Top 10 Most Talented Female Movie Directors of All Time

Talented Female Movie Directors:

For far too long, Female Directors have not got their dues in the movie industry and it is about time we start acknowledging them, not just because of their gender, but their amazing and inspirational work. These directors can outclass anyone if given the opportunity and we are looking forward to watching what they have in store for us now.

#10: Greta Gerwig

Most Notable Movies: Lady Bird, Nights and Weekends, Little Woman

Greta Gerwig has transformed herself from an actress to a noteworthy director. She has only directed three movies till now and has managed to shake the world with just that. Her best work, Lady Bird, received five Oscar nominations and is hailed as one of the best coming-of-age movies of all time.

#9: Ava DuVernay

Most Notable Movies: Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay is the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. She has spread a lot of awareness about racism through her work. Her most acclaimed work Selma received numerous awards and transformed her into a mainstream director.

#8: Patty Jenkins

Most Notable Movies: Wonder Woman, Monster, Exposed

Patty Jenkins made a spectacular debut with the movie Monster, which got Charlize Theron her first and only Oscar win. She also has a very big hand in saving the DCEU as her movie Wonder Woman did wonder at the box office. She is known for her brazen approach and we are sure her next movie Wonder Woman 1984 is going to be even better.

#7: Agnes Varda

Talented Female Movie Directors

Most Notable Movies: Vagabond, Faces Places, Jane B. for Agnes V.

The Visionary French director, Agnes Varda has inspired countless fans with her work. Her storytelling techniques are unique and her way of working was full of art. Her contribution to the industry has been immense and we will miss such a director in the industry.

#6: Nora Ephron


Most Notable Movies: Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Julia & Julia

Nora Ephron is known for her successful romantic comedy movies, and there is hardly any other female director who can match her talent in this genre. She started her career as a writer and then transcended into an amazing director, full of vision and talent.

#5: Mary Harron


Most Notable Movies: American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Notorious Bettie Page

Mary Harron is a master when it comes to telling stories about complex characters. She knows exactly how to tell a story that is dipped in controversy. She directed the amazing movie American Psycho, but her work was shamefully snubbed by the critics.

#4: Jane Campion

Talented Female Movie Directors

Most Notable Movies: The Piano, Bright Star, The Portrait of a Lady

Jane Campion’s work has garnered high praise from critics all over the world since the start of her career as a director. Her first movie, The Piano won The Palme d’Or at Cannes, making her the first woman to win the prestigious award.

#3: Penny Marshall


Most Notable Movies: Big, The Preacher’s Wife, A League of Their Own

Penny Marshall is one of the highest-grossing female directors in Hollywood and she is the first female to direct a movie that grossed more than $100m at the box office, with Big. She always defied the preconceptions of the industry and became the perfect role model to look up to.

#2: Sofia Coppola

Talented Female Movie Directors

Most Notable Movies: Lost In Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette

The talent of directing awesome movies runs in this family, as most of you are already familiar with the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, his daughter Sofia Coppola is not far behind her father. Her work in the movie Lost in Translation was surreal and since then she has expanded her range a lot.

#1: Kathryn Bigelow

Talented Female Movie Directors

Most Notable Movies: Point Break, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow is the first and only woman to date to win an Oscar for Best Director for her movie The Hurt Locker. It has been a decade since she won, and the record still stands. She has been an inspiration for not just women, but everyone. She does not consider herself to be a ‘Female’ director and we respect her immensely for that.

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