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35 Best Movies Directed by Women on Netflix

Discover and watch the best movies directed by women on Netflix: Everything featured on this list is Certified Fresh! Netflix has long courted women directors, using their streaming platform to curate and highlight artists who may have encountered roadblocks on the long, hard road to theatrical distribution. Among Netflix’s critically acclaimed original movies include Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce, Dee Rees’ Mudbound, Nahnatchka Khan’s Always Be My Maybe, Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life, and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard. Rounding out the collection are licensed movies like Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.

Read on to find the best movies directed by women on Netflix!


Tortilla Soup (2001)

Adjusted Score: 75.779%
Critics Consensus: An English remake of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup is as charming and flavorful as the dishes it features.
Synopsis: Retired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo shares an L.A. home with his three gorgeous, but single, adult daughters. Though he long... [More]
Directed By: María Ripoll


Julie & Julia (2009)

Adjusted Score: 84.374%
Critics Consensus: Boosted by Meryl Streep's charismatic performance as Julia Child, Julie and Julia is a light, but fairly entertaining culinary comedy.
Synopsis: Based on two true stories, "Julie & Julia" intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and... [More]
Directed By: Nora Ephron


American Honey (2016)

Adjusted Score: 87.145%
Critics Consensus: American Honey offers a refreshingly unconventional take on the coming-of-age drama whose narrative risks add up to a rewarding experience even if they don't all pay off.
Synopsis: Star, an adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American... [More]
Directed By: Andrea Arnold


The Old Guard (2020)

Adjusted Score: 91.64%
Critics Consensus: The Old Guard is occasionally restricted by genre conventions, but director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings a sophisticated vision to the superhero genre - and some knockout action sequences led by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood


Dumplin' (2018)

Adjusted Score: 87.951%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a solid soundtrack and a terrific cast, Dumplin' offers sweetly uplifting drama that adds just enough new ingredients to a reliably comforting formula.
Synopsis: Dumplin' (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her... [More]
Directed By: Anne Fletcher

Adjusted Score: 88.167%
Critics Consensus: The Breaker Upperers brings the laughs early and often, thanks to the dry wit -- and effervescent chemistry -- of writer-director-star duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.
Synopsis: Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.442%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.
Synopsis: Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha, now a... [More]
Directed By: Nahnatchka Khan

Adjusted Score: 89.071%
Critics Consensus: What Happened, Miss Simone? is a compelling -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- overview of its complex subject's singular artistic legacy and fascinating life.
Synopsis: Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina... [More]
Starring: Nina Simone
Directed By: Liz Garbus

Adjusted Score: 92.597%
Critics Consensus: Tender performances and a strong sense of style combine to create an eccentric, dreamy portrait of love and loneliness in On Body and Soul.
Synopsis: Two introverted people find out by pure chance that they share the same dream every night. They are puzzled, incredulous,... [More]
Directed By: Ildikó Enyedi

Adjusted Score: 93.703%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a bravura performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher is one American remake that retains its impact the second time around.
Synopsis: Writer-director Sarah Colangelo's sophomore feature film is based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays... [More]
Directed By: Sara Colangelo

Adjusted Score: 94.104%
Critics Consensus: Happy as Lazzaro uses a friendship's ups and downs as a satisfyingly expansive canvas for a picture rich with thematic and cinematic depth.
Synopsis: Lazzaro is a naive and optimistic twenty-year-old farmer; Tancredi is instead a young man with a fervid imagination. Between the... [More]
Directed By: Alice Rohrwacher


Miss Americana (2020)

Adjusted Score: 94.386%
Critics Consensus: Miss Americana provides an engaging if somewhat deliberately opaque backstage look at a pop star turned cultural phenomenon.
Synopsis: Miss Americana is a raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time during... [More]
Starring: Taylor Swift
Directed By: Lana Wilson


Set It Up (2018)

Adjusted Score: 93.767%
Critics Consensus: Set It Up follows the long-established outlines of the rom-com template -- and in the process, proves there's still substantial pleasure to be wrought from familiar formulas.
Synopsis: Harper and Charlie are overworked, underpaid assistants wasting their 20s slaving away for bosses who treat them like dirt and... [More]
Directed By: Claire Scanlon

Adjusted Score: 93.838%
Critics Consensus: Sand Storm marks an impressive first feature for debuting writer-director Elite Zexer that offers a perceptive -- and crucial -- look at patriarchal traditions.
Synopsis: Desert noon in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel. Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration--the marriage of her husband to... [More]
Directed By: Elite Zexer


Private Life (2018)

Adjusted Score: 96.888%
Critics Consensus: Private Life uses one couple's bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable - and too rarely dramatized - rite of adult passage.
Synopsis: The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly... [More]
Directed By: Tamara Jenkins


Yes, God, Yes (2020)

Adjusted Score: 97.8%
Critics Consensus: Natalia Dyer's charming performance -- and writer-director Karen Maine's sensitive work -- will leave audiences saying Yes, God, Yes to this coming-of-age dramedy.
Synopsis: Growing up in the Midwest in the early 00s, sixteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. But when an... [More]
Directed By: Karen Maine


Outside In (2018)

Adjusted Score: 95.891%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly brought to life by tenderly empathetic performances from Jay Duplass and Edie Falco, Outside In tells a sobering -- yet thoroughly absorbing -- story.
Synopsis: After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Shelton

Adjusted Score: 98.182%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys I've Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.
Synopsis: What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once? Lara Jean Song... [More]
Directed By: Susan Johnson


American Factory (2019)

Adjusted Score: 99.165%
Critics Consensus: American Factory takes a thoughtful -- and troubling -- look at the dynamic between workers and employers in the 21st-century globalized economy.
Synopsis: In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring... [More]


Atlantics (2019)

Adjusted Score: 102.034%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary, Atlantique suggests a thrillingly bright future for debuting filmmaker Mati Diop.
Synopsis: In Dakar, a group of construction workers abandon their work on a sky-scraper in response to months of withheld wages.... [More]
Directed By: Mati Diop, Mati Diop


The Half of It (2020)

Adjusted Score: 100.669%
Critics Consensus: For viewers in search of an uncommonly smart, tender, and funny coming-of-age story, The Half of It has everything.
Synopsis: Shy, straight-A student Ellie is hired by sweet but inarticulate jock Paul, who needs help winning over a popular girl.... [More]
Directed By: Alice Wu

Adjusted Score: 99.043%
Critics Consensus: Pick of the Litter has all the fluffy adorableness audiences expect from a puppy documentary, along with a story that's as edifying as it is heartwarming.
Synopsis: PICK OF THE LITTER follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become... [More]
Directed By: Dana Nachman, Don Hardy


13th (2016)

Adjusted Score: 100.444%
Critics Consensus: 13th strikes at the heart of America's tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.
Synopsis: The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither... [More]
Directed By: Ava DuVernay


Mudbound (2017)

Adjusted Score: 105.087%
Critics Consensus: Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.
Synopsis: Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees


Rocks (2020)

Adjusted Score: 98.971%
Critics Consensus: A fresh, funny coming-of-age story rooted in realistic characters and anchored with a meaningful message, Rocks is as solid as its title suggests.
Synopsis: ROCKS (15) is a popular teenager with big dreams for the future, brilliant friends and an adoring little brother EMMANUEL... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Gavron

Adjusted Score: 99.545%
Critics Consensus: Beychella forever.
Synopsis: Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé's historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America's historically black colleges and... [More]
Starring: Beyoncé Knowles
Directed By: Beyoncé Knowles


Circus of Books (2020)

Adjusted Score: 99.688%
Critics Consensus: Like the cheekily named store at this documentary's center, Circus of Books proves there are countless stories below the surface if we're only willing to look.
Synopsis: For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Mason


Whose Streets? (2017)

Adjusted Score: 100.882%
Critics Consensus: Whose Streets? takes a close-up look at the civil unrest that erupted after a shocking act of violence in Ferguson, Missouri - and the decades of simmering tension leading up to it.
Synopsis: Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look... [More]
Directed By: Sabaah Folayan

Adjusted Score: 102.99%
Critics Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist's life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.
Synopsis: Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her... [More]
Directed By: Radha Blank

Adjusted Score: 102.766%
Critics Consensus: A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.
Synopsis: When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Lears


Lady Bird (2017)

Adjusted Score: 116.038%
Critics Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
Synopsis: In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig


Shirkers (2018)

Adjusted Score: 102.182%
Critics Consensus: Shirkers uses one woman's interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.
Synopsis: Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic from teenage friends Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique--or it would have... [More]
Directed By: Sandi Tan

Adjusted Score: 101.978%
Critics Consensus: The Square offers an electrifying -- and edifying -- ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.
Synopsis: The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we... [More]
Directed By: Jehane Noujaim


Athlete A (2020)

Adjusted Score: 101.641%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet essential viewing, Athlete A shines an unforgiving light on horrific abuses -- as well as the culture that allowed them to continue unabated for years.
Synopsis: Athlete A follows a team of reporters from The Indianapolis Star as they investigate claims of abuse at USA Gymnastics,... [More]
Directed By: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

Adjusted Score: 103.527%
Critics Consensus: As entertaining as it is inspiring, Crip Camp uses one group's remarkable story to highlight hope for the future and the power of community.
Synopsis: In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle... [More]

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