When it comes to some of the newest and greatest actors and actresses who have really made a name for themselves over the past two decades, one of the first names I think of is Greta Gerwig. Beginning her acting career and then moving on to directing major feature films, Gerwig became a household name for her excellent skills not only as an actress, but also as a director.
If you’re like me and looking for some of the best Greta Gerwig movies, look no further because here we have 10 picks that I think you’ll love from start to finish, starting with one of her most old movies.
First on this list we have LOL. No, it’s not just a phone message you just read, it’s the real title of the movie. In this independent film, LOL follows three distinct relationships between recent college graduates and how the technology they own influences the way they act.
Classified as a “mumblecore” film, LOL is a film where you expect to see the personal relationships between people rather than a stable plot, but somehow it still works beautifully and really tells a compelling story. It was actually Greta Gerwig’s 2006 film debut, so it’s amazing to see her in this film – where she’s awesome – and then see all the things she’s done as an actress and director.
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Little Women (2019)
The first of two Gerwig-led features on this list, Little woman is based on the novel of the same name, primarily following the story of the March sisters in the 19th century as they attempt to follow their own path in life and make a name for themselves in a world where women had no as many opportunities as they currently have.
It was the second feature film directed by Greta Gerwig (we’ll get to the first later in the list), but oh my God, I loved watching and re-watching this movie. from the star Performances by Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan, on the screenplay, on the rest of the incredible Little woman cast all in all, you can’t not love this movie. It’s one of those movies that I’m sure will become a classic and it’s all thanks to Gerwig’s amazing direction. The film was nominated for six Oscars, so you know it’s good.
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Frances Ha (2012)
then, we have Frances Ha, a black-and-white comedy-drama starring (and co-written by) Greta Gerwig. This film focuses on the main character, Frances, a 27-year-old young woman who goes through a rough patch when her best friend she’s known for years decides to move out, and now it’s up to her to try and give a meaning to his life and find himself without this constant on which to count.
I think what makes Frances Ha such a great outlet to show off Gerwig’s talent is that she’s the lead in this film, so you can really see her putting on a show with not just her dramatic acting skills, but her comedic timing as well. And, honestly, Frances is a character we can all relate to, she is constantly going through changes but has to learn to embrace them and become a better version of herself. This movie too features Adam Driver in one of her best roles yet, so if you want to see Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver in the same movie, be sure to check that out.
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20th Century Women (2016)
My favorite on the list of movies Greta Gerwig has starred in is 20th century women, with a long shot. This dramatic film follows a young boy growing up in the 1970s and the three women who are responsible for his childhood: his mother, his close friend and the family’s tenant.
i’m freaking out to like Gerwig in this role. Seriously. We don’t talk about it enough. Although this film also features stellar performances from the the talented Elle Fanning and Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig’s role in this film is to be commended, as her role as Abbie really brought me to tears on several occasions.
She’s so independent, fierce, and the kind of woman I honestly want to be my best friend, and Gerwig pulls it off beautifully. It bothers me that this movie didn’t get as many accolades as it should have, but I can at least recommend it to others.
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Moving on, we now have Jackie, a biographical drama about one of the former first ladies, Jacqueline Kennedy, after the death of her husband, and how she learned to adapt to her new role in the White House.
While the movie stars Natalie Portman as the titular first lady, Greta Gerwig portrayed Nancy Tuckerman, who was the White House Social Secretary at the time, and Jackie Kennedy’s personal secretary until her death in 1994, and I like his role in it. Gerwig again shows how brilliant she is in a dramatic role, and it really tells a story that people like me, who are quite young and not very knowledgeable about history, didn’t know. It was intriguing from start to finish and I would watch it again.
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Lady Bird (2017)
Then we have Gerwig’s first directorial effort, the one I think everybody should see, no matter what. lady bird is a coming-of-age comedy-drama with Saoirse Ronan about a high school girl who has a strained relationship with her mother and tries to grow up and learn to accept herself despite the horrible things happening in her life.
lady bird is an experience. I truly believe that in every sense of the word. While I’ve always been a big fan of coming of age moviesthere’s just something about this movie that holds you back, because it’s another case of, “I have been here before. You can fully put yourself in the shoes of the main character, and I’d be surprised if you didn’t find yourself tearing up once or twice throughout its runtime. It’s raw, moving and deserved all the praise it received. As Gerwig’s first film, it knocked it out of the park – even earning a nomination for the Best Director Oscar.
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Maggie’s Plan (2015)
Moving on, we now have Maggie’s plan, a romantic comedy that is sure to put a smile on your face. Starring Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke, along with several other top stars, Maggie’s Plan follows a young woman who is trying to have a child, so she decides to go through with it without a romantic partner. But, when she begins to develop feelings for someone, her plans are turned upside down.
Of all the movies on this list, I feel Maggie’s Plan is definitely one that isn’t super serious, but what really sets it apart from many of Gerwig’s other films is that she has surprising chemistry with Ethan Hawke. Hawke has made so many great moviesbut i personally think it’s one of his best because he and Gerwig are kind of this weird couple that i can’t help but enjoy, and the twists and turns this movie takes make it almost impossible to turn away of the screen.
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Isle of Dogs (2018)
Then we have a great wes anderson movie, Isle of Dogs. In this stop motion animated filma young boy searches for his missing dog, Spots, and finds himself on Trash Island, a place inhabited by dogs, where he befriends them and makes it his goal to bring the dogs home.
isle of dogs is such a great movie. You can tell right away that it’s a Wes Anderson movie from the narration and the beautiful animation, but what makes it even better is the isle of dogs cast, which stars Greta Gerwig as Tracy Walker, an American foreign student, who teams up with the young boy, Atari (Koyo Rankin) in order to help the dogs, and I love their relationship. Gerwig has impressive voiceover skills and should seriously be in more animated movies. I would like to hear it again.
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Mistress America (2015)
Now we have the movie, Mistress America, a comedy starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke, which tells the story of a young woman who finds it difficult to adjust to her college life, so she decides to be closer to her future stepsister, Brooke, and this in turn turns her life upside down – for better or for worse.
It’s another Greta Gerwig movie where I really felt like I could put myself in the character’s shoes. Even though much of the craziness that occurs in this movie is something I’ve never experienced, Gerwig accurately portrays something we’ve all felt once or twice as we grow older: loneliness. This feeling that we want to be accepted and have a love that never goes away, and it shows perfectly through his friendship with Brooke. I think it’s a movie you only have to see once to get the message, and it’s great to watch because of that.
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To Rome with Love (2012)
Finally, we have a Woody Allen film, To Rome with love. In this romantic comedy, we follow several different love stories in the romantic city of Rome, Italy, where we see how the region can influence a person’s behavior or how love changes over time. .
Greta Gerwig stars in “John’s Story”, a part of the film that tells the story of John (Alec Baldwin), an architect who visits Rome with his family and meets a young man and his girlfriend, Sally (played by Gerwig) , and that one case changes his life forever. The story itself is full of moments that will really blow your mind and make you laugh, and Gerwig herself is brilliant in her role as Sally, Jack’s (Jesse Eisenberg) girlfriend. The ending to John’s story is even wilder – you just have to watch it for yourself.
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From directing feature films to leading roles, Greta Gerwig has certainly shown just how talented she is. I can’t wait to see what she does next.