comedies The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made  

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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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Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 1 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.
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 ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 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.
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, ...more

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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 3 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.
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and produced by Marc E. Platt. It is based on the novel Legally Blonde ...more

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 4 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!
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 ...more

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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 5 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.
Easy A is a 2010 film directed by Will Gluck. "After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester ...more

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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.


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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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.
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 ...more

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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 8 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.
Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
StephenAlgie added Hocus Pocus Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 10 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?"
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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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.
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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Spy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Spy Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne 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
Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) is assigned her mission as a field agent to foil the black market sale of a ...more

The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 13 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.
Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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Nine to Five is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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.
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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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 16 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.  
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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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 17 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. 
Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Jason Dolan added The Witches of Eastwick Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of the same name. Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, ...more

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 19 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.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, with ...more

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Bend It like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 20 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.
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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Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
lolorina added Bachelorette Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan Bachelorette is a 2012 American comedy film written and directed by Leslye Headland, adapted from her play of the same name. It stars Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher as three ...more

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Election is listed (or ranked) 22 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.
Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a ...more

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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 23 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.
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 ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
molittrell80 added Ghostbusters Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on home release) is a 2016 American supernatural action comedy horror film directed by Paul Feig. It is ...more

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 25 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.
Waitress is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who also appears in a supporting role, making this her final appearance before her murder. The film debuted ...more

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Book Club is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
Book Club Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen Book Club is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bill Holderman. Four lifelong friends (Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton) have their lives forever changed after ...more

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Valley Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
slaft added Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy film, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, and Michael Bowen, directed by Martha Coolidge. The American ...more

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Enough Said is listed (or ranked) 28 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.
Enough Said is a 2013 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Ben ...more

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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.
Stage Door is a 1937 RKO film, adapted from the play by the same name, that tells the story of several would-be actresses who live together in a boarding house at 158 West 58th Street in New ...more

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Clockwatchers is listed (or ranked) 30 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.
Clockwatchers is an American comedy-drama film released in 1997. Directed by Jill Sprecher, it stars Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette and Alanna Ubach as temporary office staffers in an ...more

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Lovely and Amazing is listed (or ranked) 31 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.
Lovely and Amazing is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener.