250 essential female filmmakers

for women's history month, i decided to compile a list of 250* essential female filmmakers. i decided on these 250 based on impact on the film industry, highest ratings, highest grossing films, etc. i feel like i looked through every list and article on female filmmakers a thousand times, but if there's anyone super important i missed please feel free to let me know!

*there's technically 253 directors on this list since three of the films were co-directed by a pair of women (the matrix, greener grass, and the body remembers when the world broke open)

  • 0.5 mm
  • 13th
  • 2 Days in Paris
  • '49–'17
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed
  • American Honey
  • American Psycho
  • Antonia's Line
  • Always Shine
  • The Arbor
  • The Ascent
  • The Assistant
  • Asparagus
  • Attenberg
  • Atlantics
  • The Babadook
  • Band Aid
  • Beau Travail
  • Belle
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Betty Tells Her Story
  • Blockers
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
  • Booksmart
  • Born in Flames
  • Boys
  • The Breadwinner
  • Breathe
  • Buffaloed
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Cameraperson
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Capernaum
  • Cherry Blossoms
  • City of God
  • Clemency
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Close-Knit
  • Clueless
  • Compensation
  • The Consequences of Feminism
  • Crossing Delancey
  • The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West
  • Daisies
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • The Day I Became a Woman
  • Dead Pigs
  • The Decline of Western Civilization
  • Desert Hearts
  • Divines
  • Dou kyu sei – Classmates
  • Down in the Delta
  • Dumplin'
  • Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Emma.
  • Enough Said
  • The Eternal Breasts
  • Europa Europa
  • Eve's Bayou
  • The Farewell
  • Fat Girl
  • First Cow
  • The Fits
  • Fingersmith
  • For Sama
  • The Forty-Year-Old Version
  • Fragile as the World
  • Frida
  • Frozen
  • Gas Food Lodging
  • Ghostwatch
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Girlfriends
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Greener Grass
  • Gully Boy
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • Helter Skelter
  • Her Story
  • The High Note
  • The Hitch-Hiker
  • Home
  • Homegoings
  • Honey Boy
  • The House Is Black
  • House of Hummingbird
  • Humanoids from the Deep
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Hustlers
  • I Am Not a Witch
  • I Am Somebody
  • I Carry You with Me
  • I May Destroy You
  • In a Better World
  • India Song
  • The Innocents
  • Jane Eyre