Women Filmmakers Seen in 2020

Decided to keep my previous list intact for future reference, but I want to keep logging these watches, so here's a new list for that.

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Decided to challenge myself to 1) watch more films by women, and 2) partake of the work of more different women. Thousands of women have made films over the years, and I have only seen the work of a select few. Let's change that!


Just for my own amusement, I'm going to also count my total watches of films (including shorts and rewatches) directed by women:

Total watches: 191

Total distinct films: 181

New-to-me filmmakers (denoted with +): 104

Maren Ade+ x2
Chantal Akerman+ x4
Lourdes Álvarez
Ana Lily Amirpour+ x2
Allison Anders+ x2…

Read notes
  • Little Women
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
  • Love and Anarchy
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me
  • The Light of the Moon
  • 24 Frames Per Second
  • Near Dark
  • The Arbor
  • 35 Shots of Rum
  • I Am Not a Witch
  • Orlando
  • The Skin
  • The Wonders
  • Gas Food Lodging
  • You Can't Do Everything at Once, But You Can Leave Everything at Once
  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't
  • Switched Destinies
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Forest for the Trees
  • Aves
  • Wonder Woman
  • Elles
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Europa Europa
  • Joyce at 34
  • Down in the Delta
  • The Fits
  • Losing Ground
  • The Invitation
  • It Felt Like Love
  • Aniara
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Je, tu, il, elle
  • Atlantiques
  • Peppermint Soda
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • Two Friends
  • Dirt Daughter
  • The Amateurist
  • Lovely & Amazing
  • Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood
  • Mamma Mia!
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • The Book of Mary
  • The 33
  • Blood Games
  • Mythica: A Quest for Heroes
  • The Old Guard
  • Adapt
  • Asparagus
  • Sun Don't Shine
  • On My Way
  • Sweetgrass
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • The Good Time Girls
  • The Assistant
  • Hooker on Campus
  • Pillars
  • You Are Not I
  • Whose Streets?
  • Miss Meadows
  • A Dry White Season
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Revisiting The Virgin Suicides
  • The Making of The Virgin Suicides
  • Unicorn Store
  • All We Had
  • Dude
  • The Bookshop
  • Mary Shelley
  • Shirley
  • Nettles
  • Gregory Go Boom
  • Desert Hearts
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • The Nightingale
  • The Velvet Vampire
  • The Slumber Party Massacre
  • The Killers
  • Fit Model
  • Pickle
  • An Act of Love
  • Hairat
  • American Mary
  • Leave No Trace
  • Privilege
  • Premature
  • The Strange Ones
  • J. M. Mondésir
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Variety
  • Dear Mom
  • Olivia
  • Stripped to Kill
  • Innocence and Experience: The Making of The Age of Innocence
  • Monday's Girls
  • In a Lonely Place Revisited
  • Girlfriends