The road trip movie Thelma & Louise hit the big screen in 1991. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, starred Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as the titular characters who fled from law enforcement by speeding across the country in a vintage convertible. Supporting cast members included Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, and Brad Pitt in what would become some of their breakthrough roles.
A Huge, Award-Winning Hit
Thelma & Louise was a box office hit, and critics loved it. The picture was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Scott and Best Actress for both Sarandon and Davis. Screenwriter Callie Khouri took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
The United States Library of Congress selected the film to include in the National Film Registry in 2016, calling it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The movie, which was seeped in controversy following its release, is now considered a classic. It has been hailed as being a feminist film that set the bar for future films in the genre.