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July 15, 2018 2:12 pm

Most Successful Female Movie Directors

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While a large number of famous movie directors are male, there are also a lot of women in the directing industry. These women have left us in awe with their ability to capture the perfect screen play. Below you will find a list of some of the most successful female movie directors and their movies that stole our hearts. Bravo!


  •       Nora Ephron


What romantic doesn’t love “Sleepless in Seattle”? It is a romantic comedy that changed the world and it was directed by Nora Ephron in 1993. Nora got an Academy Award for Best Writing for this movie. Romantic comedies are the types of the movie she knows how to do best, this movie genre making her famous throughout her career. “You’ve Got Mail” and “When Harry Met Sally…” are two other well-known movies directed by Ephron, the second bringing her a BAFTA Award, for Best Original Screenplay.


  •       Julie Taymor

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Besides being a movie director, Julie Taymor is also a director of opera and theater. She became famous after directing the musical “The Lion King”, on stage, which brought her a Tony Award. Thus, she became the first woman to win such an award for directing a musical. She is also the director of the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark”, which was played on Broadway, and has several films that were well-received by critics, like “Frida” and “The Tempest”.


  •       Sofia Coppola


Sofia Coppola is not a stranger to movie directing, being the daughter of the famous Francis Ford Coppola, one of the best directors Hollywood ever had. Still, she managed to step on her father’s footsteps and brought great movies on our screens. The movie “Lost in Translation” brought her an Academy Award in 2003, for Best Original Screenplay. She also became the first American woman and third woman in the world that received a nomination for the Best Director category at the Academy Award. Also, the drama “Somewhere” brought her a Golden Lion award in 2010, being the first American woman to win this prize, which is the top one at the Venice Film Festival.


  •       Amy Heckerling

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Amy Heckerling has her glory years as a movie director in the 80s and 90s when she managed to direct a few movies that ended being very successful. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “European Vacation”, and “Look Who’s Talking”, are just a few of her movies that helped her create a name in the movie industry. In 1998, she received the Franklin J. Schaffner Medal for her activity from the American Film Institute. And, in 1999, she was offered the Crystal Award, as an appreciated from the Women in Film organization.


  •       Catherine Hardwicke

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Catherine Hardwicke became famous after directing a movie that was the first in a series that turned into a blockbuster. She is the movie director of “Twilight”, the first movie from the Twilight Saga, based on the successful novels written by Stephenie Meyer. With the earnings recorded by the movie in its opening weekend, which exceeded $69 million, Hardwicke had the highest opening ever recorded by a female director. “Thirteen” and “Red Riding Hood” are other movie titles that were directed by Hardwicke.


Suzanne Grey

Award-winning film enthusiast. Hoping there are some more notable awards in my future!