Great Female Directors

by kishiro6 | created - 3 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

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

1. Ida Lupino

Actress | High Sierra

Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 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 (...

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

2. Dorothy Arzner

Director | Christopher Strong

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

The Bride Wore Red (1937), Christopher Strong (1933), Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

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

Dorothy Mills (2008)

5. Agneta Fagerström-Olsson

Director | Knockout

Agneta Fagerström-Olsson was born on October 22, 1948. She is a director and writer, known for Knockout (2000), Seppan (1986) and Järnets änglar (2007).

Prime Time (2012)

6. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

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

Horící Ker (2013)

7. Aisling Walsh

Director | Song for a Raggy Boy

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

Maudie (2016)

8. Alice Winocour

Writer | Mustang

Alice Winocour was born on January 13, 1976 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Mustang (2015), Maryland (2015) and Augustine (2012).

Disorder (Maryland) (2015)

9. Allison Anders

Director | Gas, Food Lodging

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

Gas, Food Lodging (1992)

10. Amy Heckerling

Writer | Clueless

Amy Heckerling studied Film and TV at New York University and got a Masters Degree in Film from The American Film Institute. Despite this education she couldn't get a break in Hollywood. However, in 1982, she made Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and people started to take notice. In 1987, ...

Clueless (1995)

11. Amy Holden Jones

Writer | The Resident

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

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

12. Amy Seimetz

Actress | Upstream Color

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

The Girlfriend Experience (Series) (2016)

13. 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).

Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009)

14. Angela Pope

Director | Hollow Reed

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

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

Captives (1994)

15. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international ...

By the Sea (2015)

The Night and the Moment (1994)

17. Annabel Jankel

Director | Super Mario Bros.

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

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

18. Anne Fontaine

Writer | Coco avant Chanel

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

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

Embrace of the Vampire (1995)

20. Annelise Reenberg

Cinematographer | Kristinus Bergman

Daughter of Danish actor Holger Reenberg

Hurra for de blå husarer (1970)

21. Annette Sjursen

Director | Min misunnelige frisør

Has worked freelance as a film and literature critic.

Pax (2010)

22. Asia Argento

Actress | Land of the Dead

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

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

23. Betty Kaplan

Director | Of Love and Shadows

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

Of Love and Shadows (1994)

24. Betty Thomas

Self | Howard Stern

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

Private Parts (1997)

25. Bronwen Hughes

Director | The Journey Is the Destination

Bronwen Hughes is a director and producer, known for The Journey Is the Destination (2016), Forces of Nature (1999) and Motive (2013).

Stander (2003)

Sorority House Massacre (1986)

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).

Jenseits der Stille (1996)

28. Catherine Breillat

Writer | À ma soeur!

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

Romance X (1999)

29. Catherine Hardwicke

Director | Thirteen

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 Thirteen (2003), Twilight (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011).

Thirteen (2003)

30. 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,...

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

31. Charlotte Sieling

Director | Mesteren

Charlotte Sieling was born on July 13, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and actress, known for The Man (2017), Bron/Broen (2011) and Borgen (2010). She was previously married to Peter Langdal.

Borgen (Series) (2013)

Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

33. Cindy Sherman

Director | Office Killer

Cindy Sherman was born on January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Office Killer (1997), Prima Donna (2015) and The Feature (2008). She was previously married to Michel Auder.

Office Killer (1997)

34. Claire Denis

Director | 35 rhums

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for 35 Shots of Rum (2008), Beau travail (1999) and High Life (2018).

White Material (2009)

35. Claudia Weill

Director | Girlfriends

Claudia Weill was born in 1947 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director, known for Girlfriends (1978), Girls (2012) and ABC Afterschool Specials (1972).

Girlfriends (1978)

36. 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.

Le code a changé (2009)

37. Daniele Vicari

Writer | Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood

Daniele Vicari was born on February 26, 1967 in Castel di Tora, Rieti, Lazio, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012), Velocità massima (2002) and La nave dolce (2012).

Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012)

38. Debra Granik

Director | Winter's Bone

Debra Granik was born on February 6, 1963 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Winter's Bone (2010), Leave No Trace (2018) and Down to the Bone (2004).

Winter's Bone (2010)

39. Diablo Cody

Writer | Young Adult

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

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

Paradise (2013)

40. Drew Barrymore

Producer | Never Been Kissed

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

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

Whip It (2009)

41. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

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

Mikey and Nicky (1976)

42. Elizabeth Banks

Actress | The Hunger Games

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

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Veronika Decides to Die (2009)

44. Eun-jin Pang

Director | Orora gongju

Eun-jin Pang was born on August 5, 1965 in Seoul, Korea. She is an actress and director, known for Orora gongju (2005), 301, 302 (1995) and Suchwiin bulmyeong (2001).

Way Back Home (Jibeuro ganeun gil) (2013)

45. Eva Sørhaug

Director | Lønsj

Eva Sørhaug was born in 1971 in Oslo, Norway. She is a director and writer, known for Lønsj (2008), 90 minutter (2012) and Sunny (2019).

90 minutter (2012)

46. Famke Janssen

Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand

Famke was born in the Netherlands, where she began her professional career as a model. She later moved to the United States, where she has made her home since 1984. Initially settling in New York, she majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied acting with Harold Guskin. ...

Bringing Up Bobby (2011)

47. Gail Palmer

Writer | Prisoner of Paradise

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

Erotic Adventures of Candy (1978)

48. Gillian Armstrong

Director | My Brilliant Career

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

My Brilliant Career (1979)

49. Gina Kim

Director | Never Forever

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

Never Forever (2007)

50. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

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

Lady Bird (2017)

51. Hélène Cattet

Director | Amer

Hélène Cattet is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and The ABCs of Death (2012).

Amer (2009)

52. Icíar Bollaín

Director | Te doy mis ojos

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

El Olivo (2016)

53. 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).

Elegy (2008)

Take Care Of My Cat (Go-yang-i-leul boo-tak-hae) (2001)

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

56. Jannik Johansen

Director | Rembrandt

Jannik Johansen is a director and assistant director, known for Rembrandt (2003), Mørke (2005) and Hvid nat (2007).

Follow The Money (Series) (2016)

57. Jen Soska

Actress | American Mary

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

American Mary (2012)

58. Sylvia Soska

Actress | American Mary

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

American Mary (2012)

59. Jennifer Lynch

Director | Chained

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

Chained (2012)

60. Jennifer Kent

Director | The Babadook

Jennifer Kent is an actress and director, known for The Babadook (2014), The Nightingale (2018) and Monster (2005).

The Babadook (2014)

Streetwalkin' (1985)

62. Joann Sfar

Director | Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Joann Sfar was born on August 28, 1971 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. He is a director and writer, known for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010), Le chat du rabbin (2011) and Petit vampire.

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (2010)

63. Jocelyn Moorhouse

Writer | The Dressmaker

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

Proof (1991)

64. Jordan Scott

Stunts | Legend

Jordan Scott was born in 1977 in London, England. She is a director and writer, known for Legend (1985), Cracks (2009) and All the Invisible Children (2005).

Cracks (2009)

65. Julia Ducournau

Writer | Grave

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

Raw (Grave) (2016)

66. Julia Leigh

Writer | Sleeping Beauty

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

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

67. Julie Bertuccelli

Director | Depuis qu'Otar est parti...

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

The Tree (2010)

68. 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 (2009)

69. Julie Hivon

Writer | Tromper le silence

Julie Hivon is a writer and director, known for Tromper le silence (2010), Crème glacée, chocolat et autres consolations (2001) and Qu'est-ce qu'on fait ici? (2014).

Tromper le silence (2010)

70. Julie Taymor

Director | Frida

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

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

Frida (2002)

71. 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 (2000)

72. Kate Mulleavy

Costume_department | Black Swan

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

Woodshock (2017)

73. Laura Mulleavy

Costume_department | Black Swan

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

Woodshock (2017)

74. Kathrine Windfeld

Director | Bron/Broen

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

Hamilton: I nationens intresse (2012)

75. Kathryn Bigelow

Director | The Hurt Locker

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

Strange Days (1995)

76. Katt Shea

Director | Poison Ivy

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

Stripped to Kill (1987)

77. Kayo Hatta

Director | Picture Bride

Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.

Picture Bride (1994)

78. Kaze Shindô

Director | Love/Juice

Kaze Shindô was born in 1978. She is a director and assistant director, known for Love/Juice (2000), Korogare! Tamako (2006) and Sanmon yakusha (2000).

Love/Juice (2000)

79. Kei Fujiwara

Actress | Organ

Kei Fujiwara is an actress and cinematographer, known for Organ (1996), Ido (2005) and Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989).

Organ (1996)

80. Kelly Fremon Craig

Writer | The Edge of Seventeen

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

The Edge of Seventeen (2017)

81. Kelly Reichardt

Director | Wendy and Lucy

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

Meek's Cutoff (2010)

82. Kim Farrant

Director | Strangerland

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

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

Strangerland (2015)

83. Kimberly Peirce

Director | Boys Don't Cry

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

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

84. Laetitia Colombani

Director | À la folie... pas du tout

Laetitia Colombani was born in 1976. She is an actress and director, known for À la folie... pas du tout (2002), Mes stars et moi (2008) and Montagnes Russes.

À la folie... pas du tout (2002)

85. Larysa Kondracki

Director | The Whistleblower

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

The Whistleblower (2010)

86. 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), L'ospite (1971) and The Night Porter (1974).

The Night Porter (1974)

87. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Job Wertmüller von Elgg Espanol von Brauchich. She is a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (1974) and The Basilisks (1963). She...

Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) (1975)

88. 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...

Laurel Canyon (2002)

89. Lisa Hunt

Director | Uncaged

Lisa T. Hunt was born on December 19, 1961 to Foy Franklin Hunt and Masako Hamada (Barbara Hunt). She had acute wanderlust, curiosity, and sense of adventure (which some may attribute to modern-day A.D.D. or some other type of ill-defined "instability") as a young adult, trying on occupations and ...

Angel in Red (1991)

90. Lisa Krueger

Director | Manny & Lo

Lisa Krueger was born in 1961. She is known for her work on Manny & Lo (1996), Committed (2000) and Down by Law (1986).

Committed (2000)

91. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Ansikte mot ansikte

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

92. Liz W. Garcia

Producer | The Lifeguard

Graduated from Wesleyan University.

The Lifeguard (2013)

93. Liza Johnson

Director | Return

Liza Johnson is a director and producer, known for Return (2011), In the Air (2009) and Room 104 (2017).

Hateship Loveship (2013)

94. 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), ...

An Education (2009)

95. Lori Petty

Actress | Tank Girl

After this feisty, kinetic, highly offbeat actress from Chattanooga, Tennessee, broke into TV in the 1980s, she immediately set herself apart from the norm with the mini-movie Bates Motel (1987). This rather inauspicious beginning would also set Lori Petty off on a career as a fighter and a misfit,...

The Poker House (2008)

96. Lucía Puenzo

Writer | XXY

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

Wakolda (2013)

97. Mabel Cheung

Director | Fei fat yi man

After graduating from the University of Hong Kong with a major in English literature and psychology, did graduate work in drama and creative writing at Bristol University in England. Returned to Hong Kong in 1978 to become the chief writer and director at a Hong Kong TV station. In 1981, began ...

An Autumn's Tale (1987)

98. Mai Zetterling

Actress | The Witches

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

Flickorna (1968)

99. Maja Milos

Director | Klip

Maja Milos was born in 1983 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She is an actress and assistant director, known for Klip (2012), Sisanje (2010) and Zivot i smrt porno bande (2009).

Klip (2012)

100. Malgorzata Szumowska

Director | W imie...

One of the most prominent Polish directors of today, Malgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. She's been directing, writing and producing feature and documentary films. Her movies have received many awards, for example Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for "33 Scenes from Life" or...

Elles (2011)



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