What to Stream? 5 Films with Female Directors You Can Stream This Weekend

What to Stream? 5 Films with Female Directors You Can Stream This Weekend

If you’re not into the crowds and chaos of opening weekend of a Marvel film or don’t care to see Avengers: Endgame there is a ton of fantastic content streaming on various platforms. Here are five films directed by females that are worth your time.

Obvious Child (Netflix, 2014, Gillian Robespierre)

Obvious Child starring Jenny Slate and the ridiculously charismatic Jake Lacey, is incredibly funny and heartfelt, dealing with topics that are tough to discuss and very pertinent to women today.

What else can I watch by Gillian Robespierre? 

You can check out Landline, some episodes of Silicon Valley, Casual, Crashing and an episode of Shrill.

Bend It Like Beckham (Hulu, 2002, Gurinder Chadha)

A classic for many fans, the film tells the story of a Sikh girl who goes against her parents’ wishes and joins a football team. The film stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

What else can I watch by Gurinder Chadha? 

Well, you may have to wait a bit for it but Blinded by the Light is a fantastic film that premiered at Sundance this year and is worth keeping on your radar. Other than that, you can check out her other work Viceroy’s House; It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Paris, je t’aime and more.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Hulu, 2017, Angela Robinson)

Criminally underrated and easily one of the most original films made in the last five years, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress. The story would go on to inspire the creation of Wonder Woman. The film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote.

What else can I watch by Angela Robinson? 

Herbie Fully Loaded, select episodes of The L Word and True Blood.

Lady Bird (Amazon Prime, 2018 )

A powerhouse directorial debut for Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird, blew audiences away. It is one of the best films in 2017 and can’t be missed. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, and Beanie Feldstein and tells a modern coming of age story about learning who you are.

What else can I watch by Greta Gerwig? 

Since this was her directorial debut, you can’t watch anything else she’s directed… yet! She is coming out with a version of Little Women soon, and you can check out her writing and acting credits in films such as Mistress America, Frances Ha, Lola Versus and many more.

Mamma Mia! (Netflix, 2008, Phyllida Lloyd)

If you’re a fan of ABBA or musicals or you want to have a good time, Mamma Mia is the perfect crowd-pleasing film filled with laughs, great music, and a few campy performances. Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgård create an unforgettable tale that has a sequel just released in 2018.

What else can I watch by Phyllida Lloyd? 

You can check out The Iron Lady, also starring Meryl Streep.

Written by
Ashley Menzel is an avid film lover and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves foreign films and dramas and reading books that have film adaptations. Her favorite movie of all time is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She loves Doctor Who, Supernatural, iZombie, and Grimm.

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