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The Best Female Buddy Movies

Updated July 30, 2019 3.5k votes 341 voters 16.3k views45 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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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Bridesmaids

    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Bridesmaids is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Romy and Michele's High School is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Mirkin

    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is a 1997 comedy film starring Lisa Kudrow, Mira... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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    Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Now and Then

    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

    Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell

    Released1953

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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    The Heat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    The Heat

    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Feig

    The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Charlie's Angels

    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore

    Released2000

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    The Sisterhood of the Travelin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Blake Lively, America Ferrera

    Released2005

    Directed byKen Kwapis

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    The House Bunny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    The House Bunny

    Emma Stone, Kat Dennings

    Released2008

    Directed byFred Wolf

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    The Sweetest Thing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    The Sweetest Thing

    Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate

    Released2002

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson

    Released2008

    Directed byMichael Patrick King

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    Bride Wars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Bride Wars

    Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson

    Released2009

    Directed byGary Winick

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    Spice World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Spice World

    Elton John, Victoria Beckham

    Released1997

    Directed byBob Spiers

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    Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2002

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

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    Uptown Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Uptown Girls

    Carmen Electra, Dakota Fanning

    Released2003

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Buddy Movies
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    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi

    Released2001

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

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