Following on from the Actor Edition of ‘Who’s Working With Women?‘, this time we’re focusing on actresses working with women film-makers. After the success of the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements, championed and bravely spoken out by so many of the women on this list, who is really putting in the work to see change on our screens?

This IMDB investigation lists 50 actresses and how many times they have worked with women directors on feature film. This does not include TV, TV Movies, Documentary or Short Films. These actresses involvement with male directors accused of sexual misconduct are also listed but not extensive. This list is not a black and white view of the selection of roles in Hollywood and is not intended to shame women for potentially having worked with women less. For example, women of colour are offered less hefty roles in films in general, regardless of the directors gender. Some actresses may only be up and comers, with much potential ahead so do not yet possess the breadth of roles to have worked with so many women.

On a more positive note, those looking for more women directed films can find many listed here, hopefully with your favourite actresses in them.


NOTE: I am aware that some of these actresses are currently working on women directed projects that are currently unreleased or filming. This study is simply the films that have already been released on the day of publishing 1/03/2018, not future releases.


Jessica Chastain: 6/27

A Woman Walks Ahead, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Miss Julie, Zero Dark Thirty, Forever Love, Texas Killing Fields




Viola Davis: 1/38

It’s Kind of a Funny Story




Reese Witherspoon: 4/36

Home Again, Hot Pursuit, Vanity Fair, American Psycho




Octavia Spencer: 5/67

Paradise, Girls! Girls! Girls! Love at First Hiccup, Next of Kin, The Sky is Falling




Emma Stone: 2/23

Battle of the Sexes, Unlikely Hero


NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen twice


Cate Blachett: 6/49

The Turning, Charlotte Gray, The Man Who Cried, Oscar and Lucinda, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Parklands


NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen once

Taraji P. Henson: 2/28

Talk To Me, Something New




Meryl Streep: 6/59

Suffragette, The Iron Lady, It’s Complicated, Julie & Julia, Mamma Mia! She-Devil


NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen once


Julianne Moore: 6/66

Maggie’s Plan, Carrie, The Kids are Alright, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Prize-winner of Defiance Ohio, Chicago Cab



Ellen Page: 10/28

My Days of Mercy, Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, Tallulah, Into the Forest, Touchy Feely, Whip It, The Stone Angel, Mouth to Mouth, Love That Boy, Marion Bridge

NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen once and has since apologised. Has worked with Brett Ratner once and Bryan Singer once.

Nicole Kidman: 5/59

The Beguiled, Strangerland, Bewitched, The Peacemaker, The Portrait of a Lady




Mindy Kaling: 0/11





Lupita N’yongo: 1/7

Queen of Katwe




Jodie Foster: 5/43

The Beaver, Motherhood, Nim’s Island, Little Man Tate, Siesta


NOTE: Has worked with Roman Polanski once, Woody Allen once


Amy Adams: 3/36

Julie & Julia, Sunshine Cleaning, The Wedding Date




Amandla Stenberg: 1/5

Everything Everything




Kerry Washington: 3/29

Peeples, Night Catches Us, The Dead Girl




Angela Bassett: 2/43

Black Nativity, Strange Days




Salma Hayek: 4/49

Across the Universe, Frida, Four Rooms, Mi Vida Loca


NOTE: Has worked with Brett Ratner once


Elle Fanning: 7/34

I Think We’re Alone Now, Mary Shelley, The Beguiled, 3 Generations, Ginger & Rosa, Somewhere, I Am Sam



Charlize Theron: 3/43

Aeon Flux, North Country, Monster


NOTE: Has worked with Paul Haggis once, Woody Allen twice


Jennifer Lawrence: 4/21

Serena, The Beaver, Winter’s Bone, The Poker House


NOTE: Has worked with David O. Russell three times and Bryan Singer twice


Lucy Liu: 3/40

Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings


NOTE: Has worked with Quentin Tarantino twice


Natalie Portman: 5/40

Planetarium, A Tale of Love and Darkness, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, New York I Love You, Paris je t’aime


NOTE: Has worked with Casey Affleck once and Woody Allen once

Carey Mulligan: 4/16

Mudbound, Suffragette, An Education, The Greatest




Emma Watson: 1/18

The Bling Ring




Zoe Saldana: 3/39

Nina, Infinitely Polar Bear, Crossroads




Saoirse Ronan: 5/22

Loving Vincent, Lady Bird, Stockholm Pennsylvania, Death Defying Acts, I Could Never Be Your Woman



Shailene Woodley: 0/9





Frances McDormand: 6/41

Aeon Flux, North Country, Friends with Money, Something’s Gotta Give, Laurel Canyon, Madeline



Zoe Kravitz: 6/27

Rough Night, The Road Within, Treading Water, Yelling To The Sky, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The Greatest



Anna Kendrick: 4/34

Pitch Perfect 3, Pitch Perfect 2, The Voices, Twilight




Zooey Deschanel: 0/30





Margot Robbie: 0/14





Evan Rachel Wood: 4/27

Into The Forest, A Case of You, Across the Universe, Thirteen


NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen once, has since said she would never work for him again.


Kristen Stewart: 6/38

Certain Women, Cell K-11, The Runaways, Twilight, The Cake Eaters, Speak, The Safety of Objects


NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen once


Mia Wasikowska: 3/23

Madame Bovary, The Kids Are Alright, Amelia




Halle Berry: 4/36

Kings, Cloud Atlas, Things We Lost in The Fire, The Rich Man’s Wife


NOTE: Has worked with Bryan Singer three times and Brett Ratner once


Tina Fey: 0/16





Michelle Rodriguez: 1/27





America Ferrera: 6/18

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2, Under The Same Moon, 3:52, Lords of Dogtown, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, Real Women Have Curves


Chloe Grace Moretz: 6/36

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Say When, Carrie (2013), Movie 43, Texas Killing Fields, The Poker House


NOTE: Has worked with Louis C.K once

Constance Wu: 3/11

The Feels, Best Friends Forever, Stephanie Daley




Tessa Thompson: 6/21

Selma, Grantham and Rose, Murder on the 13th Floor, Everyday Black Man, Mississippi Damned, The Human Contract



Kristen Dunst: 10/48

Woodshock, The Beguiled, The Bling Ring, Bachelorette, Marie Antoinette, Deeply, The Virgin Suicides, Strike! True Heart, Little Women


NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen once when she was a child

Tiffany Haddish: 2/14

Boosters, Driving By Braille




Greta Gerwig: 6/25

Maggie’s Plan, Eden, The Dish & The Spoon, You Won’t Miss Me, Nights and Weekends, Yeast


NOTE: Has worked with Woody Allen once and has since apologised


Regina King: 0/22





Kiersey Clemons: 0/6





Kristen Wiig: 8/45

The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Welcome to Me, Hateship Loveship, Girl Most Likely, Friends with Kids, Whip It, Meet Bill



Sources for the Directors listed in ‘NOTES’:

Woody Allen: Sexually assaulted his 7 year old daughter Dylan Farrow

Brett Ratner: 6 women accuse Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and assault

Bryan Singer: Accused of raping a 17 year old boy

Roman Polanski: Guilty of drugging and raping a 13 year old girl in 1977

Paul Haggis: Accused of rape and sexual harassment by 4 women

David O.Russell: Long history of being abusive on set and groped his transgender niece 

Louis C.K:  Accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women

Quentin Tarantino: Abusive on set and endangered the life of Uma Thurman

Casey Affleck: Sexually harassed two women during production of I’m Still Here


by Chloe Leeson

Chloe Leeson is the founder of Screen Queens. She is 22 and from the north of England (the proper north that people think is actually Scotland but isn’t). Her lifesource is Harmony Korine’s 90s Letterman interviews and Ezra Miller’s jawline. She is a costume designer for hire who spends way too much time watching bad horror movies. Her favourite films are Into The Wild, Lords of Dogtown, Stand by Me and Pan’s Labyrinth. She rants about cinema screenings @kawaiigoff


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