The Me-Too movement is sweeping Hollywood and last week women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day (March 8). So we thought it would be a good moment to reflect on some of the best movies out at the moment that were directed by a woman. Did you know that half of film school graduates are women by only about 4% of Hollywood movies are directed by women? So if you’re looking for some girl-power inspiration, here are some of my favourite woman-directed movies of the last few years. (And they’re all certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes):

  1. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow). This is an amazing movie that will have you biting your nails to the quick! It’s about bomb-disposal operatives during the Iraq War and features fine acting by Jeremy Renner.
  2. Big (Penny Marshall). This is worth re-watching – Tom Hanks is a child stuck in a man’s body after accidentally getting his dearest wish granted. But we all need a bit of childish delight and wonder in our lives, and Big shows us it’s not very far if we just look.
  3. Clueless (Amy Heckerlin). Loosely (very loosely) based on Jane Austen’s beloved novel Emma, in this movie a beguiling Alicia Silverstone plays matchmaker and learns about love the hard way.
  4. Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins). My favourite superhero movie of all time. Every superhero movie I watch from now on is compared (usually unfavourably) to Wonder Woman. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour. Gal Gadot is wonderful, Chris Pine is delightful and the Amazons will take your breath away.
  5. Bridget Jones’s Diary (Sharon Maguire). Another one loosely based on a Jane Austen classic, this movie is as funny (though perhaps not as subtle) as the book and deserves to be watched over and over again.