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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 Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and became recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in United States television. Aniston has played the female protagonist in a number of comedies and romantic comedy films. Her box office hits include Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go with ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

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

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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 Fox series Party of Five as Sarah Reeves Merrin, and films I Know What You Did Last Summer and its 1998 sequel as Julie James. Hewitt starred on the hit CBS television program Ghost Whisperer as Melinda Gordon, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2007 and 2008 for Best Actress on Television. She starred in the Lifetime television series, The Client List as Riley Parks, and was previously nominated ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 39

Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America

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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 to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado, Dogma, and Wild Wild West. Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for which she was nominated in the category of Best Actress for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globe Award. This movie received widespread attention and was a critical and commercial success. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, 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 image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pop", she is cited as an influence among other artists around the world. Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance before moving ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

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