Female Directors and their Movies.
After compiling a list of the most famous movie directors, there was no escaping the fact that no women made the list. Women movie directors do exist. Behold their list of achievements.
Allison Anders

Makes thoughful coming-of-age movies

Sugar Town
Grace of My Heart
Four Rooms
Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
Gas Food Lodging
Border Radio

Asia Argento

Italian American director frequently casts herself.

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Scarlet Diva

Jamie Babbitt

Makes comedies and dramas with lesbian characters. Directs lots of television.

Itty Bitty Titty Committee
The Quiet
But I'm a Cheerleader

Susanne Bier

Danish director

Things We Lost in the Fire
After the Wedding
A Corazon Abierto (Open Hearts)
Once in a Lifetime
The One and Only
Like It Never Was Before
Taxi to Portugal
Letter to Jonas
Freud's Leaving Home

Kathryn Bigelow

Big budget Action & Suspense Movie Director.

The Hurt Locker
Mission Zero
K-19: The Widowmaker
The Weight of Water
Strange Days
Point Break
Blue Steel
Near Dark
The Loveless

Catherine Breillat

French Director of stark and dark sexy dramas. My new personal hero.

La barbe bleue (Bluebeard)
Une vieille maîtresse (The Last Mistress)
Anatomie de l'enfer (Anatomy of Hell)
Sex Is Comedy
Brief Crossing (Breve Traversee)
À ma soeur! (Fat Girl)
Parfait amour! (Perfect Love)
Sucia Como Un Angel (Dirty Like an Angel)
36 Fillette(Junior Size 36)
Tapage nocturne (Nocturnal Uproar)
Une vraie jeune fille (A Real Young Girl)

Colette Burson

Romantic Comedies

Little Black Boot
Coming Soon

Jane Campion

Australian Director nominated for Oscar for directing The Piano. She was also the first woman to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival

Bright Star
The Portrait of a Lady
Holy Smoke!
In the Cut
The Piano
An Angel at My Table

Zoe Cassavetes

Romantic Comedies, compared to Sofia Coppola

Broken English
Men Make Women Crazy Theory

Gurinder Chadha

Officer of the British Empire, directs teen comedies

It's a Wonderful Afterlife
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Paris, Je T'Aime (Paris, I Love You)
Bride and Prejudice
Bend It Like Beckham
What's Cooking?
A Nice Arrangement
What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny
Bhaji on the Beach
Acting Our Age

Sylvia Chang

Multi-genre director and actor from Taiwan

Yat kor ho ba ba (Run Papa Run)
20 30 40
Seung fei (Princess D)
Sam dung (Tempting Heart)
Jin tian bu hui jia (Tonight Nobody Goes Home)
Shao nu xiao yu
San tung gui see doi (Conjugal Affair)
Meng xing shi fan (Mary from Beijing)
Sha Sha Jia Jia zhan qi lai (Sisters of the World Unite)
Huang se gu shi (The Game they Called Sex)
Zui ai (Passion)
Jiu meng bu xu ji (Once Upon a Time )

Joan Chen

Chinese-born actress and director

Autumn in New York
Tian yu (Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl)

Christine Choy

Directed a few documentaries about asian wrongful deaths

In the Name of the Emperor
The Shot Heard 'Round the World
Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Martha Coolidge

An experienced filmmaker with many comedies to her name. Had early success with Valley Girl and Real Genius. Like John Hughes, the genre may have evolved away from her.

An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong
Material Girls
The Prince and Me
Out to Sea
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Three Wishes
Lost in Yonkers
Rambling Rose
Plain Clothes
Real Genius
Joy of Sex
City Girl
Valley Girl
Not a Pretty Picture

Sofia Coppola

The first American woman ever nominated for best director Oscar. Will probably live to make more movies than her father.

Marie Antoinette
Lost in Translation
The Virgin Suicides
Lick the Star
Bed, Bath and Beyond

Claire Denis

Prolific French Director of dramas. Rooted in Africa

White Material
35 Shots of Rum
Vers Mathilde
The Intruder
Friday Night
Trouble Every Day
Beau Travail
Nenette + Boni
J'ai pas sommei (I Can't Sleep)
Keep It for Yourself
No Fear, No Die
Man No Run

Nora Ephron

The daughter of a pair of screen-writers. She specializes in comedies.

Julie & Julia
Lucky Numbers
You've Got Mail
Mixed Nuts
Sleepless in Seattle
This Is My Life

Valerie Feris

Very successful and famous music video and commercial director heading feature films after the success of Little Miss Sunshine. Won Grammys.

Used Guys
The Abstinence Teacher
Little Miss Sunshine
The Check Up

Jodie Foster

Super-successful lead actress also directs.

Little Man Tate
Home for the Holidays

Lesli Linka Glatter

Her Tales of Meeting and Parting was nominated for an Academy Award as Live Action Short. Directs for television also.

The Proposition
Now and Then
Tales of Meeting and Parting

Dennie Gordon

Directs light mega-character comedies and television

What a Girl Wants
New York Minute
Joe Dirt

Marleen Gorris

The first woman to direct a movie that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film

Heaven and Earth (Barry)
Within the Whirlwind
The Luzhin Defence
Mrs. Dalloway
Antonia's Line
The Last Island
Gebroken spiegels (Broken Mirrors)
De stilte rond Christine M. (A Question of Silence)

Lucile Hadzihalilovic

French director has been nominated for 11 film awards and won all 11.

Good Boys Use Condoms
Parental Guidance

Catherine Hardwicke

Also a prodution designer. Her Twilight grossed $200 million.

The Nativity Story
Lords of Dogtown

Mary Harron

English Director who got her start writing about punk rock in England

The Notorious Bettie Page
American Psycho
I Shot Andy Warhol

Amy Heckerling

Specializing in mainstream comedies, not particularly romantic ones.

I Could Never Be Your Woman
A Night At the Roxbury
Look Who's Talking, Too
Look Who's Talking
National Lampoon's European Vacation
Johnny Dangerously
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Getting It Over with

Jody Hill

Totally not a woman.

Known for his ability to take a joke.

Observe and Report
The Foot Fist Way

Nicole Holofcener

Casts romantic comedies, often casts Catherine Keener. Influenced by Woody Allen

Please Give
Friends with Money
Lovely and Amazing
Walking and Talking

Agnes Jaoui

French Director of dramas and comedies

Parlez-moi de la pluie (Let's Talk About the Rain)
Comme une image (Look at Me)
Le goût des autres (The Taste of Others)

Miranda July

Vermont native seems to have a long and fruitful career ahead of her

Me and You and Everyone We Know
Nest of Tens

Sarah Kernochan

Won Oscar for Best Documentary in 1973 and 2002. Wrote 9 1/2 weeks

All I Wanna Do

Mary Lambert

Modern horror and drama. Also directed top Madonna videos

High Midnight
The Attic
14 Women
Pet Sematary Two
Grand Isle
Pet Sematary

Mimi Leder

Director of Drama and Action Movies and television

Mandrake the Magician
The Code
Pay It Forward
Sentimental Journey
Deep Impact
The Peacemaker

Kasi Lemmons

The other African American director, specializes in drama

Black Nativity
Talk to Me
The Caveman's Valentine
Dr. Hugo Eve's Bayou

Caroline Link

German Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Directs dramas and comedies

Im Winter ein Jahr (A Year Ago in Winter)
Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa)
Pünktchen und Anton (Annaluise & Anton)
Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence)
Glück zum Anfassen
Bunte Blumen

Jennifer Chambers Lynch

Survived critical reviews of Boxing Helena and now makes horror movies.

Boxing Helena

Maria Maggenti

American Director also makes documentaries

Puccini for Beginners
The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love

Penny Marshall

Known best as Laverne DeFazio on Laverne and Shirley, she is also a star Producer and Director. She was the first female director to direct a film which made more than $100 million (Big). She repeated that success with "A League of their Own".

Riding in Cars with Boys
The Preacher's Wife
Renaissance Man
A League of Their Own
Jumpin' Jack Flash

Lucrecia Martel

Argentinian director makes films described as "artistic" and "puzzling".

La mujer sin cabeza (The Headless Woman)
La niña santa (The Holy Girl)
La Cienaga
(The Swamp) Besos rojos
Piso 24
El 56

Darnell Martin

American director of ghetto-centric dramas and musicals. The top female african american director

Cadillac Records
Prison Song
I Like It Like That

Alison Maclean

Canadian director of suspense, drama and documentaries

The Choices We Make
Persons of Interest
Jesus' Son
Kitchen Sink

Deepa Mehta

Toronto-based Indian director of dramas and romances. Her Water was nominated for best foreign language Oscar.

Heaven on Earth
The Republic of Love Bollywood/Hollywood
Sam & Me
Martha, Ruth & Edie

Nancy Meyers

Super successful and sought after director of top-flight romantic comedies. Leads Penny Marshall as the female director with greatest cumulative film proceeds.

Force Five
The Holiday
Something's Gotta Give
What Women Want
The Parent Trap

Rebecca Miller

Makes highly-rated interpersonal dramas. Influenced by Henry Miller.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Personal Velocity

Mira Nair

Award winning and prolific Indian Director of romance, drama and documentaries

New York, I love you
The Namesake
Vanity Fair
Hysterical Blindness
Monsoon Wedding
The Laughing Club of India
My Own Country
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
The Perez Family
Mississippi Masala
Salaam Bombay
So Far From India
India Cabaret

Barbara Peters

Low budget drive-in exploitation fare in the 70s and early 80s. Several cult classics.

Humanoids From the Deep
Summer School Teachers
Bury Me an Angel
The Dark Side of Tomorrow

Kimberly Peirce

Best known for directing Boys Don't Cry.

Boys Don't Cry

Sally Potter

British director

The Man Who Cried
Tango Lesson
I Am an Ox, I Am a Horse, I Am a Man, I Am a Woman
The Gold Diggers
London Story

Lynn Ramsey

Scottish Director

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Morvern Callar
Small Deaths
Kill the Day

Kelly Reichardt

Directs very popular, very highly reviewed Independent films

Wendy and Lucy
Old Joy
River of Grass

Stephanie Rothman

Made drive-in exploitation movies in the 60s and 70s. Was a partner in Dimension Pictures and the first woman to be awarded a Director's Guild Fellowship.

Working Girls
Terminal Island
Group Marriage
The Velvet Vampire
The Student Nurses
It's a Bikini World
Blood Bath

Penelope Spheeris

Directs music documentaries and mainstream comedies, plus Suburbia.

The Kid and I
The Decline of Western Civilization III
Black Sheep
The Little Rascals
The Beverly Hillbillies
Wayne's World
The Decline of Western Civilization II
The Boys Next Door
The Decline of Western Civilization

Barbra Streisand

Wouldn't that be funny if Barbra Streisand directed acidic documentaries in the vein of Micheal Moore? That would be awesome.

The Mirror Has Two Faces
The Prince of Tides

Julie Taymor

Tony award-winning director of historical dramas and musical dramas. Designs costumes and puppets.

The Tempest
Across the Universe

Betty Thomas

Started at Second City comedy troupe, got one of her Emmys as an actress on Hill Street Blues. Experienced director and producer of very light comedies.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
John Tucker Must Die
I Spy
28 Days
Dr. Dolittle
Private Parts
The Brady Bunch Movie
Only You

Margarethe von Trotta

German based in Paris, her movies often feature a strong female protagonist with a political motive or background.

Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen (Vision)
Ich bin die Andere (I Am the Other Woman)
Das Versprechen (The Promise)
Il lungo silenzio (The Long Silence)
L'africana (The African Woman)
Paura e amore (Three Sisters)
Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg
Heller Wahn (Friends and Husbands)
Die bleierne Zeit (The German Sisters)
Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks (Sisters Or the Balance of Happiness)
Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages (The Second Awakening of Christa Klages) Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum)

Lina Wertmuller

Italian director who got started as an assistant director to Fellini. First woman to grab a best director Oscar nomination. Has directed 30 films. Her film "Swept Away" was remade by Guy Ritchie and Madonna.

Mannaggia alla miseria
Peperoni ripieni e pesci in faccia (Too Much romance...It s Time for Stuffed Peppers)
Ferdinando e Carolina (Ferdinando and Carolina)
Ninfa plebea (The Nymph)
Metalmeccanico e parrucchiera in un turbine di sesso e di politica (The Worker and the Hairdresser)
Io speriamo che me la cavo (Me Let's Hope I Make It )
Sabato, domenica e lunedì (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
In una notte di chiaro di luna (As Long as its Love)
Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico
Francesca & Nunziata
Summer Night
Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti (Camorra: The Naples Connection )
Sotto... sotto... strapazzato da anomala passione (Softly, softly)
Scherzo del destino in agguato dietro l'angolo come un brigante da strada (A Joke of Destiny)
Fatto di sangue fra due uomini per causa di una vedova - si sospettano moventi politici (Blood Feud)
La fine del mondo nel nostro solito letto in una notte piena di pioggia (Night full of Rain)
Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties)
Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (Swept Away)
Tutto a posto e niente in ordine (All Screwed Up)
Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...' (Love and Anarchy)
Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore (The Seduction of Mimi)
Il mio corpo per un poker (The Belle Starr Story)
Questa volta parliamo di uomini (Now Let's Talk about Men)
I basilischi (The Basilisks)

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