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)