My Top Favorite Female Movie Directorsby tlev-06565 | created - 01 May 2018 | updated - 30 Dec 2018 | Public
Director | Skate Kitchen
Sierra Ditson Moselle (born August 1, 1980), better known as Crystal Moselle, is an American filmmaker, best known for her debut film, The Wolfpack a documentary on the Angulo brothers.
Born Sierra Ditson Moselle, in San Francisco, she attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, ...
2. Kay Cannon
Producer | 30 Rock
Kay Cannon is a screenwriter, actress and producer, best known for Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She is also known for her work on NBC's 30 Rock (2006) and the Netflix Original Series Girlboss (2017).
Cannon has won three Writers Guild of America Awards ...
Actress | Blame
Quinn Shephard is a writer, director and actress based out of the New York area, with a career spanning two decades. At age 15, Shephard began writing her debut feature Blame Blame (2017), inspired by playing Abigail Williams in a New Jersey regional production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. She ...
4. Polly Draper
Writer | The Naked Brothers Band
Polly Carey Draper is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and director. She was born on June 15, 1955 in Gary, Indiana, USA, to Phyllis (Culbertson), a Peace Corps administrator, and William Henry Draper III, who headed the United Nations Development Programme. She is most known for her ...
Stella's Last Weekend
5. Judy Greer
Actress | 13 Going on 30
Judy Greer was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, as Judith Therese Evans. She is the daughter of Mollie Ann (née Greer), a hospital administrator and former nun, and Richard Evans, a mechanical engineer. She has German, Irish, English, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. After training for ...
a Happening of Monumental Proportions
6. Lea Thompson
Actress | Back to the Future
Lea Katherine Thompson was born on May 31, 1961, in Rochester, Minnesota. She is the youngest of five children. Her parents are Barbara Anne (Barry) and Clifford Elwin "Cliff" Thompson. Since all her siblings were much older than she, Lea says it seemed like she had more than two parents. The ...
The Year of Spectacular Man
Director | Lance
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 ...
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mine
Director | The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Marielle Heller is a writer, director and actor. She was selected as a 2012 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow and 2012 Sundance Directing Fellow, and was honored with the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship, and The Maryland Film Festival Fellowship. Her writing credits include pilots for ABC and ...
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
9. Debra Granik
Director | Leave No Trace
Debra Granik (born February 6, 1963) is an American New York City-based independent film and documentary film director and screenwriter. She is most known for 2004's Down to the Bone, which starred Vera Farmiga, 2010's Winter's Bone, which starred Jennifer Lawrence in her breakout performance and ...
Leave No Trace
10. Elizabeth Chomko
Writer | What They Had
Elizabeth Chomko is an American director and writer best known for What They Had (2018). She is also a playwright and theatre actress, and has appeared in television and film roles on Terriers (2010), Common Law (2012), and South Boston Legal (2014) among others. Her screenplay for What They Had (...
What They Had
11. Hannah Fidell
Writer | A Teacher
Hannah Fidell was born on October 7, 1985 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Hannah Margalit Fidell. She is a writer and producer, known for A Teacher (2013), 6 Years (2015) and The Long Dumb Road (2018). She has been married to Jake Longstreth since September 23, 2017.
The Long Dumb Road
12. Olivia Milch
Writer | Ocean's Eight
13. Abby Kohn
Writer | I Feel Pretty
I Feel Pretty
14. 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.
You Were Never Really Here
15. Jennifer Fox
Producer | The Tale
16. Susanna Fogel
Writer | Booksmart
The Spy Who Dumped Me
17. Claire Scanlon
Director | The Office
Claire Scanlon directs single cam comedies for both network and cable. She started her career editing documentaries for PBS and the Discovery Channel. After supervising post and producing Last Comic Standing, she joined The Office in its fifth season. After directing The Office, Claire transitioned...
Set It Up
Producer | Becks
Elizabeth Rohrbaugh is an Emmy Award winning film and TV director. She spent ten years as a director, writer and editor at MTV Networks and is now the creative director of Outer Borough Pictures. Elizabeth is in the process of completing a narrative film "Becks," which she co-directed with Dan ...
19. Shana Feste
Director | The Greatest
20. Desiree Akhavan
Actress | Appropriate Behavior
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
21. Mélanie Laurent
Actress | Inglourious Basterds
Mélanie Laurent was born in Paris, France. She is the daughter of Annick, a ballet teacher, and Pierre, a voice actor, who is most recognized for the French version of The Simpsons (1989). She has a younger brother, Mathieu, and has both Sephardi Jewish (from Tunisia) and Ashkenazi Jewish (from ...
Director | Mustang
In 2011 Ergüven was invited to attend the Cannes Film Festivals Atelier to help develop her project, The Kings. While there she met fellow director Alice Winocour who was there to develop her first feature film Augustine. After Ergüven was unable to find financing for her film Winocour suggested ...
23. Eva Vives
Director | All About Nina
Eva Vives was born on January 9, 1976 in Madrid, Spain. She is a director and writer, known for All About Nina (2018).
All About Nina
24. Josie Rourke
Director | Mary Queen of Scots
Josie is the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse. Her productions have transferred to Broadway, the West-End and won Olivier Awards. Her shows have been translated into live cinema broadcasts, including Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Janet McTeer and Dominic ...
Mary Queen of Scots
Writer | Forever My Girl
Wolf, born and raised in Louisiana, has been a working screenwriter and feature film director in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. She began pursuing her career as a female filmmaker quite young, going against the grain in Hollywood for that choice at the time. She began working in the indie world...
Forever My Girl
26. Heather Graham
Actress | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's ...
27. Sophie Brooks
Director | The Boy Downstairs
Sophie Brooks' first short film, Malcolm, won second place at NYU's New Visions and Voices Festival. Her subsequent film, Maple Leaves, premiered at The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival in 2014. The Boy Downstairs is her first feature.
The Boy Downstairs will premiere at the 2017 ...
The Boy Downstairs
28. Vanessa Parise
Director | Runaways
Vanessa Parise is a director, actor, and writer. Named one of "Ten Female Directors Breaking Stereotypes" by SheKnows, Vanessa grew up one of five children in a large, extended, Italian-Columbian-Jewish family, which inspired Kiss the Bride (2002).
Parise graduated from Harvard magna cum laude in ...
The Simone Biles Story
Actress | House M.D.
Jennifer Marie Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest child of teachers David and Judy Morrison. She was raised in Arlington Heights, IL, with a younger sister and brother. She attended the same school her parents taught at, Prospect High School. As a child, she did some work as a model...