Hollywood is changing — and for the better. More women are directing, writing and producing movies than ever before, and while we still have a ways to go for real equality, things are looking up. We’ve already seen a handful of great movies directed by women in 2019, including MISS BALA, but we still have so much more to look forward to this year.
With International Women’s Day approaching, we decided to take a look ahead to all of the great upcoming movies directed by women. Read on to learn more about these awesome titles coming soon to an AMC theatre near you.
Captain Marvel (Anna Boden, co-director)
It makes sense that Marvel’s first female-fronted superhero movie — and their first superhero movie directed by a woman — hits theatres on International Women’s Day. Brie Larson stars as the latest member of the MCU: an incredibly powerful pilot turned intergalactic superhero, destined to defeat Thanos when she returns for AVENGERS: ENDGAME in April.
The Mustang (Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre)
French actress turned filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre makes her directorial debut with this drama about a violent convict who participates in a new therapy program designed to rehabilitate inmates by having them train wild horses.
High Life (Claire Denis)
The acclaimed French filmmaker returns with an ambitious and surreal sci-fi drama about a father (Robert Pattinson) struggling to keep himself and his daughter alive while living on an isolated space station. HIGH LIFE also stars Juliette Binoche, who previously appeared in Denis’ acclaimed 2018 film, LET THE SUNSHINE IN.
The Sun Is Also a Star (Ry Russo-Young)
After directing the surprisingly great drama BEFORE I FALL, Ry Russo-Young is back with an adaptation of the best-selling romance novel “The Sun Is Also a Star.” Yara Shahidi stars as a teen who falls in love with a young man (Charles Melton) despite her family’s hardships.
Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
After directing a few shorts and music videos, Olivia Wilde makes her feature directorial debut with BOOKSMART, a hilarious and touching coming-of-age film about a pair of overachieving friends who use the last night before high school graduation to finally let loose. Starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, BOOKSMART is a sweet comedy in the vein of LADY BIRD.
The Kitchen (Andrea Berloff)
Following her Oscar® nom for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, screenwriter Andrea Berloff makes her directing debut with a crime film about a trio of women (Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish) forced to take over a job from their prison-bound gangster husbands in the ’70s.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller)
Marielle Heller impressed audiences with THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL and her recent Oscar-nominated follow-up, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? This fall, she returns with A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, starring Tom Hanks as beloved children’s TV personality Fred Rogers. The film tells the true story of how Rogers befriended a skeptical journalist, played by Matthew Rhys.
Charlie’s Angels (Elizabeth Banks)
After making her directorial debut on PITCH PERFECT 2, Elizabeth Banks (above, in BRIGHTBURN) is tackling another franchise: CHARLIE’S ANGELS. If anyone can make us excited for another reboot, it’s Banks. Her new cast of Angels is an added bonus: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska play the new trio of super agents.
Frozen 2 (Jennifer Lee, co-director)
The long, long, long wait is finally over: FROZEN 2 is almost upon us. As with Disney’s original megahit, which became an instant animated classic, Jennifer Lee is once again co-directing with Chris Buck. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel return as our latest favorite Disney princesses with new cast members like Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood.
Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas)
Melina Matsoukas has made a name for herself directing episodes of HBO’s “Insecure,” as well as a portion of Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Her first big screen effort is the story of a black couple, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith (above, in “The Last Ship”), who are pulled over by cops during their first date. Bonus: The film was written by acclaimed writer/producer/actor Lena Waithe.
Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
We already loved Greta Gerwig as an actress, but we fell in love with her all over again when she directed LADY BIRD. Gerwig is following up her Oscar-nominated feature with LITTLE WOMEN, a retelling of the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. With a cast that includes Saoirse Ronan (above, in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS), Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern, this is already our favorite movie of the 2019 holiday season.