By Devan Coggan
March 08, 2017 at 04:54 PM EST
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It’s no secret that female directors are grossly underrepresented in Hollywood. For years, both movie stars and industry activists have been speaking out about the need to hire more female directors, but the film industry still has a long way to go: A recent study from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that in 2016, only 7 percent of the year’s top films were directed by women. Even more depressingly, that number is actually down from 2015, when female directors made up 9 percent of the year’s total.

So to celebrate International Women’s Day, we rounded up a few of our favorite films by female directors — all of which are available to stream right now. From horror flicks and rom-coms to documentaries and dramas, these movies are proof of the immense contributions female directors have made to film.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but if you’re looking for a great film by a great female director, here are some suggestions on where to start.

‘American Honey’ by Andrea Arnold

Arnold’s dreamy coming-of-age story follows a young girl named Star (Sasha Lane) as she travels around the country with a ragtag crew, selling magazines. It debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, taking home the coveted Jury Prize.

Where to stream: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

The Babadook’ by Jennifer Kent

This chilling horror flick tells the story of a single mother and her son, who are menaced by a malevolent presence.

Where to stream: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

‘Belle’ by Amma Asante

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in this lavish period drama as the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of an English nobleman.

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Bend It Like Beckham’ by Gurinder Chadha

Parminder Nagra stars in this 2002 classic comedy as a young British-Punjabi woman torn between her strict family and her love of football. It’s also the movie that launched Keira Knightley’s career.

Where to stream: Max Go, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ by Jamie Babbit

This cult classic stars Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne as, yes, a cheerleader — who’s sent to gay conversion therapy camp, only to fall in love with another female camper.

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Children of a Lesser God’ by Randa Haines

Haines’ 1986 romantic drama stars William Hurt as a speech teacher and Marlee Matlin as the young deaf woman he falls in love with. Matlin earned the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role, becoming the first deaf actor to ever win.

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Clueless’ by Amy Heckerling

Heckerling helmed comedies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Look Who’s Talking, but can anything beat her 1995 rom-com? As if. Not only did Clueless champion the merits of yellow plaid and remind us all that it does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty, but it’s also notable as the last time Paul Rudd showed any signs of aging.

Where to stream: Hulu, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ by Marielle Heller

This poignant Sundance hit stars Bel Powley as a teenage girl who embarks on a relationship with her mother’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård).

Where to stream: Starz, Amazon

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ by Kelly Fremon Craig

Fremon Craig made her directorial debut last year with this sharp high school comedy, starring Hailee Steinfeld as an acerbic teenager whose life is crumbling around her.

Where to stream: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

‘Enough Said’ by Nicole Holofcener

Holofcener’s charming middle-age romance stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini — who died before the film was released.

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘The Fits’ by Anna Rose Holmer

This gorgeous and tense coming-of-age tale follows Toni (Royalty Hightower), an 11-year-old Cincinnati girl who trades boxing for dancing — only to watch as her new dance teammates mysteriously succumb to seizures and fainting spells.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Google Play

‘The Gleaners and I’ by Agnès Varda

One of the most celebrated documentaries of the last 20 years, Varda’s masterful film spotlights the “gleaners” of France, who scavenge for leftover food.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Sundance Now, FilmStruck, Fandor

‘The Hurt Locker’ by Kathryn Bigelow

With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow weaves a powerful tale of an American bomb disposal unit during the Iraq war; the film earned Bigelow an Oscar, making her the first female director to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director.

Where to stream: Showtime, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon

‘In A World…’ by Lake Bell

Bell directed and stars in this hilarious indie about a young voice actress who dreams of breaking into the male-dominated field of film trailer voiceovers.

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘The Iron Lady’ by Phyllida Lloyd

Meryl Streep earned her third Oscar for this powerful portrayal of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Where to stream: Vudu, Google Play, Amazon

‘Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles’ by Chantal Akerman

Akerman’s minimalist masterpiece follows the life of a Belgian widow as she repeatedly cooks, cleans, cares for her son, and works as a prostitute — culminating in a shocking ending.

Where to stream: FilmStruck

‘The Kids Are All Right’ by Lisa Cholodenko

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore star in this Oscar Best Picture nominee as a married couple who strike up a relationship with the sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo) of their two children.

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘A League of Their Own’ by Penny Marshall

Marshall’s tale of a World War II-era women’s baseball team is a girl power classic, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, and Rosie O’Donnell. Go Peaches.

Where to stream: Starz, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Maggie’s Plan’ by Rebecca Miller

Greta Gerwig stars as the titular Maggie, who strikes up a relationship with a married professor (Ethan Hawke), only to wonder if he’d actually be better off with his wife (Julianne Moore).

Where to stream: Starz, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ by Miranda July

July made her directorial debut with this oddball romantic dramedy, starring herself, John Hawkes, and Miles Thompson.

Where to stream: Netflix, FilmStruck, Sundance Now, iTunes

‘Mustang’ by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this dreamy, Virgin Suicides-like drama follows five Turkish sisters whose family keeps them under strict rule.

Where to stream: Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Obvious Child’ by Gillian Robespierre

After its rapturous debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, this off-the-wall dramedy earned raves for Jenny Slate’s portrayal of a young woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.

Where to stream: Amazon, Google Play

‘Orlando’ by Sally Potter

Based on the Virginia Woolf book, this ornate ’90s drama stars Tilda Swinton as a gender-bending British noble who lives for centuries (with Quentin Crisp as Queen Elizabeth I).

Where to stream: Sundance Now, Amazon, Google Play

Pariah’ by Dee Rees

Adepero Oduye stars in this Sundance hit as a young black teenager coming to terms with her sexuality.

Where to stream: Netflix, Google Play, Amazon

‘Paris is Burning’ by Jennie Livingston

This seminal documentary explores the New York City ball culture of the late ‘80s, chronicling everything from the origin of “voguing” to the ongoing issues faced by the LGBT community.

Where to stream: Netflix

‘The Piano’ by Jane Campion

Campion won a best screenplay Oscar for her 19th-century New Zealand drama about a mute piano player (Holly Hunter, who also earned a best actress Oscar) and her daughter (Anna Paquin, who won best supporting actress and became the second-youngest Oscar winner in history).

Where to stream: Google Play, Amazon

‘Ravenous’ by Antonia Bird

Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle star in this gory, unexpectedly humorous cannibal thriller, set during the Mexican-American War.

Where to stream: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

‘The Savages’ by Tamara Jenkins

Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman play siblings who reunite to care for their elderly, dementia-addled father.

Where to stream: Google Play, Amazon

‘Sleepless in Seattle’ by Nora Ephron

Ephron is the mastermind behind everything from When Harry Met Sally… to Julie & Julia, but you can’t go wrong with this 1993 rom-com starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Where to stream: Amazon, Google Play

‘Thirteen’ by Catherine Hardwicke

Long before Evan Rachel Wood was bringing herself back online in Westworld or Hardwicke was directing vampires in Twilight, the two teamed up on this controversial coming-of-age story about a young teenage girl.

Where to stream: Max Go, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

’13th’ by Ava DuVernay

From 2012’s Middle of Nowhere to the Oscar-nominated Selma, DuVernay has established herself as one of today’s most influential female directors, and her recent documentary 13th takes an unflinching look at racism and the U.S. prison system.

Where to stream: Netflix

‘The 33’ by Patricia Riggen

Riggen’s gut-wrenching drama tells the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days.

Where to stream: HBO Now, Amazon

‘Tiny Furniture’ by Lena Dunham

Before she brought Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna to HBO with Girls, Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in this indie about an aimless twenty-something who recently graduated from film school.

Where to stream: Netflix, Showtime, Google Play, Amazon

‘The To Do List’ by Maggie Carey

Carey made her directorial debut with this raunchy comedy, which stars Aubrey Plaza as a teenage girl intent on losing her virginity before college.

Where to stream: Google Play, Amazon

‘The Virgin Suicides’ by Sofia Coppola

Coppola’s acclaimed filmography includes Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere, and The Bling Ring, but her feature film debut is practically perfect, telling the story of five isolated young sisters in the 1970s.

Where to stream: Google Play, Amazon

‘Wayne’s World’ by Penelope Spheeris

Spheeris brought Mike Meyers’ Wayne and Dana Carvey’s Garth to the big screen with this trippy slacker comedy. Plus, that “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene.

Where to stream: Starz, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ by Lynne Ramsay

Tilda Swinton earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a mother struggling to cope with her teenage son’s murderous tendencies.

Where to stream: Netflix, Shudder, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play

‘Whip It’ by Drew Barrymore

The actress made her directorial debut with this delightful feminist indie about female roller derby players (including Barrymore, Ellen Page, and Kristen Wiig).

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

‘Winter’s Bone’ by Debra Granik

Jennifer Lawrence earned her first Oscar nomination for this chilling Oscar drama, starring as a teenage girl trying to track down her meth-making father.

Where to stream: ITunes, Amazon, Google Play

‘Yentl’ by Barbra Streisand

Streisand co-wrote, directed, and starred in this tale of a young Jewish girl who disguises herself as a boy — becoming the first and only woman to win the Golden Globe for best director.

Where to stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon

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