50 Essential Feminist Films

The Trouble with Angels

49. The Trouble with Angels, Ida Lupino

“Not only did [Ida] Lupino take control of production, direction and screenplay, but each of her movies addresses the brutal repercussions of sexuality, independence and dependence,” Carrie Rickey once wrote of the pioneering and prolific filmmaker. The Trouble with Angels was Lupino’s first film in over a decade and helped former Disney actress Hayley Mills establish the next stage in her career. The coming-of-age tale, set at an all-girls Catholic school, explores the struggles and hopes of young women in a world without men.