Director: Greta Gerwig
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

There’s a moment at the very beginning of Lady Bird when the titular Christine sits with her mom in the car, tears streaming down their faces, as they finish a particularly emotional book on tape—and then the pair immediately launch into some of the finest passive aggressive arguing ever put to film. It’s the moment Lady Bird proves itself to be something of an insta-classic, but it’s not the only one. From the too-perfect use of “Cry Me A River” during a particularly cringe-y house party scene to the perfectly drawn art-douche object of desire, we all knew Greta Gerwig was a gem, but I’m not sure anyone expected her first foray behind the camera to be this damn good. —Aubrey Page