A Woman Under the Influence (1974) is an Academy Award nominated film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It tells the story of a young wife and mother's uninhibited, erratic, psychotic behavior which leads her violent, confused husband to commit her for psychiatric treatment, leaving the family even more dysfunctional than before. The film stars Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands, Katherine Cassavetes, Matthew Laborteaux, Matthew Cassel and Christina Grisanti.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gena Rowlands) and Best Director. In 1990, A Woman Under the Influence was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", going in the second year of voting and being one of the first 50 films to receive such an honor. As of October 2006, portions of the proceeds from the "Gucci by Gucci" commemorative book will be donated towards the preservation of this film.