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)

  • Stories We Tell
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • Summer 1993
  • Summertime
  • Sun Don't Shine
  • Sunshine Cleaning
  • Suspense.
  • Suzanne, Suzanne
  • Shiva Baby
  • Sweet Bean
  • System Crasher
  • Take Care of My Cat
  • The Tale
  • Thirteen
  • Ticket of No Return
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid
  • Tempestad
  • Thank You and Good Night
  • Things to Come
  • Time
  • Toni Erdmann
  • Unbroken
  • Unpregnant
  • Us and Them
  • Valley Girl
  • Variety
  • The Velvet Vampire
  • A Very Curious Girl
  • Wadjda
  • Waitress
  • Wajib
  • Wanda
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • The Way I See It
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Welcome II the Terrordome
  • Werewolf
  • Western
  • Whale Rider
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • What Will People Say
  • Whip It
  • Women I Love
  • The World of Us
  • The World to Come
  • Yentl
  • Yes, God, Yes
  • Your Sister's Sister
  • You've Got Mail
  • Zola