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The Best Female Buddy Movies

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The female buddy movie is an elusive and rare little sister to the buddy cop. It's an under appreciated genre that's always a nice surprise at the cinema. From modern hits like Bridesmaids, to older classics like A League of Their Own, the female buddy movie can definitely attract viewers and cult success.

Hollywood is getting better about green-lighting female lead films - The Hunger Games helped matters immensely (hell yeah, Katniss!). We're beginning to see the rise of the strong female character driven film, and yet we still don't have all that many BUDDY movies.

In honor of the ever growing wave of female blockbusters let's look back at a genre that frankly, doesn't get enough love. Vote up your favorite female buddy movie then go watch it with all your best girlfriends!
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  • 1

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy
    119
    39

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills and...  more
  • 2

    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon
    100
    33

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who embark on a road trip with...  more
  • 3

    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton
    88
    25

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana town,...  more
  • 4

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker
    84
    31

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship between two...  more
  • 5

    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks
    77
    26

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the film...  more
  • 6

    Bridesmaids

    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm
    99
    48

    Released2011

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Bridesmaids is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend. The plot centers...  more
  • 7

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams
    111
    60

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, which...  more
  • 8

    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo
    82
    35

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Mirkin

    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is a 1997 comedy film starring Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, Janeane Garofalo, Camryn Manheim, and Alan Cumming directed by David Mirkin. The plot revolves around...  more
  • 9

    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks
    76
    33

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean,...  more
  • 10

    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku
    79
    36

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. It was followed by four direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of the...  more
  • 11

    Now and Then

    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci
    69
    27

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

    Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, Ashleigh...  more
  • 12

    The Heat

    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
    70
    40

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Feig

    The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and...  more
  • 13

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell
    54
    28

    Released1953

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American musical comedy film based on the 1949 stage musical of the same name. It was directed by Howard Hawks....  more
  • 14

    Charlie's Angels

    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore
    62
    39

    Released2000

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    Charlie's Angels is a 2000 American action comedy film directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as three women working for a private investigation agency. The film is based...  more
  • 15

    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon
    43
    27

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, Adam...  more
  • 16

    Spice World

    Elton John, Victoria Beckham
    44
    29

    Released1997

    Directed byBob Spiers

    Spice World is a 1997 British-American musical comedy film directed by Bob Spiers and written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis. The film stars pop girl group the Spice Girls who all play their...  more
  • 17

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Blake Lively, America Ferrera
    49
    35

    Released2005

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by...  more
  • 18

    Bride Wars

    Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson
    45
    34

    Released2009

    Directed byGary Winick

    This film is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Gary Winick and written by Greg DePaul, June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson. The film stars Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen,...  more
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith
    19
    5

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer...  more
  • 20

    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson
    48
    40

    Released2008

    Directed byMichael Patrick King

    This film is a 2008 American blue romantic comedy film written and directed by Michael Patrick King, and a film adaptation of the HBO comedy series of the same name about four female friends: Carrie...  more
  • 21

    Uptown Girls

    Carmen Electra, Dakota Fanning
    37
    30

    Released2003

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Uptown Girls is a 2003 teen comedy film directed by Boaz Yakin, who was working from a screenplay which Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik and Lisa Davidowitz had adapted from the story by Allison Jacobs. It...  more
  • 22

    The Sweetest Thing

    Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate
    40
    34

    Released2002

    Directed byRoger Kumble

    The Sweetest Thing is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble and written by Nancy Pimental, who based the characters on herself and friend Kate Walsh. It stars Cameron Diaz,...  more
  • 23

    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn
    66
    67

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. Narrated by Diane Keaton, it stars Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as...  more
  • 24

    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi
    35
    34

    Released2001

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

    Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, with a screenplay cowritten by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff....  more
  • 25

    Whip It

    Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page
    10
    1

    Released2009

    Directed byDrew Barrymore

    Whip It is a 2009 comedy-drama film written by Shauna Cross, based on her novel Derby Girl. The film is directed and co-produced by Drew Barrymore in her directorial debut. It stars Elliot Page as a...  more
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