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114 Best Women Stories Movies To Watch

Popular + Women Stories

Popular + Women Stories

Gender representation in film is severely lacking. In any year, the top 250 movies have less than 5% of cinematographers, 10% of directors, and 20% of writers who are women (Study of Women in Television and Film). Ultimately, this means that women's stories get told less where it matters: in movies that get the most exposure. The goal of this section is to shine a light on women's stories in movies that are available on popular streaming services.

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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
7.2

A winning outsider tale set in the Deep South

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On the Record (2020)
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8.3

A music industry exposé that evolves into a complex account of Black history

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Pieces of a Woman (2020)
7.0

An unnerving but honest look at childbirth, partnership, and grief

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The Nightingale (2018)
7.1

An unsettling but important social horror from the director of The Babadook

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Leona (2018)
7.6

A Jewish Latina confronts truths about love, life, and self

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)
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8.5

An excellent two-hander about sex work and aging

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Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
7.3

A painfully realistic coming-of-age tale

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Scheme Birds (2019)
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8.2

A narrative documentary about a young Scottish woman entering adulthood and motherhood against a backdrop of violence

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Shiva Baby (2021)
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8.6

Sharp and anxious, modern and socially claustrophobic, Shiva Baby is a gem

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Elle (2016)
7.1

An always-excellent Isabelle Huppert powers this thrilling French revenge film

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Microhabitat (2017)
7.4

Challenging self-preservation in a profit-oriented world

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Donkeyhead (2022)
7.8

A lovingly-made Canadian comedy-drama

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