Four Movies You Didn’t Know Were Directed By Women
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Four Movies You Didn’t Know Were Directed By Women

Jessica Hamilton April 30, 2022

In 2022, it’s hard to believe how many women are directors, but only around 25% work on the highest grossing films. And even fewer are recognised for their work.

As a way to credit the efforts of female directors. I’ve compiled a list of extraordinary movies directed by women. Perhaps you’ve seen them, perhaps you haven’t. But read further and maybe you’ll discover a new favourite film.

So here are four movies you probably didn’t know were directed by women.

Clueless (1995) 

Urgh, as if Clueless could’ve been directed by a man! Amy Heckerling gave life to this iconic film in 1995. Decades later, it’s still relevant. It is timeless and we’ll never get sick of it. Also, not only did Heckerling take this movie in the right direction, she is actually credited as the writer of it.

LadyBird (2018)

LadyBird soon becomes your favourite film after watching it. It’s thoughtful, raw and honest. It also speaks volumes to young women struggling in adolescence. Greta Gerwig is to thank for this masterpiece. Following this, Gerwig breathed new life into Little Women and soon she’ll bring Barbie to life on the big screen with Margot Robbie. This isn’t forgetting her Academy Award nomination for LadyBird.

American Psycho (2000)

The playful wit and sharp satire of American Psycho easily made it a cult classic. Mary Harron bewildered audiences with this film, even after countless times watching. You still aren’t sure how to take it. Harron even co-wrote the film, showing her skills even more.

The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook is a remarkable horror film. Tackling issues of grief, caregiving and lone parenting. It’s terrifyingly unique and film critics love it. The director Jennifer Kert interestingly plays with the horror. And the response to it indicates more women should delve into the genre.

While you are here, please check out this article on five wholesome lesbian films you really have to watch.

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Jessica Hamilton is a freelance writer for HITC entertainment and has contributed to several sights across GRV media. She is currently on the MA journalism course at Kingston University and is working towards the NCTJ gold standard diploma which she will receive in April. Jessica has had years of experience writing and, like any young journalist, is keen to gain more. Currently residing in London, she is the editor of the Kingston Courier and has even court-reported at the Old Bailey.