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The Best Female Buddy Movies 

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Updated July 30, 2019 3.4k votes 334 voters 15.8k views 45 items

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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Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Paul Feig

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Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ridley 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 ...more

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Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

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Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jon 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 ...more

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Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino

Released: 1997

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1989

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peyton 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 ...more

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Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

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Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penny 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 ...more

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Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1995

Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

Released: 1996

Directed by: Hugh 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

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Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey

Released: 1953

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

Released: 2000

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 1988

Directed by: Donald 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, ...more

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Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Anna Faris

Released: 2008

Directed by: Fred Wolf

The House Bunny is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Fred Wolf, written by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz, and starring Anna Faris as a former Playboy bunny who signs up to be the ...more

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Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ken 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 ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Cattrall

Released: 2008

Directed by: Michael Patrick King

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Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Chris Pratt

Released: 2009

Directed by: Gary Winick

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Elton John, Victoria Beckham, Hugh Laurie

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bob Spiers

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Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi, first released in the ...more

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Carmen Electra, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear

Released: 2003

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

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Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr

Released: 2001

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

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