With 1996's "The Watermelon Woman," Cheryl Dunye not only created and starred in the first film with a Black lesbian lead—she pioneered a genre of docu-fiction that has since been dubbed "Dunyementary."
With "In the Cut," director Jane Campion subverts erotic thriller tropes—especially by subjecting only men (including Mark Ruffalo!) to full frontal onscreen nudity.
From the 1997 "Selena" biopic starring Jennifer Lopez to the documentary "Conversations with Intellectuals About Selena," cinema has solidified the Tejana pop star as an eternal icon.
"Foxy Brown" pioneered the female action hero and subverted genre tropes—and made Grier a bankable star in an age where few black women landed leading roles.
Thirty four years ago, Barbra Streisand became the first woman in Hollywood to write, direct, produce, and star in a film. We revisit the classic, which made Babs the first—and only—woman to win a Golden Globe for directing.
Obfuscated by time and scandal at the time of its release, "Margaret" is a wondrous story about the traumas of girlhood that deserved "Lady Bird"-like praise.