Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951)is an American film director best known for her adrenaline-soaked action movies and also for being the first woman to win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Director (for ''Film/TheHurtLocker'').

All of her movies tend to focus on characters who [[{{Determinator}} knowingly and willingly place themselves in harm's way in order to accomplish something that has to be done]] and at times [[BloodKnight seem to be addicted to the thrill of the chase]].

She used to be married to Creator/JamesCameron, who co-wrote and produced her film ''Film/StrangeDays''. Some were afraid this would cause awkwardness during the 2009 Oscar race, when her film ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' and his film ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' were considered the frontrunners for Best Picture, but there was no bad blood between them at all, with Cameron praising ''The Hurt Locker'' for being "this generation's ''Film/{{Platoon}}''" and even ''encouraging'' Academy voters to vote for Bigelow as Best Director.

Her next film was ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', about the hunt to assassinate UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. It too was nominated for Best Picture, but also attracted strong controversy.


* ''Film/TheLoveless'' (1982)
* ''Film/NearDark'' (1987)
* ''Film/BlueSteel'' (1989)
* ''Film/{{Point Break|1991}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/StrangeDays'' (1995)
* ''Film/TheWeightOfWater'' (2000)
* ''Film/K19TheWidowmaker'' (2002)
* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' (2009)
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' (2012)
* ''Detroit'' (2017)

!!Tropes applying to her and her work:
* AcclaimedFlop: ''Film/StrangeDays'' and ''Film/TheHurtLocker''
* AmicableExes: With Creator/JamesCameron.
* BloodKnight / {{Determinator}}: Her main characters are usually both.
* CareerResurrection: In one of the more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome ways imaginable]]. After years away from the camera, she returned with ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', which appeared on countless critics' Top 10 lists and swept the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s that year, even making Bigelow the first woman to win Best Director.
* DeconstructorFleet
* OlderThanTheyLook: She was 59 when the page photo was taken. ''Fifty-nine.''
* PlayingAgainstType: Her most popular pre-''[[Film/TheHurtLocker Hurt Locker]]'' film was ''Film/PointBreak1991'', a movie that contains almost none of her subversive qualities or subtext, and is now remembered for being SoBadItsGood, TotallyRadical and an UnintentionalPeriodPiece. Before that, she directed ''Film/NearDark'', a vampire western that helped reinvent the vampire genre.
* ProductionPosse: With writer/producer Mark Boal and Creator/RalphFiennes
* ThisLoserIsYou
* WorkingWithTheEx: With Creator/JamesCameron on ''Film/StrangeDays''.