Women Filmmakersby clairebeale13 | created - 19 Apr 2014 | updated - 21 Jan 2015 | Public
So, I started compiling a list highly rated films made by women to use as a specific watchlist (aka 'Best Films Directed/Written by Women' - here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls058645861/) -this list is those women.
Director | Lucky Them
Megan Griffiths is a writer/director working in film and television. She recently directed two episodes of the Duplass Brothers' HBO anthology series Room 104 and an episode of the Epix comedy Graves, starring Nick Nolte. Prior to this, she wrote and directed the thriller The Night Stalker, ...
Director | Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Marina Zenovich is an American filmmaker known for her biographical documentaries. Her films include Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which won two Emmy awards. Zenovich was born in Fresno, California. She is the daughter of George N. Zenovich, a former ...
Producer | Porcupine Lake
Born in Bratislava, and raised in Canada, Ingrid Veninger is a Producer with numerous award-winning credits to her name. In 1991, she produced the Gemini nominated performance-documentary 'Standards' with Jeremy Podeswa, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Holly Cole and Molly Johnson. Since then, she has ...
6. Ann Hui
Director | Nu ren si shi
Born in China in 1947, Ann Hui moved to Hong Kong when she was still in her youth. After graduating in English and Comparative Literature from Hong Kong University, she spent two years at the London Film School. Returning to Hong Kong, she worked as an assistant to director King Hu before joining ...
Director | Flores de otro mundo
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, ...
Director | Panj é asr
Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker
Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.
At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest ...
Editor | Desert Runners
Jennifer Steinman Sternin is an award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of experience in television and filmmaking. She is the director and producer of an upcoming feature film about legendary Latina percussionist, Sheila E., and producer of "Time for Ilhan," featuring Minnesota State ...
Director | Die bleierne Zeit
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 ...
Director | The Governess
Has directed many major commercials for Absolute Vodka, The Observer, Philips, Evian, Wella, Johnny Walker and Baileys. She also directed various arts documentaries for the BBC series 'Building Sights' and two documentaries on the world of boxing for Channel Four. She wrote and directed her first ...
20. Maya Gallus
Producer | Girl Inside
Maya Gallus is a director, writer and producer, known for Derby Crazy Love (2014); The Mystery of Mazo De La Roche (2012); Dish- Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service (2010); Girl Inside (2007); Punch Like A Girl (2008); Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality (1997); Elizabeth Smart: On The ...
25. Lily Mariye
Director | The Terror
Lily Mariye is best known for her role as Nurse Lily Jarvik on ER (1994) for its entire 15 season run. An award-winning actress/dancer/singer, she was discovered by agent Joan Scott in the LA stage production of Elizabeth Swados musical, Runaways. She is now a TV and film director, directing "NCIS:...
29. 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).
34. Vittoria Colonna
Director | Sandboy
Vittoria Colonna is a writer, director and producer. Growing up between Ireland and Italy, Vittoria was influenced to study fine art painting in Rome's L'Accademia di Belle Arti. Having trained as an Opera singer in Tuscany, she then continued in the performing arts, finishing her studies at the ...
35. Anne Aghion
Director | My Neighbor, My Killer
As a filmmaker, Anne Aghion has been drawn to places as far-ranging as rural Rwanda, the ice fields of Antarctica and the slums of Managua. She has been praised by critics both as a director of unique and poetic vision, and a documentarian who conveys a strong sense of the people and places she ...
36. Kim Cummings
Director | In Montauk
Kim Cummings was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Clearwater, Florida when she was six-years-old, where she lived until attending college at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father, Robert Cummings (not the actor), was a Systems Analyst and her mother, Marie Cummings is an artist. ...
39. Lina Wertmüller
Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze
Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spañol von Braueich. She is a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), The Basilisks (1963) and Swept Away (1974). She was previously married to Enrico Job.
41. Holly Dale
Director | Mary Kills People
Holly Dale is one of Canada's premiere film and television directors who has been making award-winning television and cinema for the past twenty-five years. She exhibits great versatility in her craft directing Television Pilots, Series, and Movies of the Week, as well as numerous Commercials, ...
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 ...
52. Shola Lynch
Producer | Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Shola Lynch was born as Shola Ayn Lynch. She is an actress and producer, known for Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) and Sesame Street (1969). She has been married to Vincent Morgan since September 1, 2006.
57. 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 ...
58. Sofia Coppola
Actress | The Godfather Part III
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...
59. Lynne Ramsay
Director | You Were Never Really Here
Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for You Were Never Really Here (2017), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Morvern Callar (2002). She was previously married to Rory Stewart Kinnear.
Director | Billy the Kid
Director Jennifer Venditti makes her directorial debut with "Billy The Kid". Venditti started her New York City based casting agency JV8INC in 1998. Traveling all over the world, street scouting real people for advertising, fashion, and film she discovers an inspired repertoire of diverse talent ...
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...
63. Fina Torres
Writer | Oriana
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 ...
72. Nahid Persson
Director | My Stolen Revolution
Nahid Persson was born on May 24, 1960 in Shiraz, Iran as Nahid Sarvestani. She is a director and writer, known for My Stolen Revolution (2013), Prostitution: Behind the Veil (2004) and Fyra fruar och en man (2007). She has been married to Thorbjörn Persson since 1987. They have three children.
76. Susan Froemke
Susan Froemke is a producer and director, known for Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012), Soldiers of Music (1991) and America Undercover (1983).
85. Jessie Deeter
Producer | A Revolution in Four Seasons
Jessie most-recently produced the feature documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, with Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney for HBO that premiered at the 2019 Sundance film festival. Jessie also produced Do You Trust This Computer?, a feature documentary about artificial ...
86. Sara St. Onge
Director | You Me Her
Sara St. Onge is a writer and director who was born in Canada, but spent her formative years in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 with a degree in photography, but never attended film school. Her films have screened at major festivals such as Sundance...
89. Joan Tewkesbury
Writer | Nashville
Joan Tewkesbury began her career at age ten as a dancer in The Unfinished Dance. A few years later she appeared as an Ostrich, an Indian and Mary Martin's flying understudy in Jerome Robbin's Peter Pan. She attended University of Southern California, became a choreographer, a theatre director, a ...
92. Jenn Page
Director | Playing with Beethoven
Jenn Page is an accomplished feature and series director who was selected by Take The Lead as one of the "50 Women who Can Change The World in Media & Entertainment." She's filmed projects for/with internationally known brands and artists including Blackmagic Design, Panic at the Disco, Weezer, ...
95. Whoopi Goldberg
Actress | Ghost
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in...
Writer | Designing Women
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason was born on April 15, 1947 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA as Linda Joyce Bloodworth. She is a writer and producer, known for Designing Women (1986), Bridegroom (2013) and Evening Shade (1990). She has been married to Harry Thomason since July 23, 1983.
98. Steph Green
Director | The Americans
Steph Green is an Oscar nominated film and TV director. Selected as one of Creativity Magazine's Top Directors to Watch and Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Steph has worked extensively in Ireland. Steph has been honored at Cannes Lions and Young Guns advertising festivals, as...
100. Annaleena Piel Linnå
Director | Bye-Bye Butty
Annaleena Piel Linnå is a filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist living in London. She studied film at London College of Printing, following that with an MA in feminist politics and philosophy at Birkbeck College. Her fiction debut "The Undertaker" (2005) garnered many awards from the ...