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Films Watched in 2015: Diversity edition

December 10, 2015

In 2015, I prioritized seeing films with main characters who were: (1) people of color; (2) women; and (3) other minorities, such as QUILTBAG and/or neurodiverse people.

Total movies = 58


{Italics indicate films with WOC main characters, directors, or screenwriters}


Story focuses on at least 1 main character, who is/are POC:

  1. Annie, directed by Will Gluck; screenwriters Will Gluck & Aline Brosh McKenna
  2. Belle, directed by Amma Asante; screenwriter Misan Sagay
  3. Black Nativity, directed & written by Kasi Lemmons
  4. Dope, directed & written by Rick Famuyiwa
  5. Dum Laga Ke Haisha, directed by Sharat Katariya
  6. Good Hair, directed by Jeff Stilson; screenwriters Chris Rock, et al.
  7. Home, directed by Tim Johnson; screenwriters Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember
  8. The Intouchables, directed & written by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
  9. Key of Life, directed & written by Kenji Uchida
  10. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness: A Year Inside the World of Studio Ghibli, directed & written by Mami Sunada
  11. Learning to Drive, directed by Isabel Coixet; screenwriter Sarah Kernochan
  12. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; screenwriter Jesse Andrews
  13. Queen, directed by Vikas Bahl; screenwriters Vikas Bahl, Chaitally Parmar, and Parveez Shaikh
  14. Stomp the Yard, directed by Sylvain White; screenwriters Robert Adetuyi and Gregory Anderson
  15. Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray; screenwriters Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff
  16. [Anime] A Letter to Momo, directed & written by Hiroyuki Okiura
  17. [Documentary] Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul


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Significant, but non-main, characters are POC:

  1. Bad Words, directed by Jason Bateman; screenwriter Andrew Dodge
  2. The Big Miracle, directed by Ken Kwapis; screenwriters Jack Amiel and Michael Begler {{Inupiat characters}}
  3. Burnt, directed by John Wells; screenwriter Steven Knight {{Omar Sy, ftw!}}
  4. Hairspray, directed by Adam Shankman; screenwriters Leslie Dixon and John Waters
  5. THG: Mockingjay 1, directed by Francis Lawrence; screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong
  6. THG: Mockingjay 2, directed by Francis Lawrence, screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong

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Story focuses on at least 1 main character who is/are (white) women/girls:

  1. Admission, directed by Paul Weitz; screenwriter Karen Croner
  2. The Arbor, directed by Clio Barnard
  3. Burlesque, directed & written by Steven Antin
  4. Bride Flight, directed by Ben Sombogaart; screenwriter Marieke van der Pol
  5. Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh; screenwriter Chris Weitz
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria, directed & written by Olivier Assayas
  7. Far from the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg; screenwriter David Nicholls
  8. Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón; screenwriters Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón
  9. Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen; screenwriters Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley
  10. The Intern, directed & written by Nancy Myers
  11. Jupiter Ascending, directed & written by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski
  12. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, directed by Randall Miller; screenwriters Randall Miller and Jody Savin
  13. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, directed by Bharat Nalluri; screenwriters David Magee and Simon Beaufoy
  14. Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears, screenwriters Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  15. Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore; screenwriter Kay Cannon
  16. Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks; screenwriter Kay Cannon
  17. Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman, screenwriter Ronald Harwood
  18. Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme; screenwriter Diablo Cody
  19. Shakespeare in Love, directed by John Madden; screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
  20. Step Up, directed by Anne Fletcher; screenwriters Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg
  21. Stranger than Fiction, directed by Marc Forster; screenwriter Zach Helm

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Main character(s) are QUILTBAG:

  1. Becoming Chaz, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
  2. Grandma, directed & written by Paul Weitz {{title character is a lesbian; minor character played by Laverne Cox}}
  3. Growing Up Trans, directed & written by Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor


The movie, Burnt, also contained, as minor characters, 1 lesbian and 1 gay man.

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Main character(s) are neurodiverse [autistic]:

  1. Mozart and the Whale, directed by Petter Naess; screenwriter Ron Bass
  2. Temple Grandin, directed by Mick Jackson; screenwriters Christopher Monger and William Merritt Johnson
  3. [Documentary] Spectrum: A Documentary on Autism and Sensory Perception
  4. [Documentary] Too Sane for This World, directed by William Davenport


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Story focuses on white (straight) guys as main character(s):

  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro Iñárritu; screenwriters Alejandro Iñárritu, et al.
  2. The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt; screenwriter Donald Margulies
  3. Love & Mercy, directed by Bill Pohlad; screenwriters Oren Moverman & Michael A. Lerner
  4. Magic Mike XXL, directed by Gregory Jacobs; screenwriter Reid Carolin
  5. The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney; screenwriter Grant Heslov
  6. Office Space, directed & written by Mike Judge
  7. The Way, directed & written by Emilio Estevez
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