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):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.