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The Best Female Director Movies and TV Shows on Cinemax

Finding a good Female Director movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Female Director movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Cinemax.

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1. City of God

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8.6/10
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86/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Buscapé was raised in a very violent environment. Despite the feeling that all odds were against him, he finds out that life can be seen with other eyes...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Never Rarely Sometimes Always

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7.4/10
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72/100
Released: 2020Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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3. Ruby Sparks

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7.2/10
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72/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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6.0/10
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68/100
Released: 2004Rated: R
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Bridget Jones is becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark Darcy. Apart from discovering that he's a conservative voter, she has to deal with a new boss, a strange contractor and the worst vacation of her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Queen & Slim

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7.1/10
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69/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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6. Private Parts

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6.9/10
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67/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Desperately Seeking Susan

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6.0/10
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62/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Roberta is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan, she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline "Desperately Seeking Susan" proposes a rendezvous. Roberta goes too, and in a series of events involving amnesia and mistaken identity, steps into Susan's life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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8. Pariah

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7.2/10
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63/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Sunshine Cleaning

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6.8/10
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67/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A single mother and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy. In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school the mom starts an unusual business – a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Their Finest

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6.8/10
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65/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter (Gemma Arterton) works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatise the true story of two sisters (Lily Knight and Francesca Knight) who undertook their own maritime mission to rescue wounded soldiers are met with mixed feelings by a dismissive all-male staff.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. The Wedding Date

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6.2/10
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65/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: With the wedding of her younger sister fast approaching, Kat Ellis faces the undesirable prospect of traveling alone to London for the ceremony. While this is bad enough, Jeffrey, the man who left her as they moved closer to marriage, happens to be the groom's best man. Determined to show everyone -- most of all Jeffrey -- that her romantic life is as full and thrilling as ever, Kat hires a charming male escort as her date.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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12. The Peacemaker

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6.0/10
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63/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: When a train carrying atomic warheads mysteriously crashes in the former Soviet Union, a nuclear specialist discovers the accident is really part of a plot to cover up the theft of the weapons. Assigned to help her recover the missing bombs is a crack Special Forces Colonel.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. The Brady Bunch Movie

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6.1/10
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61/100
Released: 1995Rated: PG-13
Family, Comedy

What it's about: The original '70s TV family is now placed in the 1990s, where they're even more square and out of place than ever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Talk to Me

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7.3/10
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Released: 2007Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. He Said, She Said

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Released: 1991Rated: PG-13
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Womanising, right-wing Dan Hanson and quiet, liberal Lorie Bryer work for the Baltimore Sun. Rivals for the job of new writer of a vacant column, the paper ends up instead printing their very different opinions alongside each other, which leads to a similarly combative local TV show. At the same time their initial indifference to each other looks like it may evolve into something more romantic.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. Stop-Loss

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6.4/10
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61/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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17. The Namesake

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64/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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18. The Notorious Bettie Page

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59/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. Miss Julie

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54/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet to seduce her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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20. Fort Tilden

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5.5/10
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51/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Twenty-something Brooklynites Allie and Harper are directionless, privileged, and just a tiny bit damaged. All they want is to get to the beach, where a drug-fueled afternoon with cute boys awaits them. Alas, the journey becomes needlessly complicated, as the girls’ bike ride from Williamsburg to Fort Tilden Beach is littered with a barrage of unfriendly circumstances and the realization that their life skills are more limited than they should be.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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21. The Tank

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46/100
Released: 2017
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: On April 26, 2012, six people entered an Isolated Confined Environment with the mission to simulate a trip to Mars. Their mission was a catastrophic failure.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Cinemax).

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22. Lucky Numbers

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Released: 2000Rated: R
Thriller, Comedy

What it's about: Russ Richards is a TV weatherman and local celebrity on the verge of losing his shirt. Desperate to escape financial ruin, he schemes with Crystal the TV station's lotto ball girl to rig the state lottery drawing. The numbers come up right, but everything else goes wrong as the plan starts to unravel and the game turns rough.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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23. A Very Brady Sequel

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5.8/10
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55/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG-13
Family, Comedy

What it's about: A man claiming to be Carol Brady's long-lost first husband, Roy Martin, shows up at the suburban Brady residence one evening. An impostor, the man is actually determined to steal the Bradys' familiar horse statue, a $20-million ancient Asian artifact.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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