2021 Movies Written and/or Directed by Women

For the past couple of years I’ve compiled an annual 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: 9/21/21

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)
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)
Spoor Director: Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik (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)

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)

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)

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)
My Wonderful Wanda Writer & Director Bettina Oberli (Apr 23)
Together Together Writer & Director: Nikole Beckwith (Apr 23)
Things Heard & Seen Writers & Directors: Shari Springer Bergman & Robert Puccini (Netflix: Apr 29)
Golden Arm Director: Maureen Bharoocha, Writers: Ann Marie Alison, Jenna Milly (Apr 30)

Mainstream Writer & Director: Gia Coppola (May 7)
Paper Spiders Writer: Natalie Shampanier (May 7)
Dance of the 41 Writer: Monika Revilla (May 12)
Oxygen Writer: Christine LeBlance (Netflix: May 12)
The Perfect Candidate Writer & Director: Haifa Al-Monsour (May 14)
What Lies West Writer & Director: Jessica Ellis (VOD May 21)
Baggio: The Divine Ponytail Director: Letizia Lamarire (May 26)
Cruella  Writers: Dana Fox, Kelly Marcel and Aline Brosh McKenna (May 28)
Plan B Director: Natalie Morales (May 28)

Port Authority Writer & Director: Danielle Lessovitz (June 1)
Dancing Queens Writer & Director: Helena Bergstrom (Netflix: June 3)
Tragic Jungle Director: Yulene Olaizola (Netflix: June 9)
India Sweets and Spices Writer & Director Geeta Malik (TFF: June 10)
Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres Director: Suzanne Kai (TFF: June 10)
As of Yet Written & Directed: Chanel James and Taylor Garron (TFF: June 11)
Holler Writer & Director: Nicole Riegel (June 11)
In The Heights Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes (June 11)
Mark, Mary & Some Other People Writer & Director Hannah Marks. (TFF: June 11)
Skater Girl Writer & Director: Manjari Makijany (Netflix: June 11)
Roaring 20’s Director: Elisabeth Vogler (TFF: June 12)
No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics Director: Vivian Kleiman (TFF: June 13)
The Novice Director: Lauren Hadaway (TFF: June 13)
Perfume de Gardenias Writer & Director Macha Colón (TFF: June 13)
Simple as Water Director: Megan Mylan (TFF: June 20)
The Ballad of a White Cow Directors: Behtash Sanaeeha & Maryam Moghaddam (TFF: June 21)
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For it Director: Mariem Pérez Riera (June 21)
Good on Paper Director: Kimmy Gatewood, Writer: Iliza Schlesinger (Netflix: June 23)
Murder by the Coast Writer & Director: Tània Balló (Netflix: June 23)
Sisters on Track Directors: Tone Grøttjord-Glenne & Corinne van der Borch (Netflix: June 24)
Asia Writer & Director: Ruthy Pribar (June 25)
False Positive  Co-writer: Ilana Glazer (Hulu: June 25)
I Carry You With Me  Director: Heidi Ewing (June 26)
Wonder Boy Writer & Director: Anissa Bonnefont (Netflix: June 26)
Zola  Writer & Director: Janicza Bravo (June 30)

Werewolves Within Writer: Mishna Wolff (July 2)
Black Widow  Director: Cate Shortland (July 9)
The Evening Hour Writer: Elizabeth Palmore (July 13)
Ailey Director: Jamila Wignot (July 16)
How It Ends Directors: Zoe Lister Jones and Daryl Wein (July 20)
Charlatan Director: Agnieszka Holland (July 23)
Jolt Director Tanya Wexler (July 23)
The Last Letter From Your Lover Director: Augustine Frizzell (July 23)
Enemies of the State Director: Sonia Kennebeck (July 30)
Fully Realized Humans Writers: Joshua Leonard and Jess Weixler (July 30)
Lorelei Writer & Director: Sabrina Doyle (July 30)
Never Gonna Snow Again Directors: Malgorzata Szumowska & Michal Englert (July 30)

Hotel Transylvania 4 Directors: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska (Aug 6)
The Macaluso Sisters Writer & Director: Emma Dante (Aug 6)
CODA Writer & Director: Sian Heder (Apple + Aug 13)
Respect  Director: Liesl Tommy, Writer: Tracey Scott Wilson (Aug 13)
Habit Director: Janelle Shirtcliff Writers: Libby Mintz and Janelle Shirtcliff (Aug 20)
Ma Belle, My Beauty Writer & Director: Marion Hill (Aug 20)
Rare Beasts Writer & Director: Billie Piper (Aug 20)
Reminiscence  Writer & Director: Lisa Joy (HBO Max: Aug 20)
Candyman  Director: Nia DaCosta (Aug 27)

Cinderella Writer & Director Kay Cannon (Sept 3)
Faya Dayi Director: Jessica Beshir (Sept 3)
Worth Director: Sara Colangelo (Netflix: Sept 3)
Language Lessons Director: Natalie Morales (Sept 10)
The Mad Women’s Ball Director: Mélanie Laurent (Sept 17)
The Nowhere Inn Writers: Carrie Brownstein and Annie Clari (Sept 17)
Birds of Paradise Director: Sarah Adina Smith (Sept 24)
I’m Your Man Director: Maria Schrader (Sept 24)
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World Directors: Kristina Lindstrom & Kristian Petri (Sept 24)

Maternal Writer & Director: Maura Delpero (Oct 1)
Mayday Writer & Director: Karen Cinorre (Oct 1)
Titane Writer & Director: Julia Ducournau (Oct 1)
Fruits of Labor Director: Emily Cohen Ibañez (PBS Docs: Oct 4)
Ascension Director: Jessica Kingson (Oct 8)
Jacinta Director: Jessica Earnshaw (Oct 8)
El Planeta Writer & Director: Amalia Ulman (Oct 8)
Fever Dream Writer & Director: Claudia Llosa (Netflix: Oct 13)
Bergman Island  Writer & Director: Mia Hansen-Løve (Oct 15)
Freeland Directors: Mario Furloni and Kate McLean (Oct 15; VOD Nov 19)
Introducing, Selma Blair Director: Rachel Fleit (Oct 15)
The Last Duel Writers: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon & Nicole Holofcener (Oct 15)
Found Director: Amanda Lipitz (Netflix: Oct 20)
Introducing, Selma Blair Director: Rachel Fleit (Oct 21)
Becoming Costeau Director: Liz Garbus (Oct 22)
A Mouthful of Air Writer & Director: Amy Koppelman (Oct 29)
Last Night in Soho  Writers: Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Edgar Wright (Oct 29)
The Souvenir: Part II  Writer & Director: Joanna Hogg (Oct 29)
Petite Maman Writer and Director: Celine Sciamma (Fall 2021)

All Is Forgiven Writer & Director: Mia Hansen-Løve (Nov 5)
Eternals Director: Chloé Zhao (Nov 5)
Hive Writer & Director: Blerta Basholli (Nov 5)
Julia Directors: Julie Cohen and Betsy West (Nov 5)
Mark, Mary, and Some Other People Writer & Director Hannah Marks (In theaters & VOD: Nov 5)
Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day Director: Charlotte Juergens (Nov 5)
Violet Writer & Director: Justine Bateman (Nov 5)
Passing Writer & Director: Rebecca Hall, based the novel by Nella Larsen (Netflix: Nov 10)
Mothering Sunday Director: Eva Husson, Writer: Alice Birch, based on Graham Swift’s novel (Nov 19)
Bruised Director: Halle Berry, Writer: Michelle Rosenfarb (Netflix: Nov 24)
Encanto Writers: Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith (Nov 24)

Beauty Writer: Lena Waithe (Netflix: Dec 1)
The Power of the Dog  Director: Jane Campion (Netflix: Dec 1)
Try Harder! Director: Debbie Lum (Dec 3)
Wolf Director: Nathalie Biancheri (Dec 3)
The Unforgivable Director: Nora Fingscheidt (Netflix: Dec 10)
The Novice Writer & Director: Lauren Hadaway (Dec 17)
The Lost Daughter Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante (Netflix: Dec 31)

2022 (and beyond)
The 355  Writers: Simon Kinberg and Theresa Rebeck (Jan 14)
Marry Me  Director: Kat Coiro (Feb 11)
Turning Red Writer & Director Domee Shi (Mar 11)
The Nightingale Director: Melanie Laurent (Dec 23)
Red, White and Water
Director: Lila Neubegauer
Catherine, Called Birdy Director: Lena Dunham
Don’t Worry Darling Director: Oliva Wilde
Hatching Director: Hanna Bergholm (2022)
Here Before Writer & Director: Stacey Gregg
Sharp Stick Writer & Director: Lena Dunham
The Sky Is Everywhere Director: Josephine Decker, Writer: Jandy Nelson (Apple TV+)
The Survivor Writer: Justine Juel Gillmer

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