We're in the thick of awards season, which means lots of conversations are happening both in real life and on the internet. One of the more popular topics has to do with the lack of female directors nominated. For instance, Greta Gerwig and Patty Jenkins were both left off the Golden Globe nominee list for Best Director. Despite both women directing two of the most critically acclaimed films this year, they got snubbed.
And then the most wonderful thing happened: throughout all of the outrage, Gerwig was nominated for a much-deserved Oscar. It still sucks - badly - that Jenkins is nowhere to be seen even though Wonder Woman broke pretty much every record there is to break, and the fact that Gerwig is the only female director nominated. (Where's Dee Rees' nomination?!)
Because it's ridiculous that men are still reaping the benefits of literally everything, we decided to put together a list of 20 movies you didn't realize (or forgot) were directed by women. Because females are strong as hell...and they make dope movies.
Pet Sematary directed by Mary Lambert.
You probably know this movie as the film that really scared you when you were little. It’s horrifying, and totally directed by a woman. Seriously, am I the only one who still gets nightmares from this?
Brave directed by Brenda Chapman.
The Disney/Pixar animated film was co-directed by Brenda Chapman. It made over $500 million dollars in the box office and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
The Babadook directed by Jennifer Kent.
You may know The Babadook as being an LGBT icon, but he’s also the titular monster from Jennifer Kent’s 2014 horror flick. It’s a cult classic and arguably one of the scariest movies from the last few years.
The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
This isn’t the firs time you’ll see Kathryn Bigelow’s name on this list. The powerhouse director helmed this 2008 drama starring Jeremy Renner.
Boys Don't Cry directed by Kimberly Peirce.
Hilary Swank took home the Oscar for her role as the transgendered Brandon Teena. The film was remarkably poignant and beautifully directed, and we have Kimberly Peirce to thank for that.
Keep reading for more films directed by women!