By Alex Doria
Pay no attention to the woman behind the camera! As if. It’s 2016, bonnies and gents, and we aren’t about that misogynistic life in the film industry anymore. It’s no secret in Hollywood that the ladies in the writers’ room and in the director’s chair rarely get a shot at success, let alone their due.
An important step into the direction of positive change is positive action. Instead of lamenting what we don’t have (yet), let’s celebrate what we do have i.e. the amazing films that already have powerful women behind them and are the foundation for the future of women in the film industry.
Here is my Top 10:
1. The Hurt Locker (2009) Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow is the FIRST and ONLY woman to win the Oscar for Best Director, and her movie is the first film directed by a woman to win Best Picture. NBD. The Hurt Locker is an epic war film with equal parts action as well heart.
2. Room (2015) Novel and Screenplay by Emma Donoghue
Nothing like a good book-to-screen adaptation to take the awards season by storm! The harrowing story of a young mother in captivity will terrify you and pull at your heartstrings. Lead actress Brie Larson took home a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her performance this year. Atta girl.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Screenplay by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah
While this 1990s treasure is adapted from The Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew, Willy Shakes himself would have to give credit where credit is due. It’s no small thing to make Elizabethan theatre accessible to the modern world. Also, Heath Ledger serenading Julia Styles is everything. Don’t fight me on this, I’m right.
4. You’ve Got Mail (1998) Directed by Nora Ephron
This wouldn’t be a real list of amazing women in the film industry without Nora Ephron. Not only did Nora Ephron direct this film but she also co-wrote the screenplay with her sister, Delia Ephron. Boom. The bickering, romantic chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is the stuff of dreams, and the verbal sparring between these two is unparalleled.
5. American Psycho (2000) Directed by Mary Harron
Now here’s one I bet you didn’t see coming. Yes, it’s true. One of the bloodiest and most violent films out there is directed by a woman. This movie is dark to say the least, but absolutely fantastic. Patrick Bateman is one of the most iconic psychopaths to ever hit the screen and this film is ample proof that women aren’t afraid of the darker corners of the human mind.
6. An Education (2009) Directed by Lone Scherfig
Carey Mulligan as the naïve ingénue who is tantalized by an older man is the perfect tale of a young girl’s disillusionment about the world delivered in the most lavish way possible. The movie touches on an important issue: keeping young girls ignorant for the sake of propriety and the serious consequences of that ignorance.
7. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Directed by Sharon Maguire
The beauty of Colin Firth aside, this film has that dry, British humor we all know and love with an accessible and lovable heroine in Bridget Jones. Roughly based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones is our modern day Lizzie Bennet, although somewhat lacking in the speech-making department… but what she lacks in wit, she makes up for in heart. Also, did I mention Colin Firth?
8. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Directed by Susan Seidleman
The best part about this movie: seeing Madonna in all of her 1980s glory. While the plot is slightly far-fetched, as many an 80s film is wont to be, it’s a fabulous tale of mistaken identity, amnesia, and stolen priceless jewelry. Not to mention a very attractive Aiden Quinn lying in a hammock with his pet cat. Swoon.
9. The Proposal (2009) Directed by Anne Fletcher
I don’t necessarily blame Sandra Bullock for blackmailing Ryan Reynolds into marrying her… just kidding! Sort of. Jokes aside, we all know who really stole the show: Betty White. Grandma Annie and her “baby-maker” blanket prove that ageism in Hollywood doesn’t stand a chance with the funny ladies.
10. Big (1988) Directed by Penny Marshall
Last but not least, the movie about a boy literally becoming a man takes my number ten slot. What makes this movie so great is that everyone can relate to Josh Baskin because he is the inner child that we still have in all of us. Don’t even pretend you don’t want that exact giant trampoline in your own apartment.
(Image via The Guardian)