It is no secret that for along time, the director’s chair has been occupied almost exclusively by men. And while many of these men have created great movies, the growing amount of women stepping into the role of director has us all excited. With women’s history month coming to a close, we’ve decided to give you our top 5 female directors. Keep in mind that there are many great female directors so if you don’t see one here that does not diminish their ability, we just believed these 5 to be especially significant.
Although she’s not yet built up the filmography of others later on the list, Patty Jenkins must be applauded for her creation of the amazing Wonder Woman which crushed box office expectations and easily cemented itself as the greatest female-led super-hero movie of all time, and still holds that title in many’s minds even against the more recent releases of Captain Marvel and Birds of Prey. Unfortunately her upcoming sequel: Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed due to COVID-19, but we can’t wait to see it.
Like Patty Jenkins, Jeniffer Lee has not yet had time to build up a large filmography, but the two movies she’s given us have been fantastic. Jeniffer Lee is the amazing director behind both Frozen and Frozen II. Yes, she’s the reason you’ve been hearing Let It Go since 2014. Although she’s not yet announced her next directorial project, with the massive success of Frozen II it is all but guaranteed that we’ll be getting a third one. Here’s hoping that she’ll give us another great movie, whether it be Frozen III or something new.
Although Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time was not as great as some may have hoped, anyone who’s seen any other of her movies know that it was not a true expression of her talent. Whether it be Selma, Middle of Nowhere or When They See Us, DuVernay has proved time and time again that she gain create harrowing and emotional stories exploring racial inequality that are accessible for anyone. We can’t wait to see what she does next.
We do not need to explain the greatness that is two-time academy award nominee Greta Gerwig. Her excellent films Lady Bird and Little Women can do that. Suffice to say, if you’ve not checked out her filmography yet, you’re due to because what you find will be some of the greatest movies you’ll ever see. We’d have loved to give her our number one spot but unfortunately that could only ever go to…
Kathryn Bigelow has been behind the camera longer than anyone else on this list, even before some of them were born. She has built up an impressive filmography including the likes of: Point Break, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. She was the first woman ever to win the academy award for best director and will surely go down in history as one of the greatest female directors of our time.
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