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Thelma & Louise

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon star in this iconic action drama from director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator).

Thelma (Davis) is a meek housewife whose boorish husband Darryl (Christopher McDonald) ignores her. Louise (Sarandon) is a straight-talking waitress who's on again/off again musician boyfriend Jimmy (Michael Madsen) is always on the road.

To break free from their humdrum existences, the girls plan a weekend camping trip. But on the way out of town they stop at a bar for a few drinks where Thelma dances with a charming cowboy. But later in the parking lot, Louise finds the man about to rape Thelma. She catches him before he can, but he verbally abuses them and Louise shoots him dead with her gun.

Panicking, the women flee, resolving to head for Mexico. An FBI agent (played by Harvey Keitel) deduces their identities and the woman become bona fide fugitives.

But along the way they have numerous adventures which empower them both. Thelma comes out of her shell and engages in a fling with bad boy J.D. (Brad Pitt, in a star-making role), while Louise comes to terms with her own issues.

Accessible as both a funny road thriller and a feminist statement, Thelma and Louise was a massive hit upon its release in 1991, and generated much discussion. Sarandon and Davis both shine immensely in their roles, and were both nominated for an Oscar for their trouble. Madsen, Pitt and Keitel all offer solid support.

Callie Khouri won an Oscar for writing the film, and Scott was nominated for directing.