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18 Amazing Movies And TV Shows From 2019 That Were Made By Women

Golden Globes and co – take note.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community about their favourite movies and TV shows from 2019 that were made by women. Here's what they said!

1. When They See Us – directed by Ava DuVernay


"Not only was it beautifully shot and thoughtfully done, it brought the story to a whole new audience and highlighted injustices these boys (men) faced. It showed me that there is still a long way to go."


2. Booksmart – directed by Olivia Wilde

United Artists Releasing

"I graduated this year and related so heavily to the main characters, but also the rest of the cast. The movie was hilarious, honest, touching, witty, and is one of the more realistic depictions of high school that I’ve seen. It instantly became one of my favourite movies and I know I’ll love it even as the years go by and I get further and further from my high school experience."


"Booksmart was absolutely amazing! It was the first time I’ve ever actually felt seen in a movie!"


3. This Way Up – created by Aisling Bea

Channel 4

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! So funny."


4. Atypical – created by Robia Rashid


"The show has always been good but season three really took the cake. They handled Casey’s coming out perfectly."


5. Anne With An E – created by Moira Walley-Beckett

CBC Television / Netflix

"This show has been severely overlooked by the media, often being passed off as just another period piece drama, but it is so much more. The show integrates topics such as racism, homophobia, and sexism, all while making it easy to understand. It spreads the message of acceptance and love, no matter who you are and where you come from."


"The show is a powerful coming of age story, that touches on such a range of issues. It bravely and unabashedly addresses the realities of the period of history it was set in (1890s Canada) and presents it all in a way that is deeply relatable to a modern audience. On top of all that the cinematography of every scene is absolutely breathtaking. This show truly does not get enough recognition."


6. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood – directed by Marielle Heller

Sony Pictures Releasing

"That movie captured the heart and soul of Mr. Rogers very well-and it certainly helps that the movie is laid out like an episode of his show."


7. Jessica Jones – created by Melissa Rosenberg


"It didn’t start in 2019, but it came to a heartbreaking finale this year. While adapted from Stan Lee’s comic, Rosenberg put her own spin (and aesthetic?) to the story paired with the cast's fantastic acting. She doesn’t hold back on showing how Jessica suffers from PTSD. It’s a heavy show tbh, but it has to be. To sum it up – Jessica Jones as a show is raw, exciting, heartbreaking, dark, clever, and at times hilarious."


8. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – created by Amy Sherman-Palladino

Prime Video

"The leading ladies are such good role models for girls and women and show raw, relatable emotions."


9. Unbelievable – created by Susannah Grant


"How did it not win any awards? It was so deep and brilliant, every episode had me so angry! It really was unbelievable how the main character was let down by not only the justice system but also the people who were supposed to help her. Gut-wrenching!"


10. Homecoming – directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter


"It felt like so much more than just a live concert video. It was amazing to watch the work that Beyoncé put into her show and see all the talented members of her team onstage and behind the scenes,"


11. Charlie's Angels – directed by Elizabeth Banks

Sony Pictures Releasing

"I know it got panned at the box office, but Elizabeth Banks took a misogynist, male-gaze-centered franchise and turned it into a movie about female friendship and community. And unlike so many other action movies starring women (which are so often overly-concerned with keeping the plot and characters relatable and desirable to a male audience), she made this movie unabashedly feminine. We need more movies where action heroes embrace femininity!"


12. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna

The CW

"Despite how the title may sound, it was one of the most feminist shows on TV. It explored mental illness, female sexuality, periods, and the ways women condition themselves for male approval, all with hilarious musical numbers."


13. Killing Eve – created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sally Woodward Gentle

BBC America

"Truly an outstanding series."


14. Russian Doll – created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler


"It's my favourite! Even if you take away the great storyline, the cinematography is insane! I'm obsessed with that apartment! Everything about it is fantastic."


15. Late Night – directed by Nisha Ganatra

Stage 6 Films

"This film was sooo topical and Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are absolutely hilarious."


16. Can You Ever Forgive Me? – directed by Marielle Heller

Fox Searchlight Pictures

"Marielle Heller is a wonderful director. This and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood are two of my favorite movies of the past year."


17. Fleabag – created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge


"Fleabag was so well-written and relatable. It was hilarious, depressing, and thought-provoking at the same time. Really disappointed that there wasn’t a season three, but can’t wait to see what Phoebe Waller-Bridge does next".


"It was so funny but also a really interesting take. It was award-winning but also heartwarming."


18. Shrill – created by Lindy West, Alexandra Rushfield, and Aidy Bryant


"I love Shrill – not only is it a great social commentary but it's hilarious and charming. Everyone should watch it!"


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