Twenty-five years ago, Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) sailed over the Grand Canyon and into movie history.
thelma and louise
Remember that time you brought your parents/first date/brother or sister to the cineplex not expecting to be embarrassed and all of a sudden–wham, bam, thank you m’am, there’s some crazy action going on on-screen? Us, too. “Black Swan,” “Jackie Brown,” and 8 more times we covered our eyes (in polite company, anyway) in the movies.
Geena Davis has been portraying kickass women in movies since Reagan was president. She’s still awesome, but the decade between 1982-1992 brought us some of her most memorable work. Go ahead and take a trip down memory lane.
Sometimes it does take two to make a thing go right. Our picks for the top ten buddy films of all time are all chosen as archetypes of what to do–and in some cases what not to do–when your friend needs some back up.
It used to be that no filmmakers would advertise that their movie had feminist ambitions; even now, some directors sidestep the issue. Despite this unfortunate trend, the movies below are wildly entertaining proof of what happens when empowering agendas shine through (even in subtle and complex ways).