10 Netflix Movies With Female Directors To Watch This Month

Great movies you can stream right now.

It’s International Woman’s Day, so perhaps you should consider spending a couple of hours (or more!) supporting a female director.

Female directors are still a rarity in the filmmaking business. Only eight of last year’s 100 highest-grossing movies were directed by a woman, and that’s a relatively high number for the last decade.

Netflix ― the most popular streaming service, which also releases several movies a month ― has the ability to help fix this problem. Below are a few great female-directed movies that the company has already added. There are hopefully many more are to come.

"On Body and Soul" on Netflix.
"On Body and Soul" on Netflix.

This is part of Streamline, HuffPost’s weekly recommendation service for streaming shows and movies. Every Saturday, Streamline ranks the best shows to watch online, including a specific focus on Netflix.

Director: Sian Heder

Premise: A woman living out her van steals a baby to trick her ex-boyfriend's mother into loving her. 

Release Year: 2016

Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes

Here's the trailer.
Director: Houda Benyamina

Premise: Teenagers living in France try to start a life of crime.

Release Year: 2016

Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Here's the trailer.
"First They Killed My Father"
Director: Angelina Jolie

Premise: After losing her family in the Khmer Rouge invasion of Cambodia, a young girl is forced to become a child soldier.

Release Year: 2017

Runtime: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Here's the trailer.
Director: Ava DuVernay

Premise: Slavery still exists for black people in the U.S., just under different names and in different forms. (Documentary)

Release Year: 2016

Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Here's the trailer.
"One of Us"
Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Premise: Hasidic Jews try to leave the closed-off community and join contemporary U.S. society.  (Documentary)

Release Year: 2017

Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Here's the trailer.
"Deidra & Laney Rob a Train"
Director: Sydney Freeland

Premise: Two kids who live in an impoverished community and realize they have little chance at succeeding in life decide they should rob a train.

Release Year: 2017

Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Here's the trailer.
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
Directors: Liz Garbus and Hal Tulchin

Premise: Nina Simone truly earned the status of icon, but her personal life was also incredibly troubled. (Documentary)

Release Year: 2015

Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Here's the trailer.
"On Body and Soul"
Director: Ildikó Enyedi

Premise: Two people meet and fall in love while having the same dreams, then struggle to find connection in real life.

Release Year: 2018

Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Here's the trailer.
"Casting JonBenet"
Director: Kitty Green

Premise: An inventive look into the mysteries surrounding and impact of the JonBenet Ramsey murder. (Documentary)

Release Year: 2017

Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Here's the trailer.
Director: Dee Rees

Premise: A rural Mississippi town grapples with racism and post-traumatic stress disorder following the return of World War II veterans.

Release Year: 2018

Runtime: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Here's the trailer.