Female Film and TV Directors

by Tamara_Nartichti | created - 21 Mar 2011 | updated - 14 Feb 2012 | Public

basically female film directors who have at least one feature film in their credits

the sole purpose of this list is to provide database for my Coolest Female Directors list

1. Susannah Grant

Writer | Erin Brockovich

Susannah Grant was born on January 4, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Susannah Rawson Grant. She is a writer and producer, known for Erin Brockovich (2000), The 5th Wave (2016) and Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998). She has been married to Christopher Henrikson since 1995. They have two...

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2. Beeban Kidron

Director | Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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 ...

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Used People Amy Foster Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (tv series)

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3. Agnès Varda

Director | Sans toit ni loi

Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She is a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Le Bonheur (1965) and Les plages d'Agnès (2008). She was previously married to Jacques Demy.

Cleo from 5 to 7 Vagabond (1985) Jacquot de Nantes Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma

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4. Coline Serreau

Writer | 3 hommes et un couffin

Coline Serreau was born on October 29, 1947 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Three Men and a Cradle (1985), Chaos (2001) and Pourquoi pas! (1977). She was previously married to Benno Besson.

Why Not! (1977) 3 hommes et un couffin Chaos (2001) 18 ans après (2003) Saint-Jacques... La Mecque (2005)

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5. 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 ...

Titus Frida Across the Universe The Tempest

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6. Ida Lupino

Actress | High Sierra

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 (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (...

The Hitch-Hiker The Trouble with Angels The Bigamist

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7. Jill Sprecher

Writer | Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

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 ...

Clockwatchers Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Thin Ice (2011)

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8. 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 Only You I Spy John Tucker Must Die Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

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9. 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 ...

To Kill a Priest Europa Europa Olivier, Olivier The Secret Garden Total Eclipse Washington Square The Third Miracle Copying Beethoven In Darkness

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10. 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 ...

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum Das Versprechen Rosenstrasse

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11. Mimi Leder

Producer | The Leftovers

Mimi Leder was born on January 26, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Miriam Leder. She is a producer and director, known for The Leftovers (2014), Deep Impact (1998) and Pay It Forward (2000). She is married to Gary Werntz. They have one child.

The Peacemaker Deep Impact Pay It Forward The Code

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12. 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), ...

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself An Education One Day

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13. 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), The Luzhin Defence (2000) and Gebroken spiegels (1984).

De stilte rond Christine M. Antonia won Oscar Mrs Dalloway(1997) The Luzhin Defence (2000) Carolina Within the Whirlwind

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14. Niki Caro

Director | Whale Rider

Niki Caro was born in 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a director and writer, known for Whale Rider (2002), North Country (2005) and McFarland, USA (2015).

Whale Rider North Country The Vintner's Luck

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15. Tamara Jenkins

Director | The Savages

Tamara Jenkins was born on May 2, 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director, known for The Savages (2007), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) and Family Remains (1993). She is married to Jim Taylor.

Slums of Beverly Hills The Savages

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16. Tamra Davis

Director | Crossroads

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...

Guncrazy CB4 (1993) Billy Madison Best Men Half Baked The Wonder of Sex Crossroads

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17. Randa Haines

Producer | Antwone Fisher

Randa Haines was born on February 20, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Antwone Fisher (2002), Children of a Lesser God (1986) and Something About Amelia (1984).

Children of a Lesser God - won Oscar, was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay The Doctor

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18. 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 Ishtar (1987). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.

A New Leaf The Heartbreak Kid Ishtar

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19. Agnès Jaoui

Actress | Comme une image

Agnès Jaoui was born on October 19, 1964 in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She is an actress and writer, known for Look at Me (2004), The Taste of Others (2000) and Family Resemblances (1996). She was previously married to Jean-Pierre Bacri.

Le Gout des Autres (2000) Look at Me (2004) Let's Talk About the Rain (2008)

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20. Kari Skogland

Director | Fifty Dead Men Walking

Award-winning director and show runner Kari Skogland is CEO of Mad Rabbit, a joint venture between her and Red Arrow Entertainment Group. As CEO, Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market for the company, which launched in Spring 2016.

Named by ...

Fifty Dead Men Walking The Stone Angel (2007) Liberty Stands Still

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21. Phyllida Lloyd

Director | Mamma Mia!

Leading British theatre director, particularly praised for her work in opera.

Mamma Mia! The Iron Lady

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22. Claire Denis

Director | Beau travail

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for Beau travail (1999), 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and Nenette and Boni (1996).

Beau Travail Trouble Every Day 35 Shots of Rum

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23. 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 ...

Senseless Wayne's World

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24. Rebecca Miller

Writer | Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

Rebecca Miller was born on September 15, 1962 in Roxbury, Connecticut, USA as Rebecca Augusta Miller. She is an actress and writer, known for Personal Velocity (2002), Maggie's Plan (2015) and Angela (1995). She has been married to Daniel Day-Lewis since November 13, 1996. They have two children.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee The Ballad of Jack and Rose Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

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25. 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 Ravenous (1999). She was married to Ian Ilett. She died on October 24, 2013 in London.

Ravenous Face Mad Love Priest

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26. Lucrecia Martel

Director | La mujer sin cabeza

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 Historias Breves I: Rey muerto (1995), which garnered several awards in the international film festival circuit. ...

The Swamp The Holy Girl The Headless Woman

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27. 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 Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001), Beyond Silence (1996) and Annaluise & Anton (1999).

Nowhere in Africa Jenseits der Stille

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28. Susan Seidelman

Director | Musical Chairs

Susan Seidelman was born on December 11, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Musical Chairs (2011), Smithereens (1982) and Boynton Beach Club (2005).

She-Devil (1989) Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Making Mr. Right (1987)

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29. Sally Potter

Director | The Tango Lesson

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, ...

Orlando (1992) The Tango Lesson The Man Who Cried Yes

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30. 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 Cosas que nunca te dije (1996).

My Life Without Me The Secret Life of Words Elegy

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31. 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), Poulet aux prunes (2011) and The Voices (2014). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

Persepolis Chicken with Plums

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32. Patricia Rozema

Director | Into the Forest

Patricia Rozema was born on August 20, 1958 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is a director and writer, known for Into the Forest (2015), Mansfield Park (1999) and Grey Gardens (2009).

When Night Is Falling Mansfield Park Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

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33. Mary Lambert

Director | Pet Sematary

Mary Lambert was born in 1951 in Helena, Arkansas, USA. She is known for her work on Pet Sematary (1989), The Blacklist (2013) and Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989). She is married to Jerome Gary.

Siesta Pet Sematary Pet Sematary II The In Crowd

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34. Roberta Findlay

Cinematographer | Love, in Strange Places

Noted adult and exploitation cinema filmmaker Roberta Findlay was born Roberta Hershkowitz in 1948 in New York City. The youngest in a family of three children, Roberta grew up in a tenement apartment in the Bronx. Findlay's Hungarian immigrant parents wanted her to be a pianist. Roberta met her ...

Tenement (1985) Blood Sisters (1987) Lurkers (1988) Prime Evil (1989)

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35. Olga Preobrazhenskaya

Director | Tikhiy Don

Olga Preobrazhenskaya was born on July 24, 1881 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Olga Ivanovna Preobrazhenskaya. She was a director and actress, known for Tikhiy Don (1930), Plebey (1915) and Svetlyy gorod (1928). She died on October 31, 1971 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR.

(1881–1971)

Baryshnya-krestyanka (1916) Svetlyy gorod (1928) Baby ryazanskie (1928) And Quiet Flows the Don(1931) Vrazhyi tropy (1935) Paren iz taygi (1941) Stepan Razin (1941)

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36. Sharon Maguire

Director | Bridget Jones's Baby

Sharon Maguire was born on November 28, 1960 in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales. She is a director and producer, known for Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Incendiary (2008).

Bridget Jones's Diary

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37. Kirsten Sheridan

Writer | In America

Kirsten Sheridan was born on July 14, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland. She is a director and writer, known for In America (2002), Patterns (1999) and Disco Pigs (2001).

Disco Pigs (2001) August Rush

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38. Anne Fletcher

Actress | The Proposal

Anne Fletcher was born on May 1, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on The Proposal (2009), Step Up (2006) and The Pacifier (2005).

Step Up 27 Dresses The Proposal

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39. Chantal Akerman

Director | Un divan à New York

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Un divan à New York (1996), Je, tu, il, elle (1974) and The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris,...

The Captive (2000) A Couch in New York (1996) News from Home (1977)

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40. 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 ...

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It's No Laughing Matter (1915)

had directed about 40 feature films

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41. 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), Znoy (1963) and Ty i ya (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.

The Ascent (1977) Wings (1966)

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42. Alice Guy

Director | The Woman of Mystery

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 ...

Vampire (1920)

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43. 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 writer, known for The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000) and Æon Flux (2005).

Girlfight Æon Flux Jennifer's Body

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44. Nicole Holofcener

Director | Enough Said

Nicole Holofcener was born on March 22, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Enough Said (2013), Please Give (2010) and Friends with Money (2006). She was previously married to Benjamin Allanoff.

Walking and Talking Friends with Money Lovely & Amazing Please Give

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45. Bronwen Hughes

Director | Stander

Bronwen Hughes is a director and producer, known for Stander (2003), The Journey Is the Destination (2016) and Motive (2013).

Harriet the Spy Forces of Nature Stander

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46. Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Writer | Innocence

Lucile Hadzihalilovic was born on May 7, 1961 in Lyon, Rhône, France as Lucile Emina Hadzihalilovic. She is a writer and director, known for Innocence (2004), Évolution (2015) and La bouche de Jean-Pierre (1996).

La bouche de Jean-Pierre Innocence

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47. Nicole Kassell

Director | The Woodsman

Nicole Kassell received a BA from Columbia University in Art History and an MFA from NYU's Film Program, where she was honored with full scholarships for two years. Her short film, "Jaime," won the DGA student female filmmaker prize, and her thesis film, "The Green Hour," premiered at the Sundance ...

The Woodsman A Little Bit of Heaven

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48. Callie Khouri

Writer | Thelma & Louise

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 ...

Mad Money

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Rain Sylvia Sunshine Cleaning

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Beautiful Thing (1996)

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51. 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 ...

Joe Dirt What a Girl Wants New York Minute

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52. Karen Moncrieff

Director | The Keeping Hours

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.)

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Blue Car The Dead Girl

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53. Jennifer Lynch

Director | Boxing Helena

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

Boxing Helena (1993) Surveillance (2008) Hisss (2010)

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54. Anna Boden

Writer | Half Nelson

Anna Boden is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known as the co-writer of the 2006 film Half Nelson. She is known for her collaborations with fellow filmmaker Ryan Fleck. While studying film at NYU, Boden met Ryan Fleck on the set of a student film. Soon they...

Sugar It's Kind of a Funny Story

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55. Melanie Mayron

Actress | Thirtysomething

Melanie Mayron was born on October 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Thirtysomething (1987), Girlfriends (1978) and Harry and Tonto (1974).

The Baby-Sitters Club Slap Her, She's French!

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56. 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), Chromophobia (2005) and The Fatal Lover, Mata Hari. She is married to George Tiffin. They have three children.

Onegin Chromophobia

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57. Tahmineh Milani

Writer | Nimeh-ye penhan

Tahmineh Milani was born in 1960 in Tabriz, Iran. She is a writer and director, known for Nimeh-ye penhan (2001), Zan-e ziadi (2005) and Vakonesh panjom (2003). She is married to Mohammad Nikbin. They have one child.

Two Women The Hidden Half The Fifth Reaction Cease Fire

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58. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | Love & Basketball

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball (2000) 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 ...

Love & Basketball The Secret Life of Bees

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59. Courtney Hunt

Director | Frozen River

Courtney Hunt was born in 1964 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Frozen River (2008), The Whole Truth (2016) and Fear the Walking Dead (2015).

Frozen River - was nominated for 2 Oscars

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60. 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 Dry Cleaning (1997). She is married to Philippe Carcassonne. They have one child.

Coco Before Chanel The Girl from Monaco

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61. Debbie Isitt

Director | Nasty Neighbours

Debbie Isitt was born on February 7, 1966 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England. She is a director and writer, known for Nasty Neighbours (1999), Confetti (2006) and Nativity! (2009).

Nasty Neighbours Confetti Nativity

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62. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

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 ...

Away from Her Take This Waltz

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63. 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, ...

Take My Eyes Even the Rain

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64. 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...

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65. Joan Micklin Silver

Director | Between the Lines

As a successful director working both inside and outside the Hollywood studio system, Joan Micklin Silver has been a true lamplighter. Garnering a steady stream of awards and box office successes, she has proved herself time and again as one of the most important woman directors to come out of the ...

Loverboy (1989) Crossing Delancey (1988) Between the Lines (1977)

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66. Clara Law

Director | The Goddess of 1967

Clara Law was born on May 29, 1957 in Macao, China. She is a director and writer, known for The Goddess of 1967 (2000), Fu sheng (1996) and Qiu yue (1992). She is married to Eddie Ling-Ching Fong.

The Goddess of 1967

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67. Céline Sciamma

Writer | Bande de filles

Céline Sciamma was born on November 12, 1980 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France. She is a writer and director, known for Bande de filles (2014), Naissance des pieuvres (2007) and Tomboy (2011).

Tomboy Water Lilies

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68. 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 enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

Waitress (2007)

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69. 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 L'ospite (1971).

The Night Porter (1974) Ripley's Game (2002)

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70. Rose Troche

Producer | Go Fish

Rose Troche was born in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is a producer and director, known for Go Fish (1994), The Safety of Objects (2001) and Bedrooms and Hallways (1998).

Go Fish (1994) Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) The Safety of Objects (2001)

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71. Susanna White

Director | Bleak House

Susanna White was born in 1960 in the UK. She is a director and producer, known for Bleak House (2005), Parade's End (2012) and Generation Kill (2008).

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

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72. Diane English

Writer | Murphy Brown

Diane English was born on May 18, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Murphy Brown (1988), The Women (2008) and Love & War (1992). She was previously married to Joel Shukovsky.

The Women

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How to Deal (2003) The Wedding Date (2005)

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74. Anna Biller

Director | Viva

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 ...

Viva

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75. Samira Makhmalbaf

Director | Sib

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 ...

Sib (1998) The Blackboard (2000) At Five in the Afternoon (2003)

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76. Sanaa Hamri

Director | Something New

Sanaa Hamri is a renowned film director from Tangier, Morocco. Her feature directorial debut was the romantic comedy Something New for Focus Features in 2006, followed by her second directorial effort, the sequel to the Warner Bros.' hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then onto the Fox ...

Something New Just Wright

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77. Lesli Linka Glatter

Director | Homeland

Lesli Linka Glatter is a director of film, network, cable and premium cable television drama, with both pilots and episodes to her credit. Lesli's TV work includes Homeland (2011), The Newsroom (2012), The Walking Dead (2010), Justified (2010), Ray Donovan (2013), Masters of Sex (2013), Nashville (...

Now and Then (1995) The Proposition (1998)

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78. Léa Pool

Director | Emporte-moi

Léa Pool was born on September 8, 1950 in Genève, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for Set Me Free (1999), La passion d'Augustine (2015) and La femme de l'hôtel (1984).

Lost and Delirious Emporte-moi

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79. Nnegest Likké

Director | Everything But a Man

Nnegest Likké is an award winning, internationally-based filmmaker with a passion for telling unique and uplifting stories that inspire humanity. From humble beginnings, she grew up in the inner-city of Oakland, but got the rare chance to begin traveling the world at a young age with her mom, ...

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80. Sarah Kernochan

Writer | Nine 1/2 Weeks

Sarah Kernochan was born in New York City. Educated at Rosemary Hall and Sarah Lawrence, she achieved early success by winning the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, at age 27, for her film "Marjoe." Her next move was to record two RCA albums as a singer-songwriter. Two years later her ...

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81. 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 Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998). She is married to Albert Koski. She was previously married to Richard Thompson.

La bûche Jet Lag Orchestra Seats Le code a changé

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82. Lucía Puenzo

Writer | Wakolda

Lucía Puenzo was born on November 28, 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a writer and director, known for The German Doctor (2013), XXY (2007) and El niño pez (2009).

XXY (2007) The Fish Child (2009)

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83. Lynne Littman

Director | Testament

Lynne Littman was born on June 26, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Testament (1983), Number Our Days (1976) and In Her Own Time (1985). She was previously married to Taylor Hackford.

Testament (1983)

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84. Dorothy Arzner

Writer | Breed of the Border

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 ...

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Craig's Wife (1936) Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) Christopher Strong (1933)

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85. Farah Khan

Actress | Om Shanti Om

Farah Khan was born on January 9, 1965 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She is known for her work on Om Shanti Om (2007), Main Hoon Na (2004) and Happy New Year (2014). She has been married to Shirish Kunder since December 9, 2004. They have three children.

Main Hoon Na Om Shanti Om

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86. Nancy Savoca

Director | True Love

Director 'Nancy Savoca' received critical acclaim for her first feature film, True Love (1989) which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival and was hailed as one of the best films of the year by both Janet Maslin and Vincent Canby of the New York Times. Savoca was nominated for...

Dogfight (1991) If These Walls Could Talk (TV 1996)

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87. Lotte Reiniger

Director | Silhouetten

Lotte Reiniger was born on June 2, 1899 in Berlin, Germany as Charlotte Reiniger. She is known for her work on Silhouetten (1936), Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926) and Here and There (1949). She was married to Carl Koch. She died on June 19, 1981 in Dettenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

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88. Susan Stroman

Director | 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 ...

The Producers

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89. 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 Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...

The Countess

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90. Madonna

Actress | Evita

The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn ...

Filth and Wisdom W.E.

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91. Cate Shortland

Director | Lore

Cate Shortland was born on August 10, 1968 in Temora, New South Wales, Australia. She is a director and writer, known for Lore (2012), Somersault (2004) and Berlin Syndrome (2017).

Somersault

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After. Life

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93. Stephanie Rothman

Writer | Terminal Island

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. ...

Blood Bath (1966) The Velvet Vampire (1971) Knuckle-Men (1973) The Working Girls (1974)

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94. Diane Keaton

Actress | Annie Hall

Diane was a California native who studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. After appearing in summer stock for several months, she got her first major stage role in the Broadway rock musical "Hair". As understudy to the lead, she ...

Unstrung Heros Hanging Up

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95. Barbra Streisand

Soundtrack | 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,...

The Prince of Tides The Mirror Has Two Faces

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96. Nanette Burstein

Director | On the Ropes

Nanette Burstein was born on May 23, 1970 in Buffalo, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for On the Ropes (1999), American Teen (2008) and Going the Distance (2010). She is married to Scott Anderson (XV).

Oscar nominee for On the Ropes Going the Distance

97. Helen Hunt

Actress | As Good as It Gets

Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.

Then She Found Me

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98. Anjelica Huston

Actress | The Witches

Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her ...

Bastard Out of Carolina

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99. Barbara Kopple

Director | Harlan County U.S.A.

Barbara Kopple was born on July 30, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), American Dream (1990) and Shut Up & Sing (2006).

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100. Patricia Cardoso

Director | Real Women Have Curves

Patricia Cardoso was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States in 1987. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist and she received the first Fulbright scholarship in Colombia for film. She has an MFA in Film Directing from the University of California, and a B.A. in ...

Real Women Have Curves

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