Nancy Meyers


“Quick: name a recent American movie starring a 60-year-old woman who, in attempting to enliven her long-deferred sex life, is pursued by not one but two enamored men. Additionally: name a film like this that grossed over $200 million worldwide. Perhaps the only correct answer is Nancy Meyers’ It’s Complicated, which is itself a testament to both the rarified and barrier-breaking career of its leading lady, the one and only Meryl Streep. “Only” because, well, who else but Streep could get a movie like this off the ground and steward it toward a box office tier reserved almost exclusively for inane, teenager-courting blockbusters? In her 2011 Vogue cover story, Streep remarked that “in the period of Silkwood, [It’s Complicated] could never have been made, with a 60-year-old actress deciding between her ex-husband and another man. With a 40-year-old actress it would never have been made.” It’s Complicated is a star vehicle that is in some ways completely uncomplicated, but in other ways downright revolutionary, showcasing the effervescent charisma of its beloved star while also demanding that audiences consider a woman who undoubtedly exists in the real world but hardly ever graces the big screen…” — John Guerin

On Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated



14 Romantic Comedies Directed by Women to Watch for Valentine’s Day

Austenland dir. Jerusha Hess
Bridget Jones’s Diary dir.Sharon Maguire 
But I’m a Cheerleader dir. Jamie Babbit
D.E.B.S. dirAngela Robinson
Desperately Seeking Susan dir. Susan Seidelman
Enough Said dir. Nicole Holofcener
Just One of the Guys dir. Lisa Gottlieb
Love That Boy dir. Andrea Dorfman
Obvious Child dir. Gillian Robespierre
Puccini for Beginners dir. Maria Maggenti
Saving Face dir. Alice Wu
Sleeping with Other People dir. Leslye Headland
Something’s Gotta Give dir. Nancy Meyers 
You’ve Got Mail dir. Nora Ephron


But … in my own experience of male and female directors, people have a much, much harder time taking a direct command from a woman. It’s somehow very difficult for people.

- Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep directed by women filmography

She-Devil dir. Susan Seidelman -1989
The Music of Regret dir. Laurie Simmons - 2006
Mamma Mia! dir Phyllida Lloyd - 2008
Julie & Julia dir. Nora Ephron - 2009
It’s Complicated dir. Nancy Meyers - 2009
The Iron Lady dir. Phyllida Lloyd - 2011
Suffragette dir. Sarah Gavron - 2015