52 Women-Directed Films You Can Watch on the New Criterion Channel


It's here… Several months after the untimely demise of Filmstruck (the cinephile-beloved streaming service that formerly offered up a wide range of programming that incorporated classic films as well as Criterion Collection titles), the Criterion Channel has risen from the ashes. So far, it's about $11 a month (after your free 15-day trial), and at my current count, there are exactly 52 films by women directors currently available for streaming. So if you're looking to meet (or surpass) your #52FilmsbyWomen goal for the year, this is a great place to start, and so far, there don't seem to be any issues with playback or buffering. I've listed the films out below by director, along with a few starred recommendations I've watched and enjoyed recently. These are all being added to my giant directory of women-directed films you can stream on all of the major streaming services, which you can find here.

Chantal Akerman [Belgium]

HOTEL MONTEREY

JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES ★

JE TU IL ELLE

LA CHAMBRE

LES RENDEZ-VOUS D'ANNA

NEWS FROM HOME

Allison Anders [USA]

BORDER RADIO ★

Andrea Arnold [England]

FISH TANK

Susanne Bier [Germany]

AFTER THE WEDDING

Catherine Breillat [France]

FAT GIRL

Jane Campion [New Zealand]

A GIRL'S OWN STORY

AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE

SWEETIE

Liliana Cavani [Italy]

THE NIGHT PORTER

Věra Chytilová [Czechoslovakia]

DAISIES

PEARLS OF THE DEEP

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Sofia Coppola [USA]

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

Donna Deitch [USA]

DESERT HEARTS ★

Claire Denis [France]

WHITE MATERIAL

Lena Dunham [USA]

TINY FURNITURE

Chris Hegedus [USA]

THE WAR ROOM

Ellen Hovde [USA]

GREY GARDENS

Kirsten Johnson [USA]

CAMERAPERSON

Barbara Kopple [USA]

HARLAN COUNTY USA ★

Barbara Loden [USA]

WANDA ★

Lucrecia Martel [Argentina]

LA CIENEGA

Elaine May [USA]

MIKEY AND NICKY

Kelly Reichardt [USA]

OLD JOY

Susan Seidelman [USA]

SMITHEREENS

Larisa Shepitko [Russia]

THE ASCENT

WINGS

Agnieszka Smoczyńska [Poland]

THE LURE ★

Margarethe von Trotta [Germany]

THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM

Agnes Varda [France]

BLACK PANTHERS

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 DOCUMENTEUR

DU COTE DE LA COTE

LA POINTE COURTE

LE BONHEUR ★

LIONS LOVE (…AND LIES)

L'OPERA MOUFFE

LES FIANCES DU PONT MACDONALD

MUR MURS

UNCLE YANKO

VAGABOND

THE WORLD OF JACQUES DEMY

THE YOUNG GIRLS TURN 25

Charlotte Zwerin [USA]

GIMME SHELTER

ISLANDS

RUNNING FENCE

SALESMAN


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