Great Female Directors

by kishiro6 | created - 06 Sep 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

List of great female Directors whose movies I have watched and can highly reccomend. (Some are famous, some infamous, some unknown and many of them underrated.)

1. Ida Lupino

Actress | High Sierra

Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1932, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (...

Hard, Fast And Beautiful (1951), On Dangerous Ground (1952), The Bigamist (1953), The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

2. Alice Guy

Director | The Woman of Mystery

The world's first motion picture director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business in 1896 as a secretary at Gaumont, a manufacturer of movie cameras and projectors who had purchased the invention from the Lumiere brothers. The next year Gaumont became the world's first motion picture ...

The Cabbage-Patch Fairy (1896), Bathing In A Stream (1897), Wonderful Absinthe (1899), Dick Whittington And His Cat (1913), Turn-Of-The-Century Surgery (1900), The Results Of Feminism (1906), The Drunken Mattress (1906), The Strike (1912)

3. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914), Caught In A Cabaret (1914), The Extra Girl (1923)

4. Dorothy Arzner

Director | Christopher Strong

Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a ...

Merrily We Go To Hell (1932), The Bride Wore Red (1937), Christopher Strong (1933), Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

5. Leni Riefenstahl

Producer | Das blaue Licht - Eine Berglegende aus den Dolomiten

Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With...

Das Blaue Licht (1932), Triumph des Willens (Documentary) (1935)

6. Julia Crawford Ivers

Writer | A Son of Erin

Mother of cinematographer James Van Trees.

The Majesty Of The Law (1915), A Son Of Erin (1916), The Intrigue (1916)

7. Edith Carlmar

Director | Ung frue forsvunnet

Edith Carlmar was born on November 15, 1911 in Oslo, Norway. She was an actress and director, known for Ung frue forsvunnet (1953), Death Is a Caress (1949) and Bedre enn sitt rykte (1955). She was married to Otto Carlmar. She died on May 17, 2003 in Oslo.

Døden Er Et Kjærtegn (1949), Fjols Til Fjells (1957), Ung Flukt (1959)

8. Mai Zetterling

Actress | The Witches

Mai Zetterling was born in Sweden in 1925, and lived briefly in Australia while still a child. She's known as a director and actor and trained on the Stockholm repertory stage, she began appearing in war-era films starting in her teens. Following her debut in Lasse Maja (1941), she made quite an ...

Flickorna (1968)

9. Larisa Shepitko

Director | Voskhozhdenie

Larisa Shepitko was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Larisa Yefimovna Shepitko. She was a director and writer, known for The Ascent (1977), Heat (1963) and You and Me (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.

Wings (Krylya) (1966), The Ascent (Voskhozhdenie) (1977)

10. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

The Piano (1993), Portrait of a Lady (1996), Top Of The Lake: China Girl (2017)

11. Liliana Cavani

Director | Dove siete? Io sono qui

Liliana Cavani was born on January 12, 1933 in Carpi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Dove siete? Io sono qui (1993), The Night Porter (1974) and The Guest (1971).

The Night Porter (1974), Year Of The Cannibals (I Cannibali) (1969)

12. Kathryn Bigelow

Director | The Hurt Locker

A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...

Strange Days (1995)

13. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spañol von Braueich. She is a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), Swept Away (1974) and The Basilisks (1963). She was previously married to Enrico Job.

Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) (1975)

14. Caroline Link

Director | Nirgendwo in Afrika

Caroline Link was born on June 2, 1964 in Bad Nauheim, Hesse, Germany. She is a director and writer, known for Nowhere in Africa (2001), Beyond Silence (1996) and Annaluise & Anton (1999).

Jenseits der Stille (1996)

15. Kimberly Peirce

Director | Boys Don't Cry

Kimberly Peirce was born on September 8, 1967 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Boys Don't Cry (1999), Stop-Loss (2008) and Carrie (2013).

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

16. Chantal Akerman

Director | Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Je Tu Il Elle (1974) and No Home Movie (2015). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5...

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

17. Penny Marshall

Actress | Laverne & Shirley

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...

Awakenings (1990)

18. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.

Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1962), La Pointe Courte (1955), Le Bonheur (1965), L'Une Chante L'Autre Pas (1977), Vagabond (1985), Jacquot De Nantes (1991)

19. Marjane Satrapi

Director | Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014) and Chicken with Plums (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014)

20. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

Lady Bird (2017), Frances Ha (2012)

21. Sofia Coppola

Actress | The Godfather: Part III

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003), and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two daughters, Romy and ...

Lost in Translation (2003)

22. Nadine Labaki

Actress | Et maintenant on va où?

Nadine Labaki was born on February 18, 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon. She is an actress and director, known for Where Do We Go Now? (2011), Capernaum (2018) and Caramel (2007). She has been married to Khaled Mouzanar since October 2007.

Capernaüm (2018)

23. Jennifer Kent

Director | The Babadook

Jennifer Kent was born in 1969 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is an actress and director, known for The Babadook (2014), The Nightingale (2018) and Monster (2005).

The Babadook (2014), The Nightingale (2018)

Dorothy Mills (2008)

25. Agneta Fagerström-Olsson

Director | Knockout

Agneta Fagerström-Olsson was born on October 22, 1948. She is a director and writer, known for Knockout (2000), Seppan (1986) and The First Gypsy in Space (2002).

Prime Time (2012)

26. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before ...

Horící Ker (2013)

27. Aisling Walsh

Director | Maudie

Aisling Walsh studied Fine Art at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology. There was no film course there at that time but there was a film appreciation society that she joined and through this she developed an interest in filmmaking and started making her own short movies. The ...

Maudie (2016)

28. Alice Winocour

Writer | Proxima

Alice Winocour was born on January 13, 1976 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Proxima (2019), Mustang (2015) and Disorder (2015).

Disorder (Maryland) (2015)

29. Allison Anders

Director | Gas Food Lodging

Anders weathered a rough childhood and young adult life which not only encouraged an escapist penchant for making up characters but also an insider's sympathy for the strong but put-upon women who people her films. Growing up in rural Kentucky, Anders would always remember hanging onto her father's...

Gas, Food Lodging (1992)

30. Amy Heckerling

Writer | Clueless

Amy Heckerling studied Film and TV at New York University and got a Masters Degree in Film from The American Film Institute. Despite this education she couldn't get a break in Hollywood. However, in 1982, she made Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and people started to take notice. In 1985, ...

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982), Clueless (1995)

31. Amy Holden Jones

Writer | The Resident

Amy Holden Jones is a writer and producer, known for The Resident (2018), Mystic Pizza (1988) and Black Box (2014). She was previously married to Michael Chapman.

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

32. Amy Seimetz

Actress | Upstream Color

Amy Seimetz first came to prominence producing and directing shorts and independent films. Most notably associate producing Barry Jenkins' Medicine For Melancholy which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards, after playing at South By Southwest and the Toronto International Film ...

The Girlfriend Experience (Series) (2016)

33. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

Andrea Arnold was born on April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England as Andrea Patricia Arnold. She is an actress and director, known for American Honey (2016), Fish Tank (2009) and Red Road (2006).

Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009), American Honey (2016)

34. Angela Pope

Director | Hollow Reed

Angela Pope is a director who started her career making documentaries for television and the moved into TV drama and features.

Born 1945 in Weybridge Surrey, she was educated at Tiffin Girls Grammar School , and at Sussex University, followed - briefly - by post graduate work at UCLA which, she quit...

Captives (1994)

35. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999), playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become ...

By the Sea (2015)

The Night and the Moment (1994)

37. Annabel Jankel

Director | Tell It to the Bees

Founder of two award-winning production companies - Cucumber Studios in London, and MJZ (Morton Jankel Zander) in LA, NY and London, Annabel Jankel's career began directing music videos for artists such as Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis and George Harrison. The creation of...

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

38. Anne Fontaine

Writer | Coco avant Chanel

Anne Fontaine was born on July 15, 1959 in Luxembourg as Anne Sibertin-Blanc. She is a writer and actress, known for Coco Before Chanel (2009), The Innocents (2016) and Reinventing Marvin (2017). She is married to Philippe Carcassonne. They have one child.

Adore (Perfect Mothers) (2013), Chloe (2009)

39. Anne Goursaud

Editor | Dracula

Anne Goursaud is an editor and director, known for Dracula (1992), Kayip (2013) and The Outsiders (1983).

Embrace of the Vampire (1995)

40. Annelise Reenberg

Cinematographer | Kristinus Bergman

Sister of Danish actor Jørgen Reenberg

Hurra for de blå husarer (1970)

41. Annette Sjursen

Director | Min misunnelige frisør

Has worked freelance as a film and literature critic.

Pax (2010)

42. Asia Argento

Actress | Land of the Dead

Asia Argento was born in Rome, Italy, into a family of actors and filmmakers, both occupations which she has herself pursued. She made her debut when she was only nine years old in Sergio Citti's Sogni e bisogni (1985). In 1988 she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini's first film, Zoo (1988)...

Incompresa (2014), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

43. Bette Gordon

Director | Handsome Harry

Bette Gordon was born on June 22, 1950. She is a director, known for Handsome Harry (2009), Variety (1983) and Empty Suitcases (1980).

Variety, (1983), Luminous Motion (1998)

44. Betty Kaplan

Director | Of Love and Shadows

Betty Kaplan is a Venezuelan-American film director born in New York City and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Often Kaplan writes, directs and produces her own film projects. Betty has also directed several Televison commercials, directed theater in Los Angeles. She is Co-Chair of the Directors Guild...

Of Love and Shadows (1994)

45. Betty Thomas

Self | Howard Stern

Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn...

Private Parts (1997)

46. Brit Marling

Producer | Another Earth

Brit Heyworth Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Heidi (Johnson) and John Marling, both of whom work in real estate. She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favour of a career as an artist.


Another Earth (2011), Boxers And Ballerinas (2004), The OA (2016) (Co-creator/Writer)

47. Bronwen Hughes

Director | The Journey Is the Destination

Bronwen Hughes is a director and producer, known for The Journey Is the Destination (2016), Breaking Bad (2008) and Better Call Saul (2015).

Stander (2003)

Sorority House Massacre (1986)

49. Catherine Breillat

Writer | À ma soeur!

Catherine Breillat is a Paris based filmmaker and writer who became famous for her distinctively personal films on sexuality, gender trouble and sibling rivalry. Accused of being a "porno auteuriste", Breillat allowed for an unbiased view of sexuality and extended the language of mainstream movies....

Romance X (1999)

50. Catherine Hardwicke

Director | Twilight

Catherine Hardwicke was born on October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA as Helen Catherine Hardwicke. She is a director and production designer, known for Twilight (2008), Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

Thirteen (2003)

51. Charlotte Sieling

Director | Mesteren

Charlotte Sieling was born on July 13, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and actress, known for The Man (2017), Borgen (2010) and Elsker elsker ikke... (1995). She was previously married to Peter Langdal.

Borgen (Series) (2013)

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

53. Cindy Sherman

Director | Office Killer

Cindy Sherman was born on January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Office Killer (1997), 30/30 Vision: 3 Decades of Strand Releasing (2019) and Prima Donna (2015). She was previously married to Michel Auder.

Office Killer (1997)

54. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and Nenette and Boni (1996).

White Material (2009)

55. Claudia Weill

Director | Girlfriends

Claudia Weill was born on December 20, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Claudia Guiovna Weill. She is a director, known for Girlfriends (1978), ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) and Girls (2012). She has been married to Walter Simon Teller since July 14, 1985. They have two children.

Girlfriends (1978)

56. Danièle Thompson

Writer | La bûche

Danièle Thompson was born on January 3, 1942 in Monaco. She is a writer and director, known for La bûche (1999), Avenue Montaigne (2006) and Queen Margot (1994). She is married to Albert Koski. She was previously married to Richard Thompson.

Le code a changé (2009)

57. Debra Granik

Director | Leave No Trace

Debra Granik (born February 6, 1963) is an American New York City-based independent film and documentary film director and screenwriter. She is most known for 2004's Down to the Bone, which starred Vera Farmiga, 2010's Winter's Bone, which starred Jennifer Lawrence in her breakout performance and ...

Winter's Bone (2010)

58. Diablo Cody

Writer | Juno

Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts.

She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged ...

Paradise (2013)

59. Dorothy Davenport

Actress | Human Wreckage

The Davenport family was well known in theatrical circles. Her aunt, Fanny Davenport was considered one of the greatest stage actresses of her time and her father, Harry Davenport, was a Broadway star before later venturing into movies. Her mother, Alice Davenport, was a respected Broadway and film...

Linda (1929)

60. Drew Barrymore

Producer | Never Been Kissed

Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation.

Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to ...

Whip It (2009)

61. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.

Mikey and Nicky (1976)

62. Elizabeth Banks

Actress | The Hunger Games

Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She is the daughter of Ann (Wallace), who worked in a bank, and Mark P. Mitchell, a factory worker. Elizabeth describes herself as ...

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

63. Elsie Jane Wilson

Actress | Bound on the Wheel

Elsie Jane Wilson was born on November 7, 1885 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was an actress and director, known for Bound on the Wheel (1915), Oliver Twist (1916) and Beauty in Chains (1918). She was married to Rupert Julian. She died on January 16, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Cricket (1917)

Veronika Decides to Die (2009)

65. Pang Eun-Jin

Director | Orora gongju

Pang Eun-Jin was born on August 5, 1965 in Seoul, Korea. She is an actress and director, known for Princess Aurora (2005), 301, 302 (1995) and Address Unknown (2001).

Way Back Home (Jibeuro ganeun gil) (2013)

66. Eva Sørhaug

Director | Lønsj

Eva Sørhaug was born on April 13, 1971 in Oslo, Norway. She is a director and writer, known for Cold Lunch (2008), 90 Minutes (2012) and Sunny.

90 minutter (2012)

67. Famke Janssen

Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand

Famke Janssen was born November 5, 1964, in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, and has two other siblings. Moving to America in the 1980s, she modeled for Chanel in New York. Later, taking a break from modeling, she attended Columbia University, majoring in literature.

This model-turned-actress broke into...

Bringing Up Bobby (2011)

68. Gail Palmer

Writer | Prisoner of Paradise

Gail Palmer was born on April 4, 1955 in St. Clair, Michigan, USA as Gail Parmentier. She is a writer and producer.

Erotic Adventures of Candy (1978), Candy Goes To Hollywood (1979), Prisoner Of Paradise (1980)

69. Gene Gauntier

Actress | A Hitherto Unrelated Incident of the Girl Spy

Gene Gauntier was born on May 17, 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Genevieve Liggett. She was an actress and writer, known for A Hitherto Unrelated Incident of the Girl Spy (1911), The Scarlet Letter (1908) and Evangeline (1908). She was married to J.J. Clark. She died on December 18, 1966 in ...

The Colleen Bawn (1911)

70. Gillian Armstrong

Director | Little Women

Gillian Armstrong was born on December 18, 1950 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Gillian May Armstrong. She is a director and producer, known for Little Women (1994), My Brilliant Career (1979) and Not Fourteen Again (1996). She is married to John Pleffer. They have two children.

My Brilliant Career (1979), Little Women (1994)

71. Gina Kim

Writer | Never Forever

Gina Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She is a writer and director known for pioneering international co-production films such as Never Forever (2007), Final Recipe (2013), Bloodless (2017), Invisible Light (2003), and Gina Kim's Video Diary (1999). Kim is an acclaimed film director whose ...

Never Forever (2007)

72. Hélène Cattet

Director | Amer

Hélène Cattet was born in 1976 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and Let the Corpses Tan (2017).

Amer (2009)

73. Icíar Bollaín

Director | Te doy mis ojos

Born in Madrid, Iciar Bollain has worked as an actress in films such El Sur (1983), directed by Víctor Erice; Sublet (1991) directed by Chus Gutiérrez, Malaventura (1988) directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón; El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990) and Un Paraguas para Tres (1992) directed by Felipe Vega, ...

El Olivo (2016)

74. Isabel Coixet

Director | The Secret Life of Words

Isabel Coixet was born on April 9, 1960 in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Isabel Coixet Castillo. She is a director and writer, known for The Secret Life of Words (2005), My Life Without Me (2003) and The Bookshop (2017).

Elegy (2008)

Wishing Stairs (Yeogo goedam 3: Yeowoo gyedan) (2003)

76. Jen Soska

Actress | American Mary

Identical twins, writers, directors, actors even stunt players, the Soska sisters have always loved twisted film. Even at an early age, they devoured Stephen King novels, one after another as fast as they could read - and snuck into the over 18 sections at video stores, to critique the bloody ...

American Mary (2012)

77. Sylvia Soska

Actress | American Mary

Identical twins, writers, directors, actors, and even stunt players, the Soska sisters have always loved twisted film. Even at an early age, they devoured Stephen King novels, one after another as fast as they could read - and would sneak into the over 18 sections at video stores, to critique the ...

American Mary (2012)

78. Jennifer Lynch

Director | Chained

Jennifer Lynch was born on April 7, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Chained (2012), Surveillance (2008) and Boxing Helena (1993).

Boxing Helena (1993), Surveillence (2008), Hisss (2010), Chained (2012)

Streetwalkin' (1985)

80. Jocelyn Moorhouse

Director | The Dressmaker

Jocelyn Moorhouse was born on September 4, 1960 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Jocelyn Denise Moorhouse. She is a director and writer, known for The Dressmaker (2015), Proof (1991) and Muriel's Wedding (1994). She is married to P.J. Hogan.

Proof (1991)

81. Jordan Scott

Stunts | Legend

Jordan Scott was born in 1977 in London, England. She is a director and writer, known for Legend (1985), Cracks (2009) and White Squall (1996).

Cracks (2009)

82. Julia Ducournau

Director | Grave

Julia Ducournau is a French film director and screenwriter. She attended film school at La Fémis in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film JUNIOR won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, the horror movie RAW, won the coveted FIPRESCI ...

Raw (Grave) (2016)

83. Julia Leigh

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

Julia Leigh is a writer and director, known for Sleeping Beauty (2011), The Hunter (2011) and Disquiet.

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

84. Julie Bertuccelli

Director | Depuis qu'Otar est parti...

Born in 1968, Julie Bertucelli worked as Assistant Director to a series of well-known directors including Otar Iosseliani, Krystof Kieslowski, Bertrand Tavernier, Emmanuel Finkiel and Rithy Panh. She then went on to direct a number of documentaries, all of which proved to be a considerable success....

The Tree (2010)

85. Julie Delpy

Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc

Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.

She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Detective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (1993), ...

The Countess (2009)

86. Julie Hivon

Writer | Tromper le silence

Julie Hivon is a writer and director, known for Tromper le silence (2010), Crème glacée, chocolat et autres consolations (2001) and What Are We Doing Here? (2014).

Tromper le silence (2010)

87. Julie Taymor

Director | Frida

Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida (2002) and Across the Universe (2007).

She was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her father, Melvin Lester Taymor, was a gynecologist. Her mother, Elizabeth Bernstein, was a ...

Frida (2002)

88. Karyn Kusama

Director | The Invitation

Karyn Kusama was born on March 21, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Karyn K. Kusama. She is a director and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000) and Destroyer (2018).

Girlfight (2000), Aeon (2005), Destroyer (2018)

89. Kate Mulleavy

Costume_department | Black Swan

Kate Mulleavy is known for her role on The Fashion Fund, during which she competed with her brand, Rodarte. Founded by the legendary Anna Wintour, The Fashion Fund is a documentary-style TV show featuring behind-the-scenes action from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Vogue ...

Woodshock (2017)

90. Laura Mulleavy

Costume_department | Black Swan

Laura Mulleavy is known for her role on The Fashion Fund, during which she competed with her brand, Rodarte. Founded by the legendary Anna Wintour, The Fashion Fund is a documentary-style TV show featuring behind-the-scenes action from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Vogue ...

Woodshock (2017)

91. Kathrine Windfeld

Director | Bron/Broen

Kathrine Windfeld was born on August 21, 1966 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Kathrine Behrendt. She was a director and assistant director, known for Bron/Broen (2011), Little Man (2002) and Rita (2012). She died on February 6, 2015 in Copenhagen.

Hamilton: I nationens intresse (2012)

92. Katt Shea

Director | Poison Ivy

Katt Shea was born in 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up in a quiet Detroit suburb and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors. Shea worked for a short spell as a teacher in the Detroit public school system. At age 19, Katt drove her Volkswagen to Hollywood, California. She did a ...

Stripped to Kill (1987), Streets (1990), Poison Ivy (1992)

93. Kayo Hatta

Director | Picture Bride

Kayo Hatta was born on March 18, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Lori Kayo Hatta. She was a director and writer, known for Picture Bride (1994), Fishbowl (2005) and Independent Lens (1999). She died on July 20, 2005 in San Diego, California, USA.

Picture Bride (1994)

94. Kaze Shindô

Director | Love/Juice

Kaze Shindô was born in 1978. She is a director and assistant director, known for Love/Juice (2000), Shimajima kaisha (2016) and Princess in an Iron Helmet (2006).

Love/Juice (2000)

95. Kei Fujiwara

Actress | Organ

Kei Fujiwara is an actress and cinematographer, known for Organ (1996), Id (2005) and The Neptune Factor (1973).

Organ (1996), iD (2005)

96. Kelly Fremon Craig

Writer | The Edge of Seventeen

Kelly Fremon Craig is a writer and director from Whittier, California. She made her directorial debut with The Edge of Seventeen. James L. Brooks' Gracie Films acquired the project in 2012, and developed the screenplay with Fremon Craig. She graduated from UC Irvine with an English degree. Fremon ...

The Edge of Seventeen (2017)

97. Kelly Reichardt

Director | Wendy and Lucy

Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida, to a family of police officers. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by using her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. She went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in ...

Meek's Cutoff (2010)

98. Kim Farrant

Director | Strangerland

Kim Farrant is a director best known for 'Strangerland', a feature starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

Her other directing work includes the action procedural 'Rush' (Endemol/Ten), short films 'Between Me' and 'Bombshell' (2010 Melbourne International Queer Film Festival ...

Strangerland (2015)

99. Laetitia Colombani

Writer | À la folie... pas du tout

Laetitia Colombani was born in 1976. She is an actress and writer, known for He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002), My Stars (2008) and Montagnes Russes.

À la folie... pas du tout (2002)

100. Larysa Kondracki

Director | The Whistleblower

Larysa Kondracki was born in Toronto and studied English and theater at McGill University. She received an M.F.A. in film direction from Columbia University and directed the short film VIKO (2008) which played mainly at film festivals to widespread acclaim. The WHISTLEBLOWER is her first feature ...

The Whistleblower (2010)

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