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The Most Searched Female-Directed Film in Each State

Last Updated on September 6, 2023 by Zoi Walker

Female-Directed Films are Having a Moment

Throughout Hollywood’s male-dominated history, most of the top positions working on a movie, from producers and writers to the true auteur of the film, the director, have been occupied by men. But even throughout that male-dominated history, women have fought to have their voices heard and their contributions recognized. 

Now, the tables are turning, if ever so slightly. Still, even though more films now are directed by women than ever before, only seven women have been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. But those films and those nominees are making an impact—two of the last three Best Director statuettes have gone to women, Chloe Zhao for Nomadland in 2021 and Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog in 2022.

Just in time for Greta Gerwig’s surefire hit Barbie to hit the screen, the team at decided to find out which female-directed film is on people’s minds—and in their web browsers—across the nation, by state.

The Most Searched Female-Directed Film by State

Map illustrating the top female directed films in each state.

Female-Directed Film Facts and Figures

Using search volume we determined the level of interest by state to rank our female-directed films. Included in the infographic below is more about each movie and director, including how well the films performed at the box office and during award season and the critical consensus from Rotten Tomatoes.

Film facts and figures of the top female directed films

Interesting Findings

  • The most searched film in the most states (17) is also the highest-grossing film from a solo female director: Wonder Woman (2017). Director Patty Jenkins broke new ground in the superhero genre as the first female director to direct a film with a budget greater than $100 million—and became the highest-paid female director in history when she signed on to direct the sequel WW84.
  • 12 states searched most for The Matrix. A game-changing action/sci-fi blockbuster from Lana and Lilly Wachowski, The Matrix won every category in which it received an Oscar nom in 2000, along with 2 BAFTA awards and a Grammy for best soundtrack album. Whoa.
  • Acclaimed action director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar with 2008’s The Hurt Locker.
  • Upon release, American Psycho was criticized for its violence and misogyny—director Mary Harron disagrees, calling it a subversive and feminist film. Its condemnation of toxic masculinity is still relevant more than 20 years later.
  • In 2022, women comprised 24% of directors, writers, producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films, down 1% from 2021.

Women have been behind the camera since the beginning—in 1896, Alice Guy Blaché became the first woman to ever direct a movie. La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) is considered one of the first narrative films.


To identify each state’s most searched female-directed film, we gathered data on films directed by women from iMDB, then used SEMRush’s keyword volume analysis to determine the 15 films with the most search volume. Using Google Trends, we found which of those 15 was most searched by state.


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The Most Searched Female-Directed Film in Each State [Table]

StateMovie Title
AlabamaWonder Woman
AlaskaAmerican Psycho
ArizonaAmerican Psycho
ArkansasWonder Woman
CaliforniaTurning Red
ColoradoWonder Woman
ConnecticutThe Matrix
DelawareThe Matrix
District of ColumbiaA League of Their Own
FloridaThe Matrix
GeorgiaWonder Woman
HawaiiTurning Red
IdahoWonder Woman
IllinoisThe Matrix
IndianaThe Matrix
IowaThe Matrix
KansasWonder Woman
LouisianaWonder Woman
MaineThe Hurt Locker
MarylandThe Woman King
MassachusettsThe Matrix
MichiganAmerican Psycho
MinnesotaWonder Woman
MississippiThe Matrix
MissouriWonder Woman
MontanaThe Power of the Dog
NevadaWonder Woman
New HampshireAmerican Psycho
New JerseyAmerican Psycho
New MexicoWonder Woman
New YorkAmerican Psycho
North CarolinaWonder Woman
North DakotaHarley Quinn Birds of Prey
OhioAmerican Psycho
OklahomaWonder Woman
OregonA League of Their Own
PennsylvaniaThe Matrix
Rhode IslandThe Matrix
South CarolinaWonder Woman
South DakotaThe Matrix
TennesseeWonder Woman
UtahLittle Women (2019)
VermontLittle Women (2019)
VirginiaThe Matrix
WashingtonSleepless in Seattle
West VirginiaWonder Woman
WisconsinAmerican Psycho
WyomingWonder Woman

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