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    Women Are Responsible For Directing Some Of The Most Iconic Movies, And Here Are 16 To Prove It

    That's right: Twilight was directed by a woman!!!

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which popular movies most people never realized were directed by women. Here are the amazing results.

    Warning: Possible movie spoilers ahead! 🚨

    Note: Not all submissions are from Community users.

    1. Everyone and their dogs is familiar with the 2001 classic Shrek, but most folks might not realize it was actually co-directed by Vicky Jenson. Jenson also directed Shark Tale (2004) and Post Grad (2009).

    The opening of "Shrek"; Mike Myers and Vicky Jenson at the Venice Film Festival premiere of "Shrek"

    2. The first Twilight movie was directed by Catherine Hardwicke in 2008, who was also behind legendary films like Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005). The rest of the films in the Twilight Saga were directed by men.

    Bella confronting Edward that he's a vampire in "Twilight"; Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Catherine Hardwicke at the "Twilight" movie premiere in 2008

    3. Before she directed popular movies like A League of Their Own (1992) and The Preacher's Wife (1996), Penny Marshall was responsible for directing Tom Hanks in the 1988 film Big.

    Older Josh playing the piano at FAO Schwartz; Penny Marshall directing Tom Hanks on the set of "Big"

    4. The legendary 1991 film Point Break was actually directed by none other than Kathryn Bigelow, who'd go on to become the first (and only) woman to win the Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker (2008).

    Kathryn Bigelow watching playbacks on set of "Point Break" with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze; Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze as Johnny Utah and Bodhi in "Point Break"

    5. In the late '90s, The Matrix was directed by legendary sister duo the Wachowskis (Lilly and Lana) with booming success. They've directed all of the sequels in the franchise and are also responsible for classics like Cloud Atlas (2012) and Bound (1996).

    Morpheus offering Neo the blue and red pills; Lilly Wachowski at the GLAAD Awards in 2016; Lana Wachowski at the “Jupiter Ascending” movie premiere

    6. Patty Jenkins (the woman behind 2003's Monster) made herstory in 2017 when she became the first woman to direct a superhero film: Wonder Woman. She's also one of the most successful female directors of all time, bringing in the fourth-highest box office numbers worldwide.

    Patty Jenkins directing Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in 2017's "Wonder Woman"

    7. Do you remember the legendary 2000 rom-com Love & Basketball starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps? Yes, that cinematic classic was directed by an iconic woman and her name is Gina Prince-Bythewood.

    Monica and Quincy embracing on the front lawn; director Gina Prince-Bythewood directing Sanaa Lathan on set of "Love & Basketball"

    8. Angelina Jolie took on a new role in the entertainment industry in the 2010s when she stepped behind the camera. She directed popular movies like Unbroken (2014) and By the Sea (2015), which she co-starred in with ex-husband Brad Pitt.

    Angelina Jolie directing Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Garrett Hedlund in "Unbroken" behind the scenes; O'Connell, Gleeson, and Hedlund as their "Unbroken" characters on a raft, struggling

    9. Kung Fu Panda 2 was directed by the incredible Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who brought in some of the biggest global box office numbers to date. Nelson was also behind such masterpieces as The Darkest Minds (2018) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).

    Po from "Kung Fu Panda 2" looking at a flight of stairs with angst; director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Jack Black posing with Po at a "Kung Fu Panda 2" premiere

    10. Melina Matsoukas made her directorial debut with 2019's Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. Before directing movies, she was responsible for directing episodes of Insecure and music videos like "Rude Boy" by Rihanna.

    Queen and Slim dancing slowly in the juke bar in "Queen & Slim"; Melina Matsoukas and cast standing for a picture

    11. The famous woman behind 2000s classics like 27 Dresses (2008), The Proposal (2009), and Step Up (2006) is none other than Anne Fletcher, who is, without a doubt, box office gold.

    Katherine Heigl and Anne Fletcher at the "27 Dresses" movie premiere; Anne Fletcher behind the scenes with the cast of "The Proposal"; Anne Fletcher rehearsing dance moves with Jenna Dewan for "Step Up"

    12. Wayne's World (1992) is one of the most dude-centric rock 'n' roll movies from the '90s, but did you know it was directed by Penelope Spheeris? She's also known for directing classics like The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and The Little Rascals (1994).

    Wayne, Garth, and friends rocking out to "Bohemian Rhapsody" in "Wayne's World"; Penelope Spheeris directing Dana Carvey behind the scenes of "Wayne's World"

    13. The 2008 film Cadillac Records — a biopic centered around popular blues and R&B singers Etta James, Muddy Waters, and Chuck Berry — was directed by Darnell Martin. Martin also directed the popular 2012 television film Firelight.

    Darnell Martin talking to Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, and Beyoncé in between filming "Cadillac Records"; Beyoncé as Etta James shooting pool in "Cadillac Records"

    14. Tina Gordon is the filmmaker responsible for directing stars Issa Rae, Regina Hall, and Marsai Martin in the 2019 comedy Little. She's also known for directing Peeples (2013) and writing screenplays like What Men Want (2019).

    April and young Jordan sitting in adult Jordan's apartment; Tina Gordon directing Issa Rae and Marsai Martin on the set of "Little"

    15. The 2008 jukebox musical Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, and Christine Baranski (among others) was directed by the talented Phyllida Lloyd.

    Donna and Sophie singing "Slipping Through My Fingers"; Phyllida Lloyd directing Meryl Streep and Julie Walters on set of "Mamma Mia!"

    16. And the legendary 2000 slasher film American Psycho was directed by Mary Harron. She was the woman behind other horror classics, like I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) and The Moth Diaries (2011).

    Patrick Bateman looking in the mirror while saying, "I simply am not there"; Mary Harron directing Christian Bale in "American Psycho"

    Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

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