UPDATE: 2020 Movies Directed or Written by Women


I’m reposting this movie calendar, since a lot of the release dates have shifted over the past couple of months. The blockbusters and big-budget pictures have been delayed, but many independent films are having digital premieres. I’m hoping to catch with some of them over the next few weeks . . .

In the meantime, here’s my ongoing list of 2020 movies written or directed by women. These are mostly narrative films, but I’ve thrown in some documentaries, too. I’ve included specific dates when available, and some color-coding to help make sense of all the postponements and streaming changes due to quarantine.

BLACK = theatrical release (this summer and fall most theatrical releases will probably also be available VOD on this date)
GREEN = originated in and/or intended for theaters, now available VOD
PURPLE = originating on streaming subscription platforms

Last updated: 7/30/20

Troop Zero Directors: Bert & Bertie (Jan 17 – streaming Amazon Prime) 
The Turning 
Director: Floria Sigismondi (Jan 24 – now streaming)

The Assistant  Writer & Director: Kitty Green (Jan 31 – now streaming) (My review)
The Rhythm Section  Director: Reed Morano (Jan 31 – now streaming)
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana  Director: Lana Wilson (Netflix: Jan 31) (My review)

(See Sundance premieres in this post)

Birds of Prey  Director: Cathy Han, Writer: Christina Hodson (Feb 7) 
Horse Girl  Writers: Jeff Baena and Alison Brie (Netflix: Feb 7)
The Lodge
Co-directors: Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz (Feb 7 – now streaming)
To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You  Writer: Sofia Alvarez, based on the novel by Jenny Han (Netflix: Feb 12) (My review)
Buffaloed Director: Tanya Wexler (Feb 14 – streaming May 19)
I Was At Home But . . .  Writer & Director: Angela Schanelec (Feb 14)
Ordinary Love  Co-Directors: Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn (Feb 14)
The Photograph Writer & Director: Stella Meghie (Feb 14 – streaming May 12)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire  Writer & Director: Céline Sciamma (Feb 14 – now streaming) (My review)
The Rest of Us  Director: Aisling Chin-Yee, Writer: Alanna Francis (Feb 14)
Emma.  Director: Autumn de Wilde, Writer: Eleanor Catton (Feb 21) (My review)
The Last Thing He Wanted  WriterDirector: Dee Rees based the novel by Joan Didion (Netflix: Feb 21)
10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up  Writer & Director: Galt Niederhoffer (Feb 21)
All the Bright Places Writer: Liz Hannah, based on the novel by Jennifer Niven (Netflix: Feb 28)
Saint Frances  Writer: Kelly O’Sullivan (Feb 28)
  Director: Benh Zeitlin Writer: Benh and Eliza Zeitlin (Feb 28)

First Cow Director: Kelly Reichardt (Mar 6) (My review)
Go Back to China  Writer & Director: Emily Ting (Mar 6)
Hillary  Director: Nanette Burstein (Hulu documentary series: Mar 6) (My review)
Lost Girls  Director: Liz Garbus (Netflix: Mar 13)
Lost Transmissions  Writer & Director: Katharine O’Brien (Mar 13)
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often  Writer & Director: Eliza Hittman (Mar 13)
The Roads Not Taken  Writer & Director: Sally Potter (Mar 13) 
Stargirl  Director: Julia Hart  Writers: Kristin Hahn & Jordan Horowitz (Mar 13, Disney+)
Blow the Man Down  Co-directors: Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy (Amazon: Mar 20) (My review)
Crip Camp  Co-directors: James Lebrecht & Nicole Newnham (Netflix: March 25) (My review)
Tape  Writer & Director: Deborah Kampmeier (Mar 27)

See this post  for a list of SXSW movies were cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

The Other Lamb Director: Malgorzata Szumowska, Writer: C.S. McMullen (Apr 3)
Sea Fever  Writer & Director: Neasa Hardiman (Apr 10)
Selah and the Spades  Writer & Director: Tayarisha Poe (Amazon Prime: Apr 17)

The Half of It  Writer & Director: Alice Wu (Netflix: May 1)
Becoming  Director: Nadia Hallgren  (Netflix: May 6) (My review)

Valley Girl  Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg, Writer: Amy Talkington (May 8)
How To Build A Girl  Director: Coky Giedroyc, Writer: Caitlin Moran (May 8) (My review)
Lost Transmissions  Writer & Director: Katharine O’Brien (May 12)
Finding Ohana  Director: Jude Weng, Writer: Christina Strain (May 21)
Military Wives Writers: Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard (May 22)
Lance  Director: Marina Zenovich (ESPN: May 25)  (My review)
On The Record  Directors: Kirby Dick and Amy Zieling (HBO Max: May 27)
The High Note  Director: Nisha Ganatra, Writer: Flora Greeson (May 29)

Judy & Punch Writer & Director: Mirrah Foulkes (Jun 5)
Shirley Director: Josephine Decker  Writer: Sara Gubbins  (Hulu: Jun 5)
The Short History of the Long Road  Writer & Director: Ani-Simon Kennedy (Jun 16) 
(My review)
Miss Juneteenth  Writer & Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples (Jun 19)
Director: Shannon Murphy  Writer: Rita Kalnejais (Jun 19) (My review)
Feel The Beat  Director: Elissa Down (Netflix: Jun 19)
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn  Director: Ivy Meeropol (HBO: Jun 19) (My review)
House of Hummingbird  Writer & Director Bora Kim (Jun 26)

John Lewis: Good Trouble  Director: Dawn Porter (July 3) 
The Old Guard
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood (Netflix: July 10)
Relic  Writer & Director: Natalie Erika James and Christian White (July 10)
Secret Society of Second Born Royals  Director: Anna Mastro (Disney+ July 17)

Radioactive Director: Marjane Satrapi (Amazon Prime: July 24) 
Summerland Writer & Director: Jessica Swale (July 31) 

I Used To Go Here  Writer & Director: Kris Rey (Aug 7)
She Dies Tomorrow Writer & Director: Amy Seimetz (Aug 7)
Boys State 
Co-Directors: Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss (Apple+ Aug 14)

The One and Only Ivan 
Director: Thea Sharrock, based on the book by K.A. Applegate (Disney+ Aug 14)
African Violet   Director: Mona Zandi Haghighi (Aug 21)

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President  Director: Mary Wharton (In theaters Sept 9; VOD release: Oct 2)
  Writer & Director Miranda July (Sept 18)
The Glorias  Director: Julie Taymor, Writer: Sarah Ruhl and Gloria Steinem (Sept 25)

Candyman  Director: Nia DaCosta (Sept 25)

Nomadland  Director: Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder

Wonder Woman 1984  Director: Patty Jenkins (Oct 2)
As Sick As They Made Us  Writer & Director: Mayim Bialik (Oct 20)

Black Widow  Director: Cate Shortland (Nov 6)
Happiest Season Director: Clea DuVall, Writers: Clea DuVall and Mary Holland (Nov 25)
Hillbilly Elegy  Writer: Vanessa Taylor

Expected 2020-ish, Release date TBD
Aggie (documentary) Director: Catherine Gund
Black Beauty  Writer & Director: Ashley Avis
Breaking News in Yuba County  Writer: Amanda Idoko
Collection  Director: Marianna Palka
Come Away Director: Brenda Chapman
False Positive  Co-writer: Ilana Glazer
Fear Street  Director: Leigh Janiak
Harry Haft  Writer: Justine Juel Gillmor
Holidate  Writer: Tiffany Paulsen (Netflix)
Jolt  Director: Tanya Wexler
Love, Guaranteed  Writers: Hilary Galanoy and Elizabeth Hackett
Love, Weddings, and Other Disasters  Co-writer: Eileen Conn
Mainstream Writer & Director: Gia Coppola
Marry Me  Director: Kat Coiro
Mayday Writer & Director: Karen Cinorre
Mothertrucker  Writer & Director: Jill Solloway
A Mouthful of Air  Writer & Director: Amy Koppelman
Over The Moon  Writers: Jennifer Yee McDevitt, Audrey Wells
Passing Writer & Director: Rebecca Hall, based the novel by Nella Larsen
Pig  Writer: Vanessa Block
The Princess Switch: Switched Again Writers: Robin Bernheim, Megan Metzger
Rebecca  Writer: Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier
Saint Maud Writer & Director: Rose Glass 
Seacole  Writers: Marnie Dickens and Dianne Houston
The Stand-in  Director: Jamie Babbit
To All The Boys: Always and Forever, Laura Jean (Netflix)
The 40-Year-Old Version Writer & Director: Radha Blank (Netflix)
The United States vs. Billie Holiday  Writer: Suzan Lori-Parks
Things Heard & Seen Co-Writers & Co-Directors: Shari Springer Bergman & Robert Pulcini, based on the novel by Elizabeth Brundage
The Water Man  Writer: Emma Needell
The World to Come  Director: Mona Fastvold

Postponed Indefinitely
Mulan  Director: Niki Caro, Writers: Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek
Promising Young Woman  Writer & Director: Emerald Fennell
Radium Girls  Co-Directors: Lydia Jean Pilcher & Ginny Mohler, Writers: Ginny Mohler, Brittany Shaw


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