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Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Brad Pitt

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $85,765,500

Famous quote: “In the future, when a woman is crying like that, she isn't having any fun.” — Louise Sawyer

“I thought of it as a cowboy movie with women instead of guys,” says Sarandon of her role in Ridley Scott’s 1991 groundbreaking female-bonding road movie. “It was pretty shocking that people were so threatened by it. Like somehow we had backed into territory long held only by white heterosexual men of a certain age.” Davis doesn’t disagree — “I don’t think any of us knew it would strike a nerve the way it did,” she says — but savors different memories of making the movie, including getting paired with an unknown young actor during his tryout for a key role. “I read with Brad Pitt,” she recalls. “But I got a little distracted during the scene. I was forgetting my lines. I was like, ‘I’m totally screwing up this kid’s audition.’ ” It didn’t get any easier after Pitt, then 28, got the part. “Ridley is really into the look of things,” says Davis, “so he was spraying Evian on Brad’s stomach during the shots. I was like, ‘Hello!’ ” — Stacy Wilson

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