Asian Women Directors: The Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films

This list of the 100 highest-rated narrative feature films directed by Asian women is current as at July 25, 2021, and ranked by average member rating. Please read the accompanying essay by Jessica Siu-yin Yeung, for the thematic discoveries she made while exploring this list.

Compiled by our lists editor Jack Moulton, with gratitude for Vanessa’s extensive list of films directed by women. To be included, films must have a minimum of 1,000 member ratings.

Eligibility Rules:
• Includes female directors of south, east and central Asian heritage, regardless of where they were born, or the country they make their films in.*
• Includes women co-directors, even if uncredited. For example, Slumdog Millionaire is included due to Loveleen Tandan’s co-director credit.
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  • A Silent Voice

    1

  • The Farewell

    2

  • Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    3

  • Us and Them

    4

  • The World of Us

    5

  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    6

  • House of Hummingbird

    7

  • K-ON! The Movie

    8

  • Saving Face

    9

  • The Rider

    10

  • Nomadland

    11

  • Salaam Bombay!

    12

  • Microhabitat

    13

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    14

  • Close-Knit

    15

  • A Simple Life

    16

  • Four Sisters and a Wedding

    17

  • Little Forest

    18

  • Suzaku

    19

  • Kim Ji-young, Born 1982

    20

  • Dear Ex

    21

  • Boat People

    22

  • Two Blue Stripes

    23

  • Shara

    24

  • A Death in the Gunj

    25

  • Talvar

    26

  • Vikram Vedha

    27

  • Bangalore Days

    28

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    29

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    30

  • Polisse

    31

  • Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

    32

  • Sweet Bean

    33

  • Sir

    34

  • Helter Skelter

    35

  • The Way Home

    36

  • Rent-a-Cat

    37

  • Kamome Diner

    38

  • Moothon

    39

  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    40

  • 37 Seconds

    41

  • One Million Yen Girl

    42

  • English Vinglish

    43

  • Monsoon Wedding

    44

  • Take Care of My Cat

    45

  • Gully Boy

    46

  • Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

    47

  • Lingua Franca

    48

  • Water

    49

  • Tamako Love Story

    50

  • Unforgettable

    51

  • Moving On

    52

  • Soorarai Pottru

    53

  • Queen of Katwe

    54

  • Saint☆Young Men

    55

  • What Will People Say

    56

  • The Namesake

    57

  • Our Times

    58

  • Raazi

    59

  • Angels Wear White

    60

  • Fan Girl

    61

  • The Sky Is Pink

    62

  • The Mourning Forest

    63

  • My King

    64

  • That Thing Called Tadhana

    65

  • Manto

    66

  • Dead Pigs

    67

  • The Love Witch

    68

  • By the Time It Gets Dark

    69

  • Mumbai Diaries

    70

  • True Mothers

    71

  • The Truth Beneath

    72

  • Fire

    73

  • Luck by Chance

    74

  • Lipstick Under My Burkha

    75

  • Om Shanti Om

    76

  • The Third Wife

    77

  • Never Not Love You

    78

  • Still the Water

    79

  • Tremble All You Want

    80

  • Cart

    81

  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

    82

  • Hello, Love, Goodbye

    83

  • Viva

    84

  • Voice of Silence

    85

  • A Girl at My Door

    86

  • Margarita with a Straw

    87

  • Dil Dhadakne Do

    88

  • Our Love Story

    89

  • Lucky Grandma

    90

  • Oh Lucy!

    91

  • Jennifer's Body

    92

  • Bareilly Ki Barfi

    93

  • Mississippi Masala

    94

  • Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story

    95

  • Lovesong

    96

  • Talaash

    97

  • Dear Zindagi

    98

  • Blinded by the Light

    99

  • Kung Fu Panda 2

    100