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The Best Movies for Young Girls 

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List Rules Great movies for young girls to watch.

The films on this list of the best movies for girls have been ranked as the absolute best by the community, when it comes to movies that tweens will love to watch during sleepovers. These films feature strong female characters facing crisis, learning from their mistakes, and kicking butt.

This list ranks the best movies for girls, many of which have been top box office hits and have received awards. The best movies for girls often have a warm-hearted storyline, feature a romantic theme, or have an element of comedy. Great movies for girls span many genres, from comedy, to romance, to musicals, and dramas.

This list features the best girl movies, including My Girl, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Titanic, Mean Girls, Kit Kittredge, A Little Princess, Ladybugs, and many more. Vote up the best movies for girls below or add one you think is great but isn't already on the list.

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
1998

Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham, Dina Lohan, Natasha Richardson, + more

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2001

Actors: Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews, Sandra Oh, Larry Miller, + more

Directed by: Garry Marshall

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2004

Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, + more

Directed by: Mark Waters

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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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2003

Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon, Chad Michael Murray, Julie Gonzalo, + more

Directed by: Mark Waters

Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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The Princess Diaries 2: ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2004

Actors: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Chris Pine, Raven-Symoné, Stan Lee, + more

Directed by: Garry Marshall

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is a 2004 American comedy film and the sequel to 2001's The Princess Diaries. Unlike the first film, this movie is not based on any of the books. Most of ...more

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2014

Actors: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, + more

Directed by: Robert Stromberg

Maleficent is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg, loosely inspired by the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. A vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) is driven to curse an ...more

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2007

Actors: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, + more

Directed by: Kevin Lima

Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
1995

Actors: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn, + more

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2012

Actors: Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, + more

Directed by: Jason Moore

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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Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2004

Actors: Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Vivica A. Fox, Minnie Driver, Hugh Dancy, + more

Directed by: Tommy O'Haver

Ella Enchanted is a 2004 British–American–Irish fantasy romantic comedy film loosely based on Gail Carson Levine's 1997 novel of the same name. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Ella and Hugh ...more

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A Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
Maryellen Elizabeth added 2004

Actors: Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray, Regina King, Madeline Zima, + more

Directed by: Mark Rosman

A Cinderella Story is a 2004 American teen romantic comedy film. The film stars Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, and Regina King and was directed by Mark Rosman. The film's ...more

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
Amy Boal added 2012

Actors: Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters, + more

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
carlybobarly added 2016

Actors: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
1978

Actors: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Sid Caesar, Joan Blondell, + more

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
Tom Islava added 1991

Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Camp Rock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2008

Actors: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Maria Canals Barrera, Kevin Jonas, + more

Directed by: Matthew Diamond

Camp Rock is a 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Matthew Diamond and starring Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera, Daniel Fathers, and Alyson Stoner. It is ...more

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Ramona and Beezus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2010

Actors: Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sandra Oh, Josh Duhamel, Bridget Moynahan, + more

Directed by: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 Fox-Walden film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by Beverly Cleary. The film's title derives from Beezus and Ramona, the first of Cleary's Ramona books, ...more

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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2004

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo, Renee Olstead, Judy Greer, + more

Directed by: Gary Winick

13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
1965

Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, + more

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Wizards of Waverly Place... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2009

Actors: Selena Gomez, Maria Canals Barrera, Jennifer Stone, Jake T. Austin, David Henrie, + more

Directed by: Lev L. Spiro

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie is a 2009 American made-for-television comedy-drama fantasy film based on the Disney Channel Original Series Wizards of Waverly Place. It was directed by Lev ...more
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Dolphin Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2011

Actors: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr., + more

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2003

Actors: Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove, Joan Cusack, Amy Sedaris, + more

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2005

Actors: Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Imelda Staunton, + more

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Nanny McPhee is a 2005 British fantasy film directed by Kirk Jones. The film stars Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. Thompson also scripted the film, which is adapted from Christianna Brand's Nurse ...more

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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
1999

Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Allison Janney, + more

Directed by: Gil Junger

10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and a modern retelling of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. After finding out his crush ...more

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25
The Lizzie McGuire Movie... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Young Girls
2003

Actors: Hilary Duff, Evangeline Lilly, Haylie Duff, Alex Borstein, Carly Schroeder, + more

Directed by: Jim Fall

The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 American teen comedy film which was released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 2, 2003. The film serves as the finale of the television series Lizzie McGuire. It ...more

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