Domestic Box Office: $13 million
A former kid star and Hollywood wild child, Drew Barrymore grew up for good in 2009, directing her first feature film,
Whip It!, based on the Shauna Cross novel
Derby Girl. Also starring Marcia Gay Harden and Ellen Page, the film, about an all-female roller derby team, was the most blatant girl-power picture of the year. Barrymore also won great acclaim, and is nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the HBO’s
Grey Gardens, as Little Edie.