The Coolest Female Film Directors

not a sexist, just wanna keep an eye on these girls :)
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1.
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 critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ Best Director Academy Award - The Hurt Locker
Best Picture Academy Award - The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker 7.7
Point Break 6.9
Zero Dark Thirty 7.5
Strange Days 7.1
The Weight of Water 5.9
Near Dark 7.0
K-19 6.6
The Loveless 6.2
Blue Steel 5.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
2.
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 Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing films...
“ Das Blaue Licht 6.9
Tiefland 6.1 - such a low rating comes from personal hate for a Nazi director, not from honest estimation of the artistic excellence

Triumph of the Will 7.5
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations 8.0
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty 7.9


a true genius, destroyed so ruthlessly ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
3.
“ American Psycho 7.6
I Shot Andy Warhol 6.5
The Notorious Bettie Page 6.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
4.
Patty Jenkins
Director, Monster
Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, helming the pilot episode of AMC's hit show The Killing and as the director of the upcoming Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers. Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City...
“ Monster 7.3
the movie won Best Lead Actress Oscar - Charlize Theron ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
5.
Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943. The Libra is 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She is the younger sister of filmmakers Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin...
“ Awakenings was nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor
Big - nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Screenplay, Best Actor

Jumpin' Jack Flash 5.4 one of the funniest feel good comedies ever
Awakenings 7.6
A League of Their Own 7.0
Big 7.2
The Preacher's Wife 5.2
Renaissance Man 5.9
Riding in Cars with Boys 6.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
6.
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 1980s...
“ The Piano won this screenwriter/director the Best Screenplay Oscar
she was also nominated for the Best Director Oscar for this film

The Piano 7.5
Holy Smoke 5.8
Bright Star 7.0
Sweetie 6.7
An Angel at My Table 7.4
The Portrait of a Lady 6.0
In the Cut 5.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
7.
Betty Thomas
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 inextricably to comedy...
“ Private Parts 6.7 one of the best movies I've ever seen
I Spy 5.2
28 Days 5.8
Only You 5.3
John Tucker Must Die 5.5
Doctor Dolittle 5.2
The Brady Bunch Movie 5.6
The Late Shift 6.9
Alvin and the Chipmunks The squeakale 4.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
8.
Agnieszka Holland
Director, Europa Europa
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 directing her own films...
“ nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Europa Europa

Copying Beethoven 6.8
Europa Europa 7.6
The Secret Garden 7.1
Bittere Ernte 7.4
Olivier, Olivier 7.5
Total Eclipse 6.3
The Third Miracle 6.6
To Kill a Priest 5.9
Washington Square 6.5
Julie Walking Home 6.8
The Third Miracle 6.6
In Darkness ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
9.
“ Why Not! (1977)
3 hommes et un couffin 6.5
Chaos (2001) 7.0
Romuald et Juliette 6.8
La Crise 6.2
18 ans après (2003) 4.9
Saint-Jacques... La Mecque (2005) 6.3

5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
10.
Lisa Cholodenko
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" and Laurel Canyon (2002) premiered at Cannes Director's Fortnight.
“ The Kids Are All Right was nominated for 4 Oscars, including
Best Picture and Best Screenplay

The Kids Are All Right (2010) 7.3
High Art (1998) 6.7
Laurel Canyon (2002) 6.5
Cavedweller (2004) 5.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
11.
“ The Peacemaker (1997) 5.9
Deep Impact (1998) 6.0
Pay It Forward (2000) 6.9
The Code (2009) 5.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
12.
Penelope Spheeris
Director, Wayne's World
Spheeris is often referred to as a 'rock 'n roll anthropologist'. In 1974 she formed the first Los Angeles music video production company, ROCK 'N REEL. She concluded her music video work with the Grammy-nominated, "Bohemian Rhapsody" video for "Wayne's World". Spheeris' feature film debut was the 1979 documentary on the Los Angeles punk scene...
“ Wayne's World (1992) 6.9
Senseless (1998) 5.5
The Kid & I (2005) 5.1

Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales
Suburbia (1983) 6.9
The Boys Next Door (1985) 6.3
Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) 4.3
Dudes (1987) 5.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
13.
Phyllida Lloyd
Director, Mamma Mia!
Leading British theatre director, particularly praised for her work in opera.
“ Mamma Mia 6.4
The Iron Lady 6.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
14.
Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida and Across the Universe. 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 teacher of political science...
“ Frida was nominated for 6 Oscars, but in the minor categories + Best Actress

Frida 7.3

Titus 7.2
Across the Universe 7.4
The Tempest 5.3 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
15.
“ Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) 7.8
Vagabond (1985) 7.7
Jacquot de Nantes 7.3
Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma 6.2
Le Bonheur 7.6
La Pointe-Courte 7.1

Documentaries:
The Gleaners & I 7.6
The Beaches of Agnès 7.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
16.
“ Sundance Film Festival Directing Award - Thirteen

Thirteen 6.9
Lords of Dogtown 6.9
The Nativity Story 6.5
Twilight 5.4
Red Riding Hood 5.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
17.
Martha Coolidge
Director, Valley Girl
Coolidge's diverse project range has given her a reputation for eclectic taste. Among a long list of working with Hollywood's finest, Coolidge also discovered great talents like Nicolas Cage (Valley Girl), Val Kilmer (Real Genius) and James GandolfiniAngie). In addition to working with talented artists...
“ Real Genius 6.8
If These Walls Could Talk 2 6.6

Valley Girl 6.0
City Girl 6.4
Joy of Sex 3.1
Plain Clothes 5.8
Rambling Rose 6.6
Lost in Yonkers 6.4
Angie 5.2
Three Wishes 5.7
Out to Sea 5.7
The Prince and Me
An American Girl Stands Strong ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
18.
Margarethe von Trotta
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 Fassbinder, and Volker Schlöndorff...
“ won Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival for "The German Sisters"
nominated for Palm d'Or of the Cannes Festival twice - for "Paura e amore" and "Rosa Luxemburg"

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975) 7.5
Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages (1978) 6.9
Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks (1979) 7.0
The German Sisters (1981) 7.5
Friends and Husbands (1983) 6.9
Rosa Luxemburg (1986) 7.3
Vision (2009) 6.6
Das Versprechen 7.0
Rosenstrasse 6.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
19.
“ Sundance Film Festival Best Directing Award for Down to the Bone
Sundance Festival - Grand Jury Prize for Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone (2010) 7.3
Down to the Bone 6.6 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
20.
Jill Sprecher
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 directing with Robert Wise and...
“ Clockwatchers 6.2
Thirteen Conversations about One Thing 7.0
Thin Ice 6.6 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
21.
“ The Caveman's Valentine (2001) loved this movie
Talk to Me (2007) 7.3
Eve's Bayou (1997) 7.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
22.
Anna Melikyan
Producer, Zvezda
Anna Melikian (born February 8, 1976) is an Armenian-Russian film and TV director/ producer whose work has been recognized with several awards. After her participation at Sundance Film Festival she was listed in the TOP 10 of most perspective film directors by Variety magazine. Melikian studied at the All-Russian State University of Cinematography film school in Moscow (classes of prof...
“ Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award for The Mermaid
Berlin International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize for The Mermaid

The Mermaid 7.2
Mars 6.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
23.
“ But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) 6.2
The Quiet (2005) 6.4
Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007) 5.4
Breaking the Girl (2012) ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
24.
Tamra Davis
Director, Billy Madison
Began her career directing music videos for acts like Tone Loc, Depeche Mode, NWA and Sonic Youth and made her first feature in 92 with Guncrazy starring Drew Barrymore. Ms Barrymore received a Golden Globe Nomination. She then went on to direct feature films starring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle and Britney Spears...
“ Guncrazy 5.3
CB4 (1993) 5.8
Billy Madison 6.3
Best Men 5.6
Half Baked 6.4
The Wonder of Sex 6.2
Crossroads 2.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
25.
Lone Scherfig
Director, An Education
Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), received the Grand Prix in Montreal and the Cinekid Prize in Amsterdam...
“ nominated for 2 BAFTA Awards - Best Director and Film
An Education was nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress

An Education 7.4
Wilbor Wants to Kill Himself 6.9
One Day 6.7
Just Like Home 5.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
26.
“ Montana 6.3

she made this fantastic movie and dissappeared. such a shame, I wish she returned to film making

Dog 41 (2008) ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
27.
Beeban Kidron
She came to prominence with the much lauded adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical novel 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'. Since then she's directed feature films, television dramas and documentaries. In 2008, she founded the charity called Filmclub with Lindsay Mackie. It has since grown to be one of the largest and most influential after-school clubs in the UK...
“ To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 5.8
Used People 5.8
Amy Foster 6.7
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 5.6
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (tv series) 7.8
Vroom 4.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
28.
“ Boys Don't Cry won Best Actress Oscar - Hilary Swank

Boys Don't Cry (1999) 7.6
Stop-Loss (2008) 6.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
29.
“ BAFTA Award for Ratcatcher

Ratcatcher (1999) 7.4
Morvern Callar (2002) 6.5
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) 7.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
30.
“ nominated for the Best Screenplay Academy Award for The Savages

The Savages 7.3
Slums of Beverly Hills 6.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
31.
Miranda July
Filmmaker Magazine rated her #1 in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004! She is a performance artist and published short story writer. Since becoming a filmmaker, her debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) has won several film awards. Daughter of Lindy Hough and Richard Grossinger, writers and publishers who founded North Atlantic Books.
“ Me and You and Everyone We Know won 4 Cannes Film Festival Awards & Best First Time Director at Philadelphia Film Festival

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) 7.4
The Future (2011) 6.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
32.
“ De stilte rond Christine M. 6.8
Antonia 7.4 won Oscar
Mrs Dalloway(1997) 6.8
The Luzhin Defence (2000) 6.9
Carolina 6.1
Within the Whirlwind 6.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
33.
“ Pet Sematary 6.3
Pet Sematary II 4.3
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary 4.2

Siesta 5.2
Grand Isle 5.5
Clubland 5.0
The In Crowd 4.2
The Attic 3.5

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid 3.2 - omfg kind of movie lol, acting like in a porn, props like in a porn, dialogue like in a porn, only...it's not porn! :D
Troma Entertainment works look like Paramount Pictures production compared to this masterpiece :) ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
34.
Lexi Alexander
A former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion, Lexi Alexander found her calling to become a filmmaker while traveling around the world competing and teaching martial arts seminars. Born in Mannheim, Germany, Lexi dreamed of eventually moving to Hollywood and made it a point to attend every karate tournament that took place in the United States...
“ nominated for Oscar for Best Short - Johnny Flynton

Punisher: War Zone 6.0
Green Street 7.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
35.
“ Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film - In a Better World (2010)

In a Better World 7.7
Den eneste ene 6.7
Brothers 7.6
After the Wedding 7.8
Things We Lost in the Fire 7.8
Civilization 7.6 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
36.
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, and people started to take notice. In 1987, while Amy was pregnant, she got the idea for Look Who's Talking...
“ Fast Times at Ridgemont High(1982) 7.2
Johnny Dangerously 5.9
European Vacation (1985) 5.8
Loser (2000) 5.1
Look Who's Talking (1989) 5.6
Look Who's Talking Too (1990) 4.0
Clueless (1995) 6.6
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) 6.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
37.
Ida Lupino
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson was one of her...
“ The Hitch-Hiker 7.0
The Trouble with Angels 7.0
The Bigamist 6.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
38.
Allison Anders
Director, Four Rooms
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 leg at age five as he abandoned her family...
“ Gas, Food Lodging 6.6
Four Rooms 6.5
Things Behind the Sun 7.3
Mi vida loca 6.2
Grace of My Heart 6.5
Sugar Town 5.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
39.
Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California where her father, an inventor and electronics engineer, was one of the early entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley. Passionate about the theater, Ms. Anderson dropped out of college after two years and moved to New York City to become an actress...
“ The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio 7.1

TV movies
Normal 7.1
If These Walls Could Talk 2 (segment 1961)
The Baby Dance 6.3
When Billie Beat Bobby 6.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
40.
“ S'en fout la mort (1990) 6.9
J'ai pas sommeil (1994) 6.9
Nénette et Boni (1996) 6.9
Beau Travail (1999) 7.0
Friday Night (2002) 6.6
The Intruder (2004) 6.9
35 Shots of Rum (2008) 7.1
White Material (2009) 6.9
Chocolate 6.9
Trouble Every Day 6.2

lol, makes you think of 69 :D ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
41.
“ nominated for Best Screenplay Academy Award for Private Benjamin

The Parent Trap 6.1
What Women Want 6.3
It's Complicated 6.6
The Holiday 6.8
Something's Gotta Give 6.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
42.
Mira Nair
Director, Monsoon Wedding
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 Bombay...
“ nominated for 2 Best Film BAFTA Awards - for Monsoon Wedding and Salaam Bombay!
won 2 Cannes Festival Awards

Vanity Fair 6.1
Salaam Bombay! 7.9
Monsoon Wedding 7.2
The Namesake 7.5
Mississippi Masala 6.5
The Perez Family 5.9
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love 5.7
Amelia 5.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
43.
“ Jenseits der Stille 7.4
Pünktchen und Anton 6.9
Nowhere in Africa 7.7
A Year Ago in Winter 6.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
44.
“ nominated for Best Screenplay Oscar for In America

August Rush 7.4
Disco Pigs 6.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
45.
Catherine Breillat
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. She is also a best-selling novelist and wrote her first novel...
“ Une vieille maîtresse (2007) was nominated for Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival

Anatomy of Hell (2004) 4.3 - probably the most disturbing movie ever made

A Real Young Lady (1976) 5.6
Virgin (1988) 6.1
A ma soeur! (2001) 6.4
Bluebeard (2009) 6.5
Une vieille maîtresse (2007) 6.4
Brief Crossing (2001) 7.0
Parfait amour! (1996) 6.
Sex Is Comedy 5.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
46.
“ won Sundance Festival Audience Award for Whale Rider
North Country was nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Leading Actress (Charlize Theron) and Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand)

North Country 7.2
Whale Rider 7.7
The Vintner's Luck 5.4

I have no idea why imdb put some dude's photo instead of her own
that's what Niki Caro looks like:
http://www.torontolife.com/daily/toronto-international-film-festival-2009/2009/09/13/photo-gallery-gaspard-ulliel-and-keisha-castle-hughes-on-the-red-carpet-before-the-vinters-luck-premiere/attachment/niki-caro0244/ ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
47.
“ Priest 7.2
Mad Love 4.9
Face 6.7
Ravenous 6.9
The Hamburg Call 6.9
Cracker 7.3 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
48.
“ Children of a Lesser God 7.1
The Doctor 6.6
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 6.7
Dance with Me 5.3

The Ron Clark Story 7.5
The Outsider 6.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
49.
“ Le Gout des Autres (2000) 7.1
Look at Me (2004) 6.9
Let's Talk About the Rain (2008) 6.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
50.
Nora Ephron
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, co-written...
“ nominated for 3 Best Original Screenplay Oscars:
Sleepless in Seattle
When Harry Met Sally
Silkwood

Sleepless in Seattle 6.7
Michael 5.5 great feel good comedy
You've Got Mail 6.3
Bewitched 4.8
Julie & Julia 7.1
This is My Life 5.6
Mixed Nuts 5.0
Lucky Numbers 4.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
51.
Kari Skogland
Kari was named by Hollywood Reporter as one of its "Ten Directors to Watch" for her debut as writer-director of Liberty Stands Still (Wesley Snipes, Linda Fiorentino - Lionsgate). As Writer, Director, Producer, Kari's most recent film Fifty Dead Men Walking (starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess)...
“ Fifty Dead Men Walking 6.8
Liberty Stands Still 5.7
The Stone Angel 6.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
52.
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
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, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award and was nominated for Best Director for Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation was also nominated for Best Picture

won Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Somewhere
Best new Filmmaker MTV Award for The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides 7.2
Lost in Translation 7.8
Marie Antoinette 6.4
Somewhere 6.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
53.
“ won Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) 6.7
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) 6.6
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) 6.4
Angela 6.3 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
54.
“ A New Leaf 7.3
The Heartbreak Kid (the original one) 6.9
Mikey and Nucky 7.2
Ishtar 3.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
55.
Gurinder Chadha
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 1990, Chadha set up her own production company: Umbi Films.
“ Bend It Like Beckham 6.8
Bride and Prejudice 6.1
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (2008) 6.3
It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) 5.0
What's Cooking? 6.8
Bhaji on the Beach (1993) 6.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
56.
Deepa Mehta
Director, Water
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 accolades...
“ Oscar Nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category for Water

Water (2005) 7.6
Camilla (1994)
Fire (1996) 7.1
Earth (1998) 7.6
Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) 6.1
The Republic of Love (2003) 6.1
Heaven on Earth (2008) 6.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
57.
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, music...
“ Orlando 7.0
The Tango Lesson (1997) 6.5
The Man Who Cried 6.0
Yes 6.3
Rage 4.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
58.
Andrea Arnold
Actress, No 73
“ won Oscar for Best Short Film - Wasp
won 2 BAFTA Awards, one - in Outstanding British Film category for Fish Tank
won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival twice - for "Fish Tank" and "Red Road"

Red Road 6.8
Fish Tank 7.4
Wuthering Heights 6.4

sometimes compared to Michael Hanecke and Lars Von Trier ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
59.
Lana Wachowski
Writer, The Matrix
Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, (also known as 'The Wachowskis') are the duo behind ground-breaking movies such as The Matrix and Cloud Atlas. Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight creative relationship with her sister Lilly...
“ she is so low on the list solely because she works exclusively with her brother, Andy Wachowski, almost impossible to figure out what she's worth on her own ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
60.
Nancy Savoca
Director Nancy Savoca was born in the Bronx, New York of Argentine and Sicilian immigrant parents, She graduated from New York University's film school where she was awarded for her short films. Savoca and her husband, producer Richard Guay, raised private funds to shoot their first film, "True Love"...
“ won Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for True Love


If These Walls Could Talk (segment) 6.9
True Love 6.0
Dogfight 7.2
Household Saints 6.9
The 24 Hour Woman 5.6
Dirt 6.2
Union Square 7.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
61.
“ Bridget Jones's Diary nominated for Best Actress Oscar and
2 Golden Globes including Best Musical or Comedy category

Bridget Jones's Diary 6.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
62.
“ won Sundance Film Fisteval Best Director Award for Girlfight

Girlfight (2000) 6.7
Aeon Flux 5.4
Jennifer's Body 5.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
63.
“ Venice Film Festival Golden Osella for Best Original Screenplay - Nettoyage a sec
BAFTA nomination for Best Film Not in the English Language - Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel 6.5
Nathalie... 6.2
The Girl from Monaco 5.9
Comment j'ai tué mon père 6.8
Nettoyage à sec 6.9
My Worst Nightmare (2011) 6.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
64.
“ Venice Film Festival award for The Secret Life of Words
nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear of the Berlin Film Festival for My Life Without Me (2003) and Elegy (2008)

My Life Without Me 7.6
The Secret Life of Words 7.5
Elegy 6.8
Cosas que nunca te dije 6.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
65.
“ The Ascent (1977) 8.4
Wings 7.6
V trinadtsatom chasu nochi 8.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
66.
Floria Sigismondi
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 since...
“ The Runaways 6.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
67.
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 Boston...
“ River of Grass 6.5
Old Joy 6.7
Wendy and Lucy 7.1
Meek's Cutoff 6.7
Ode 6.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
68.
“ Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year - Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis 8.0
Chicken with Plums 7.3 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
69.
“ not familiar with her work, but she was the first girl director to be nominated for Oscar

2 Oscar nominations, to be precise - Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Seven Beauties (1975)

nominated for 2 Palm d'Or of the Cannes Festival

Seven Beauties (1975) 7.8
Swept Away (1974) 7.3
Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore (1972) 7.2
Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...' (1973) 7.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
70.
Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
“ nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Away from Her

Away From Her 7.6
Take This Waltz 7.3 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
71.
“ 17 Moments of Spring
the best and most viewed TV-series in the history of Soviet Union

Three Poplars at Plyuschikha Street (1967) 7.4
Seventeen Moments of Spring mini-series (1973) 8.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
72.
“ Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang 6.0
Jane Eyre mini-series (2006) 8.6

some of the best Generation Kill episodes ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
73.
Lucrecia Martel
Director, La Ciénaga
Born in 1966 in Salta in the North of Argentina,Lucrecia Martel settled down in Buenos Aires where she studied communication sciences. She started by directing a few shorts among which Dead King, which garnered several awards in the international film festival circuit. From 1995 to 1998, she made a series of documentaries for TV as well as a children's TV programme...
“ The Swamp 6.9
The Holy Girl 6.6
The Headless Woman 6.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
74.
“ The Sticky Fingers of Time 5.7 - unique sci-fi movie, one of a kind
Stephanie Daley 6.2 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
75.
“ Hôtel Monterey 6.3
I, You, He, She (1976) 6.8
News from Home (1977) 7.5
Anna's Meetings (1978) 7.4
A Whole Night (1982) 7.0
Golden Eighties 6.8
Nuit et jour (1991) 6.3
A Couch in New York 5.9
The Captive (2000) 6.0
Tomorrow We Move 5.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
76.
Valerie Faris
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 music television directing music videos and documentaries for bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins...
“ Little Miss Sunshine 7.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
77.
“ Walking and Talking (1996) 6.6
Lovely & Amazing (2001) 6.8
Friends with Money (2006) 6.0
Please Give (2010) 6.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
78.
“ one of the best cartoons ever made

Bremenskie muzykanty (1969) 8.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
79.
“ nominated for 3 BAFTA Awards, including Outstanding British Film Award for Nowhere Boy
won the Sundance Film Festival Award for a short - Love You More
nominated for the Best Short Film Palm d'Or of the Cannes Festival - Love You More
and she's got Kick-@ss for boyfriend

Nowhere Boy 7.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
80.
Adrienne Shelly
Actress, Waitress
The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she went enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where she made a name for herself in independent films...
“ Waitress 7.1 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
81.
Dennie Gordon
Director, Bloodline
After graduating from Yale's School of Drama in Directing, Gordon first gained recognition when her script for a Hard Rain was chosen by Showtime's Discovery Program. Thanks to Steven Spielberg, a rough cut of her film attracted the attention of George Lucas who donated the film's mix at Skywalker Ranch...
“ What a Girl Wants (2003) 5.7
Joe Dirt (2001) 5.5
New York Minute 4.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
82.
“ D.E.B.S. 5.0
Herbie Fully Loaded 4.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
83.
“ Death Defying Acts 5.8
Charlotte Gray (2001) 6.4
Oscar and Lucinda (1997) 6.7
Little Women (1994) 7.1
The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992) 6.6
High Tide (1987) 7.2
Mrs. Soffel (1984) 6.1
My Brilliant Career (1979) 7.3 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
84.
“ Mansfield Park 7.0
Kit Kittredge 6.6
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) 6.7
When Night Is Falling (1995) 6.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
85.
Stephanie Rothman
Writer/director Stephanie Rothman was one of the few female filmmakers who specialized in low-budget drive-in exploitation fare in the '60s and '70s. Her movies are distinguished by gutsy, strong-willed and sympathetic women main characters and a radical libertarian feminist point of view. Stephanie was born on November 9...
“ Blood Bath (1966) 4.5
The Velvet Vampire (1971) 5.1
Knuckle-Men (1973) 5.5
The Working Girls (1974) 5.0

a cult B-horror director ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
86.
“ The Proposal was nominated for Golden Globe - Best Acrtress - Sandra Bullock

Step Up 6.1
The Proposal 6.7
27 Dresses 6.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
87.
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include the HBO film Disappearing Acts...
“ Love and Basketball 6.7
Secret Life of Bees 7.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
88.
“ Everybody Dies But Me 6.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
89.
Callie Khouri
Raised in Texas and Kentucky by her doctor father and mother. Went to Purdue University to study landscape architecture but switched to drama. Moved to Nashville after college to be with her family before heading to Los Angeles in 1982 to study at the Strasburg Institute. Worked for a commercials production...
“ won Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Thelma & Louise

Mad Money 5.5
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 5.5 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
90.
“ La bûche 6.4
Jet Lag 6.2
Orchestra Seats 6.8
Le code a changé 5.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
91.
“ She-Devil (1989) 4.8
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) 5.7
Making Mr. Right (1987) 5.1
Cookie 5.3
Smithereens 6.6 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
92.
Susan Stroman
Miscellaneous Crew, The Producers
Susan Stroman is the recipient of 5 Tony Awards, 2 Laurence Olivier Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, a record 5 Fred Astaire Awards, and the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater. She directed and choreographed "The Producers"...
“ The Producers has 4 Golden Globe nominations including Best Comedy or Musical

The Producers 6.4 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
93.
“ Broken English 6.3 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
94.
Karen Moncrieff
After receiving a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Moncrieff moved to California to pursue a career as an actress. She appeared in numerous TV shows and B-movies and was a series regular on Santa Barbara (as Cassandra Lockridge) and Days of Our Lives (as Gabrielle Pascal.) In 1998...
“ The Dead Girl 6.8
Blue Car 6.7 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
95.
“ After.Life 6.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
96.
Fina Torres
FINA TORRES is currently a director/producer who brings experience from all areas of filmmaking to the role. After studying design, photography and journalism in Venezuela, Torres moved to Paris, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in cinematography from the Institute de Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques...
“ Woman on Top 5.0
Oriana (1985) 6.9
Mécaniques célestes (1995) 6.9 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
97.
Anna Biller
Director, The Love Witch
Anna Biller is known for her lavish use of color, her original brand of narcissistic feminism and her witty imitations of old Hollywood spectacle and genre movies. She has completed several short films and written two stage musicals, and has done her own set and costume design on all of them. She did her undergraduate studies at UCLA in art...
“ Viva ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
98.
Barbra Streisand
Actress, Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
“ Yentl (1983) 6.2
The Prince of Tides 6.4
The Mirror Has Two Faces 6.0 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
99.
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ Little Man Tate (1991) 6.6
Home for the Holidays (1995) 6.4
The Beaver (2011) 6.8 ” - Tamara_Nartichti
 
100.
Alice Guy
Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the company...
“ considered to be the world's first female film director, so she HAS to be on the list ” - Tamara_Nartichti