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)

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Jennifer's Body
  • Kajillionaire
  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
  • Kedi
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Kindergarten Teacher
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • La Ciénaga
  • A League of Their Own
  • Leave No Trace
  • The Lighthouse
  • Lingua Franca
  • Little Forest
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Little Women
  • Little Woods
  • The Long Excuse
  • The Long Farewell
  • Losing Ground
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
  • Lost in Translation
  • Love & Basketball
  • Lovesong
  • The Love Witch
  • The Lure
  • Mabel's Blunder
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • Maggie's Plan
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
  • The Mask You Live In
  • The Matrix
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • Miss Juneteenth
  • Miss Stevens
  • Mississippi Grind
  • The Mole Agent
  • Money Monster
  • Monster
  • Mustang
  • My Brilliant Career
  • Never Goin' Back
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • The Night Porter
  • Nitrate Kisses
  • Nomadland
  • Novitiate
  • Obvious Child
  • Olivia
  • One Night in Miami...
  • One Way or Another
  • Papicha
  • The Parent Trap
  • Orlando
  • Palo Alto
  • Pariah
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Peppermint Soda
  • Persepolis
  • The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
  • The Piano
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Portrait of Jason
  • Private Life
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Proxima
  • Queen & Slim
  • Queen of Diamonds
  • Quo vadis, Aida?
  • Rafiki
  • Raw
  • Real Women Have Curves
  • Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen
  • The Red Kimona
  • Revenge
  • Rocks
  • The Royal Road
  • Saint Maud
  • Salaam Bombay!
  • Saving Face
  • Selah and the Spades
  • Seven Beauties
  • Shakedown
  • Siao Yu
  • Sicily!
  • A Silent Voice
  • A Simple Life
  • Sink or Swim
  • Shirkers
  • Shirley
  • Skate Kitchen
  • The Smiling Madame Beudet
  • Smithereens
  • Sleeping with Other People
  • The Slumber Party Massacre
  • The Souvenir