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Little Women (1994)

RKO and MGM scored hits with their adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s tale of four sisters growing up in the late 19th century. Thirty years ago, Columbia took a stab at it, creating a Little Women for a new generation. The new version’s feminist slant, which emphasized sisterhood, feels natural. The production was spearheaded by studio executive Amy Pascal, written by Robin Swicord, produced by Denise Di Novi and directed by Gillian Armstrong. Leading lady Winona Ryder, as Jo, was another driving force behind the production, joined by on-screen sisters Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis (playing Amy at different ages), Claire Danes and Trini Alvarado. Together, they created a lovingly detailed picture of family life that continues to delight critics and audiences. 

d. Gillian Armstrong, 115m, DCP