Women Directors of Soccer Movies

Female-iconOf the almost 200 soccer movies that I have watched, less than 10%  were directed by women. Most of the feature film female directors had no prior knowledge of soccer (football). And yet, by my ratings, female directors have put together some of the best football films. It’s not an explicit gender bias, since I don’t pay attention to who is the director until after I’ve watched the film.

I think these films are better because the women directors, not so emotionally tied to the sport, show deeper characters and relationships. They also inject more humor. Or perhaps this is all my personal bias as to what I find entertaining — after all, this website started from being a soccer mom. However, some of these films are the bigger moneymakers. So I can’t be ALL wrong!

Feature Films Directed by Women

Title Director Rating Box $M Country
Bend it Like Beckham (2002) Gurinder Chadha 10 76.6 ENG
Green Street Hooligans (2005) Lexi Alexander 9 3.1 USA
Will (2011) Ellen Perry 8 USA
Guys and Balls (2004) Sherry Hormann 7 1.1 GER-USA
Johan (2005) Nicole van Kilsdonk 7 0.2 NED
Bad Parents (2012) Caytha Jentis 6 USA
The Big Green (1995) Holly Goldberg Sloan 5 18.0 USA
When Saturday Comes (1996) Maria Giese 5 ENG-USA

Documentaries Directed by Women

Title Director Rating Box $M Country
Pelada (2010) Gwendolyn Oxenham 10 USA
Forever Pure (2016) Maya Zinshtein 10 ISR
Ayaktakimi (2015) Naz Gündogdu 9 GER-TUR
Kick Like a Girl (2008) Jenny Mackenie 6 USA
Kicking It (2008) Susan Koch 6 USA
17 (2017) Widad Shafakoj 6 JOR
Goal Dreams (2010) Maya Sanbar 5 PAL

Updated Jul-2-2017, Sep-4-2017, Nov-19-2017