New Movies – 35 Best Movies Directed by Women on Netflix
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Discover and watch the best movies directed by women on Netflix: Everything featured on this list is Certified Fresh! Netflix has long courted women directors, using their streaming platform to curate and highlight artists who may have encountered roadblocks on the long, hard road to theatrical distribution. Among Netflix’s critically acclaimed original movies include Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce, Dee Rees’ Mudbound, Nahnatchka Khan’s Always Be My Maybe, Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life, and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard. Rounding out the collection are licensed movies like Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.
Read on to find the best movies directed by women on Netflix!
Adjusted Score: 75.775%
Critics Consensus: An English remake of Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup is as charming and flavorful as the dishes it features.
Adjusted Score: 84.356%
Critics Consensus: Boosted by Meryl Streep’s charismatic performance as Julia Child, Julie and Julia is a light, but fairly entertaining culinary comedy.
Adjusted Score: 87.147%
Critics Consensus: American Honey offers a refreshingly unconventional take on the coming-of-age drama whose narrative risks add up to a rewarding experience even if they don’t all pay off.
Adjusted Score: 91.667%
Critics Consensus: The Old Guard is occasionally restricted by genre conventions, but director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings a sophisticated vision to the superhero genre – and some knockout action sequences led by Charlize Theron.
Adjusted Score: 86.863%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a solid soundtrack and a terrific cast, Dumplin’ offers sweetly uplifting drama that adds just enough new ingredients to a reliably comforting formula.
Adjusted Score: 88.17%
Critics Consensus: The Breaker Upperers brings the laughs early and often, thanks to the dry wit — and effervescent chemistry — of writer-director-star duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.
Adjusted Score: 92.405%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.
Adjusted Score: 89.986%
Critics Consensus: What Happened, Miss Simone? is a compelling — albeit necessarily incomplete — overview of its complex subject’s singular artistic legacy and fascinating life.
Adjusted Score: 92.601%
Critics Consensus: Tender performances and a strong sense of style combine to create an eccentric, dreamy portrait of love and loneliness in On Body and Soul.
Adjusted Score: 93.71%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a bravura performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher is one American remake that retains its impact the second time around.
Adjusted Score: 94.109%
Critics Consensus: Happy as Lazzaro uses a friendship’s ups and downs as a satisfyingly expansive canvas for a picture rich with thematic and cinematic depth.
Adjusted Score: 94.462%
Critics Consensus: Miss Americana provides an engaging if somewhat deliberately opaque backstage look at a pop star turned cultural phenomenon.
Adjusted Score: 93.77%
Critics Consensus: Set It Up follows the long-established outlines of the rom-com template — and in the process, proves there’s still substantial pleasure to be wrought from familiar formulas.
Adjusted Score: 93.838%
Critics Consensus: Sand Storm marks an impressive first feature for debuting writer-director Elite Zexer that offers a perceptive — and crucial — look at patriarchal traditions.
Adjusted Score: 96.848%
Critics Consensus: Private Life uses one couple’s bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable – and too rarely dramatized – rite of adult passage.
Adjusted Score: 97.854%
Critics Consensus: Natalia Dyer’s charming performance — and writer-director Karen Maine’s sensitive work — will leave audiences saying Yes, God, Yes to this coming-of-age dramedy.
Adjusted Score: 95.893%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly brought to life by tenderly empathetic performances from Jay Duplass and Edie Falco, Outside In tells a sobering — yet thoroughly absorbing — story.
Adjusted Score: 98.14%
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.
Adjusted Score: 99.174%
Critics Consensus: American Factory takes a thoughtful — and troubling — look at the dynamic between workers and employers in the 21st-century globalized economy.
Adjusted Score: 102.047%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable supernatural drama rooted in real-world social commentary, Atlantique suggests a thrillingly bright future for debuting filmmaker Mati Diop.
Adjusted Score: 100.75%
Critics Consensus: For viewers in search of an uncommonly smart, tender, and funny coming-of-age story, The Half of It has everything.
Adjusted Score: 99.047%
Critics Consensus: Pick of the Litter has all the fluffy adorableness audiences expect from a puppy documentary, along with a story that’s as edifying as it is heartwarming.
Adjusted Score: 100.403%
Critics Consensus: 13th strikes at the heart of America’s tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.
Adjusted Score: 105.1%
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.
Adjusted Score: 98.879%
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.
Adjusted Score: 99.551%
Critics Consensus: Beychella forever.
Adjusted Score: 99.735%
Critics Consensus: Like the cheekily named store at this documentary’s center, Circus of Books proves there are countless stories below the surface if we’re only willing to look.
Adjusted Score: 100.887%
Critics Consensus: Whose Streets? takes a close-up look at the civil unrest that erupted after a shocking act of violence in Ferguson, Missouri – and the decades of simmering tension leading up to it.
Adjusted Score: 103.046%
Critics Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist’s life — and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.
Adjusted Score: 102.777%
Critics Consensus: A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.
Adjusted Score: 116.018%
Critics Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence — and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
Adjusted Score: 102.14%
Critics Consensus: Shirkers uses one woman’s interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.
Adjusted Score: 101.978%
Critics Consensus: The Square offers an electrifying — and edifying — ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.
Adjusted Score: 101.687%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet essential viewing, Athlete A shines an unforgiving light on horrific abuses — as well as the culture that allowed them to continue unabated for years.
Adjusted Score: 103.558%
Critics Consensus: As entertaining as it is inspiring, Crip Camp uses one group’s remarkable story to highlight hope for the future and the power of community.
New Movies – 35 Best Movies Directed by Women on Netflix
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