Female directorsby a_z_a_r_y_a | created - 10 Jun 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
1. Susanne Bier
Director | Hævnen
Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...
Efter brylluppet Elsker dig for evigt Brödre Haevnen Things We Lost in the Fire Den skaldede frisör Serena
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 ...
The Bling Ring Somewhere The Virgin Suicides Lost in Translation Marie Antoinette
3. 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 The Portrait of a Lady Holy Smoke
4. Maya Deren
Director | Meshes of the Afternoon
Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father Solomon Derenkowsky, a psychiatrist, and her mother Maria Fidler, an artist, she fled the pogroms organized by the Bolsheviks against the Jews. She studied journalism and political science at the Syracuse ...
Meshes in the Afternoon At Land Ritual in Transfigured Time
5. Agnès Varda
Director | Sans toit ni loi
Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Ixelles, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She was a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Faces Places (2017) and Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962). She was married to Jacques Demy. She died on March 29, 2019 in Paris, France.
Le Bonheur Cléo de 5 à 7 Sans toit ni loi
Director | Quo vadis, Aida?
Jasmila Zbanic was born on December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. She is a director and writer, known for Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020), Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006) and On the Path (2010).
Grbavica Na Putu
Director | American Honey
Fish Tank Red Road
Director | Lazzaro felice
Lazzaro Felice Le Meraviglie
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, ...
Clueless Look Who's Talking
10. Céline Sciamma
Writer | Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Naissance des pieuvres Tomboy
11. Patty Jenkins
Director | Wonder Woman
Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.
Patty began her career as a ...
Wonder Woman Monster
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).
13. Mira Nair
Director | Salaam Bombay!
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam ...
Monsoon Wedding Salaam Bombay!
14. Nora Ephron
Writer | Julie & Julia
Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...
Sleepless in Seattle You've Got Mail
16. Anne Fontaine
Writer | Les innocentes
Anne Fontaine was born on July 15, 1959 in Luxembourg as Anne Sibertin-Blanc. She is an actress and writer, known for The Innocents (2016), Coco Before Chanel (2009) and Reinventing Marvin (2017). She is married to Philippe Carcassonne. They have one child.
Nathalie... Les Innocentes
17. Nancy Meyers
Writer | It's Complicated
Nancy Meyers was born on December 8, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Nancy Jane Meyers. She is a writer and producer, known for It's Complicated (2009), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Holiday (2006). She was previously married to Charles Shyer.
The Intern The Parent Trap
18. 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). She has been married to Phil Hay since October 2006. They have one child.
Girlfight Jennifer's Body
19. 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 ...
Director | Wadjda
Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Kingdom. She finished her bachelor's degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master's degree in Directing and Film Studies from ...
21. Ildikó Enyedi
Director | Teströl és lélekröl
Teströl és lélekröl
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 ...
23. Léa Pool
Director | Emporte-moi
Lost and Delirious
24. Antonia Bird
Director | Priest
Antonia Bird was born on May 27, 1951 in London, England. She was a director and producer, known for Priest (1994), Face (1997) and Care (2000). She was married to Ian Ilett. She died on October 24, 2013 in London.
25. 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 ...
26. Amanda Kernell
Writer | Sameblod
27. Wanuri Kahiu
Director | Rafiki
Wanuri's first feature film From A Whisper, based on the real events surrounding the 1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania won Best Narrative Feature in 2010 at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well as five awards at the African Movie Academy Award, including Best...
28. Sherry Hormann
Director | Desert Flower
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
30. 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 ...
Writer | Grzeli nateli dgeebi
Grzeli nateli dgeebi
Writer | Roozi ke zan shodam
Marziyeh Meshkini Born in 1969 in Tehran. She is the wife of celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. She studied Cinema in Makhmalbaf Film school for 8 years. Her first film 'The Day I Became a Woman", (a 3-episode story) attended the Critics Week category in Venice International Film ...
Roozi Khe Zan Shodam (The Day I Became a Woman)
33. Jill Sprecher
Writer | Clockwatchers
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in philosophy and literature, she moved to NewYork to study film and has since made Manhattan her home. She has worked as a coordinator, production manager and line producer on both studio and independent features. She studied film ...
34. Stella Meghie
Director | Jean of the Joneses
35. Laura Bispuri
Director | Figlia mia
Laura Bispuri is a director and writer, known for _Sworn Virgin (2015)_ and _Daughter of Mine (2018)_ both presented in Competition at the Berlinale, in 2015 and 2018. She was awarded with the David di Donatello in 2010 for Best Short Film for _Passing Time (2010)_ and with Nastro d'Argento in 2011...
36. Julie Dash
Director | Daughters of the Dust
Daughters of the Dust
37. Kathryn Bigelow
Director | Near Dark
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 ...
Zero Dark Thirty
38. Mia Hansen-Løve
Director | L'avenir
Cinema came into Mia Hansen-Løve's life when she was eighteen, as Olivier Assayas made her start as an actress in Late August, Early September (1998). Two years later, he gave her the part of "Aline" in his Les Destinées (2000). Their artistic collaboration was coupled by a union in real ...
Un Amour de jeunesse
39. Germaine Dulac
Director | Âme d'artiste
The daughter of a cavalry captain, she was raised by a grandmother in Paris, where she studied various forms of art with an emphasis on music and the opera. In 1905 she married engineer-novelist Marie-Louis Albert-Dulac and under his influence veered toward journalism. As one of the leading radical...
La Souriante Madame Beudet
40. 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, ...
Te doy mis ojos
41. 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 ...
42. Manele Labidi
Director | Un divan à Tunis
Un Divan à Tunis
43. Stacy Title
Director | Let the Devil Wear Black
Stacy Title was born on February 21, 1964 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Stacy Beth Title. She was a director and producer, known for Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), The Last Supper (1995) and Down on the Waterfront (1993). She was married to Jonathan Penner. She died on January 11, ...
The Last Supper
Director | En familie
45. 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), ...
2 Days in Paris
46. Lucía Puenzo
Writer | XXY
47. Rohena Gera
Writer | Sir
Writer | Bella Martha
Mr. Morgan's Last Love
49. Valerie Faris
Director | Little Miss Sunshine
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums.
After introducing bands such as REM and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ground breaking MTV show The Cutting Edge, Jonathan and Valerie continued to work in ...
Little Miss Sunshine (with Jonathan Dayton)
50. Marina de Van
Writer | Dans ma peau
Marina de Van was born in France in 1971, her father being a musicologist. She studied at the Lycée Henri IV and at the Sorbonne University where she earned a degree in philosophy. Then, in 1993 she became a student at the FEMIS, the French school for cinematic studies, where she graduated in 1996....
Ne te retourne pas (Don't Look Back)
51. Daniela Féjerman
Writer | A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
52. Kristina Grozeva
Director | Urok
Kristina Grozeva graduated Sofia State University and worked as journalist for Bulgarian TV. After that she graduated from National Academy for Theater and Film Art (Sofia, Bulgaria) in Film Directing in classes of professor Georgi Djulgerov and associate professor Svetoslav Ovtcharov. Her student ...
53. Inés París
Writer | A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
Inés París was born in 1962 in Madrid, Spain as Inés París Bouza. She is a writer and assistant director, known for My Mother Likes Women (2002), Miguel and William (2007) and The Night My Mother Killed My Father (2016).
A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
54. Marleen Gorris
Director | Antonia
Marleen Gorris was born on December 9, 1948 in Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands. She is a director and writer, known for Antonia's Line (1995), A Question of Silence (1982) and Gebroken spiegels (1984).
The Luzhin Defence
55. Quinn Shephard
Actress | Blame
Quinn Shephard is a writer, director and actress based out of the New York area, with a career spanning two decades. At age 15, Shephard began writing her debut feature Blame Blame (2017), inspired by playing Abigail Williams in a New Jersey regional production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. She ...
56. Patricia Rozema
Director | Into the Forest
57. Martha Fiennes
Director | Onegin
Martha Fiennes was born on February 5, 1965 in London, England as Martha Maria Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes. She is a director and producer, known for Onegin (1999), The Fatal Lover, Mata Hari and Chromophobia (2005). She is married to George Tiffin. They have three children.
58. Jennifer Kent
Director | The Nightingale
59. Belinda Chayko
Writer | Lou
60. Jessica Sharzer
Producer | Speak
Jessica Sharzer is writer, producer, and director best known for her work on Speak (2004), Nerve (2016), American Horror Story (2011-2015), and the new mystery thriller A Simple Favor (2018). Sharzer has been nominated for 3 Primetime Emmy's for her work on American Horror Story. Sharzer is working...
62. Ava DuVernay
Producer | Queen Sugar
A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This is the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...
63. Jenée LaMarque
Director | The Pretty One
Jenée LaMarque was born on February 2, 1980 in West Covina, California, USA. She is a director and writer, known for The Pretty One (2013), The Feels (2017) and Room 104 (2017). She has been married to Julian Wass since November 4, 2006. They have two children.
The Pretty One
64. Jodie Foster
Actress | The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster started her career at the age of two. For four years she made commercials and finally gave her debut as an actress in the TV series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). In 1975 Jodie was offered the role of prostitute Iris Steensma in the movie Taxi Driver (1976). This role, for which she received ...
Little Man Tate
Director | The Runaways
Floria Sigismondi is a photographer and director. Apart from her art exhibitions she is best known for directing music videos. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors...
66. Sally Potter
Director | Orlando
Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed seven feature films, as well as many short films (including THRILLER and PLAY) and a television series, and has directed opera (Carmen for the ENO in 2007) and other live work. Her background is in choreography, ...
Ginger & Rosa
67. Lisa Cholodenko
Director | The Kids Are All Right
Lisa Cholodenko earned an MFA at Columbia University Film School where she made an award-winning short film Dinner Party (1997) Her feature High Art (1998) won the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. Both "High Art...
The Kids Are All Right
Director | Mustang
In 2011 Ergüven was invited to attend the Cannes Film Festivals Atelier to help develop her project, The Kings. While there she met fellow director Alice Winocour who was there to develop her first feature film Augustine. After Ergüven was unable to find financing for her film Winocour suggested ...
Director | Bandits
Katja von Garnier was born on December 15, 1966 in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. She is a director and writer, known for Bandits (1997), Iron Jawed Angels (2004) and Windstorm (2013). She is married to Markus Goller. They have one child.
70. Gurinder Chadha
Writer | Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 2001, Chadha set up her own...
Bend It Like Beckham
Director | Panj é asr
Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker
Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.
At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest ...
72. Patricia Mazuy
Director | Saint-Cyr
73. Alante Kavaite
Director | Sangailes vasara
74. Tova Magnusson
Actress | Svart Lucia
Tova Magnusson was born on June 18, 1968 in Sorunda, Stockholms län, Sweden as Tova Dorotea Magnusson. She is an actress and director, known for Svart Lucia (1992), Rederiet (1992) and Mannen på balkongen (1993). She was previously married to Figge Norling.
Fyra År Till
75. Leni Riefenstahl
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...
Triumph des Willens
76. Noémie Lvovsky
Actress | Camille redouble
77. Suzi Yoonessi
Director | Unlovable
Dear Lemon Lima
78. Kimberly Peirce
Director | Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry
79. Kátia Lund
Director | Cidade de Deus
Cidade de Deus
Director | Hannah Arendt
Margarethe von Trotta was born in Berlin in 1942. In the 1960s she moved to Paris where she worked for film collectives, collaborating on scripts and co-directing short films. She also pursued an acclaimed acting career, starring in films by well known German directors such as Rainer Werner ...
Die bleierne Zeit
81. Ursula Meier
Director | L'enfant d'en haut
L'Enfant d'en haut
83. Sylvie Verheyde
Writer | Stella
84. 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 (...
85. Edith Kiel
Writer | De moedige bruidegom
Edith Kiel was born on June 30, 1904 in Berlin, Germany. She was a writer and editor, known for De moedige bruidegom (1952), Uit hetzelfde nest (1952) and Schipperskwartier (1953). She died on September 12, 1993 in Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium.
De Hemel op Aarde
86. Lois Weber
Director | Suspense
Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first ...
87. Brenda Chapman
Writer | Brave
Brenda Chapman was born on November 1, 1962 in Beason, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Brave (2012), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and The Lion King (1994). She is married to Kevin Lima. They have one child.
The Prince of Egypt
88. Tanya Wexler
Director | Hysteria
Tanya Wexler was born on August 6, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an award-winning film and TV director, known for her feature films Hysteria (2011), Ball in the House (2001) and Finding North (1998). At current, Wexler lives in New York City with her four children and their dog, Snoopy.
89. Deepa Mehta
Producer | Fire
Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and ...
90. Angela Robinson
Actress | The Haves and the Have Nots
Angela Robinson was born on September 7, 1962 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. She is an actress and director, known for The Haves and the Have Nots (2013), Flashdance and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She has been married to Scott Whitehurst since September 14, 1996. They have one ...
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
91. Shannon Murphy
Director | Babyteeth
Shannon Murphy is a theatre and film/TV director, known for Babyteeth (2019), On the Ropes (2018) and Killing Eve (2019). Her episode of Killing Eve Are You From Pinner? was nominated for 3 Emmy Awards. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Director in 2021 for her work on Babyteeth. ...
92. Lynne Ramsay
Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), You Were Never Really Here (2017) and Morvern Callar (2002). She was previously married to Rory Stewart Kinnear.
We Need to Talk about Kevin
93. Cate Shortland
Director | Lore
94. Chantal Akerman
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 The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on ...
95. 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 "...
96. 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 (2016), won the coveted ...
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 ...
Wendy and Lucy
98. Sarah Gavron
Director | Suffragette
Girl (little or teenage), woman, family, couple, friendship, emigration, class struggle, serious society subjects are terms that can be associated with the name of Sarah Gavron, one of the (too) few women directors in Great Britain.Via three major films "Brick Lane" (about the uprooting, ...
99. Maria Peters
Producer | Sonny Boy
Maria Peters was born on March 30, 1958 in Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands. She is a producer and writer, known for Sonny Boy (2011), Little Crumb (1999) and The Purse Snatcher (1995). She is married to Dave Schram. They have two children.
100. Niki Caro
Director | Whale Rider
Niki Caro is a New Zealand film director and screenwriter, born in 1967. Caro was born in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. She was educated first at the Kadimah College in Auckland, and then the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. The School is a private girls' school, and ranks ...
The Zookeeper's Wife