14 Movies Directed, Written By, Or Starring Women In 2014

Women are responsible for 50% of box office, but only had 15% of starring roles in major films in 2013. Behind the camera there are 5 men for every female crew member. Here are some films that help redress that balance.

1. Oculus - Out Now

Relativity Media

 

Plot: Siblings Kaylie and Tim (Karen Gillen, Brandan Thwaites) believe a supernatural mirror in their home caused the violent deaths of their parents when they were kids, and set out to try and prove it, with spooky results.
Cast: Karen Gillen, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Brandan Thwaites
Trailer: Yes
UK Release date: June 13.

2. Belle - May 2

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fox Searchlight Pictures

 

Plot: Inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle. The mixed–race daughter of a British Naval officer and an African woman, Dido is taken to England by her father, where her presence forces society to confront its views on race.
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson.
Director: Amma Assante / Music by: Rachel Portman
Trailer: Yes
UK Release date: June 13.

3. Palo Alto - May 9

Tribeca Films

Tribeca Films

 

Plot: Based on the short story collection by James Franco, the film follows a group of college age teens as they experiment with alcohol, drugs, sex, and violence.
Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Val Kilmer
Director: Gia Copolla / Written by: Gia Copolla
Trailer: Yes
UK Release date: TBC.

4. Maleficent - May 30

Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures

 

Plot: The untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain. Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places a curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora (Elle Fanning), only to realise she may hold the key to peace in the kingdom.
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple.
Written by: Linda Woolverton.
Trailer: Yes
UK Release date: May 28.

5. Tammy - July 2

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

 

Plot: After discovering her husband’s infidelity, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) hits the road with her foul-mouthed Grandma (Susan Sarandon) for company.
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Kathy Bates, Dan Ackroyd.
Written by: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone.
Trailer: Yes
UK Release date: July 4.

6. Step Up: All In - July 25

Summit Entertainment

Summit Entertainment

 

Plot: With a competition in Las Vegas offering a shot at fame and fortune, characters from previous Step Up films join forces to try and take first place.
Cast: Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Alyson Stoner, Adam Sevani.
Director: Trish Sie.
Trailer: Yes
UK Release date: August 1.

7. Lucy - August 8

EuropaCorp

Plot: A woman kidnapped and forced to transport drugs accidentally ingests some, giving her superhuman abilities. Included here for being proper summer action film, focusing on a female hero with superpowers - something neither Marvel nor DC have managed thus far. Bravo, Luc Besson.
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman.
Trailer: Yes
UK Release date: August 22.

8. If I Stay - August 22

MGM

Plot: Based on the best selling novel. After a car accident kills her family and leaves 17-year old Mia in a coma, she must decide whether to wake up, or to let go.
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mirelle Enos, Lauren Lee Smith, Liana Liberato.
Written by: Shauna Cross.
Trailer: Not yet.
UK Release date: TBC.

9. Dark Places - September 5

Mandalay Pictures

Plot: Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. A woman who survived a masscare is forced to confront the event by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes.
Cast: Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz.
Trailer: Not yet.
UK Release date: TBC.

10. Laggies - September 26

A24

Plot: A woman stuck in perma-adolescence falls in with a group of teenagers after her 10-year high school reunion, and takes a week off work to hang with her new friends.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell.
Director: Lynn Shelton / Written by: Andrea Seigel.
Trailer: Not yet.
UK Release date: TBC.

11. Blackbird - November 14

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Plot: After winning a Grammy, emerging artist Noni Jean is struggling with pressures of fame until she meets a young police officer.
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Nate Parker, Danny Glover.
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood / Written by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Trailer: Not yet.
UK Release date: TBC.

12. Annie - December 19

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

Plot: The classic Broadway musical gets a 21st Century update, with Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the lead role, and featuring Jay-Z’s music.
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne.
Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna, Emma Thompson, Will Gluck.
Trailer: Yes.
UK Release date: February 6, 2015.

13. Unbroken - December 25

Universal Pictures

Plot: Based on the true story of US Olympic distance-runner Louis Zamperini. During World War II, Zamperini’s search and rescue plane crashed into the Pacific. After 45-days adrift, he made it to shore only to be taken prisoner by the Japanese.
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund.
Director: Angelina Jolie.
Trailer: Yes.
UK Release date: December 26.

14. Jane Got A Gun - TBC

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Plot: A woman takes up arms in order to save her husband from a gang of outlaws, with only her ex-lover for help. After a troubled production, the film was supposed to release in August, but has been pushed back.
Cast: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton.
Cinematography: Mandy Walker.
Trailer: Not yet.
UK Release date: TBC.

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