film 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. Starring some of the hottest funny women, these best female-led comedy movies might also be streaming on Netflix.

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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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried 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.

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Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Bridesmaids Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig 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.

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Easy A Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka 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.

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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter 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.

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd 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!

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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
The Heat Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

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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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow Comedy goes a cappella in 2012's ensemble movie Pitch Perfect. Don't think you'll like a female-led musical comedy about dueling college a cappella groups? Pitch Perfect managed to sing its way into the hearts of movie fans from even the most unexpected demos, winning many male fans of all ages. The film grossed over $115 million worldwide and launched a 2015 sequel.

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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Bring It On Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union 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?"

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Nine to Five is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Nine to Five A film can't really go wrong when it stars Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. The 1980 comedy gave audiences a strong dose of girl power and showed us what happens when a sexist boss finally gets his comeuppance.

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Romy and Michele's High School... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino 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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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
A League of Their Own Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell Everyone now knows that there's no crying in baseball. A League of Their Own starring Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O'Donnell proved that girls really could play baseball and be a popular draw amongst all kinds of movie fans. The 1992 Penny Marshall directed comedy grossed over $100 million at the box office, remaining enormously popular and quotable to this day.

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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel Whoopi Goldberg really deserves more credit in the entertainment world as one of the greats. The EGOT winner (yeah, she has an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) hits all the right notes as a singer who enters witness protection after seeing a murder. The cops place Deloris (Goldberg) in a convent and disguise her as a nun. The fish out of water comedy was so successful that it spawned a 1993 sequel.

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
StephenAlgie added Hocus Pocus Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

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Spy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Spy Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham Imagine James Bond. Now imagine Melissa McCarthy as James Bond, or at least a 007 type. The comedy superstar takes on the role of an undercover CIA analyst in the 2015 comedy hit Spy with hilarious and innovative results, turning

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers may be one of the darkest black comedies ever written. Stripped down, it's a high school movie about jealousy and killing off the popular kids. But we laugh while we watch the murders take place because it speaks to the social brutality of adolescence. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater shine as vengeful teenagers. 

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman A sarcastic 16-year-old girl named Juno (Ellen Page) gets knocked up after a brief escapade with her friend Bleeker (Micheal Cera). What she does next is totally grown up and bold. Juno hits many unexpectedly sweet and funny notes thanks to Diablo Cody's screenplay, but it wouldn't work without Page as the strong, smart center.

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Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
lolorina added Bachelorette Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan

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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
The First Wives Club Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn play ex-wives looking for revenge in the 1996 film First Wives Club. Watching the comedy veterans get even instead of staying mad makes for a delightful romp and a showcase for all three actresses. The film was a monster box office success, grossing over $180 million worldwide.  

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The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Jason Dolan added The Witches of Eastwick Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher

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Rissy added Miss Congeniality Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Michael Caine

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Election is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Election Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is that seemingly perfect goody-two-shoes, know-it-all in high school that is obsessed with being class president. Things get interesting when a popular jock (Chris Klein) joins the political race at the behest of a teacher (Matthew Broderick) who thinks Flick needs to be taken down a peg. Alexander Payne's hilarious black comedy was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar in 1999.

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Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Bend It Like Beckham Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher Jess (Parminder Nagra) and Jules (Keira Knightley) are best friends with dreams of playing professional soccer in England. The problem for Jess is that her strict orthodox parents have other plans. Bend It Like Beckham is simply a sweet movie about breaking the rules in order to achieve your dreams. It's also really, really funny.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey A beautiful blonde bombshell (Marilyn Monroe) and a gorgeous savvy brunette (Jane Russell) are best friends in Howard Hawks's 1953 comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The script is filled with witty banter between the pals. Monroe is obviously known for a lot more than her comedy chops, but her role as a showgirl who believes that diamonds are a girl's best friend shows her expert comedic timing.

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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Ghost World Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr Ghost World may be the quintessential female buddy movie. Or at the least the quintessential indie version. Two misfits, Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), graduate from high school and have no idea what to do with the rest of their lives. Enid forms a friendship with an older man (Steve Buscemi), who is also an outcast, and realizes that she may just want to become a grown up after all. Ghost World is a comedic coming of age story for the independent film world.

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Jason Dolan added Working Girl Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey

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Valley Girl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
slaft added Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp

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Jason Dolan added Soapdish Robert Downey Jr., Teri Hatcher, Whoopi Goldberg

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Trainwreck John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader

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Stage Door is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Stage Door Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers Ginger Roberts, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, and Eve Arden pull back the curtain on what it takes to be an aspiring actress in New York City. The 1937 comedy is a hoot to behold and is a classic example of female sass on the big screen. The film is funny, of course, but there are also moments of pure honesty and real heartbreak. Show business never has been an easy racket, but Stage Door wrings some beautiful laughs out of it.

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Waitress Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith A small town southern waitress (Keri Russell) can bake a delicious pie. She also gets pregnant by her louse of a husband, then embarks on a passionate affair with a sweet and kind doctor (Nathan Fillion). Waitress is one of those small independent films that deserves to be seen. At its core, the movie is a comedy, but it embarks on some very serious themes without ever getting too dark.

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Enough Said is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Enough Said Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini Julia Louis-Dreyfus is more than just Elaine Benes or Selina Meyer. The actress plays an older woman in search of romance in Nicole Holofcener's spin on the romantic comedy. Enough Said also stars James Gandolfini, who is cast against his small screen mafia type. It turns out that he's a versatile actor and can play a lovable sweet teddy bear just as well as a rageful crime boss. With a lesser actress, he might just steal the show, but Louis-Dreyfus carries Enough Said with grace, charm, and nuance.

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Clockwatchers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Clockwatchers Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette, Parker Posey Lisa Kudrow, Parker Posey, and Toni Collette! What else do you need? The 1997 comedy about punching clocks as a temp at the bottom of the office food chain really shows audiences the importance of happy hour, forming office friendships, and what it means to be a corporate orphan.

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Lovely and Amazing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Lovely and Amazing Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer, Catherine Keener Writer/director Nicole Holofcener explores the not so perfect family life of a mother and her three girls. Each sibling is a beautiful mess, if not a lost cause. The film stars Catherine Keener and Emily Mortimer, two underrated actresses who are both lovely and amazing in this 2001 comedy.