comedy The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

Ann Casano
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List Rules Movies on this list should follow the story of at least one woman main character. All films on this list should be comedies.

Remember when everyone was trying to make “fetch” happen? Or when “as if” became part of a female teenager’s everyday vernacular? We can thank female-led comedies like Mean Girls and Clueless for adding some very classic jargon to our language that is still being used today. Years back there was a debate on whether girls could be funny. Considering the massive success of comedy writers like Tina Fey and Amy Schumer, that argument seems totally silly in retrospect. Women are funny and comedies that feature females in lead roles are often hilarious. These are the best female-led comedy movies.

This list also contains a neat spin on the classic mismatched buddy cop movie, a fish out of water comedy, a few revenge comedies, a little competitive cheerleading, gals playing baseball during WII, a couple genre-bending romances, and an independent film about teenage pregnancy.

No matter the plotline or subgenre , one major aspect remains the same: these comedies starring women are funny. The female actresses in these movies play hilarious roles in timeless, smart scripts. Some are charismatic lead actresses, others are part of ensembles, and still others are part of female comedy duos. They'll all make you laugh out loud in these movies, though.

Be sure to upvote your favorite female-led comedy movie. If we missed one that you think should be on this list, let us know if the comments section below. Just remember one very important piece of advice: there is no crying in baseball.
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Easy A


Easy A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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2010's Easy A marks the exact moment when the film world and the public at large really fell hard for Emma Stone. In this clever riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Olive (Stone) tells one little white lie about losing her virginity and a whole new world of attention, popularity, and drama come her way.

Also Ranked

#12 on The Best Teen Romance Movies

#14 on The Greatest Chick Flicks

#9 on The Best Teen Movies of All Time

#3 on Awesome Teen Movies You Must See Before You Turn 20

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Mean Girls


Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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Remember when Lindsay Lohan was quickly becoming America's sweetheart? She reached her peak in the 2004 hit Mean Girls. The Tina Fey-written comedy launched a whole new venacular and new set of fashion rules that had teenage girls wearing pink on Wednedays. But please stop trying to make fetch happen, it's never gonna happen.

Also Ranked

#19 on The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books

#7 on The Best Teen Romance Movies

#3 on The Greatest Chick Flicks

#2 on The Best Movies for Young Girls

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Clueless


Clueless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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Amy Heckerling's 1995 retelling of Jane Austen's Emma features the lives of Cher (Alicia Silverstone), a rich but sweet trendsetting teenager, and her group of Beverly Hills friends. All Cher wants to do is find love for her makeover project Tai (Brittany Murphy), but she figures out she has a lot to learn in that department herself. As if!

Also Ranked

#4 on The Best Teen Romance Movies

#28 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

#19 on The Best Movies of 1995

#10 on The Greatest Chick Flicks

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Bring It On


Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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Who knew that a teen cheerleading movie would be so popular? Bring It On spawned four direct to DVD sequels and continues to endure in pop culture. The choreographed cheers, especially the hip hop ones, are more than worth the price of admission. Now the only question is, "Are you going to bring it?"

Also Ranked

#20 on The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

#30 on The Best Teen Romance Movies

#26 on Fictional Teams You Wish You Played on as a Kid

#13 on The Best Teen Movies of All Time

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Legally Blonde


Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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Everyone knows that Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon can act. But who knew that she had such great comedy chops as well? The blonde actress gives hope and street cred for all the blondes out in the real world who have been put down because of the color of their locks. Legally Blonde was so successful that it spawned a sequel and a musical.

Also Ranked

#25 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

#9 on The Best Movies About Getting Dumped

#30 on The Greatest Legal Dramas Ever Made

#59 on The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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Bridesmaids


Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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Who says that chick comedies can't be raunchy and crude? Bridesmaids, the female answer to The Hangover, is at times so disgusting and over the top that you can't believe you're laughing out loud. But you are. The box office monster grossed nearly $300 million worldwide.

Also Ranked

#38 on The Greatest Chick Flicks

#7 on The Best Movies for Women

#60 on The Best Rainy Day Movies

#3 on The Best Wedding Movies

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The Heat


The Heat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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You've never seen a buddy cop movie quite like 2013's box office smash The Heat. Sandra Bullock plays an unlikeable by-the-book FBI Agent in search of a promotion who must join forces with a crude stubborn Beantown cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to catch a drug lord. The film grossed nearly $230 million worldwide.


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#16 on The Best Female Buddy Movies

#33 on The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies

#6 on The Best Movies With Heat in the Title

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Romy and Michele's High School... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) feel the need to impress the people from high school at their ten-year reunion. So what do the slightly dimwitted best friends do? They make up an elaborate ruse of a rich and successful life all based on the lie that they invented Post-Its.  Back in 1997, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion was described as "Dumb & Dumber for girls," but the years have proven it's so much more than that.

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#50 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#54 on The Best Movies of 1997

#40 on The Best Movies for Women

#35 on The Best '90s Teen Movies

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