This biography of the opera singer Marjorie Lawrence was co-written by Levien along with William Ludwig and Lawrence herself. The film, directed by the American Curtis Bernhardt, tells the story of how she left her parents’ farm to study singing and became a star, until she was diagnosed with polio, a sickness that consigned her to a wheelchair but never took away her passion for singing.
Pamela Wallace, an American, wrote this thriller starring Harrison Ford, along with other writers. The script is about a woman in the Amish community of Pennsylvania who sets out on a train trip to visit a relative along with her young son, who sees a murder on the way. The inspector on the case (Ford) discovers that the boy is the only witness and that the perpetrators want to kill him, so he protects him and ends up wounded. He will take refuge in the Amish community along with the boy and his mother, but will discover that it’s not safe there either.
The movie, which was directed by Peter Weir, got eight nominations for Academy awards and won two: Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
5. The Piano, Jane Campion (1993) Featureflash Photo Agency - Shutterstock
Campion wrote and directed this story that narrates the life of a mute pianist and her daughter, who is obligated to marry a man who, in turn, demands that she leave her instrument at the beach. The piano is then bought by her neighbor, who tells her that he will always let her play it, and when she teaches him how, an interesting relationship arises. The film won eight Oscar nominations and won three: Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Holly Hunter), and Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin).
6. Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola (2003) Andrea Raffin - Shutterstock
Another film that was written and directed by a woman and that also became very famous. Bob (played by Bill Murray) is a celebrity who goes to Tokyo for business and who has a rather cold wife.
A young woman named Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is staying at his hotel, and is going through a 20-something crisis. She has a husband who doesn’t give her the attention she desires. One day, they meet and discover that although they live very different lives and are surrounded by a lot of people, their loneliness brings them together. These two strangers manage to give each other an understanding that their loved ones can’t, until they face their farewell.
7. Juno, Diablo Cody (2007)
A 16-year-old gets pregnant by her high school boyfriend and decides to get an abortion. At the last minute, she changes her mind and decides to make an adoption plan for her baby. She begins looking for good parents, and when she thinks she’s found them, unexpected things happen to make her doubt her decision and her feelings. To write this story, which was directed by Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody used the experience of various people who are close to her, including her husband, who was adopted. After the film, he worked up the courage to meet his biological parents.
Read more: 6 Inexplicable 2018 Oscar snubs Read more: 5 Underrated women writers you should be reading Read more: What ‘The Sound of Music’ can teach us about being women This article was originally published in the Spanish edition of Aleteia and has been translated and/or adapted here for English speaking readers.