Tuesday, June 19, 2012

130 Female Movie Directors- and Their Best Films

Top : Ida Lupino, Lina Wertmuller, Gillian Armstrong, Nora Ephron
Middle: Penny Marshall, Penelope Spheeris, Miranda July, Agnes Varda
Bottom: Sofia Coppola, Agnes Jaoui, Catherine Hardwicke, Mira Nair

I’ve listed some of these directors’ most famous films, and if 3 titles are given that generally means that person has directed many other feature films as well. I've included just a few of the more famous actress-directors, all of whom have directed at least 2 films.

  1. Adrienne Shelly (US): Waitress (2007) 
  2. Agnès Jaoui (France): The Taste of Others (2000) Look at Me (2004) 
  3. Agnès Varda (France): Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) Vagabond (1985) The Gleaners and I (2000) The Beaches of Agnes (2008)
  4. Agnieszka Holland (Poland): Europa Europa (1990) The Secret Garden (1993)  In Darkness (2011)
  5. Alice Guy (France): L'Arroseur Arrosé (1895) The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1915)
  6. Alice Wu (US): Saving Face (2004) 
  7. Allison Anders (US): Gas, Food Lodging (1992) Grace of My Heart (1996)
  8. Amy Heckerling (US): Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) Clueless (1995) 
  9. Andrea Arnold (UK): Red Road (2006) Fish Tank (2009) Wuthering Heights (2011) 
  10. Ann Hui (Hong Kong): Boat People (1981) Love in a Fallen City (1984)  A Simple Life (2011)  
  11. Anna Boden (US): Sugar (2008) It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Both films co-directed with Ryan Fleck
  12. Anne Fletcher (US): Step Up (2006) 27 Dresses (2008) The Proposal (2009)
  13. Anne Fontaine (France): The Girl from Monaco (2008) Coco avant Chanel  (2009)
  14. Antonia Bird (UK):  Priest (1994) Face (1997) The Hamburg Cell (2004)
  15. Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece): Attenberg (2010)
  16. Barbara Kopple (US): Harlan County, USA (1976) Shut Up & Sing (2006)
  17. Barbara Loden (US): Wanda (1970) 
  18. Barbra Streisand (US): Yentl (1983) The Prince of Tides (1991)
  19. Beeban Kidron (UK): To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) 
  20. Betty Thomas (US): The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) Dr. Dolittle (1998) 28 Days (2000)
  21. Bronwen Hughes (Canada): Harriet the Spy (1996) Forces of Nature (1999)
  22. Callie Khouri (US): Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
  23. Carol Morley (UK): Dreams of A Life (2011)
  24. Caroline Link (Germany): Nowhere in Africa (2001) 
  25. Cate Shortland (Australia): Somersault (2004)
  26. Catherine Breillat (France): Romance (1999) A Ma Soeur (2001) Anatomy of Hell (2004)
  27. Catherine Hardwicke (US): Thirteen (2003) Twilight (2008) Red Riding Hood (2011)
  28. Chantal Akerman (Belgium): Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (1978) La Captive (2000)
  29. Claire Denis (France): Beau Travail (1999) 35 Shots of Rum (2008) White Material (2009)
  30. Clara Law (Hong Kong): Autumn Moon (1992) Floating Life (1996) The Goddess of 1967 (2000)
  31. Clio Barnard (UK): The Arbor (2010)
  32. Courtney Hunt  (US): Frozen River (2008)
  33. Daniele Huillet (France): Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) Moses und Aron (1975) Class Relations (1984) Always co-directed with Jean-Marie Straub
  34. Debra Granik (US): Down to the Bone (2004) Winter’s Bone (2010)
  35. Diane English (US): The Women (2008)
  36. Diane Keaton (US): Unstrung Heroes (1995) Hanging Up (2000) 
  37. Diane Kurys (France): Cocktail Molotov (1980) Entre Nous (1983) A Man in Love (1987)
  38. Dorothy Arzner (US): Christopher Strong (1933) The Bride Wore Red (1937) Dance Girl Dance (1940) 
  39. Elaine May (US): A New Leaf (1971) The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
  40. Germaine Dulac (France): La Souriante Madame Beudet (1923) The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928) Je N'ai Plus Rien (1934)
  41. Gillian Armstrong (Australia): My Brilliant Career (1979) The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992) Oscar and Lucinda (1997) 
  42. Gina Prince-Bythewood (US): The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
  43. Gurinder Chadha (UK): Bhaji on the Beach (1993) Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Bride & Prejudice (2004)
  44. Ida Lupino (UK): Outrage (1950) The HitchHiker (1953) The Bigamist (1953)
  45. Isabel Coixet (Spain): My Life Without Me (2003)The Secret Life of Words (2005) Elegy (2008)
  46. Jane Campion (New Zealand): The Piano (1993) In the Cut (2003) Bright Star (2009)
  47. Jeanne Moreau (France): Lumière (1976)  L'adolescente (1979) 
  48. Jennifer Baichwal (Canada): Manufactured Landscapes (2006) Payback (2012)
  49. Jennifer Lynch (US): Boxing Helena (1993) Surveillance (2008)
  50. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (US): Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  51. Jill Sprecher (US): Clockwatchers (1997) Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
  52. Joan Chen (China): Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1998) Autumn in New York (2000)
  53. Joanna Hogg (UK): Archipelago (2010)
  54. Jocelyn Moorhouse (Australia):  Proof (1991) How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
  55. Jodie Foster (US):  Home For The Holidays (1995) The Beaver (2011)
  56. Julia Leigh (Australia):  Sleeping Beauty (2011)
  57. Julie Dash (US): Daughters of the Dust (1991)
  58. Julie Delphy (France): 2 Days in Paris (2007) 2 Days in New York (2012)
  59. Julie Taymor (US): Titus (1999) Across the Universe (2007) The Tempest (2010)
  60. Karyn Kusama (US): Girlfight (2000) Æon Flux (2005) Jennifer's Body (2009)
  61. Kathryn Bigelow (US): Point Break (1991) Strange Days(1995) The Hurt Locker (2009)
  62. Kelly Reichardt (US): Wendy and Lucy (2008) Meek's Cutoff (2010)
  63. Kimberly Peirce (US): Boy's Don't Cry (1999) Stop-Loss (2008)
  64. Kira Muratova (Soviet Union): Among Grey Stones (1983) The Asthenic Syndrome (1990) Melody for a Street Organ (2009)
  65. Larisa Shepitko (Soviet Union): You and I (1971) The Ascent (1976)
  66. Laurie Collyer (US): Sherrybaby (2006)
  67. Lena Dunham (US): Tiny Furniture (2010)
  68. Leni Riefenstahl (Germany): Triumph of the Will (1935) Olympia (1938)
  69. Leontine Sagan (Austria): Madchen in Uniform (1931) 
  70. Liliana Cavani (Italy): Francesco d'Assisi (1966) The Night Porter (1974) Ripley's Game (2002)
  71. Lina Wertmuller (Italy): Love and Anarchy (1973) Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August(1974) Seven Beauties (1975) 
  72. Lisa Cholodenko (US): High Art (1998) Laurel Canyon (2002) The Kids Are All Right (2010)
  73. Liv Ullman (Sweden): Kristin Lavransdatter (1995) Faithless (2000)
  74. Liz Garbus(US): The Farm: Angola, USA (1998)  Coma (2007) Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
  75. Lizzie Borden (US): Working Girls (1986) Love Crimes (1994)
  76. Lois Weber (US): The Merchant of Venice (1914) The Blot (1921) White Heat (1934)
  77. Lone Scherfig (Denmark): Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002) An Education (2009) One Day (2011)
  78. Lotte Reiniger (Germany): The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
  79. Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France): Innocence (2004)
  80. Lucrecia Martel (Argentina): The Holy Girl (2004 The Headless Woman (2008)
  81. Lucy Walker (UK): Devil's Playground (2002) Waste Land (2010)
  82. Lynne Ramsay (UK): Ratcatcher (1999) Morvern Callar (2002) We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
  83. Madonna (US): W.E. (2011)
  84. Mai Zetterling (Sweden): The War Game (1962) The Girls (1968) Amorosa (1986) 
  85. Margarethe von Trotta (Germany): The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) 1975 (co-directed with Volker Schlondorff) Marianne and Juliane (1981) Rosenstrasse (2003)
  86. Marguerite Duras (France): Nathalie Granger (1972) India Song (1975) Les Enfants (1984)
  87. Marina Goldovskaya (Russia): I Am 90, My Steps Are Light (1989) A Bitter Taste of Freedom (2011)
  88. Marjane Satrapi (Iran): Persepolis (2007) Chicken with Plums (2011) Both films co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud
  89. Marleen Gorris (Netherlands): Antonia's Line (1995) Mrs. Dalloway (1997) The Luzhin Defence (2000)
  90. Marta Meszaros (Hungary): The Girl (1968)A Diary for my Children (1984) Little Vilna: The Last Diary (2000)
  91. Martha Fiennes (UK): Onegin (1999) Chromophobia (2005)
  92. Mary Harron (US): I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) American Psycho (2000) 
  93. Mary Lambert (US): Siesta (1987) Pet Sematary (1989) The Attic (2008) 
  94. Marziyeh Meshkini (Iran): The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
  95. Maya Deren (US): Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) At Land (1944)
  96. Mimi Leder (US): The Peacemaker (1997) Deep Impact (1998) Pay It Forward (2000)
  97. Mira Nair (India): Salaam Bombay (1988) Monsoon Wedding (2001) Vanity Fair (2004)
  98. Miranda July (US): Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) The Future (2011)
  99. Nancy Savoca (US): Dogfight (1991)Household Saints (1993)
  100. Nicole Garcia (France): Place Vendôme (1998) Selon Charlie (2006) Un Balcon sur la Mer (2010)
  101. Nicole Holofcener (US): Walking and Talking (1996) Lovely & Amazing (2001)
  102. Nicole Kassell (US): The Woodsman (2004) A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)
  103. Niki Caro (New Zealand): Whale Rider (2002) North Country (2005)
  104. Nora Ephron (US): Sleepless in Seattle (1993) You've Got Mail (1998) Julie & Julia (2009)
  105. Patricia Rozema (Canada): I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) Mansfield Park (1999)
  106. Patty Jenkins (US):Monster (2003)
  107. Penelope Spheeris (US): The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) (and its 2 sequels) Wayne's World (1992) The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) 
  108. Penny Marshall (US): Big (1988) Awakenings (1990) A League of Their Own (1992)
  109. Phyllida Lloyd (UK): Mamma Mia (2008) The Iron Lady (2011)
  110. Randa Haines (US): Children Of A Lesser God (1986) Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) 
  111. Rebecca Miller (US): Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
  112. Rose Troche (US): Go Fish (1994) The Safety of Objects (2001)
  113. Sally Potter (UK): Orlando (1992) The Tango Lesson (1997) Yes (2004)
  114. Sam Taylor-Wood (UK): Nowhere Boy (2009)
  115. Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran): The Apple (1998) Blackboards (2000) At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
  116. Sarah Polley (Canada): Away from Her (2006) Take This Waltz (2011)
  117. Shari Springer Berman (US): American Splendor (2003) The Nanny Diaries (2007) Both films co-directed with Robert Pulcini
  118. Sharon Maguire (UK): Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) 
  119. Shirley Clarke (US): The Connection (1961) Cool World (1963) Ornette: Made in America (1985)
  120. Sofia Coppola (US): The Virgin Suicides (1999) Lost in Translation (2003) 
  121. Sophie Marceau (France):  Parlez-moi d'amour (2002) La Disparue De Deauville (2007)
  122. Susan Seidelman (US): Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) She-Devil (1989)
  123. Susan Sontag (US): Promised Lands (1974) Letter from Venice(1983)
  124. Susan Stroman (US): The Producers (2005) 
  125. Susanne Bier (Denmark): Brothers (2004) Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) In a Better World (2010) 
  126. Tamara Jenkins (US): Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) The Savages (2007)
  127. Tamra Davis (US): Billy Madison (1995) Crossroads (2002)
  128. Tia Lessin (US): Trouble the Water (2008)
  129. Valerie Faris (US): Little Miss Sunshine (2006) co-directed with Jonathan Dayton
  130. Vera Chytilova (Czech): Daisies (1966) The Jester and the Queen (1987) My Citizens of Prague Understand Me (1991)


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