Women Filmmakers

by 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.

102. Kim Longinotto

Director | Sisters in Law

Kim Longinotto was born in 1952 in London, England. She is a director and cinematographer, known for Sisters in Law (2005), Gaea Girls (2000) and Pink Saris (2010).

103. Rebecca Thomas

Director | Stranger Things

Rebecca Thomas is a director and writer, known for Stranger Things (2016), The Little Mermaid and Intelligent Life.

104. Emily Abt

Director | Toe to Toe

Selected as one of Variety Magazine's 'Top 10 Directors to Watch', Emily Abt is an ambidextrous filmmaker who has directed five features (four documentaries, one narrative). Abt's narrative feature "Toe to Toe" was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was ...

106. Jessica Hausner

Writer | Little Joe

Jessica Hausner was born on October 6, 1972 in Vienna, Austria. She is a writer and director, known for Little Joe (2019), Lourdes (2009) and Lovely Rita (2001).

107. Merete Mueller

Producer | Dangerous Curves

Merete Mueller is a producer and writer, known for Dangerous Curves (2016), TINY: A Story About Living Small (2013) and Dear Future (2017).

108. Lola Bessis

Actress | Picnic at Hanging Rock

Lola Bessis is a French actress and filmmaker. At age 12, Lola was cast to play the lead in a short film. From that time, she knew she wanted to be on a film set when she grew up. Later, while attending some of the most prestigious international universities (University College London; La Sorbonne,...

109. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Director | Free Solo

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is a director and producer, known for Free Solo (2018), Meru (2015) and Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2008). She has been married to Jimmy Chin since May 26, 2013. They have two children.

110. Elise Salomon

Producer | Los Wild Ones

Elise Salomon's first feature (Producer), Paper Heart, stars Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera and Jake M. Johnson. Paper Heart premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and won the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film received a theatrical release with ...

111. Penny Lane

Director | Nuts!

Penny Lane is a director and producer, known for Nuts! (2016), Our Nixon (2013) and Hail Satan? (2019).

112. Miranda Bailey

Producer | The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Miranda Bailey grew up in Vail, Colorado as a ski racer. From there she went to New York to pursue a degree in acting at Skidmore College. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating and began professionally acting, writing, directing, and producing for film. Miranda lives in LA and runs her ...

113. Donna McRae

Producer | Johnny Ghost

Donna McRae is a Producer, Writer and Director who is from Melbourne, Australia. She has made shorts, feature films and a documentary. She was also an actor and is married to visual artist Michael Vale and they have a Schipperke called Pancho. She loves the films of Val Lewton and the British ...

114. Meera Menon

Director | Farah Goes Bang

Meera Menon is an editor and director, known for Farah Goes Bang (2013), Equity (2016) and The Punisher (2017).

115. Linda Shayne

Writer | Mirror Image

Linda Shayne is an award winning writer and director. Shayne graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors and her published work includes a journal article about ex-offenders from San Quentin Prison. Shayne has written films for Imagine Entertainment, Showtime, and ...

116. Jehane Noujaim

Producer | Control Room

Jehane Noujaim was born on May 17, 1974 in Cairo, Egypt. She is a producer and director, known for Control Room (2004), Startup.com (2001) and The Square (2013).

117. Aprill Winney

Director | The David Dance

Aprill Winney is known for her work on The David Dance (2014), Counting Backwards (2007) and Jobs (2013).

118. Petra Costa

Director | Olmo & the Seagull

Petra Costa is a director and producer, known for Olmo & the Seagull (2015), Undertow Eyes (2009) and The Edge of Democracy (2019).

119. Carolina Ziskind

Script_department | Odeio o Dia dos Namorados

Carolina Ziskind is a writer and actor, known for Odeio o Dia dos Namorados (2013), 3 Teresas (2013) and Young Hearts (1995).

120. Meredith Danluck

Director | State Like Sleep

Meredith Danluck is a director and producer, known for State Like Sleep (2018), The Ride (2010) and North of South, West of East (2013).

121. Mira Nair

Director | Monsoon Wedding

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam ...

122. Penny Marshall

Actress | Laverne & Shirley

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...

123. Deepa Mehta

Director | Fire

Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and ...

124. Miranda July

Writer | Me and You and Everyone We Know

Filmmaker Magazine rated her #1 in their "25 New Faces of Indie Film" in 2004!

She is a performance artist and published short story writer. Since becoming a filmmaker, her debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) has won several film awards.

Daughter of Lindy Hough and Richard ...

125. 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 ...

126. 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 ...

127. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

128. 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...

129. Chantal Akerman

Director | Je, tu, il, elle

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Je Tu Il Elle (1974), A Couch in New York (1996) and The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris, France.

130. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

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

131. Niki Caro

Director | Whale Rider

Niki Caro is a New Zealand film director and screenwriter, born in 1967. Caro was born in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. She was educated first at the Kadimah College in Auckland, and then the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. The School is a private girls' school, and ranks ...

132. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...

133. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

134. Yolanda Ramke

Writer | Cargo

Yolanda Ramke is known for her work on Cargo (2017), Cargo (2013) and Cold Hearts (2016).

136. Carol Morley

Director | The Falling

Carol Morley was born in Manchester, England. She attended Central St Martins College of Art, where she graduated with a first class degree in fine art film and video. Her films include The Alcohol Years, a BAFTA nominated film about her scurrilous teenage past, Dreams of a Life, which went behind ...

137. 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).

138. Olivia Hetreed

Writer | Girl with a Pearl Earring

Olivia Hetreed is an editor and writer, known for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Wuthering Heights (2011) and Home from Home (2019).

140. Adrienne Shelly

Actress | Waitress

The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

141. Susanna White

Director | Bleak House

Susanna White was born in 1960 in the UK. She is a director and producer, known for Bleak House (2005), Woman Walks Ahead (2017) and Parade's End (2012).

142. Christine Gernon

Director | One Foot in the Grave

Christine Gernon was born in 1970 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Christine Mary Gernon. She is a director and producer, known for One Foot in the Grave (1990), Gavin & Stacey (2007) and I'm with Stupid (2005).

144. 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.

145. 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...

146. Loveleen Tandan

Casting_director | Slumdog Millionaire

Loveleen Tandan is an India based filmmaker and Casting Director. Her career highlights include her work as Co-Director (India) of multi award winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Casting Director of award winning features like Monsoon Wedding (2001), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Brick Lane (2007)...

147. Shana Feste

Director | The Greatest

Shana Feste was born on August 28, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a director and writer, known for The Greatest (2009), Endless Love (2014) and Boundaries (2018).

148. Nana Ekvtimishvili

Writer | Grzeli nateli dgeebi

Nana Ekvtimishvili was born on July 9, 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia, USSR. She is a writer and director, known for In Bloom (2013), My Happy Family (2017) and Waiting for Mum (2011).

149. Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Producer | Blackfish

Gabriela Cowperthwaite is a producer and director, known for Blackfish (2013), Megan Leavey (2017) and City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story (2010).

150. Elissa Down

Director | The Black Balloon

Elissa Down is a director and writer, known for The Black Balloon (2008), The Honor List (2018) and Confess (2017).

151. Sabiha Sumar

Director | Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters

Sabiha Sumar was born in Karachi in 1961. She studied filmmaking and political science at the Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and international relations at the University of Cambridge. In 1992, she founded Vidhi Films. Sumar has always conceived her work as a means of social criticism, ...



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