Whether you’re a fan of women in film or just enjoy watching the best sitcoms, documentaries, reality TV, cooking shows or feature films, you already know that Netflix is the undisputed queen of stream.
This month, we’ve dug in deep to highlight the talented females playing pivotal roles in each production.
If directors aren’t your bag, then perhaps it’s women writers that you’d like to vote for with your precious TV time?
Of course, there’s a ton of actresses receiving top billing in this month’s releases as well — 109 to be exact — so show your support and stream on!
Women in Film, New on Netflix – Top 3 Films
🥇 35 – Tie: House of Deadly Secrets / Like Father
🥈 30 – Tie: Perdida / To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
🥉 25 – No Reservations
This August we saw a neck-and-neck tie for first, with second place being only off by five points on the Woman-O-Meter.
What helped propel House of Deadly Secrets into the tie for first is that in addition to three of the four top billing slots being occupied by women, the film also features two female writers, Andrea Canning (Til Ex Do Us Part, Who Killed Bunny) and Elizabeth Stuart (Double Mommy, New Day).
🎉 Fun Fact: Kristen also appears in another title this month, The Good Place: Season 2.
Women in Film, New on Netflix – Top 3 TV Series
🥇 60 – Great News: Season 1
🥈 50 – Ultraviolet (Netflix Original)
🥉 45 – Tie: The Originals: Season 5 / The 100: Season 5
Not so many ties this month in the TV series section, and this month’s winner — Great News: Season 1 — blew right past second and the two titles tying for third with a total of 60 points on the Woman-O-Meter.
This hysteric, mom-tastic NBC comedy hits Netflix on August 23rd, so get ready to binge watch!
Wondering how we came up with our selections and scoring?
Have suggestions on how to improve future installments?
Keep reading for a full list of titles added to Netflix this August that prominently feature at least one woman in a directorial, writing, creation or top billing role.
August 1st, 2018
⭐ Top Billing – Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes
⭐ Top Billing – Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Zoe
⭐ Top Billing – Olivia Taylor Dudley as Natalie
⭐ Top Billing – Devin Kelley as Amanda
⭐ Top Billing – Marilyn Ghigliotti as Veronica
⭐ Top Billing – Lisa Spoonauer as Caitlin Bree
⭐ Top Billing – Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson
Edge of Fear
⭐ Top Billing – Zhu Zhu as Laura Chen
⭐ Top Billing – Vanessa Williams as Lee Cullen
⭐ Top Billing – Ahney Her as Sue
House of Deadly Secrets
✒️ Writer – Andrea Canning
✒️ Writer – Elizabeth Stuart
⭐ Top Billing – Patty McCormack as Sylvia Holmes
⭐ Top Billing – Angie Patterson as Maggie Richards
⭐ Top Billing – Violet Hicks as Ava
Million Dollar Baby
⭐ Top Billing – Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald
⭐ Top Billing – Abigail Breslin as Zoe
⭐ Top Billing – Patricia Clarkson as Paula
✒️ Writer – Carol Fuchs
✒️ Writer – Sandra Nettelbeck
⭐ Top Billing – Catherine Zeta-Jones as Kate
P.S. I Love You
⭐ Top Billing – Hilary Swank as Holly
⭐ Top Billing – Lisa Kudrow as Denise
⭐ Top Billing – Gina Gershon as Sharon
⭐ Top Billing – Diane Lane as Penny Chenery
⭐ Top Billing – Margo Martindale as Miss Ham
⭐ Top Billing – Sally Field as M’Lynn Eatenton
⭐ Top Billing – Dolly Parton as Truvy Jones
⭐ Top Billing – Shirley MacLaine as Ouiser Boudreaux
⭐ Top Billing – Daryl Hannah as Annelle Dupuy Desoto
⭐ Top Billing – P.J. Soles as Stella
⭐ Top Billing – Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn
⭐ Top Billing – Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner
The Golden Compass
⭐ Top Billing – Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter
⭐ Top Billing – Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra
⭐ Top Billing – Rusty Schwimmer as Liz Taylor
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
✒️ Writer – Fran Walsh
✒️ Writer – Philippa Boyens
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
✒️ Writer – Shonda Rhimes
⭐ Top Billing – Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis
⭐ Top Billing – Julie Andrews as Queen Clarisse Renaldi
Switched (Netflix Original)
⭐ Top Billing – Kaya Kiyohara
⭐ Top Billing – Miu Tomita
Keep reading on Page 2 for releases hitting Netflix August 2nd – 16th!