2021 Movies Written and/or Directed by Women

For the past couple of years I’ve compiled an anuual list of movies that are directed or written by women. This year is hard to predict, but here’s a preliminary list to get 2021 off to a good start. I’ll be updating every few weeks. Judging from how much the dates have changed in just the past few weeks I’m guessing these will move around a lot over the course of the year.

Updated: 1/13/21

JANUARY
Shadow in the Cloud Director: Roseanne Liang (Jan 1)
Pieces of a Woman Writer: Kata Weber (Netflix: Jan 7)
Herself Director: Phyllida Lloyd, Writers: Malcolm Campbell and Clare Dunne (Amazon Prime: Jan 8)
The 355  Writers: Simon Kinberg and Theresa Rebeck (Jan 15)
Double Dad Director: Cris D’Amato (Netflix: Jan 15)
One Night in Miami Director: Regina King (Amazon Prime: Jan 15 )
Identifying Features Director: Fernanda Valdez, Writer: Valdez & Astrid Rondero (Jan 22)
Our Friend Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Jan 22)
Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time Director: Lili Horvát  (Jan 22)
The Go-Go’s  Director: Alison Ellwood (Jan 24)
Beginning Writer & Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili (Jan 29)
The Dig Writer: Moira Buffini (Netflix: Jan 29)
Palmer Writer: Cheryl Guerriero (Jan 29)

FEBRUARY
Cinderella  Writer & Director: Kay Cannon (Feb 5)
Dear Comrades Co-writer: Elena Kiseleva (w/ director Andrey Konchalovskiy (Hulu: Feb 5)
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Writers: Annie Mumolo, Kristin Wiig (Feb 12)
Breaking News in Yuba County  Writer: Amanda Idoko (Feb 12)
I Blame Society Writer & Director Gillian Wallace Horvat (Feb 12)
Land Director: Robin Wright (Feb 12) (Premieres at Sundance)
RUTH: Justice Ginsberg in her own Words Director: Freida Lee Mock (Feb 12)
The World to Come  Director: Mona Fastvold (Feb 12)
Nomadland  Director: Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder (Feb 21)
Cherry Writers: Angela Russo-Otstot & Jessica Goldberg (In theaters Feb 26; Apple+ Mar 12)
My Zoe Writer & Director: Julie Delpy (Feb 26)
The United States vs. Billie Holiday  Writer: Suzan Lori-Parks (On Hulu, date TBD)
To All the Boys, Always and Forever, Lara Jean Writers: Jenny Han and Katie Lovejoy (Netflix, date TBD)

MARCH
Moxie  Director: Amy Poehler, Writer: Tamara Chestnut, Jennifer Mathieu (Netflix: Mar 3)
Chaos Walking  Co-screenwriter Lindsay Beer (Mar 5)
Raya and the Last Dragon Writer: Adele Lim (Disney+ Mar 5)

APRIL
Reminiscence  Writer & Director: Lisa Joy (HBO Max: Apr 16)
Last Night in Soho  Writers: Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Edgar Wright (Apr 23)

MAY
Marry Me  Director: Kat Coiro (May 14)
Cruella  Writers: Dana Fox, Kelly Marcel and Aline Brosh McKenna (May 28)

JUNE
Zola  Writer & Director: Janicza Bravo (June 30)

JULY

AUGUST
Hotel Transylvania 4 Directors: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska (Aug 6)
Respect  Director: Liesl Tommy, Writer: Tracey Scott Wilson (Aug 13)
Candyman  Director: Nia DaCosta (Aug 27)

NOVEMBER
Eternals Director: Chloé Zhao (Nov 5)
Black Widow  Director: Cate Shortland (Nov 6)
Encanto Writers: Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith (Nov 24)

DECEMBER
The Nightingale  Director: Melanie Laurent (expected Dec 21)
Wicked Writer: Winnie Holzman (Dec 22)

TBD
Beauty Writer: Lena Waithe (Netflix)
Bergman Island  Writer & Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Bruised Director: Halle Berry, Writer: Michelle Rosenfarb (Netflix)
Charlatan  Director: Agnieszka Holland
Don’t Worry Darling Director: Oliva Wilde
False Positive  Co-writer: Ilana Glazer
Fear Street  Director: Leigh Janiak
Harry Haft  Writer: Justine Juel Gillmor
I Carry You With Me  Director: Heidi Ewing
Jolt  Director: Tanya Wexler
Last Letter From Your Lover Director: Augustine Frizzell based on the book by Jojo Moyes
The Lost Daughter Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante
Love Sarah  Director: Eliza Schroeder
A Mouthful of Air  Writer & Director: Amy Koppelman
O2 Writer: Christie LeBlanc (Netflix)
Passing Writer & Director: Rebecca Hall, based the novel by Nella Larsen (Sundance)
The Power of the Dog  Director: Jane Campion (Netflix)
Red, White and Water Director: Lila Neugebauer
Saint Maud Writer & Director: Rose Glass
Seacole  Writers: Marnie Dickens and Dianne Houston
The Sky Is Everywhere Director: Josephine Decker, Writer: Jandy Nelson (Apple TV+)
The Souvenir: Part II  Writer & Director: Joanna Hogg
Things Heard and Seen Writers & Directors: Shari Springer Bergman & Robert Pulcini
Titane Writer & Director: Julia Ducournau


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