Update to the Update: 2020 Movies Made by Women

What a year. It’s been hard to keep track of release dates. There have been times when I’ve asked myself what even is a 2020 movie. Is is a streaming movie? A drive-in movie? A movie that premieres in “select theaters” for a certain number of weeks and then is available VOD? After all these months, I’m still not totally sure what a virtual premiere is, and how it differs from a streaming premiere.

With the the Academy Awards delayed to April 25, 2021, the deadline for awards-eligible movies has extended to Feb 28, 2021, which should make for a more interesting January than usual. I’ve included releases for January and February of 2021 in this list even though I’m not sure how people will ultimately be thinking about this year of movies. Will the top ten lists be brought out in December, as usual? Or will people wait? (Do top ten lists even matter is another questions for another day . . . )

When possible, I noted where movies are streaming online–especially if they are exclusive to a particular streaming platform. Some of these titles, especially those coming out in December and January, will probably not be available on VOD until a couple of weeks after their official release date. I’m not sure if anyone refers to this list except for me, but, just in case, I will update it as 2020 winds down and things change…

(Updated 12/30/20)

Troop Zero Directors: Bert & Bertie (Jan 17 – streaming Amazon Prime) (My review)
The Turning 
Director: Floria Sigismondi (Jan 24 )
The Assistant  Writer & Director: Kitty Green (Jan 31) (My review)
The Rhythm Section  Director: Reed Morano (Jan 31)
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)
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; VOD 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; VOD May 12)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire  Writer & Director: Céline Sciamma (Feb 14) (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, Always  Writer & Director: Eliza Hittman (Mar 13) (My review)
The Roads Not TakenWriter & Director: Sally Potter (Mar 13) 
Stargirl  Director: Julia Hart  Writers: Kristin Hahn & Jordan Horowitz (Mar 13, Disney+) (My review)
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)
Wendy  Director: Benh Zeitlin, Writer: Benh and Eliza Zeitlin (Apr 17)

The Half of It  Writer & Director: Alice Wu (Netflix: May 1) (My review)
Becoming  Director: Nadia Hallgren  (Netflix: May 6) (My review)
Clementine Writer & Director: Lara Gallagher (May 8)
How To Build A Girl  Director: Coky Giedroyc, Writer: Caitlin Moran (May 8) (My review)
Valley Girl  Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg, Writer: Amy Talkington (May 8)
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) (My review)
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)
Mr. Jones
Director: Agnieszka Holland, Writer: Andrea Chalupa (Jun 19) (My review)
Miss Juneteenth  Writer & Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples (Jun 19) (My review)
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)
Amulet Writer & Director: Romola Garai (July 14) 
Radioactive Director: Marjane Satrapi (Amazon Prime: July 24) 
Summerland Writer & Director: Jessica Swale (July 31) (My review)

I Used To Go Here  Writer & Director: Kris Rey (Aug 7) (My review)
She Dies Tomorrow Writer & Director: Amy Seimetz (Aug 7)
Spinster Director: Andrea Dorfman, Writer: Jennifer Deyell (Aug 7)
An Easy Girl  Director: Rebecca Zlotowski (Netflix: Aug 13)
Boys State 
Co-Directors: Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss (Apple+ Aug 14) (My review)
The One and Only Ivan 
Director: Thea Sharrock, based on the book by K.A. Applegate (Disney+ Aug 21) (My review)
The Sleepover  Director: Trish Sie, Writer: Sarah Rothschild (Netflix: Aug 21)
African Violet   Director: Mona Zandi Haghighi (Aug 21)

The Mole Agent  Director: Maite Alberdi (Sept 1)
Love, Guaranteed  Writers: Hilary Galanoy and Elizabeth Hackett (Sept 3)
Cuties  Writer & Director: Maïmouna Doucouré (Netflix: Sept 9) (My review)
Unpregnant Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg, based on novel by Jenni Hendriks (HBO Max: Sept 10)
I Am Woman Director: Unjoo Moon, Writer: Emma Jensen (Sept 11)
All in: The Fight For Democracy  Director: Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus (Amazon Prime: Sept 18)
Kiss The Ground  Directors: Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell (Netflix: Sept 22) (My review)
Resisterhood  Director: Cheryl Jacobs Crim (Amazon Prime: Sept 22)
Kajillionaire  Writer & Director Miranda July (In theaters Sept 25; VOD Oct 16)
Misbehavior Director: Philippa Lowthorpe, Writer: Rebecca Frayne (Sept 25)
Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles  Director: Laura Gabbert (Sept 25)
The Glorias  Director: Julie Taymor, Writer: Sarah Ruhl and Gloria Steinem (Amazon Prime: Sept 30) (My review)

A Call To Spy  Director: Lydia Jean Pilcher, Writer: Sarah Megan Thomas (Oct 2)
Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President  Director: Mary Wharton (Oct 2)
Dick Johnson Is Dead  Director: Kirsten Johnson (Netflix: Oct 2)
Once Upon A River  Writer & Director: Haroula Rose based on the novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Oct 2)
Save Yourselves!  Written & Directed: Alex Huston Fischer & Eleanor Wilson (Oct 2)
Aggie Director: Catherine Gund (Oct 7)
The 40-Year-Old Version Writer & Director: Radha Blank (Netflix: Oct 9) (My review)
Mainstream Writer & Director: Gia Coppola (Oct 10)
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Director: Rachel Talalay (Netflix: Oct 15)
The Way I See It  Director: Dawn Porter (MSNBC: Oct 16) (My review)
What The Constitution Means to Me Director: Marielle Heller, Writer: Heidi Schreck (Amazon Prime: Oct 16)
The State of Texas V. Melissa Director: Sabrina Van Tassel (Oct 20)
Totally Under Control  Directors: Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, & Suzanne Hillinger (Hulu: Oct 20) (My review)
Rebecca  Writer: Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier (Netflix: Oct 21)
Friendsgiving  Writer & Director: Nicol Paone (Oct 23)
On The Rocks  Writer & Director: Sofia Coppola (Apple + Oct 23) (My review)
Over The Moon  Writers: Jennifer Yee McDevitt, Audrey Wells (Oct 23) (My review)
Holidate Writer: Tiffany Paulsen (Oct 28)
The Donut King  Director: Alice Gu (Oct 30)
Us Kids Director: Kim A. Snyder (Oct 30)

Proxima Writer & Director: Alice Winocour (Nov 6)
Come Away Director: Brenda Chapman (Nov 13)
Born to Be Director: Tania Cypriano (Nov 18)
The Princess Switch: Switched Again Writers: Robin Bernheim, Megan Metzger (Nov 19)
Hillbilly Elegy  Writer: Vanessa Taylor (Netflix: Nov 24)
Happiest Season
Director: Clea DuVall, Writers: Clea DuVall and Mary Holland (Nov 25)
Black Beauty  Writer & Director: Ashley Avis (Disney + Nov 27)

Dear Santa Director: Dana Nachman (Dec 4)
Elyse  Writer & Director: Stella Hopkins (Dec 4)
Godmothered Director: Sharon Maguire (Disney+ Dec 4)
La layenda negra  Writer & Director: Patricia Vidal Delgado (Dec 4)
Luxor Writer & Director Zeina Durra (Dec 4)
Mulan  Director: Niki Caro, Writers: Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek (Disney+ Dec 4)
The Black Book of Father Dinis Director: Valeria Sarmiento (Apple+ Dec 8)
The Planters  Directors: Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder (Dec 8)
Let Them All Talk Writer: Deborah Eisenberg (HBO Max: Dec 10)
Farewell Amor Director: Ekwa Msangi (Dec 11)
I’m Your Woman  Director: Julia Hart, Writers: Julia Hart & Jordan Horowitz (Amazon Prime: Dec 11)
The Stand In Director: Jamie Babbit (Dec 11)
Wander Darkly Writer & Director Tara Miele (Dec 11)
Sister of the Groom Writer & Director Amy Miller Gross (Dec 18)
Promising Young Woman  Writer & Director: Emerald Fennel (Dec 25) (My review)
Wonder Woman 1984
  Director: Patty Jenkins (Dec 25) (My review)

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Shadow in the Cloud Director: Roseanne Liang (Jan 1)
Pieces of a Woman Writer: Kata Weber (Jan 7)
Herself Director: Phyllida Lloyd, Writers: Malcolm Campbell and Clare Dunne (Amazon Prime: Jan 8)
I Blame Society Writer & Director Gillian Wallace Horvat (Jan 8; VOD Feb 12)
The 355  Writers: Simon Kinberg and Theresa Rebeck (Jan 15)
One Night in Miami Director: Regina King (Amazon Prime: Jan 15 )
Respect  Director: Liesl Tommy, Writer: Tracey Scott Wilson (Jan 15)
I Carry You With Me  Director: Heidi Ewing (January 21)
Chaos Walking  Co-screenwriter Lindsay Beer (Jan 21)
The Go-Go’s  Director: Alison Ellwood (Jan 24)
Breaking News in Yuba County  Writer: Amanda Idoko (Jan 29)
The Dig Writer: Moira Buffini (Netflix: Jan 29)
Palmer Writer: Cheryl Guerriero (Jan 29)

Cinderella  Writer & Director: Kay Cannon (Feb 5)
Land Director: Robin Wright (Feb 12)
The World to Come  Director: Mona Fastvold (Feb 12)
Nomadland  Director: Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder (Feb 21)
The United States vs. Billie Holiday  Writer: Suzan Lori-Parks (Feb 26)

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