101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far)

Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novel Little Women is so beloved it’s been adapted no less than seven times. The seventh go fell, with great results, to actress, writer, and director, Greta Gerwig. She did an ingenious thing no one else had before, incorporating the actual writing of the novel into her adaptation, with Jo March, one of the four sisters the novel centers on, as the author in place of Alcott. “I don't remember a time when I didn’t know who Jo March was,” Gerwig told NPR. “She’s always been with me. So in some ways, it's hard to know whether I was like Jo March, which is why I loved her, or Jo March molded me because I was trying to make myself like her.”