10 Best Miniseries Directed By Women | Screen Rant

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The drama mini-series Invent Anna premiered earlier this year to mixed reviews, quickly becoming a polarizing topic among fans and critics alike. Julia Garner masterfully plays the lead role of Anna Sorokin, who is a memorable female protagonist who has worked her way into New York’s elite circles.

There are several other female-led miniseries worth checking out for those who want to see well-written and often strong women at the center of the story. These short TV shows are almost always known for their compelling storytelling and empowering messages conveyed through incredible performances by their talented cast.

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Inventing Anna (2022)

Available to stream on Netflix.


Inventing Anna Julia Garner's Movie as Anna Delvey

Invent Anna is a miniseries inspired by the real and baffling case of a con artist known as Anna Sorokin. The show shows how she creates the fake identity of a German heiress, coming up with the name Anna Delvey to match her story. The divisive series depicts Anna’s wild story arc through the experiences of journalist Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky) while interviewing her before her trial.

Vivian’s personal story can often be as interesting as Anna’s, nor is she the only other prominent female character on the show. Anna’s friends – Kacy Duke (Laverne Cox), Rachel Williams (Katie Lowes) and Neff Davis (Alexis Floyd) – all have their moment in the spotlight as they tell their stories about the fraudster.


The Queen’s Wager (2020)

Available to stream on Netflix.


Anna Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon in The Queen's Gambit

Based on the 1983 novel of the same name, The Queen’s Bet revolves around the life of Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphan who becomes a chess prodigy at a young age. As she enters the competitive world of chess, issues from her past threaten to halt her rapid rise to the top.

Depicting Beth as a flawed character who still suffers from the painful experiences of her childhood makes it easier to sympathize with her. As his addiction to drugs and alcohol worsens, more and more details of his tragic past resurface, making the entire limited series gripping from start to finish.


Little Fires Everywhere (2020)

Available to stream on Hulu.


Mia and Pearl stand in the kitchen in Little Fires Everywhere

When Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) rents a property from the enigmatic artist Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her daughter in Small fires everywhere, everything changes for the perfect family of Richardsons. Things between them quickly escalate after Elena uncovers disturbing secrets about her tenant’s past, which soon spill over into her own life and relationship with her daughter.

Based on the 2017 novel of the same name, the binge-able show on the Hulu limited series has no shortage of gripping twists. As Elena and Mia’s lives become increasingly tangled, audacious questions about motherhood, identity and art are raised.


Sharp Objects (2018)

Available to stream on HBO Max.


Adora and Camille face each other in profile on Sharp Objects

Based on the 2006 novel of the same name, Sharp objects tells the story of Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a disillusioned reporter who returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to cover the murders of two girls. In the process, she must confront her overly judgmental mother, Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson), whose presence brings up uncomfortable memories for the protagonist.

The psychological thriller miniseries can often feel like a horror movie, with its dark atmosphere and gritty scenes that become more intense as Camille’s psyche is explored further. A highlight of the show is the messy relationship between her and her mother, which threatens to unravel everything Camille has worked to forget.


Incredible (2019)

Available to stream on Netflix.


Often cited alongside the best mini-series on Netflix, Unbelievable is based on a true story about a teenage girl named Marie Adler (played by Kaitlyn Dever) who struggles to make the authorities believe she was raped. Det. Grace Rasmussen (Toni Collette) and Det. Karen Duvall (Merritt Wever) eventually realizes that her case fits a pattern that could be tied to a single perpetrator.

The true crime show sets itself apart from others in the genre by focusing on the victims. The psychological and emotional effects of learning that she invented it weigh heavily on Marie. Along with its raw depiction of the experiences of these victims, the detectives’ investigation grows more engrossing as they uncover details about the mysterious criminal.

Maid (2021)

Available to stream on Netflix.


When Alex (Margaret Qualley) bravely leaves her abusive boyfriend in Housemaid, she ends up having to scramble to find a place to sleep and a way to earn money, while caring for her young child. The limited series chronicles her time at a domestic violence center and her new job at Value Maids.

Along the way, the miniseries explores the protagonist’s interactions with her dysfunctional family, as well as her issues navigating government bureaucracy. It’s as much about the problems faced by the victims as it is about Alex’s personal journey, with poignant moments highlighting his past and his old dream of becoming a writer.

Alias ​​Grace (2017)

Available to stream on Netflix.


Based on the 1996 novel of the same name, Alias ​​Grace tells the story of Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), an Irish immigrant and housekeeper who has been framed for the murder of her employer and governess. While serving his prison sentence, Dr. Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft), a psychiatrist, approaches him to find out more about the crime.

As their conversations progress, it becomes clear that Grace may be suffering from some form of amnesia, but even she admits she’s hesitant to know the details of that horrible night. Her bizarre case quickly attracts the attention of outside forces in town who seek to determine exactly what her role is in the murders.


Unorthodox (2020)

Available to stream on Netflix.


Esty in Unorthodox(1)

Based on the true story of Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox is a renowned international television show that revolves around the experiences of 19-year-old Esty Shapiro (Shira Haas), who is part of the Satmar sect of the ultra-Orthodox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. When she decides to flee to Berlin in an attempt to live a secular life, she is pursued by her husband, who their rabbi orders to bring her back.

As Esty realizes how much more there is to life than what she’s learned, she begins to embrace her new home and friends. It’s a far cry from the unhappy arranged marriage she had in New York, but she has to fight to keep her freedom.

The Honorable Woman (2014)


Maggie Gyllenhaal The Honorable Woman

The honorable woman is an award-winning miniseries centered on businesswoman Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who is propelled to the top of the Stein group after the death of her brother. The future of the company’s most ambitious project to date is in its hands, but it looks like it may be unraveling after interested third parties start meddling.

The political spy thriller limited series is mostly enjoyable because of Gyllenhaal’s unforgettable performance. The show continues to up the ante, packing an incredible number of shocking moments, which even escalate to involve a disastrous kidnapping.

I can destroy you (2020)

Available to stream on HBO Max.


Michaela Cole-I May Destroy You-Promo Art

Arabella Essiedu (Michaela Coel) is first in a big place in her life in I can destroy youwith Twitter fame and a bestselling novel making her an icon for millennials. When she takes a break from writing her next bestselling book by going out for drinks with her friends, a traumatic experience changes the trajectory of his life.

The dark comedy-drama miniseries depicts how Arabella tries to remember the missing pieces of that mysterious night. An important aspect of the show is her friendship with Terry Pratchard (Weruche Opia) who helps her navigate her emotions and memories.

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