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Famous Female Film Directors

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List of famous female film directors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female film directors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being film directors. There are thousand of females working as film directors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic film directors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a film director then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of many different people, including Sarah Schulman and Judith Helfand.

While this isn't a list of all female film directors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female film directors?" and "Who are the best female film directors?"

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    Jennifer Aniston
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    Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, director, producer, and businesswoman. She is the daughter of actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends, a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California, Sherman Oaks
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: Friends, Office Space, The Iron Giant, Bruce Almighty, Just Go With It, + more
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress, producer, author, television director and singer-songwriter. Hewitt began her acting career as a child by appearing in television commercials and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. She rose to fame in teenage popular culture in her roles in the Fox ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Criminal Minds, Tropic Thunder, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Can't Hardly Wait, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, + more
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    Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Mexico, Coatzacoalcos
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: From Dusk till Dawn, Grown Ups, Traffic, The Faculty, Grown Ups 2, + more
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    Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Die Another Day, Vision Quest, Evita, + more
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    Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, singer, and food writer. Paltrow gained early notice for her work in films such as the psychological thriller Seven, opposite Brad Pitt and the period drama Emma, opposite Ewan McGregor. Following starring roles in the romantic comedy-drama Sliding Doors and ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Model, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Seven, Iron Man 2, + more
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    Drew Barrymore
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    Drew Blyth Barrymore is an American actress, model, producer, director and author. She is a descendant of the Barrymore family of well-known American stage and cinema actors, and is a granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore. Barrymore first appeared in an advertisement when she was eleven months ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, Culver City, California
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Scream, Donnie Darko, Batman Forever, The Wedding Singer, + more
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    Lucy Alexis Liu is an American actress, model, artist, and occasional producer and director. She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally McBeal, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Painter, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Kill Bill Volume 1, Jerry Maguire, Kill Bill Volume 2, Kung Fu Panda, Chicago, + more
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    Dianna Agron
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    Dianna Elise Agron is an American actress, singer, dancer and director. Other ventures include directing a music video, and producing, writing and directing an unreleased short film A Fuchsia Elephant. Agron made her television debut appearing as Jessica Grant in CSI: NY in 2006. From 2006 to 2007, ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Georgia, Savannah, USA
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Glee, I Am Number Four, Burlesque, The Family, The Romantics, + more
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    Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians. Rivers came to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Spaceballs, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, Look Who's Talking, The Muppets Take Manhattan, + more
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    Sasha Grey is an American actress, model, author, musician, and former pornographic actress. She first made her name in mainstream media after appearing on several popular television programs and in pop culture magazines, examining her willingness to enter the world of hardcore porn at a young age. She ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: North Highlands, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Nude Glamour Model, Musician, Author, Actor
    • Credits: Would You Rather, Open Windows, I Melt with You, The Girlfriend Experience, Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, + more
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    Alicia Christian Foster, known professionally as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of three, and her first significant role came in 1976 as a child prostitute in Taxi Driver, for which she received a nomination for the ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact, Elysium, Panic Room, + more
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    Jenna Jameson is an American entrepreneur, webcam model and former pornographic film actress, who has been called the world's most famous adult-entertainment performer and "The Queen of Porn". She started acting in erotic videos in 1993 after having worked as a stripper and glamor model. By 1996, she ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Stripper, Nude Glamour Model, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Private Parts, Zombie Strippers, Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain, ECW Hardcore TV, How to Make Love to a Woman, + more
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    Karenjit Kaur Vohra, better known by her stage name Sunny Leone, is an Indo-Canadian and American Bollywood actress, businesswoman, nude model and a pornographic actress. She was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003 and was a contract star for Vivid Entertainment. Named by Maxim as one of the 12 top ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Businessperson, Nude Glamour Model, Adult model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Virginity Hit, Debbie Does Dallas ... Again, Busty Cops, Ragini MMS 2, Shootout at Wadala, + more
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    Melissa Joan Hart
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    Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, television director, and television producer. Hart is known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All, the live action version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Melissa & Joey. Hart has been married to musician Mark Wilkerson since ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Smithtown, New York, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Can't Hardly Wait, Not Another Teen Movie, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, + more
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    Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: USA, California, El Centro
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Moonstruck, The Witches of Eastwick, Stuck on You, Silkwood, Zookeeper, + more
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    Jenna Fischer
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    Regina Marie "Jenna" Fischer is an American actress and director. She is known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Pam Beesly on the NBC situation comedy The Office. She has also appeared in several films, including Blades of Glory, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Promotion, and Hall Pass.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Fort Wayne
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Slither, Hall Pass, Blades of Glory, + more
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    Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu is a French actress, director, screenwriter, and author. As a teenager, Marceau achieved popularity with her debut films La Boum and La Boum 2, receiving a César Award for Most Promising Actress. She became a film star in Europe with a string of successful films, including ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: France, Paris
    • Profession: Model, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Braveheart, The World Is Not Enough, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alex & Emma, Lost & Found, + more
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    Asia Carrera is an American former pornographic actress.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: The Big Lebowski, Euphoria, Pornogothic, Without Charlie, Colin's Sleazy Friends, + more
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    Jaime King is an American actress and model. In her modeling career and early film roles, she used the names Jamie King and James King, which was a childhood nickname given to King by her parents, because her agency already represented another Jaime—the older, then-more famous model Jaime Rishar. A ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Sin City, Pearl Harbor, Blow, White Chicks, Hart of Dixie, + more
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    Diane Keaton is an actress, television director and producer and screenwriter.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Annie Hall, Twin Peaks, The Godfather Part III, + more
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