Greta Gerwig is making waves with her first solo directorial feature, Lady Bird, igniting a discussion that’s long needed to happen: Female directors' many contributions to film canon. And she’s not the only woman to bring the matter to the forefront over the past year. Patty Jenkins also lead headlines when her adaptation of Wonder Woman -- the first-ever live-action depiction of the famed superhero -- became the third highest-grossing film of 2017, earning critical success on top of its box office receipts. Stories about women are not only desired, but we desperately need more of them. That need extends beyond just onscreen narratives, and to the people actually telling the stories.
Gerwig and Jenkins are only a few of the women leading the charge. There are plenty out there, telling their stories, putting their truth to film. Here’s a sampling of some of the best woman-directed films currently available on streaming services.