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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"
    DreamWorks Pictures / Pool BENAINOUS / DUCLOS / Getty Images

    "It was co-directed by Vicky Jenson, along with Andrew Adamson — you can thank her for one of the internet’s favorite movies." smogden

    How much money Shrek made at the box office: $487.9 million worldwide

    How much money Shark Tale made at the box office: $374.6 million worldwide

    How much money Post Grad made at the box office: $6.4 million worldwide

    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
    Summit Entertainment / Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

    "There is a distinct difference in the first one compared to the others. Just something to think about." mce7011

    How much money Twilight made at the box office: $408.4 million worldwide

    How much money Thirteen made at the box office: $10.1 million worldwide

    How much money Lords of Dogtown made at the box office: $13.4 million worldwide

    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"
    20th Century Fox / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    "It was the first female-directed film to gross over $100 million at the box office, and it’s still a classic all these years later." tomkat41

    How much money Big made at the box office: $151.9 million worldwide

    How much money A League of Their Own made at the box office: $132.4 million worldwide

    How much money The Preacher's Wife made at the box office: $48.1 million worldwide

    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"
    20th Century Fox Film / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: actoranon

    How much money Point Break made at the box office: $83.5 million worldwide

    How much money The Hurt Locker made at the box office: $49.3 million worldwide

    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
    Warner Bros. / Frederick M. Brown Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / Getty Images

    Suggested by: meganhash13

    How much money The Matrix made at the box office: $466.4 million worldwide

    How much money The Matrix Reloaded made at the box office: $741.8 million worldwide

    How much money The Matrix Revolutions made at the box office: $427.3 million worldwide

    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"
    Warner Bros. Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: emrules17

    How much money Wonder Woman made at the box office: $822.8 million worldwide

    How much money Monster made at the box office: $58.5 million worldwide

    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"
    New Line Cinema / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    "Not sure if this is well-known knowledge, but it’s the first movie that came to mind 😊." yessirbrebre_26

    How much money it made at the box office: $27.7 million worldwide

    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
    Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    How much money Unbroken made at the box office: $161.5 million worldwide

    How much money By the Sea made at the box office: $3.3 million worldwide

    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
    Ernesto S. Ruscio / Getty Images

    How much money Kung Fu Panda 2 made at the box office: $665.7 million worldwide

    How much money Kung Fu Panda 3 made at the box office: $521.1 million worldwide

    How much money The Darkest Minds made at the box office: $41.1 million worldwide

    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
    Universal Pictures / Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

    Suggested by: kaylayandoli

    How much money Queen & Slim made at the box office: $47.8 million worldwide

    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"
    Lester Cohen / Getty Images / Walt Disney Studios / Touchstone Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: senpainoticedu

    How much money 27 Dresses made at the box office: $162.7 million worldwide

    How much money The Proposal made at the box office: $317.4 million worldwide

    How much money Step Up made at the box office: $114.2 million worldwide

    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"
    Paramount Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: threetubersahead

    How much money Wayne's World made at the box office: $183.1 million worldwide

    How much money The Beverly Hillbillies made at the box office: $57.4 million worldwide

    How much money The Little Rascals made at the box office: $67.3 million worldwide

    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"
    Sony Pictures Releasing / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    How much money Cadillac Records made at the box office: $8.9 million worldwide

    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"
    Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    How much money Little made at the box office: $49 million worldwide

    How much money Peeples made at the box office: $9.3 million worldwide

    How much money What Men Want made at the box office: $72.2 million worldwide

    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!"
    Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: cryybabyy
    How much money it made at the box office:
    $609.9 million worldwide

    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"
    Lions Gate Films / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: lmm066

    How much money American Psycho made at the box office: $34.3 million worldwide

    How much money I Shot Andy Warhol made at the box office: $1.9 million worldwide

    How much money The Moth Diaries made at the box office: $413,000 worldwide

    Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

    Which popular movies do most folks not realize were directed by women? Let us know in the comments below!

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