Top Female Directors

by magarot | created - 19 Jul 2018 | updated - 19 Jul 2018 | Public

My Top pick of Female Directors.

1. 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 ...

2. Coralie Fargeat

Director | Revenge

Coralie Fargeat is a director and writer, known for Revenge (2017), Reality+ (2014) and Le télégramme (2003).

3. 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...

4. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...

5. Kathy Bates

Actress | Misery

Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as...

6. 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...

7. Laura Innes

Actress | ER

Laura Innes was born August 16, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan. She was introduced to professional theater by her father, who often took the family to the Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario. With the support of her father, she attended Northwestern University and earned a degree in ...

8. Jessica Yu

Director | In the Realms of the Unreal

Jessica Yu was born in 1966 as Jessica Lingman Yu. She is a director and producer, known for In the Realms of the Unreal (2004), Last Call at the Oasis (2011) and Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017). She is married to Mark Salzman.

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 ...

10. 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), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) and Please Give (2010). She was previously married to Benjamin Allanoff.

11. Rose Troche

Director | Go Fish

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

12. Mary Harron

Director | American Psycho

Mary Harron (born January 12, 1953) is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter. She gained recognition for her role in writing and directing several independent films, including I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), American Psycho (2000), and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). She co-wrote American Psycho and ...

14. Andrea Arnold

Director | American Honey

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

15. Kate Dennis

Cliffhanger

Kate Dennis is known for her work on Cliffhanger (1993), The Handmaid's Tale (2017) and Secrets & Lies (2014).

16. Julie Anne Robinson

Director | One for the Money

Julie Anne Robinson is a BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated director. Julie Anne has directed various network pilots that have gone to series, including "The Middle" and "Selfie".

Her American television credits include a variety of episodic work including "Nurse Jackie", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "...

17. Allison Anders

Director | Gas Food Lodging

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

18. Wendey Stanzler

Director | Sex and the City

During the final season of "Sex in the City," Wendey moved from editing to directing. Although she was a show business veteran by then, she admits she was a little shy around the cast at first.



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