10 Amazing Films Directed By Women

PSA: There ARE actually female directors...

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It's sort of an interesting oddity that although Hollywood frequently proclaims itself as one of the most liberal and forward-thinking areas of the US, it has an incredibly long way to go in terms of gender equality. Women represent just 17% of all behind the camera positions in the film industry, and when it comes to directing, the numbers are even more dismal.

Out of the top 250 highest grossing films of 2016, only seven percent were directed by women. And only one woman has ever won the Best Director Academy Award (Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker back in 2009).

Not ideal, right?

But things seem like like they might be on the verge of change: Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, just earned herself the highest box office result for a female director ever, and the film's gross has been one of the best for a non-sequel superhero film.

Despite adversity, there have been handfuls of female directors creating really wonderful, honest pieces of work, both from a female perspective and otherwise.

And since they tend not to get the attention they deserve, it's worthwhile to draw attention to their creativity here, if nowhere else.

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Audrey Fox is an ex-film student, which means that she prefers to spend her days in the dark, watching movies and pondering the director's use of diegetic sound. She currently works as an entertainment writer, joyfully rambling about all things film and television related. Add her on Twitter at @audonamission and check out her film blog at 1001moviesandbeyond.com.