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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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: 46

Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Credits: Friends, We're the Millers, The Iron Giant, Office Space

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#79 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Jennifer Love Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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 ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: Ghost Whisperer, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Can't Hardly Wait

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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 ...more

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Age: 49

Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Profession: Spokesperson, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer Model, + more

Credits: Frida, Desperado, Puss in Boots, Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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: 57

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita

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#7 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

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Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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 ...more

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Model, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Se7en, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, Iron Man

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#39 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#214 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#342 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#70 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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: 40

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Culver City, California, USA

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: Donnie Darko, Charlie's Angels, Scream, My Date with Drew

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#119 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#97 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#264 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#47 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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 ...more

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Painter, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Lucky Number Slevin, Elementary, Kung Fu Panda

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#69 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#190 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#646 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#94 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Dianna Agron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Film Directors
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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: 29

Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: Glee, I Am Number Four, The Family, Burlesque

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