slip - Dee Rees
  • My Life in Orange - Lone Scherfig
  • Pictures at a Revolution (doc) - Marina Zenovich
  • Phoenix - Amy Redford
  • Rapt- Susanne Bier
  • The Ride - Helen Hunt
  • The Rut- Karyn Kusama
  • Sammy – directed by Cherie Nowland; Written by Delia Ephron
  • Standing Tall - Catherine Deneuve - Emmanuelle Bercot
  • The Trials of Cate McCall - written and directed by Karen Moncrieff
  • Vivaldi – Patricia Riggen
  • The Boom Boom Room- Lian Lunson
  • The Fight Before Christmas - Anne Fletcher
  • Telling of the Shoes - written and to be directed by Amanda Goodwin
  • Then We Came to The End- Lynn Shelton
  • Unforgiving World - written by Nicole Holofcener, directed by Nanette Burstein
  • The Walls – Kimberly Peirce
  • What's the Point - Lake Bell

 


Future Films By and About Women


  • 33 Liberty Lane
  • A Place of Only Sky – Miranda Richardson
  • A Storm in the Stars - directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • A Thousand Guns – Vera Farmiga
  • A Quiet Passion - Cynthia Nixon
  • The Age of Adaline – Katherine Heigl
  • Alaska - directed by Sarah Polley
  • Au Pairs – written by Alexa Junge
  • A Woman of No Importance
  • Alive & Kicking – produced by Mia Hamm
  • American Honey - directed by Andrea Arnold
  • Baby Maker - Olivia Munn
  • The Beautiful and the Damned – starring Keira Knightley
  • Beautiful Girl
  • Beautiful Ruins
  • The Bell Jar – Julia Stiles
  • Best Buds – Natalie Portman
  • Bitch Posse - directed by Catherine Hardwicke
  • Bobbie Sue – starring Cameron Diaz
  • Business Trip – written by Stacey Harman
  • Callas - directed by Niki Caro
  • Cantinflas – written and directed by Gabriela Tagliavini
  • Captured – Isabelle Huppert
  • Carrie Pilby - Directed by Susan Johnson
  • Cassandra at the Wedding – written by Michelle Lipton
  • Castro’s Daughter
  • Class Act – Halle Berry
  • Clown Girl – written by Kristen Wiig
  • Daughter of the Queen of Sheeba
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Deadlocked- Helen Mirren
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  • Dreams of a Dying Heart- Hilary Swank
  • Earthbound – directed by Nicole Kassell
  • Elena’s Serenade – written by Sarah Wayne Callies
  • Emily the Strange – Chloe Moretz
  • Enchanted 2 – directed by Anne Fletcher, written by Jessie Nelson
  • The Engagements
  • Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle
  • Factory Girls
  • Face Value - Rachel Weisz
  • Fallen
  • Five Men Who Broke My Heart – adapted by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin
  • Florence of Arabia – Charlize Theron
  • Forest- Ellen Page - directed by Patricia Rozema
  • Four Saints
  • Freeheld- Ellen Page
  • French Women Don’t Get Fat
  • From the Rough – Taraji P. Henson
  • The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League- written by Lorene Scafaria
  • Girl Soldier – Uma Thurman
  • Girls Like Us
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • Girls Night Out- Dakota Fanning
  • Golden Gate 
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Goree Girls – Jennifer Aniston
  • The Grandmother - directed by Anne Fontaine
  • The Greens Are Gone
  • The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
  • Heaven & Earth - directed by Marleen Gorris
  • The Hero - directed by Antoinette Beumer
  • Heroine
  • The Hive
  • Honey Pot
  • How to Get Divorced by 30 – written by Sascha Rothchild
  • In a Strange City
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • The Invisible X – directed by Karyn Kusama, Rachel Weisz
  • Is He The One- directed by Elizabeth Allen
  • Isabella Blow biopic
  • Jacqueline Ess: Her Will And Testament
  • Juliet
  • The Kid Table
  • Lady in the Locker Room
  • The Lady Who Went Too Far
  • Life After Life
  • Life Coach- Isla Fisher
  • Little Bee- Nicole Kidman
  • Little Women - written by Olivia Milch
  • Lost in Austen
  • The Low Self Esteem of Lizzy Gillespie – written by Mindy Kaling
  • Luna – Rachel Weisz
  • Lunch Lady – Amy Poehler
  • Maggie's Plan - written and directed by Rebecca Miller
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Mame- Tilda Swinton
  • Maudie - Sally Hawkins - directed by Aisling Walsh
  • Mean Moms - Directed by Beth McCarthy Miller
  • Ms. Faux Pas
  • Muktar Mai biopic (doc)
  • Mulan – Zhang Ziyi
  • My Ex-Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me – written by Hilary Winston
  • My Fair Lady – Keira Knightley, written by Emma Thompson
  • My Mother The Cheerleader – Julia Roberts
  • My Name is Jody Williams
  • My Stroke of Insight
  • My Ten Best Days – Amy Adams
  • The No Game – Shohreh Aghdashloo and Marcia Gay Harden, directed by Sherry Hormann
  • Object of Beauty - Amy Adams
  • On Chesil Beach
  • The Other Woman
  • Our Wild Life - Nicole Kidman
  • Peggy Lee Biopic – Reese Witherspoon
  • Pharm Girl – Reese Witherspoon
  • The Pioneer Woman
  • The Poisoners - Emily Watson, Anna Friel, Lena Headley
  • Preacher’s Daughter – written and directed by Michelle Mower
  • Pride and Prejudice and the Zombies 
  • Private Benjamin 
  • Pumas – Jennifer Aniston
  • Pure Life- Vera Farmiga and Elle Fanning written by Melora Donoghue
  • Queen Kristina – Sarah Polley, directed by Mika Kaurismaki
  • Ricki and the Flash- written by Diablo Cody
  • Rodham
  • Rule #1 - directed by Courtney Hunt
  • Satisfaction – Sharon Stone, Carice Van Houten, directed by Anya Camilleri
  • Scarpetta Franchise
  • The Seagull – Kristin Scott Thomas, Carey Mulligan
  • The Secret Scripture
  • Seeker
  • See You in Valhalla - Sarah Hylans
  • The Shaggs- directed by Katherine Dieckmann
  • The Signs of Living – Rosanna Arquette – directed by Gail Harvey
  • Silent Spring of Rachel Carson
  • Shoe Addicts Anonymous – Halle Berry - written by Kristen Buckley & Brian Regan
  • Smash
  • The Solitude of Prime Numbers – Isabella Rossellini
  • Someday My Price Will Come – Isla Fisher, written by Audrey Wells
  • Still of the Night - Michelle Monaghan, Susan Sarandon
  • Story of Your Life - Amy Adams
  • Sweet Baby Jesus – Bette Midler
  • Swindle - Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana
  • There Are Monsters - Elisabeth Moss
  • Three Days in Dublin – directed by Beth Lauren
  • Tink- Elizabeth Banks
  • Tomb Raider - written by Marti Noxon
  • Trevi
  • Under the Bridge
  • The Undomestic Goddess – written by Aline Brosh McKenna
  • Untitled Anita Linblom biopic - directed by Catherine Hardwicke
  • Untitled Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig - directed by Kristen Wiig
  • Untitled Female Road comedy – written by Annie Mumolo
  • Untitled film about female War Correspondents - Shonda Rhimes
  • Untitled Louise Thaden Aviation Film
  • Untitled Miranda Cosgrove – written by Emma Forrest
  • Up and Running: The Jami Goldman Story – written by Jami Goldman and Andrea Cagan
  • Voice from the Stone
  • Wait Till Helen Comes - directed by Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Wake- Miley Cyrus
  • Wicked Lovely – written by Caroline Thompson and directed by Mary Harron
  • What Alice Forgot – written by Katherine Fugate
  • When You Reach Me
  • Who is Doris Payne? – Halle Berry
  • Wild Oats – written by Claudia Myers
  • Words
  • Your Voice in my Head - directed by Francesca Gregorini
  • You're Not You - Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum

 

Future Films Written By Women

  • Anubis - Jane Goldman
  • Dash and Lily's Book of Dares - Lena Dunham
  • Indiscretion – Caroline Case
  • Hunting Eichmann - Ann Peacock
  • The Day I Turned Uncool – Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneu
  • The 5th Wave - Susannah Grant
  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus - Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan
  • Posh- Laura Wade
  • Rochester - Aline Brosh McKenna
  • Rust: Visitor in the Field - Aline Brosh McKenna
  • Straight Outta Compton – Andrea Berloff
  • Tusk, Tusk- Polly Stenham
  • Unscrupulous – Barbara Turner


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12 Comments

  • Ellie M | July 10, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    Wonderful list! Could please add...
    KELLY & CAL - Directed by Jen McGowan - September 5
    It is both directed by and about a woman

  • Laurie York | October 8, 2012 1:41 PMReply

    Please add the new film, "Women On The Land" http://www.WomenOnTheLand.com

    "Women on the Land is a timely film that connects the powerful back-to-the-land- women's self-sufficiency movement that began in the early 1970s with our pressing need today to create conscious communities, live sustainably, eat non-GMO food, and protect our bodies and Mother Earth from corporate greed. It's an awesome film that beckons us to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. Whether we plant a garden or simply make better choices at the grocery store, this film will inspire you to take action for our planet!"

    —Davina Kotulski, Ph.D.
    Author, Life Coach, Psychologist

  • Alexandra | June 8, 2012 8:38 PMReply

    Did I miss it or was Your Sister's Sister. Written and directed by Lynn Shelton and starring the amazing Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt

  • Maggie | June 8, 2012 6:55 PMReply

    Please check out our documentary "Girls Gone Vinyl" featuring more than 70 female artists in electronic music spanning the globe, produced by two women, written and narrated by women.

    Release Early 2013

    www.girlsgonevinyl.com

  • Melissa M. Wilson | June 1, 2012 1:48 AMReply

    Don't forget to add Rachel Ward for directing and writing "The Seduction". I believe it is getting ready to be shot in Paris. She also was one of the female directors to petition at Cannes for lack of women directors. KUDOS!

  • Gil | May 18, 2012 4:18 PMReply

    Where is NO GOOD DEED on this list? Screen Gems. Written by a woman, Aimee Lagos and starring a woman Taraji P Henson. Shooting now.

  • Laura Israel | May 12, 2012 1:46 PMReply

    I'd like to add Windfall (doc) to this list, released by First Run Features 2012. http://firstrunfeatures.com/windfall_reviews.html
    Producer/Director - Laura Israel, Producer - Autumn Tarleton, Co-Producer - Stacey Foster,
    Art Director - Alex Bingham, Sound mix - Margaret Crimmins. Thanks for the list, I'm happy to help extend it.

  • Anne Thompson | April 6, 2012 11:32 AMReply

    don't forget Titanic!

  • this entire blog is amazing.Keep up the great work.What an amazing amount of work must have gone into this compilation. | March 14, 2012 10:26 AMReply

    Who is Ann Biderman? Has anyone noticed that she is all alone out there in the world of TV with her amazing show Southland? The writing,directing acting are all absolutely outstanding and it is miraculous that her name is not Dick Wolf or Jerry Bruckheimer. What is her story?

  • Mad Sin Cinema | January 30, 2012 7:09 AMReply

    Can we add are film to this as well? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1701224/
    Woman Producer.
    All Female leads.
    And, given the lead girls improvised most of their dialogue, and filmed 1/3 of the film themselves (some just kids, 10, 13 and 14 years old) co-writing/d.p. work can be added to that.
    And 3 of the 4 songs from the soundtrack were written and performed by women.
    Trailer http://youtu.be/zz0-DS6B_Nw
    One of the songs from the film/co-star http://youtu.be/4dM70esIbw4

  • Maria | January 26, 2012 2:05 PMReply

    Can I add my film to this list? The Wine of Summer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2066133/
    Written, directed, produced and financed by women, featuring Elsa Pataky, Sonia Braga, Marcia Gay Harden, Najwa Nimri, Kelsey Chow and Mimi Gianopulos... many awesome women involved! Thanks!

  • Wang | February 3, 2011 2:44 AMReply

    This is an impressive list of women in film. When hiring a crew to work the project, will the first decision be to hire a female crew and balance the cast toward the female gender or to hire those who bring experience and voice to a project?

    I really liked the film"Hurt Locker" because it was a great film, not the fact that it was directed by a woman. I like Sophia Coppola's films because she brings a specific voice to her films and in "Lost in Translation" she did not feel compelled to include the obligatory "sex" scene in a relationship film.

    I do not think the craft should feel compelled to include a specific gender as a quality of perspective, unless there is a reason or project requirement. It looks like women are well on their way to producing product, and the market will tell us which is the more successful, if money still plays an important role in determining film success.

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