Goin’ Crazy: Six Fabulously Fragile Film Femmes

In Virginia, the new film from Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly plays a single mom with a none-too-firm grasp on reality. Her idea for getting away from the washed-up resort town she’s stuck in? Faking a pregnancy and robbing a bank in a gorilla mask. Virginia is a marked departure for Connelly—and not just because her trademark raven locks are bottle-blond yellow. But she tackles the role with aplomb.

We decided to take a look back at some other movies featuring female characters with mental-health issues. They’re all iconic for one reason for another, and they all receive major attention during award season. (Hint hint!)

Click through to meet our favorite unhinged divas!



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  • Chopsie

    Also Vivien Leigh in STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Olivia deHavilland in THE SNAKE PIT…

  • Jake

    best move EVER!

  • Jake

    is black swan!

  • Stewie

    Don’t forget Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball, she won an Oscar for that too, I think.

  • PTBoat

    Ay, Pepa!

  • PTBoat

    The list could go on and on, like the addition of Bette Davis’ role in Now Voyager (though she get’s it together in an albeit martyr like way) but it’s nice to see Queerty run an article that includes iconic roles that span decades. It’s particularly nice to see a nod to Suddenly, Last Summer. To have homosexuality and the repressive lengths to which people would go to suppress it, was completely avant guarde when the film was made. To think of all of the Sebastian Venables who were lobotimized, or the Katherines who were so that the Sebastians could go on to die in their sin is horrible. Honestly, with regard to Suddenly, Last Summer, it is sad that Williams, in those times, felt it was important to make Sebastian a loathesome pederast. Certainly, it’s telling to a self identification based upon outside impressions that died somewhere in the eighties so that we’ll never have nor need another Tenessee Williams to tell our tales of woe.

    Anyway, thanks Anonymous By-line Free Writer. It was fun to click through the images and think back to those films, the women, and why they became so iconic.

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