10 most successful films coming from female directors

In Hollywood, women are rarely chosen as directors. However, female directors are gradually asserting their abilities on the cinema track.


Look Who's Talking (1989, Amy Heckerling):

Earning $ 297 million, Amy Heckerling's work ranked fourth on the 1989 sales chart, becoming one of the best comedies of the 1980s. However, “Look Who's Talking” critically failed to receive a 59% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Amy Heckumming takes on the position of director and writer. “Look Who’s Talking” is the story surrounding Mollie (Kirstie Alley), a single mother and her three-year-old son Mikey (Jason Schaller). Mollie wants to find a reliable man and can teach Mikey good qualities. Later, she meets James (John Travolta), a taxi driver.


The Proposal (2009, Anne Fletcher):

Sandra Bullock's successful career associated with the romantic comedy genre and "The Proposal" is one of the films that help the actress to highlight the mark. The story revolves around Margaret (Sandra Bullock) - a powerful editor of books and Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), her assistant. Facing the risk of deportation to Canada, Margaret had an idea of fake engagement with Andrew and had to accept many conditions from him. Despite having many negative comments from critics, Anne Fletcher still helped the film to collect 317.4 million dollars from the global box office. Besides the directorial career, Anne Fletcher is also famous for her choreography.


Deep Impact (1998, Mimi Leder):

With the production of "Deep Impact", Mimi Leder became the first female director in the history of directing a big blockbuster movie. Before that, she also had extensive experience in television. "On the Basis of Sex" (2018) is the director's latest work. Back with "Deep Impact", the film depicts the apocalyptic risk when a meteorite falls into the North Atlantic Ocean, destroying it. many areas. At the same time, in space, Captain Tanner and his comrades decide to drive the Messiah into the remaining meteorite to protect humanity. “Deep Impact” earned $ 349.5 million in global revenue, an impressive number at that time.


What Women Want (2000, Nancy Meyers):

The film revolves around Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), advertising director of Sloane Curtis. While Nick has a chance to promote, the company suddenly hires Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt) to increase access to female customers. The turning point occurs when Nick is electrocuted while trying the product and later discovers his ability to hear women's thoughts. “What Women Want” is the first step of Nancy Meyers as a director. The film collected $ 374.1 million from the global box office.


Twilight (2008, Catherine Hardwicke):

Catherine Hardwicke is the one who contributed to the success of the "Twilight" movie version. However, due to conflicts with Summit, she was not invited back in the following sections. “Twilight” portrays the beautiful but difficult love between Edward Cullen - the vampire and the girl Bella Swan. Worth mentioning, Bella has a special scent as a vampire species to increase the desire to suck blood. Accordingly, she repeatedly falls into dangerous perils and is rescued by Edward. With Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke was honored to receive the Best Director Award at the 2009 Young Artist Awards.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009, Betty Thomas):

This is the second part of a series of mischievous chipmunks, with a rich voice. The film is the most recent and most successful production of female director Betty Thomas. Global revenue of $ 443.1 million helps Thomas become the most successful female director at the box office at the time. And yet, she is also the first female director to earn more than $ 200 million in the domestic market. Before that, she had worked on the projects of “John Tucker Must Die” (2006), “I Spy” (2002) and “28 Days” (2000). The second part of the series revolves around the school life of three chipmunks Alvin, Simon, and Theodore and also notes the appearance of the female chipmunk group named the Chipettes.


Fifty Shades of Gray (2015, Sam Taylor-Johnson):

The film is adapted from the famous novel by writer E. L. James. Received many criticisms from experts, but the film still earned over $571 million while the initial budget was only 40 million USD. Even so, the British filmmaker shared that directing “Fifty Shades of Gray” negatively affected her career in the eyes of critics. And yet, according to the Hollywood Reporter, between the director and the original author, there is also conflict in the creative perspective. Therefore, Sam Taylor-Johnson only held the first part of the emotional series.


Mamma Mia! (2008, Phyllida Lloyd):

The film grossed $ 609.8 million while getting only 55% on Rotten Tomatoes. Starting a stage director, "Mamma Mia!" Phyllida Lloyd is an opportunity to show his inherent ability. By exploiting the songs of legendary band ABBA, Phyllida Lloyd turned “Mamma Mia!” becoming an emotional music party, depicting the story around the journey to find Sophie's father. In particular, the appearance of Meryl Streep (as Donna - Sophie's mother) is also the highlight of the work.


Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011, Jennifer Yuh Nelson):

Jennifer Yuh Nelson is the first female filmmaker to produce animated films from a major Hollywood studio. Before "Kung Fu Panda 2", she performed works such as "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002), "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" (2003), "Madagascar" (2005) and "Kung Fu Panda "(2008). Yuh is a Korean-American director and screenwriter. In 2018, she re-emerged with "The Darkest Minds". "Kung Fu Panda 2" has the highest commercial performance in a series of three films with sales of $ 665.7 million. The film continues to be relaxing and funny moments surrounding Po - the lovely panda The evil in “Kung Fu Panda 2” is Shen, who is behind the death of Po's parents.


Wonder Woman (2017, Patty Jenkins):

Earning $ 821.8 million worldwide and conquering 93% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, "Wonder Woman" is then portrayed as burdening the DC Open Universe on the shoulders. Patty Jenkins's creation contributed directly to the film's success. Not only merely flaunting superhero power, but Patty Jenkins also cleverly built knots to contain a lot of emotions. The happiest person is also the most miserable. Tragedy in Diana's (Gal Gadot) love with Steve (Chris Pine) is a humanistic foundation, paving the way for the power of Wonder Woman. Previously, Patty Jenkins had a breakthrough with Monster (2003).

By: Mithrine Smith

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