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The 100 Best Movies Written by Women

Welcome to our guide of the best movies written by women: These are highly Certified Fresh films (nothing on the list falls below 94%) whose screenplay credit goes in part or fully to women.

The journey begins nearly a century ago with 1925’s Battleship Potemkin, written by Nina Agadzhanova, inspired by her own participation in Soviet uprisings. Just two years later, Metropolis, cinema’s first sci-fi feature masterpiece, emerged out of Germany, written by Thea von Harbou. The 1930s were one of those peak decades for movies, in no small part thanks to King Kong (co-written by Ruth Rose), The Wizard of Oz (co-written by Florence Ryerson), and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Walt Disney had hand-picked Dorothy Ann Blank, a movie magazine writer, to identify and adapt tales into animation. Snow White was the first, and in the process Blank founded the studio’s Story Development Department.

Women were a driving force behind Alfred Hitchcock’s best romantic psychological thrillers. Joan Harrison became the first woman to be nominated for Best Screenplay with Foreign Correspondent at the 13th Academy Awards, with the also Harrison-written Rebecca winning Best Picture that night. Sally Benson and Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville co-wrote Shadow of a Doubt. Elizabeth Reinhardt co-wrote Laura, and Strangers on a Train was co-written by Czenzi Ormonde, who also acted as Hitchcock’s chauffeur as he never learned how to drive.

Suso Cecchi d’Amico helped lay the foundations of key Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves, along with Luchino Visconti’s opulent epic The Leopard. Betty Comden and Adolph Green were showered with Oscar, Tony, and Grammy nominations and wins throughout their six-decade musical-writing partnership, with Singin’ in the Rain their most enduring work.

Novelist Leigh Brackett adapted Rio Bravo and The Big Sleep, and worked on an early draft of The Empire Strikes Back, though she died before the movie came out. George Lucas’ earlier feature, American Graffiti, was co-written by Gloria Katz, who would go on to doctor the script to A New Hope, infusing Star Wars with its trademark sense of humor and fleshing out Princess Leia’s personality and arc. Another sci-fi classic of the era, E.T., was written by Melissa Mathison.

After Sofia Coppola‘s Lost in Translation Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay and nom for Best Director (only the third woman to be nominated at the time in Academy history), representation in the industry has been a constant topic of conversation and controversy. Ever since, there has been a consistent rise in critically acclaimed films solely written and directed by women. The players include Dee Rees (Pariah, Mudbound), Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Little Women), Chloé Zhao (The Rider), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Eliza Hittman (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Channing Godfrey Peoples (Miss Juneteenth), and more.

Read on to see the full list of the 100 best movies of all time written by women – arranged in chronological order. Click through on each title for full credits.

#112
#112
Adjusted Score: 106.074%
Critics Consensus: A technical masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin is Soviet cinema at its finest, and its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day.
Synopsis: After the success of Strike (1924), Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the... [More]
Directed By: Sergei M. Eisenstein

#111

Metropolis (1927)
97%

#111
Adjusted Score: 108.243%
Critics Consensus: A visually awe-inspiring science fiction classic from the silent era.
Synopsis: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Lang

#110

King Kong (1933)
98%

#110
Adjusted Score: 110.064%
Critics Consensus: King Kong explores the soul of a monster -- making audiences scream and cry throughout the film -- in large part due to Kong's breakthrough special effects.
Synopsis: "How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?" Enticed by these words, brunette leading... [More]

#109
Adjusted Score: 110.863%
Critics Consensus: With its involving story and characters, vibrant art, and memorable songs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set the animation standard for decades to come.
Synopsis: It was called "Disney's Folly." Who on earth would want to sit still for 90 minutes to watch an animated... [More]

#108

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
99%

#108
Adjusted Score: 119.317%
Critics Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.
Synopsis: L. Frank Baum's classic tale comes to magisterial Technicolor life! The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy,... [More]
Directed By: King Vidor, Victor Fleming

#107

Rebecca (1940)
100%

#107
Adjusted Score: 113.229%
Critics Consensus: Hitchcock's first American film (and his only Best Picture winner), Rebecca is a masterpiece of haunting atmosphere, Gothic thrills, and gripping suspense.
Synopsis: The second Mrs. de Winter is a shy and naive young woman, besotted with charming and urbane Maxim de Winter.... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#106

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
100%

#106
Adjusted Score: 109.451%
Critics Consensus: Alfred Hitchcock's earliest classic -- and his own personal favorite -- deals its flesh-crawling thrills as deftly as its finely shaded characters.
Synopsis: This is about the relationship between Uncle Charlie and his niece. He seems to be a good man on the... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#105

Laura (1944)
100%

#105
Adjusted Score: 109.581%
Critics Consensus: A psychologically complex portrait of obsession, Laura is also a deliciously well-crafted murder mystery.
Synopsis: This adaptation of Vera Caspary's suspense novel was begun by director Rouben Mamoulien and cinematographer Lucien Ballard, but thanks to... [More]
Directed By: Otto Preminger

#104

The Big Sleep (1946)
97%

#104
Adjusted Score: 105.795%
Critics Consensus: A perfect match of screenplay, director, and leading man, The Big Sleep stands as a towering achievement in film noir whose grim vitality remains undimmed.
Synopsis: The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#103
Adjusted Score: 107.586%
Critics Consensus: An Italian neorealism exemplar, Bicycle Thieves thrives on its non-flashy performances and searing emotion.
Synopsis: This landmark Italian neorealist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies, including a special Academy... [More]
Directed By: Vittorio De Sica

#102
#102
Adjusted Score: 105.405%
Critics Consensus: A provocative premise and inventive set design lights the way for Hitchcock diabolically entertaining masterpiece.
Synopsis: In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#101
#101
Adjusted Score: 111.193%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
Synopsis: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

#100

Rio Bravo (1959)
100%

#100
Adjusted Score: 104.771%
Critics Consensus: Rio Bravo finds director Howard Hawks -- and his stellar ensemble cast -- working at peak performance, and the end result is a towering classic of the Western genre.
Synopsis: Set in Texas during the late 1860s, Rio Bravo is a story of men (and women) and a town under... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#99

The Leopard (1963)
98%

#99
Adjusted Score: 103.357%
Critics Consensus: Lavish and wistful, The Leopard features epic battles, sumptuous costumes, and a ballroom waltz that competes for most beautiful sequence committed to film.
Synopsis: Arguably Luchino Visconti's best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of... [More]
Directed By: Luchino Visconti

#98
#98
Adjusted Score: 101.143%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads' last days of innocence.
Synopsis: This Academy Award-nominated classic, voted one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films Of All Time, features the coming... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#97

Halloween (1978)
96%

#97
Adjusted Score: 103.62%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: A young boy kills his sister on Halloween of 1963, and is sent to a mental hospital. 15 years later... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#96
Adjusted Score: 110.891%
Critics Consensus: Playing as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a remarkable portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's touching tale of a homesick alien remains a piece of movie magic for young and old.
Synopsis: Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 98.591%
Critics Consensus: Daughters of the Dust addresses its weighty themes with lovely visuals and a light, poetic touch, offering an original, absorbing look at a largely unexplored corner of American culture.
Synopsis: At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of... [More]
Directed By: Julie Dash

#94
Adjusted Score: 99.972%
Critics Consensus: With a fascinating real-life story and powerhouse performances from Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, What's Love Got to Do With It? is a can't miss biopic.
Synopsis: What's Love Got to Do With It? is the filmed biography of R&B/pop singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett), documenting her... [More]
Directed By: Brian Gibson

#93
Adjusted Score: 103.115%
Critics Consensus: A complex, stirring, and beautifully realized portrait of interconnected lives, Red is the captivating conclusion to a remarkable trilogy.
Synopsis: A beautiful model named Valentine crosses paths with a retired judge, whose dog she runs over with her car. The... [More]
Directed By: Krzysztof Kieslowski

#92

Before Sunrise (1995)
100%

#92
Adjusted Score: 102.485%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
Synopsis: The film revolves around the story of a young man and woman who meet on a train and impulsively decide... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 100.848%
Critics Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.
Synopsis: In this costume drama, based on the novel by Jane Austen, Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are left with almost... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#90
Adjusted Score: 101.453%
Critics Consensus: The Taste of Others is a fresh, witty comedy about the attraction of opposites. The characters are well-drawn and engaging and their social interactions believable.
Synopsis: Agnes Jaoui co-writes and directs this romantic comedy of manners set in France's rustic Provence. Unpolished and ultra-pragmatic industrialist Jean-Jacques... [More]
Directed By: Agnès Jaoui

#89

The Dish (2001)
96%

#89
Adjusted Score: 98.82%
Critics Consensus: A feel good movie without an abundance of mush.
Synopsis: In this comedy, as American astronauts prepare to make one giant leap for mankind, a small Australian town stumbles through... [More]
Directed By: Rob Sitch

#88

Monsoon Wedding (2002)
95%

#88
Adjusted Score: 98.148%
Critics Consensus: An insightful, energetic blend of Hollywood and Bollywood styles, Monsoon Wedding is a colorful, exuberant celebration of modern-day India, family, love, and life.
Synopsis: Following up on her controversial erotic drama Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Mira Nair directs this charming family drama... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 101.798%
Critics Consensus: Effectively balancing humor and subtle pathos, Sofia Coppola crafts a moving, melancholy story that serves as a showcase for both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
Synopsis: After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola offers a story of... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#86

Since Otar Left (2004)
96%

#86
Adjusted Score: 96.856%
Critics Consensus: A drama that's both funny and moving.
Synopsis: A family is forced into deception for the sake of their matriarch in this poignant drama. Three generations of women... [More]
Directed By: Julie Bertuccelli

#85

Grbavica (2007)
98%

#85
Adjusted Score: 98.688%
Critics Consensus: An emotionally blunt and gripping drama, Grbavica deftly explores the emotional toll that all wars take upon those who survive them.
Synopsis: A woman sees her own traumatic past reflected in the actions of her teenage daughter in this drama from first-time... [More]

#84

Persepolis (2007)
96%

#84
Adjusted Score: 101.216%
Critics Consensus: Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem, and the film's simple black-and-white images are effective and bold.
Synopsis: Marjane is precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who was nine years old during the Islamic Revolution when the fundamentalists... [More]

#83
Adjusted Score: 98.818%
Critics Consensus: This slow-moving French family drama is rich, complex, subtle and emotionally eloquent.
Synopsis: Time and romantic attraction threaten to sour a family relationship in this drama from writer and director Claire Denis. Lionel... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#82

Chop Shop (2008)
97%

#82
Adjusted Score: 98.476%
Critics Consensus: Filled with excellent performances, Ramin Bahrani's deft sophomore effort is a heartfelt, hopeful neorealist look at the people who live in the gritty underbelly of New York City.
Synopsis: A street-smart orphan determined to make a better life for himself and his sixteen year-old sister spends his days working... [More]
Directed By: Ramin Bahrani

#81

Mother (Madeo) (2010)
96%

#81
Adjusted Score: 99.091%
Critics Consensus: As fleshy as it is funny, Bong Joon-Ho's Mother straddles family drama, horror and comedy with a deft grasp of tone and plenty of eerie visuals.
Synopsis: Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d'être. Though an adult in years, Do-joon... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

#80

Pariah (2011)
95%

#80
Adjusted Score: 98.265%
Critics Consensus: Pulsing with authenticity and led by a stirring lead performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah is a powerful coming out/coming-of-age film that signals the arrival of a fresh new talent in writer/director Dee Rees.
Synopsis: Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

#79

Tomboy (2011)
96%

#79
Adjusted Score: 97.509%
Critics Consensus: In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.
Synopsis: A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays.... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#78
Adjusted Score: 100.31%
Critics Consensus: Visually lush, refreshingly free of family-friendly clatter, and anchored with soulful depth, The Secret World of Arrietty lives up to Studio Ghibli's reputation.
Synopsis: Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses... [More]
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

#77

Sister (2012)
96%

#77
Adjusted Score: 97.925%
Critics Consensus: Léa Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein are exceptional as downtrodden siblings in this sad and wintry character study.
Synopsis: Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister (Léa Seydoux) in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Brenda Davis

#76

Before Midnight (2013)
98%

#76
Adjusted Score: 105.889%
Critics Consensus: Building on the first two installments in Richard Linklater's well-crafted Before trilogy, Before Midnight offers intelligent, powerfully acted perspectives on love, marriage, and long-term commitment.
Synopsis: Before Midnight is an upcoming American romance drama film and the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#75

Enough Said (2013)
95%

#75
Adjusted Score: 102.242%
Critics Consensus: Wryly charming, impeccably acted, and ultimately quite bittersweet, Enough Said is a grown-up movie in the best possible way.
Synopsis: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her... [More]
Directed By: Nicole Holofcener

#74
#74
Adjusted Score: 100.711%
Critics Consensus: Starkly emotional and beautifully directed, The Selfish Giant uses a lovely script and some powerful performances to present some of the best that modern British cinema has to offer.
Synopsis: THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun... [More]
Directed By: Clio Barnard

#73

Wadjda (2013)
99%

#73
Adjusted Score: 103.264%
Critics Consensus: Transgressive in the best possible way, Wadjda presents a startlingly assured new voice from a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced.
Synopsis: WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a... [More]
Directed By: Haifaa Al-Mansour

#72

The Babadook (2014)
98%

#72
Adjusted Score: 107.467%
Critics Consensus: The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.
Synopsis: Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Kent

#71
Adjusted Score: 100.893%
Critics Consensus: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.
Synopsis: The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#70

Ida (2014)
96%

#70
Adjusted Score: 102.213%
Critics Consensus: Empathetically written, splendidly acted, and beautifully photographed, Ida finds director Pawel Pawlikowski revisiting his roots to powerful effect.
Synopsis: From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a... [More]
Directed By: Pawel Pawlikowski

#69
Adjusted Score: 101.011%
Critics Consensus: Boldly unconventional and refreshingly honest, Diary of a Teenage Girl is a frank coming-of-age story that addresses its themes -- and its protagonist -- without judgment.
Synopsis: Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#68

Inside Out (2015)
98%

#68
Adjusted Score: 112.797%
Critics Consensus: Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.
Synopsis: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life... [More]

#67

Mustang (2015)
97%

#67
Adjusted Score: 102.42%
Critics Consensus: Mustang delivers a bracing -- and thoroughly timely -- message whose power is further bolstered by the efforts of a stellar ensemble cast.
Synopsis: Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male... [More]
Directed By: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

#66
Adjusted Score: 99.801%
Critics Consensus: The Second Mother's compelling characters serve an artfully drawn, thought-provoking story that's beautifully brought to life by a talented cast.
Synopsis: Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live... [More]
Directed By: Anna Muylaert

#65

Son of Saul (2015)
96%

#65
Adjusted Score: 104.841%
Critics Consensus: Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience -- and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch.
Synopsis: In this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son,... [More]
Directed By: László Nemes

#64

Timbuktu (2015)
98%

#64
Adjusted Score: 102.195%
Critics Consensus: Gracefully assembled and ultimately disquieting, Timbuktu is a timely film with a powerful message.
Synopsis: Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim... [More]
Directed By: Abderrahmane Sissako

#63

The Wonders (2015)
96%

#63
Adjusted Score: 97.999%
Critics Consensus: The Wonders offers a charming coming-of-age tale that doubles as a quietly effective tribute to a vanishing way of life.
Synopsis: Rohrwacher's richly textured sophomore feature centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in central Italy. The dynamic... [More]
Directed By: Alice Rohrwacher

#62

The Fits (2016)
96%

#62
Adjusted Score: 99.657%
Critics Consensus: As gripping as it is unique, the thrillingly kinetic The Fits marks debuting writer-director Anna Rose Holmer as a singular talent.
Synopsis: An 11-year-old girl joins a dance drill team at her local rec center but her newfound teammates and friends begin... [More]
Directed By: Anna Rose Holmer

#61
Adjusted Score: 98.785%
Critics Consensus: The Innocents isn't always easy to watch, but its nuanced exploration of complex themes -- and its refreshing perspective -- are well worth the effort.
Synopsis: Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors... [More]
Directed By: Anne Fontaine

#60
Adjusted Score: 99.307%
Critics Consensus: Smart and refreshingly free of sentimentality, Long Way North takes viewers on a beautifully animated adventure grounded in fully realized characters and genuine emotion.
Synopsis: LONG WAY NORTH is set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg. Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy,... [More]
Directed By: Rémi Chayé

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 104.238%
Critics Consensus: A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.
Synopsis: What happens when the life you've worked so hard to build falls apart? In THINGS TO COME, Oscar nominee Isabelle... [More]
Directed By: Mia Hansen-Løve

#58

The Big Sick (2017)
98%

#58
Adjusted Score: 110.817%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Synopsis: Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#57

Félicité (2017)
98%

#57
Adjusted Score: 99.098%
Critics Consensus: Félicité depicts a culture and a setting unfamiliar to many viewers, but its themes - and Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu's performance - transcend borders.
Synopsis: Félicité is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into... [More]
Directed By: Alain Gomis

#56

Lady Bird (2017)
99%

#56
Adjusted Score: 116.012%
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

#55
Adjusted Score: 98.87%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Neurotic and manic, bold and magnetic, Paula (Dosch) is a muddle of contradictions. Fresh from an unceremonious dumping by her... [More]
Directed By: Léonor Serraille

#54

Mudbound (2017)
97%

#54
Adjusted Score: 105.074%
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

#53
Adjusted Score: 104.247%
Critics Consensus: My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.
Synopsis: After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster... [More]
Directed By: Claude Barras

#52
Adjusted Score: 97.143%
Critics Consensus: With rich characters and a thoughtful approach to timely themes, The Women's Balcony tackles complicated subjects with intelligence, compassion, and wit.
Synopsis: The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who... [More]
Directed By: Emil Ben-Shimon

#51

Border (Gräns) (2018)
97%

#51
Adjusted Score: 101.901%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, unpredictable, and brilliantly acted, Border (Gräns) offers a singular treat to genre fans looking for something different.
Synopsis: Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the... [More]
Directed By: Ali Abbasi

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 111.43%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Synopsis: In Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#49
Adjusted Score: 97.167%
Critics Consensus: Good Manners adroitly juggles disparate tonal shifts while taking a uniquely smart and sensitive look at female relationships.
Synopsis: Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny... [More]
Directed By: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas

#48

The Hate U Give (2018)
97%

#48
Adjusted Score: 106.281%
Critics Consensus: Led by a breakout turn from Amandla Stenberg, the hard-hitting The Hate U Give emphatically proves the YA genre has room for much more than magic and romance.
Synopsis: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#47

I Am Not a Witch (2018)
96%

#47
Adjusted Score: 98.596%
Critics Consensus: I Am Not a Witch approaches real-life injustices with a beguiling blend of sorrow, anger, and humor, marking debuting writer-director Rungano Nyoni as an exciting new talent.
Synopsis: After a banal accident in her village, Shula, an eight-year-old girl, is accused of witchcraft. After a quick trial, she... [More]
Directed By: Rungano Nyoni

#46

In Between (2018)
98%

#46
Adjusted Score: 99.951%
Critics Consensus: In Between takes a light yet nuanced approach to dramatizing complex, timely themes, further enriched by outstanding cinematography and powerful performances.
Synopsis: Three Palestinian women attempt to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel... [More]
Directed By: Maysaloun Hamoud

#45

Night Comes On (2018)
98%

#45
Adjusted Score: 99.259%
Critics Consensus: Steadily drawing viewers into its harrowing tale with equal parts grim intensity and startling compassion, Night Comes On heralds the arrivals of debuting director Jordan Spiro and her magnetic young stars.
Synopsis: Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks... [More]
Directed By: Jordana Spiro

#44

Oh Lucy! (2018)
98%

#44
Adjusted Score: 99.397%
Critics Consensus: Oh Lucy! roots its narrative quirks in universal themes and deep empathy for its characters, all brought to life by strong performances from a talented cast led by the thoroughly charming Shinobu Terajima.
Synopsis: Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she's... [More]
Directed By: Atsuko Hirayanagi

#43

The Rider (2018)
97%

#43
Adjusted Score: 104.437%
Critics Consensus: The Rider's hard-hitting drama is only made more effective through writer-director Chloé Zhao's use of untrained actors to tell the movie's fact-based tale.
Synopsis: Based on his a true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 103.241%
Critics Consensus: Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla Simón drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.
Synopsis: In Carla Simón's touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased... [More]
Directed By: Carla Simón

#41

The Tale (2018)
99%

#41
Adjusted Score: 101.55%
Critics Consensus: The Tale handles its extraordinarily challenging subject matter with sensitivity, grace, and the power of some standout performances led by a remarkable Laura Dern.
Synopsis: Based on the filmmaker's own story, THE TALE is an investigation into one woman's memory as she's forced to re-examine... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Fox

#40
Adjusted Score: 98.181%
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

#39

Western (2018)
96%

#39
Adjusted Score: 98.319%
Critics Consensus: Western earns the viewer's attention with an unpredictable, patiently told tale that evokes the spirit of the titular genre while adding its own unique touches.
Synopsis: A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote building site in the Bulgarian countryside. The... [More]
Directed By: Valeska Grisebach

#38
Adjusted Score: 97.305%
Critics Consensus: Surreal, unsettling, and finally haunting, The Wolf House is a stunning outpouring of creativity whose striking visuals queasily complement its disturbing story.
Synopsis: Maria, a young woman finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of... [More]

#37

Zama (2018)
96%

#37
Adjusted Score: 100.071%
Critics Consensus: Zama offers a series of scathingly insightful observations about colonialism and class dynamics -- and satisfyingly ends a long wait between projects from writer-director Lucrecia Martel.
Synopsis: Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him... [More]
Directed By: Lucrecia Martel

#36

Atlantics (2019)
96%

#36
Adjusted Score: 102.022%
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

#35
Adjusted Score: 102.715%
Critics Consensus: Birds of Passage traces the familiar arc of the drug crime thriller from a different direction that's as visually absorbing as it is hard-hitting.
Synopsis: From the Oscar (R)-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the... [More]

#34

Booksmart (2019)
96%

#34
Adjusted Score: 112.186%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Synopsis: The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high... [More]
Directed By: Olivia Wilde

#33
Adjusted Score: 101.234%
Critics Consensus: The Chambermaid uses one woman's experiences to take audiences inside a life -- and a culture -- that's as bracingly unique as it is hauntingly relatable.
Synopsis: Eve, a young chambermaid at a luxurious Mexico City hotel, confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of... [More]
Directed By: Lila Avilés

#32

The Farewell (2019)
97%

#32
Adjusted Score: 111.754%
Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
Synopsis: The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to... [More]
Directed By: Lulu Wang

#31

Little Women (2019)
95%

#31
Adjusted Score: 113.358%
Critics Consensus: With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig's Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 101.079%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by a breakout performance by Camila Morrone, Mickey and the Bear finds affecting drama at the crossroads of a young woman's coming-of-age journey.
Synopsis: In Anaconda, Montana, a strong-willed teenage girl navigates a loving but volatile relationship with her veteran father. In a desperate... [More]
Directed By: Annabelle Attanasio

#29

The Mustang (2019)
95%

#29
Adjusted Score: 100.145%
Critics Consensus: The Mustang finds fresh perspectives in a familiar redemption tale brought brilliantly to life by powerful performances from Bruce Dern and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Synopsis: Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to... [More]

#28
Adjusted Score: 101.221%
Critics Consensus: Tigers Are Not Afraid draws on childhood trauma for a story that deftly blends magical fantasy and hard-hitting realism - and leaves a lingering impact.
Synopsis: A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico's devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group... [More]
Directed By: Issa López

#27
Adjusted Score: 99.541%
Critics Consensus: Too Late to Die Young uses one family's experiences as the foundation for a dreamily absorbing drama with a poignant, lingering warmth.
Synopsis: Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía (16), Lucas (16) and Clara... [More]

#26

Toy Story 4 (2019)
97%

#26
Adjusted Score: 116.79%
Critics Consensus: Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending -- and perhaps concluding -- a practically perfect animated saga.
Synopsis: Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is... [More]
Directed By: Josh Cooley

#25

Working Woman (2019)
98%

#25
Adjusted Score: 98.987%
Critics Consensus: Working Woman delivers its timely message with a polemical force that hits hard without overpowering the engrossing story.
Synopsis: Orna, (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant.... [More]
Directed By: Michal Aviad

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 102.63%
Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and original, Blow the Man Down is a cinematic journey that's not to be missed.
Synopsis: Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine's rocky coast. Grieving the loss of... [More]

#23

Driveways (2020)
100%

#23
Adjusted Score: 102.566%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet powerful, Driveways is a character study anchored in fundamental decency -- and a poignant farewell to Brian Dennehy.
Synopsis: Director Andrew Ahn's intimate drama revolves around the unlikely friendship formed between a lonely young boy (Lucas Jaye) and his... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Ahn

#22

First Cow (2020)
96%

#22
Adjusted Score: 103.586%
Critics Consensus: First Cow finds director Kelly Reichardt revisiting territory and themes that will be familiar to fans of her previous work -- with typically rewarding results.
Synopsis: Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#21

The Half of It (2020)
97%

#21
Adjusted Score: 100.645%
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

#20
Adjusted Score: 101.158%
Critics Consensus: A striking debut for writer-director Kim Bora, House of Hummingbird delicately captures a turning point in one young woman's life.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a... [More]
Directed By: Kim Bora

#19

Miss Juneteenth (2020)
99%

#19
Adjusted Score: 104.334%
Critics Consensus: Like a pageant winner walking across the stage, Miss Juneteenth follows a familiar path -- but does so with charm and grace.
Synopsis: Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes... [More]

#18
Adjusted Score: 108.604%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and directed, Never Rarely Sometimes Always reaffirms writer-director Eliza Hittman as a filmmaker of uncommon sensitivity and grace.
Synopsis: Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder)... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#17
Adjusted Score: 111.779%
Critics Consensus: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
Synopsis: France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#16

Rocks (2020)
97%

#16
Adjusted Score: 99.003%
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

#15

Saint Frances (2020)
99%

#15
Adjusted Score: 102.739%
Critics Consensus: Saint Frances approaches an array of weighty issues with empathy, humor, and grace -- and marks star and writer Kelly O'Sullivan as a tremendous talent to watch.
Synopsis: Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job... [More]
Directed By: Alex Thompson

#14

Vitalina Varela (2020)
98%

#14
Adjusted Score: 99.768%
Critics Consensus: Rigorous and beautifully composed, Vitalina Varela is a quietly absorbing drama whose placid surface belies hidden depths.
Synopsis: Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon 3 days after her husband's funeral. She's been waiting for her plane... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Costa

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 105.19%
Critics Consensus: Another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry in the Disney canon, Raya and the Last Dragon continues the studio's increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever.
Synopsis: Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known... [More]
Directed By:

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