25 Films Directed By Women That You Can Watch For Free

By Special Guest Writer: Jardiel Pinto

We now live in a time where it seems like every major studio has its own streaming service. This can be great for those who like to pick and choose specifically what they want to watch, but if you want to have it all, it can cost you a pretty penny. Over the past couple of years I’ve become a strong proponent of ad-based streaming services. The one I champion the most is a service called Tubi TV. They started out as a company based out of San Francisco and were recently purchased by the Fox Corporation, (I hope that didn’t scare you away).

Since the acquisition not much has changed on the streaming service so far. They are still a great resource for overlooked films with limited ad breaks during the action. Today, I want to highlight 25 films directed by 22 different women that you can watch on Tubi TV for free.

Mikey and Nicky (1976), Directed By Elaine May
Starring Peter Falk as Mikey and John Cassavetes as Nicky. Nicky is afraid that someone is going to kill him and calls his friend Mikey for help.

Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in Mikey and Nicky (1976) ©
Criterion Collection

Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Directed By Barbara Peeters
Wonderfully silly monster movie about mutant sea creatures attacking a small fishing town.

Slumber Party Massacre (1982), Directed By Amy Holden Jones
Cult Slasher movie about a man that kills teenage girls with a large drill. Has obvious over tones about young women’s sexuality.

Suburbia (1983), Directed By Penelope Spheeris
A coming of age drama about young punks that run away from home and squat in abandoned suburban tract homes.

Jamie Lee Curtis and James Keach in “Love Letters” (1983) © New Concorde Home Entertainment

Love Letters (1983), Directed By Amy Holden Jones
Jamie Lee Curtis finds out that her late mother had an affair and starts one of her own.

Slumber Party Massacre II (1987), Directed By Deborah Brock
Loosely tied to the original “Slumber Party Massacre”. This time, it’s about a guitar playing villain that continues to haunt the protagonist with his drill guitar!

Party Girl (1995), Directed By Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
Cult comedy about a directionless party girl called Mary (Parker Posey) that has to work at a library.

Parker Posey in Party Girl (1995) © Party Productions

But I’m a Cheerleader (1999), Directed By Jaime Babbit
Natasha Lyonne plays a high school cheerleader that is sent to conversion camp when her parents decide she’s gay.

Monster (2003), Directed By Patty Jenkins
Directorial debut from Patty Jenkins. Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal of real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Double Dare (2005), Directed By Amanda Micheli
Wonderful documentary about two different stunt women trying to make it in the industry.

Michelle Williams in “Wendy and Lucy” (2008) © Field Guide Films

Wendy and Lucy (2008), Directed By Kelly Reichardt
Gripping drama about a young woman and her dog traveling cross country.

Sunshine Cleaning (2009), Directed By Christine Jeffs
Amy Adams and Emily Blunt play sisters that clean up crime scenes.

Cold Souls (2009), Directed By Sophie Barthes
Paul Giamatti plays an actor that has his soul removed and it takes a toll on his life.

Paul Giamatti in “Cold Souls” (2009) © Samuel Goldwyn Films

Paper Man (2009), Directed By Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney
Jeff Daniels is a struggling writer that is constantly burdened by his imaginary friend. A superhero played by Ryan Reynolds.

Hump Day (2009), Directed By Lynn Shelton
Two former college friends, who identify as straight, decide to star in an adult film together in order to enter an amateur porn festival.

Michelle Williams in “Meek’s Cutoff” (2010) © Photo courtesy of the Sundance Institute.

Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Directed By Kelly Reichardt
The legendary Kelly Reichardt directs an all star cast, including Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, and Zoe Kazan, in a western about six settlers and their guide that are lost in the desert.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011), Directed By Lynne Ramsay
Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly have a child together. She struggles to bond with the child. He grows up to be Ezra Miller and might be down right evil.

The Future (2011), Directed By Miranda July
A couple in their mid 30s realize that they need to rethink the course that their lives are on after they decide to adopt a cat.

Take This Waltz (2011), Directed By Sarah Polley
Michelle Williams plays a young woman that struggles between her love for her husband and a man she just met.

Luke Kirby and Michelle Williams in “Take This Waltz (2011)” © 2012 – Magnolia Pictures

Stories We Tell (2012), Directed By Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley directs this documentary about her late mother and the secrets she kept.

The Voices (2014), Directed By Marjane Satarpi
Ryan Reynolds plays a socially awkward young man. He talks to his pets. They talk back. Sometimes they tell him to kill.

Citizen Four (2014), Directed By Laura Poitras
Oscar winning documentary about whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden in “Citizen Four” (2014) © 2014 – RADiUS-TWC

The Fits (2015), Directed By Anna Rose Holmer
A young tomboy tries her hand at dance classes at the local community center. At the same time many young girls in this class come down with a mysterious illness known as “The Fits”.

Out of Print (2016), Directed By Julia Marchese
Documentary about revival cinema and 35mm film exhibition.

Life After Flash (2017), Directed By Lisa Downs
Documentary about Sam J. Jones decades after starring in the 1980 cult hit Flash Gordon.


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