Women Screenplay Writers

Throughout history, there have been many women screenplay writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female such as Nora Ephron, Lillian Hellman, Elvira Lindo, Hella Wuolijoki, Shonda Rhimes. The women featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Shonda Rhimes

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Famous As: Television Producer
Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.

 2 Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 3 Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Birthdate: May 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron was an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... The Nora Ephron Prize was created by the Tribeca Film Festival in her memory. Her life and work inspired the 2016 documentary film Everything Is Copy, which was directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.

 4 Caroline Aherne

Caroline Aherne
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: July 2, 2016
BAFTA-winning comedian Caroline Aherne is remembered for her portrayal of the character Mrs. Merton on various shows, such as Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show and The Mrs Merton Show. Fans also loved her as Denise Royle in the sitcom The Royle Family and as a narrator on Gogglebox. 

 5 Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Janet McTeer soared to fame with her Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Olivier Award-winning performance as Nora in the play A Doll's House. Fans also loved her Academy Award-nominated performances as Mary Jo Walker in Tumbleweeds and Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs, and her Emmy-nominated role in Into the Storm.

 6 Amy Sherman-Palladino

Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Amy Sherman-Palladino created many popular comedy-drama series, such as Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Bunheads. The six-time Primetime Emmy-winning director became the first female won win the Emmy for direction and comedy writing. She owns a production house and is known for her signature master-shot style.

 7 Honey Irani

Honey Irani
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
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 8 S. E. Hinton

S. E. Hinton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 9 Jenji Kohan

Jenji Kohan
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director, Television producer
Birthdate: July 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 10 Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Dancer, Writer, Blogger, Journalist
Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 11 Elaine May

Elaine May
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Writer, Playwright
Birthdate: April 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 12 Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal

Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal
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Famous As: screenwriter, film producer
Birthdate: March 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 13 Martha Fiennes

Martha Fiennes
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Famous As: actor, screenwriter, writer
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 14 Kim Eun-sook

Kim Eun-sook
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Famous As: Screenplay Writer
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Nationality: South Korean

Kim Eun-sook is a South Korean screenwriter known for writing popular TV series like Secret Garden, for which she won many awards, including Korea Drama Award and the prestigious Baeksang Arts Award. Over the years, Kim Eun-sook's writing has appealed to viewers of all ages. In 2012, she was honored at the SBS Drama Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

 15 Paula Pell

Paula Pell
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 16 Amelia Bullmore

Amelia Bullmore
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 17 Lillian Hellman

Lillian Hellman
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Famous As: Dramatist and Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 30, 1984

 18 Fran Walsh

Fran Walsh
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist
Birthdate: January 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: New Zealander

 19 Oja Kodar

Oja Kodar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1941 AD
Nationality: Croatian

Oja Kodar is a Croatian actress, director, and screenwriter. Kodar's professional achievements are often overshadowed by her relationship with legendary American actor and filmmaker, Orson Welles. Kodar's relationship with Welles during the latter's final years was sensationalized by the media as the actor was still married to Paola Mori. Kodar’s early career as an actress mostly revolved around Welles' projects.

 20 Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, Irish

 21 Lise Mayer

Lise Mayer
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Famous As: screenwriter
Birthdate: November 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 22 Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci
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Famous As: War correspondent, Politician, Writer, Journalist, Conspiracy theorist
Birthdate: June 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 15, 2006

 23 Melissa Rosenberg

Melissa Rosenberg
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 24 Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Artist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lebanese

 25 Delores Taylor

Delores Taylor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: March 23, 2018

 26 Mary Hayley Bell

Mary Hayley Bell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese, British
Died: December 1, 2005

 27 Katsura Hoshino

Katsura Hoshino
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Famous As: Mangaka
Birthdate: April 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese

 28 Kari Skogland

Kari Skogland
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 29 Terri Tatchell

Terri Tatchell
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Famous As: screenwriter
Birthdate: 1978 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 30 Rosie Shuster

Rosie Shuster
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 31 Frances Marion

Frances Marion
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 12, 1973

 32 Fannie Hurst

Fannie Hurst
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Famous As: Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: October 18, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 23, 1968

 33 Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: April 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 2, 2013

 34 Irna Phillips

Irna Phillips
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Famous As: Scriptwriter
Birthdate: July 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 23, 1973

 35 Hella Wuolijoki

Hella Wuolijoki
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 22, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Finnish
Died: February 2, 1954

 36 Catherine Tregenna

Catherine Tregenna
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Welsh

 37 Elvira Lindo

Elvira Lindo
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish

 38 B.M. Bower

B.M. Bower
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 15, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1940

 39 Annalee Whitmore Fadiman

Annalee Whitmore Fadiman
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Famous As: Scriptwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 5, 2002

 40 Lucia Siposov√°

Lucia Siposov√°
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Slovak