In this article, we list the best films directed by female directors selected by film writers.
Best Movies Directed by Female Directors
5. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) – IMDb 7.7
American actor Bob, whose middle age is already married and has children, comes to Japan to shoot an advertisement. At the hotel where he stayed in Tokyo, he meets another American, the charming but serious Charlotte who came here after her husband. These two foreigners, who are very foreign in the country of these people who are far from their language and culture and who are drowning in the sea of communication, will suddenly get closer to a Tokyo weekend.
4. Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999) – IMDb 7.4
Galoup, the ex-officer of the French Foreign Legion, remembers the good days he lived while leading troops in Djibouti Bay. He had a hard temper at that time, but he was happy. Until he met the promising young novice soldier Sentain and fell into the web of jealousy.
Galoup believes that he is a fan, but his commander, who ignores him, should stop his attention to Staine. While fighting for it, Sentain, at the end, prepares jealousy and the end of himself.
3. Jeanne Dielman (Chantal Akerman, 1975) – IMDb 7.8
A lonely, obsessed and ritualed widow housewife does her daily work; takes care of the apartment where he lives with his young son. From time to time, he prostitutes to make ends meet. It is the first time that customers have an orgasm, and the woman’s life changes gradually.
Delphine Seyrig plays the leading role in this extraordinary film, directed by Chantal Akerman.
2. Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962) – IMDb 7.9
The feminist classic Five to Seven Cleo by Agnès Varda represents one of the most powerful examples of modernist European cinema. Describing the fear of death and illness of an urban woman with a unique understanding of time and space and the language of cinema, Varda opens a new window to women’s cinema in a trend that renews cinema like a new wave.
1. The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993) – IMDb 7.6
The Piano is the story of Ada and her daughter, a dumb pianist, set in the middle of the 19th century on the west coast of New Zealand. Ada, who has not spoken a single word since she was six, reflected this silence on her favorite piano and became a good pianist. Her father marries Ada with an agreement with a rich man from New Zealand, and the young woman takes her daughter and moves to this country she has never seen before. She has problems with her new husband and the young woman has to leave the piano. However, a surprise waiting for him will solve all the troubles in his life and make him a completely different person.