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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?"
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: 48

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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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: 38

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: 58

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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#23 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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