Women Screenwriters

by sixdabomb | created - 20 Jan 2014 | updated - 10 Jul 2014 | Public

A list of any and all women screenwriters. So far, does not include TV writers, but I will try to add some soon. This is not by any means a complete list. Soon, I may rank them.

1. Jane Goldman

Producer | Kick-Ass

Jane Goldman was born on June 11, 1970 in England. She is a producer and writer, known for Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Stardust (2007). She has been married to Jonathan Ross since August 1988. They have three children.

2. 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...

3. Diablo Cody

Writer | Juno

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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. Karen McCullah

Writer | The House Bunny

Karen McCullah is a writer and producer, known for The House Bunny (2008), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and The Ugly Truth (2009).

6. Kirsten Smith

Writer | The House Bunny

Kirsten Smith was born on August 12, 1970. She is a writer, known for The House Bunny (2008), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and The Ugly Truth (2009).

7. Cathy Yuspa

Producer | The King of Queens

Cathy Yuspa was born in 1971. She is a producer and writer, known for The King of Queens (1998), 13 Going on 30 (2004) and What Women Want (2000). She is married to Josh Goldsmith.

9. Fran Walsh

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

12. Brenda Chapman

Writer | Brave

Brenda Chapman was born on November 1, 1962 in Beason, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Brave (2012), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and The Lion King (1994). She is married to Kevin Lima. They have one child.

13. Irene Mecchi

Writer | The Lion King

Irene Mecchi was born on September 21, 1949 in San Francisco, California, USA. She is known for her work on The Lion King (1994), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Brave (2012).

14. Jennifer Lee

Writer | Frozen

Jennifer Lee was born on October 22, 1971 in Barrington. Rhode Island, USA as Jennifer Michelle Rebecchi. She is known for her work on Frozen (2013), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Zootopia (2016).

15. Jessica Bendinger

Writer | Bring It On

Jessica Bendinger was born on November 10, 1966 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Bring It On (2000), The Wedding Date (2005) and Aquamarine (2006).

16. D.C. Fontana

Writer | Star Trek: The Next Generation

D.C. Fontana was born on March 25, 1939 in Sussex, New Jersey, USA as Dorothy Catherine Fontana. She is known for her work on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek (1966) and Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (2004).

17. Katie Ford

Writer | Miss Congeniality

Katie Ford is a writer and producer, known for Miss Congeniality (2000), Prayers for Bobby (2009) and Desperate Housewives (2004).

18. Caryn Lucas

Writer | Miss Congeniality

Caryn Lucas is a producer and writer, known for Miss Congeniality (2000), The Nanny (1993) and Happily Divorced (2011).

19. Barbara Hall

Writer | I'll Fly Away

Graduated from James Madison University

20. Lydia Woodward

Producer | ER

Lydia Woodward is a producer and writer, known for ER (1994), China Beach (1988) and Pan Am (2011).

21. Rita Hsiao

Writer | Mulan

Rita Hsiao was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA, the American-born daughter of Chinese parents. At UC San Diego, she majored in artificial intelligence, but decided t olook for a job in writing. After writing a spec script fo r"The Wonder Years, " she joined Disney. She wrote a pilot of her...

23. Lorna Cook

Director | Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Lorna Cook directed of "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron", nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and winner of four Annie Awards. Her extensive credits as an animator include 'The Land Before Time' and the Universal Picture's "An American Tail". Ms. Cook was an animator on two ...

24. Linda Woolverton

Writer | Maleficent

Linda Woolverton was born in Long Beach, California, graduating from high school in 1969 and having been an honors student in her schools theater program. She enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a BFA in Theater Arts in 1973. She worked full-time for a year in the ...

26. Bonnie MacBird

Writer | TRON

Born in San Francisco, Bonnie MacBird received her BA in Music and Masters in Film from Stanford in 1973. From 1975-79 she was a Development Executive in Feature Films at Universal Studios reporting to President Ned Tanen. During her four years at Uni she read thousands of scripts, and worked as a ...

28. Melissa Rosenberg

Producer | Jessica Jones

Melissa Rosenberg was born on August 28, 1962 in Marin County, California, USA as Melissa Anne Rosenberg. She is a producer and writer, known for Jessica Jones (2015), Dexter (2006) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). She has been married to Lev L. Spiro since 1995.

29. 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 ...

30. Nina Wilcox Putnam

Writer | The Mummy

Starting out as the breadwinner for her family, Nina Wilcox Putnam made many sacrifices to succeed. Although she is most known today by her connection to the 1932 classic, "The Mummy", throughout her long life Nina had many claims to fame. In her early career as an accountant she is attached to the...

31. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | Shots Fired

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 ...

32. Abby Kohn

Writer | He's Just Not That Into You

Abby Kohn is a writer and producer, known for He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Never Been Kissed (1999) and How to Be Single (2016).

33. Deborah Moggach

Writer | Pride & Prejudice

Deborah Moggach was born on June 28, 1948. She is a writer and actress, known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Tulip Fever (2017).

34. Bridget O'Connor

Writer | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Bridget was born and raised in Harrow, London. From a large family, she was the second of 5 children. Her parents are Irish, her mother Bridie hails from Limerick and her father Jim is from Cork. As a result, Bridget grew up around Ceilidh bands and dancing. She attended Catholic schools and went ...

35. Jane English

Writer | Sugar Rush

Jane English is a writer, known for Sugar Rush (2005), StreetDance 3D (2010) and StreetDance 2 (2012).

36. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother...

37. 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 ...

38. Caroline Thompson

Writer | Edward Scissorhands

Caroline Thompson was born on April 23, 1956 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Addams Family (1991) and Corpse Bride (2005). She is married to Steve Nicolaides. She was previously married to Henry Bromell.

43. Naomi Foner

Producer | Running on Empty

Naomi Foner was born on March 15, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Naomi Achs. She is a producer and writer, known for Running on Empty (1988), Very Good Girls (2013) and Moon Flower of Flying Tigers. She was previously married to Stephen Gyllenhaal and Eric Foner.

44. Anne Spielberg

Producer | Big

Anne Spielberg was born on December 25, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is known for her work on Big (1988), Amazing Stories (1985) and The Killings at Outpost Zeta (1980).

45. 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).

46. Diana Ossana

Writer | Brokeback Mountain

Diana Ossana was born in August 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Diana Lynn Ossana. She is a writer and producer, known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Streets of Laredo (1995) and Dead Man's Walk (1996).

47. Dana Stevens

Writer | Safe Haven

Dana grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA. Her films include the romantic adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, "Safe Haven," directed by Lasse Hallstrom; "City of Angels," starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan; "For Love of the Game," directed by Sam Raimi; "Blink," ...

48. Gail Parent

Writer | Tracey Takes On...

Gail Parent was born in 1940 in the USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Tracey Takes On... (1996), The Golden Girls (1985) and The Carol Burnett Show (1967).

49. Pamela Gray

Writer | A Walk on the Moon

Pamela Gray is a writer, known for A Walk on the Moon (1999), Conviction (2010) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

50. Shirley Pierce

Writer | Dinosaur

Shirley has worked on films that have had a cumulative box office of over a quarter of a billion dollars. She is currently working on Photos in the Attic, a feature film love story set during the Great War. Shirley is also working on a slate of projects from family films to hard-hitting dramas. She...

53. Nancy Meyers

Writer | It's Complicated

Nancy Meyers was born on December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA as Nancy Jane Meyers. She is a writer and producer, known for It's Complicated (2009), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Holiday (2006). She was previously married to Charles Shyer.

54. Leslie Dixon

Producer | Limitless

Leslie Dixon is a producer and writer, known for Limitless (2011), Freaky Friday (2003) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).

55. Heather Hach

Writer | Freaky Friday

Heather Hach is known for her work on Freaky Friday (2003), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) and French Women Don't Get Fat.

56. Audrey Wells

Writer | Guinevere

Audrey Wells was born on April 29, 1960 in San Francisco, California, USA. She is a writer and director, known for Guinevere (1999), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and George of the Jungle (1997).