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The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

Updated May 11, 2020 9.9k votes 1.7k voters 146.8k views43 items

List RulesMovies 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
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    ActorsRose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph

    Directed byPaul Feig

    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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    Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsReese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    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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    Spy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    Spy

    2015

    ActorsMelissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale

    Directed byPaul Feig

    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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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsLindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

    Directed byMark Waters

    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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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsAlicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    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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    Easy A is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    Easy A

    2010

    ActorsEmma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell

    Directed byWill Gluck

    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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    The Heat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsSandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans, Jane Curtin, Taran Killam

    Directed byPaul Feig

    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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  • 8
    Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Najimy, Bill Nunn

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    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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    Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsAnna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp

    Directed byJason Moore

    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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    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

    ActorsMadonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Geena Davis, Téa Leoni

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    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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    9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    9 to 5

    1980

    ActorsJane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden

    Directed byColin Higgins

    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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    Bring It On is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union, Bianca Kajlich, Tsianina Joelson

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    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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    The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

    ActorsSarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    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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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsSarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch, Penny Marshall, Kathy Najimy

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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    Romy and Michele's High Sc is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

    ActorsLisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino, Alan Cumming, Justin Theroux

    Directed byDavid Mirkin

    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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    Heathers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsWinona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater, Glenn Shadix, Patrick Labyorteaux

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    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) 17 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    Juno

    2007

    ActorsJennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, J.K. Simmons

    Directed byJason Reitman

    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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    Ocean's 8 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    Ocean's 8

    2018

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, Anne Hathaway

    Directed byGary Ross

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    Ghostbusters

    2016

    ActorsMelissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

    ActorsJack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Richard Jenkins

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Banana Split is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    Banana Split

    2020

    ActorsTasha Babers, Tyler Barnes, Jacob Batalon

    Directed byBenjamin Kasulke

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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

    ActorsMarilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey, Jr., Charles Coburn

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    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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    Bend It Like Beckham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made

    ActorsKeira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Parminder Nagra

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

    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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    Wine Country is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsAmy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell

    Directed byAmy Poehler

    Rachel Dratch is turning 50, and her 5 best friends from her 20, including Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler, join her for a girls' weekend in Napa. Tina Fey is their landlord, and Jason Schwartzman is a chef, driver, and housekeeper available at their beck and call.

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    Election is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female-Led Comedy Movies Ever Made
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    ActorsReese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein, Colleen Camp, Nicholas D'Agosto

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    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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