Blokey movies directed by women

These seven films directed by women defy stereotypes and prove, once and for all, that directing is no longer just a man’s game.
1. Monster (2003)

Before the success of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins already made a name for herself bringing much darker characters to life. Her 2003 film, Monster, told the chilling true story of Aileen Wuornos, one of America’s most prolific female serial killers. Written and directed by Jenkins, Monster starred Charlize Theron as Wuornos in a seriously dramatic onscreen transformation. Thanks to Jenkins’ direction, Theron went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.

2. Billy Madison (1995)

Despite less than favourable reviews, Billy Madison was an instant hit with audiences when it debuted at the box office. Anyone around in the 90s remembers the endlessly quotable and hysterically offbeat comedy about a wealthy man-child forced to repeat school to earn his father’s inheritance. So who was responsible for all this warped, WTF goodness? That would be director Tamra Davis. Davis got her start directing music videos and went on to become one of the most prolific directors on this list… and Adam Sandler’s done alright for himself too.

3. The Hurt Locker (2009)

To date, there have been many successful films about war - but few depict it accurately and even fewer are directed by women. This is why Kathryn Bigelow is such a trailblazer in Hollywood. Her consistent delivery of unforgettable nail-biting thrillers proves that women shouldn’t be constricted by genre. Because of The Hurt Locker, Bigelow broke new ground and became the first woman to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director.

4. American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho was a film made against all the odds. After an eight year back-and-forth with various studios and lead actors, Mary Hallan beat out notable directors like David Cronenberg and Oliver Stone to take the reigns of the film. Hallan understood the source material for what it was- a satire, a critique of western culture- and not a senseless endorsement of violence. With this in mind, she co-wrote the screenplay and cast Christian Bale as the psychopathic Patrick Bateman. Despite all the controversy attached to the film and repeated budget cuts, Hallan persevered and delivered a masterpiece of modern cinema.

5. The Matrix (1999)

Who hasn’t seen The Matrix? Nobody, that’s who! It wasn’t just a critical and commercial success; it was a pop culture revolution that’s been influencing films ever since. What many people don’t know is that we have Lana and Lilly Wachowski to thank for that. The duo credit the influence of comic books in shaping their experimental style. Nearly twenty years after its debut, The Matrix remains a titan of modern cinema. The Wachowskis didn’t make a movie, they made a legacy.

6. Winter’s Bone (2010)

Female directors haven’t just given us great movies; we can also thank them for putting some of today’s biggest stars in the spotlight. Debra Granik, who directed Winter’s Bone, took a chance on upcoming young starlet Jennifer Lawrence and cast her as the central character- a young woman searching for her missing father. Granik goes for the jugular in her depictions of violence and poverty, and brought out a raw and gritty performance from Lawrence who would earn her very first Oscar nomination for the role.

7. Wayne’s World (1992)

When you think of stoner comedy, directors like Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith come to mind. But did you know that Wayne’s World, THE stoner comedy, was directed by a woman? Penelope Spheeris’ film about two deadbeats with their own cable access show left us with an abundance of timeless quotes, put Mike Myers on the map and gave us a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, so excellent, even Freddy Mercury loved it. What did we do to deserve Spheeris? In the words of Wayne and Garth: ‘we’re not worthy!’

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