Some of Oliver Stone's best-known and most-celebrated films — including "Platoon
," ''Wall Street
," and "Born on the Fourth of July
" — focus on complicated men. But his latest, the violent drug thriller "Savages
," has a couple of formidable females at its center: Salma Hayek as the stylish, ruthless leader of a Mexican drug cartel and Blake Lively as an Orange County princess who must find a resourcefulness she never knew she had.
In that spirit, Stone was kind enough to pick five of his favorite examples of strong women throughout film history. Here he is, in his own words:
To begin with, that is quite a reduction from the dozens of screen roles that are still living in my memory, including the evil queen/witch in the original "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) that truly affected me. I thought Charlize Theron was terrific in the latest version and chilled me to the bone. Nor can I forget, for that matter, Cruella De Vil.
In these selections, I'm going to exclude every movie that Meryl Streep has ever done, because whatever she does rivets my attention.