Top Favorite Female Directors of 2017

by tlev-38675 | created - 10 Jul 2017 | updated - 23 Dec 2017 | Public

1. Patty Jenkins

Director | Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing Wonder Woman, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature Monster. Patty also works in television where she is best known for the pilot and finale episode of AMC's hit show The Killing.

Patty began her career as a ...

Wonder Woman

2. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

Lady Bird

3. Gillian Robespierre

Director | Obvious Child

Gillian Robespierre was born on June 29, 1978 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Obvious Child (2014), Landline (2017) and Untitled Divorce Comedy.


4. Kathryn Bigelow

Director | The Hurt Locker

A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...


5. Ry Russo-Young

Director | You Wont Miss Me

Ry Russo-Young was born on November 16, 1981 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and actress, known for You Wont Miss Me (2009), Babes in Toyland (2003) and Nobody Walks (2012). She has been married to Colin Spoelman since June 7, 2014.

Before I Fall

6. Trish Sie

Director | Pitch Perfect 3

Trish Sie is known for her work on Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), Step Up All In (2014) and OK Go: Upside Down & Inside Out (2016).

Pitch Perfect 3

7. Lucia Aniello

Producer | Rough Night

Lucia Aniello is a producer and director, known for Rough Night (2017), Broad City (2014) and Paulilu Mixtape (2012).

Rough Night

8. Natalia Leite

Director | M.F.A.

Natalia Leite was born in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. She is a director and writer, known for M.F.A. (2017), Bare (2015) and Be Here Nowish (2014).


9. Alethea Jones

Director | When the Wind Changes

Alethea Jones is a director and producer, known for When the Wind Changes (2010), Big Gay Jamboree and Lemonade Stand (2012).

Fun Mom Dinner

10. Sofia Coppola

Director | Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

The Beguiled

11. Angela Robinson

Writer | D.E.B.S.

Angela Robinson was born on February 14, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for D.E.B.S. (2004), D.E.B.S. (2003) and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017). She is married to Alexandra Kondracke. They have one child.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman

12. Valerie Faris

Director | Little Miss Sunshine

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have built an impressive body of work by perpetually seeking innovative projects in a variety of mediums.

After introducing bands such as REM and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on their ground breaking MTV show The Cutting Edge, Jonathan and Valerie continued to work in ...

Battle of the Sexes

13. Susan Johnson

Director | To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Susan Johnson was born on December 18, 1970 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She is a producer and director, known for To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018), Carrie Pilby (2016) and The Reading Promise.

Carrie Pilby

14. Morgan Dameron

Director | Different Flowers

Morgan Dameron is known for her work on Different Flowers (2017), Star Trek Beyond (2016) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).

Different Flowers

15. Julia Ducournau

Writer | Grave

Julia Ducournau is a French film director and screenwriter. She attended film school at La Fémis in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film JUNIOR won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, the horror movie RAW, won the coveted FIPRESCI ...


16. So Yong Kim

Director | Na-moo-eobs-neun san

She originally comes from Korea but also grew up in Los Angeles, USA.


17. Cathryn Michon

Writer | Muffin Top: A Love Story

Cathryn Michon is a writer and actress, known for Muffin Top: A Love Story (2014), Cook Off! (2007) and Strange Luck (1995).


18. Alexi Pappas

Writer | Tracktown

Alexi Pappas is a writer and actress, known for Tracktown (2016), Olympic Dreams (2019) and Tall as the Baobab Tree (2012).


19. Stella Meghie

Director | Jean of the Joneses

Stella Meghie is a director and writer, known for Jean of the Joneses (2016).

Everything, Everything

20. Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Writer | Home Again

Hallie Meyers-Shyer was born on July 26, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Home Again (2017).

Home Again

Strange Weather

22. Maggie Betts

Director | Novitiate

Maggie Betts is an American screenwriter and film director. Born and raised in New York City, she attended Princeton University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is the daughter of Roland Betts (a real estate developer) and Lois Betts. In 2017, Maggie won the ...


23. Amy Glazer

Director | Kepler's Dream

Sister of Mitch Glazer, niece of 'Sidney Glazer'.

Kepler's Dream

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