The Best Films Directed By Women Available On Demand

The Babadook (dir. Jennifer Kent)

Plot: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

This critically acclaimed horror movie from 2014 announced Jennifer Kent as one of the most talented new voices in the independent scene. It is a horror movie about a grieving mother and her troubled son who begins to witness a monster in her their home. The creature becomes a manifestation of the mother’s fear, guilt and depression, and her attempts to battle it serve as a metaphor for her regaining her emotional strength.

Available on Netflix UK

Lost In Translation (dir. Sofia Coppola)

Plot: A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Sofia Coppola’s classic movie is about two American loners who strike up an unlikely friendship when they find each other at a Tokyo hotel. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star in this beautiful and melancholic character study of two people whose connection allows them to find themselves.

Available on Amazon Prime Instant UK

West Of Memphis (dir. Amy Berg)

Plot: An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Long before the Making A Murderer phenomenon, Amy Berg’s true crime documentary about the West Memphis Three exposed the failures of the United States justice system with great insight and justifiable rage. It is a two-and-a-half hour examination of the famous case that had unprecedented access to those involved and shocking evidence that reveals new truths about the mystery.

Available on Netflix UK

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)

Plot: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

We know the field is crowded but A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night might be the best Iranian feminist vampire movie yet. Joking aside, Ana Lily Amirpour made by far the coolest film of 2015 with this stylish hybrid of genres that cites westerns, horror movies and graphic novels as its influences.

Available on Amazon Prime Instant UK

Winter’s Bone (dir. Debra Granik)

Plot: An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

The Audience Award winner of the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 which went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards, one of which went to its then teenage star Jennifer Lawrence whose career was subsequently launched, Winter’s Bone was a classic break-out hit. It’s a haunting and tense movie about everyday heroism amongst the bleak setting of the Ozark Mountains.

Available on Netflix UK

The Hurt Locker (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

Plot: During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Kathryn Bigelow made history as the first woman to win a Best Director award for her work on The Hurt Locker. It is a nail-biting portrait of the hazardous day-to-day lives of a bomb disposal team in Afghanistan that eventually transforms into a thoughtful examination of the dangerously addictive nature of war.

Available on Amazon Prime Instant UK

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