10 Awesome Action Movies Directed by Women

     January 31, 2020


In our contemporary film space, two things are true. Dispiritingly, we still have a long way to go when it comes to ensuring equitable space for female directors, especially in the long masculine space of “action cinema.” But optimistically, 2019 saw a record number of films directed by women. And 2020 promises to be a banner year for female-directed films, particularly in the action/blockbuster space. We’ve got Reed Morano’s The Rhythm Section, Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey, Niki Caro’s Mulan, Cate Shortland’s Black Widow, Patty JenkinsWonder Woman 1984, and Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals — not to mention the countless female directors doing wonders on the small screen.

To celebrate this incoming influx of female-directed action entertainment, to honor the works of the past from genre trailblazers, and to simply remind everyone we still have a long way to go in terms of representation behind the camera, here are 10 of our favorite action movies directed by women.

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