Filmmakers who happen to be women shouldn't just be labeled as "women filmmakers." I mean, they're just filmmakers. But they are often the ones making the most interesting stories ABOUT women too. Because somebody has to. And as women in the world, they often bring a welcome point-of-view we don't see in all those movies made by men.
  1. Andrea Arnold
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    Wasp, Fishtank, Wuthering Heights, American Honey
  2. Agnes Varda
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    Cleo from 9 to 5, Vagabond, The Gleaners and I, The Beaches of Agnes, Visages, Visages
  3. Lynne Ramsay
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    Small Deaths, Gasman, Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar
  4. Miranda July
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    Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Future
  5. Jane Campion
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    A Girl's Own Story, Sweetie, The Piano, A Portrait of a Lady, Bright Star
  6. Lena Dunham
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    Tiny Furniture
  7. Kelly Reichardt
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    Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, Night Moves
  8. Nicole Holofcener
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    Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing, Friends with Money, Please Give
  9. Sarah Polley
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    Away from Her, Take this Waltz, Stories We Tell
  10. Sally Potter
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    Orlando, The Man Who Cried, Ginger and Rosa
  11. Sofia Coppola
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    The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette
  12. Karyn Kusama
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    Girlfight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation
  13. Gillian Armstrong
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    My Brilliant Career, Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda
  14. Mira Nair
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    Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair
  15. Ida Lupino
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    Outrage, Hard, Fast and Beautiful, The Bigamist
  16. Amy Heckerling
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless, Loser
  17. Gina Prince-Bythewood
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    Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees
  18. Martha Coolidge
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    Valley Girl, Real Genius, Rambling Rose
  19. Patricia Rozema
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    I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, When Night is Falling, Mansfield Park
  20. Susan Seidelman
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    Smithereens, Desperately Seeking Susan, Cookie, Making Mr. Right, She-Devil