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: 4/21/21

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)
Love Sarah  Director: Eliza Schroeder (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
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)
RUTH: Justice Ginsberg in her own Words Director: Freida Lee Mock (Feb 12)
Saint Maud Writer & Director: Rose Glass (Feb 12)
To All the Boys, Always and Forever Writers: Jenny Han & Katie Lovejoy (Netflix: Feb 12)
The World to Come  Director: Mona Fastvold (Feb 12)
Food Club Director: Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg, Writer: Anne-Marie Olesen (Feb 19)
Nomadland  Director: Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder (Hulu: Feb 19)
Test Pattern Writer & Director: Shatara Michelle Ford (Feb 19)
My Zoe Writer & Director: Julie Delpy (Feb 26)
The United States vs. Billie Holiday  Writer: Suzan Lori-Parks (Hulu: Feb 26)

MARCH
Sophie Jones Writer & Director: Jessie Barr (Mar 3)
Moxie  Director: Amy Poehler, Writer: Tamara Chestnut, Jennifer Mathieu (Netflix: Mar 3)
Land Director: Robin Wright (VOD Mar 5)
My Salinger Year Writer & Director Philippe Falardeau, based on Joanna Smith Rakoff’s novel (Mar 5)
Raya and the Last Dragon Writer: Adele Lim (Disney+ Mar 5)
Cherry Writers: Angela Russo-Otstot & Jessica Goldberg (Apple+ Mar 12)

APRIL
Hysterical Director: Andrea Blaugrand Neins (Apr 2)
Madame Claude Writer & Director: Sylvie Verheyde (Apr 2)
Shiva Baby Writer & Director: Emma Seligman (Apr 2)
Sugar Daddy Director: Wendy Morgan Writer: Kelly McCormack (Apr 6)
Slalom Writer & Director: Charlene Favier (Apr 9)
Things Heard & Seen Writers & Directors: Shari Springer Bergman & Robert Puccini (Apr 29)
Never Gonna Snow Again Directors: Malgorzata Szumowska & Michal Englert (Apr 30)

MAY
Paper Spiders Writer: Natalie Shampanier (May 7)
Mainstream Writer & Director: Gia Coppola (May 21)
The Perfect Candidate Writer & Director: Haifa Al-Monsour (May 21)
Together Together Writer & Director: Nikole Beckwith (May 21)
What Lies West Writer & Director: Jessica Ellis (May 21)
Cruella  Writers: Dana Fox, Kelly Marcel and Aline Brosh McKenna (May 28)

JUNE
Holler Writer & Director: Nicole Riegel (June 11)
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For it Director: Mariem Pérez Riera (June 21)
False Positive  Co-writer: Ilana Glazer (June 25)
Zola  Writer & Director: Janicza Bravo (June 30)

JULY
Black Widow  Director: Cate Shortland (July 9)
Cinderella  Writer & Director: Kay Cannon (July 21)

AUGUST
Hotel Transylvania 4 Directors: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska (Aug 6)
Coda Writer & Director: Sian Heder (Aug 13)
Respect  Director: Liesl Tommy, Writer: Tracey Scott Wilson (Aug 13)
Ma Belle, My Beauty Writer & Director: Marion Hill (Aug 20)
Candyman  Director: Nia DaCosta (Aug 27)

SEPTEMBER
Reminiscence  Writer & Director: Lisa Joy (HBO Max: Apr 16)

OCTOBER
Last Night in Soho  Writers: Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Edgar Wright (Apr 23)

NOVEMBER
Eternals Director: Chloé Zhao (Nov 5)
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
Fear Street  Director: Leigh Janiak
Harry Haft  Writer: Justine Juel Gillmor
Here Before Writer & Director: Stacey Gregg
I Carry You With Me  Director: Heidi Ewing
Introducing, Selma Blair Director: Rachel Fleit (SXSW)
Jolt  Director: Tanya Wexler
Language Lessons Director: Natalie Morales (SXSW)
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
A Mouthful of Air  Writer & Director: Amy Koppelman
O2 Writer: Christie LeBlanc (Netflix)
Passing Writer & Director: Rebecca Hall, based the novel by Nella Larsen (Netflix)
Pink Skies Ahead Writer & Director: Kelly Oxford
The Power of the Dog  Director: Jane Campion (Netflix)
Red, White and Water Director: Lila Neugebauer
R#J Writers: Rickie Castaneda & Carey Williams
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
Titane Writer & Director: Julia Ducournau
Violation Writers & Directors: Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli

2022
Marry Me  Director: Kat Coiro (Feb 11)


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