Part 1: Films Directed by Women to Watch During Women’s History Month

Do you feel like you haven’t been doing enough for Women’s History Month? Or do you feel kind of powerless and unsure of how you, specifically, can support Women’s History Month? I know it is already the 10th. But I have compiled a list of films directed by women that you can stream. This post features films found on Amazon Prime.

American Honey (2016) Directed by Andrea Arnold

An trouble, unappreciated teenager runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door.

Awakenings (1990) Directed by Penny Marshall

Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to “awaken” the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life’s simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor.

Fits and Starts (2016) Directed by Laura Terruso

A struggling writer can’t seem to escape his wife’s literary success. When a road trip to a publisher’s salon takes an unexpected turn, he has to face his own creative shortcomings and find a way to regain control of his life and work.

Generation Wealth (2018) Directed by Lauren Greenfield

Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, workaholic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously autobiographical and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream, and the personal costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism, and greed. 

Lady Bird (2017) Directed by Greta Gerwig

A warm, affecting comedy about a high school senior who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of her senior year of high school.

Leave No Trace (2018) Directed by Debra Granik

Will and his daughter, Thom, have lived off the grid for years until both are put into traditional housing. After clashing with new surroundings, they embark on a journey home.

Motherland (2017) Directed by Ramona Diaz

Taking us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital, this cinematic experience drops the viewer like an unseen outsider into the hospital’s stream of activity. At first, the subjects are strangers. As the film continues, it becomes absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar.

Jinn (2018) Directed by Nijla Mumin

Seventeen year-old Summer explores conversion to the Muslim faith and is particularly drawn to teachings around the “Jinn,” supernatural beings. When Summer meets fellow Muslim, Tahir, their budding attraction causes a conflict between desire and piety. This film feels like an American Girl novel.

Landline (2017) Directed by Gillian Robespierre

Set in 1990’s Manhattan, when sisters Dana and Ali suspect their father is having an affair, cracks in their family façade begin to surface. The two sisters bond as they discover the reality of love while trying to uncover the truth about their father without their mother knowing. I could watch this film on repeat for eternity.

Madeline’s Madeline (2018) Directed by Josephine Decker

Madeline has become a part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother into their art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. This film explores how hard it is to define relationships with others and ourselves.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) Directed by Lynne Ramsay

Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be tragic and leave his mother to pick up the pieces.

The World Of Us (2016) Directed by Yoon Ga-Eun

Set in South Korea, two young friends, Sun and Jia, go through the ups and downs of youth. Sun is a transfer student who befriends Jia and they quickly bond. Their friendship is tested once bullies make them choose alliances.

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