My Top Favorite Female Movie Directors

by tlev-06565 | created - 01 May 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

1. Crystal Moselle

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, ...

Skate Kitchen

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 ...

Blockers

3. Quinn Shephard

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 ...

Blame

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 Part II

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

7. Marina Zenovich

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 ...

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mine

8. Marielle Heller

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

Director | A Teacher

Hannah Fidell was born on October 7, 1985 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Hannah Margalit Fidell. She is a director and writer, 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

Olivia Milch is a writer, known for Ocean's Eight (2018), Dude (2018) and Queen & Country.

Dude

13. Abby Kohn

Writer | I Feel Pretty

Abby Kohn is a writer and producer, known for I Feel Pretty (2018), Never Been Kissed (1999) and He's Just Not That Into You (2009).

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

Jennifer Fox is a producer and director, known for The Tale (2018), Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987) and My Reincarnation (2011).

The Tale

16. Susanna Fogel

Writer | The Spy Who Dumped Me

Susanna Fogel is a writer and producer, known for The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018), Life Partners (2014) and Chasing Life (2014).

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

18. Elizabeth Rohrbaugh

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 ...

Becks

19. Shana Feste

Director | Endless Love

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

Boundaries

20. Desiree Akhavan

Actress | Appropriate Behavior

Desiree Akhavan was born in 1984 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Appropriate Behaviour (2014), The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) and The Bisexual (2018).

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 ...

Galveston

22. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

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 ...

Kings

23. Eva Vives

Writer | All About Nina

Eva Vives was born on January 9, 1976 in Madrid, Spain. She is a writer and director, 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

25. Bethany Ashton Wolf

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 ...

Half Magic

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 | Charmed

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

29. Jennifer Morrison

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...

Sun Dogs



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