2023 movies directed by women: 16 most anticipated films (with release dates)

Despite acclaimed work from Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”), Sarah Polley (“Women Talking”), Charlotte Wells (“Aftersun”), and Maria Schrader (“She Said”), not a single woman was nominated for the 2023 Best Director Oscar. Ensuing discourse has unfolded predictably: Some are decrying particular omissions, while others feel the quantity and quality of filmmaking opportunities afforded to women continue to lag behind those of their male counterparts.

The next 12 months will see new projects from, among others, Oscar nominees Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), industry veterans Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) and Catherine Hardwicke (“Lords of Dogtown”), and artists still making a name for themselves, like Emma Seligman (“Shiva Baby”) and Nia DaCosta (“Candyman”) – not to mention an exciting slate of female-directed debuts out of Sundance. So, however the 2024 race shakes out, you won’t be able to say there weren’t options. More than 16 titles directed by women are worthy of your time this year, but these are our picks for which have the best chance of raking in high box-office numbers/streaming views and staying on awards voters’ minds.

Scroll through our gallery of 16 of the most highly anticipated female-helmed films in 2023.