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The Best Movies for Women

Updated August 28, 2020 34.4k votes 3.2k voters 256.5k views225 items

List RulesAny films enjoyed by girls and female audiences

The films on this list of the best movies for women have been ranked as the absolute best. From wedding movies to rom-coms, these films are perfect for a ladies' movie night. If you need a movie to watch with your gal pals, this list has them all, with trailers. What are the best movies for women? 

This list features the best movies for women, many of which were top box office hits and have won many awards. A number of these films were written and/or directed by women as well. The best movies for women often have a warm-hearted story line, feature a romantic theme, or are female-centric comedies.

The best women’s movies on this list include classic chick flicks like Sixteen Candles, Annie Hall, Working Girl, Beaches, Amelie, Clueless, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dirty Dancing, and Gone with the Wind. Vote up the best movies for women below or add a girls night movie idea that you think is great but isn't already on the list.

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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of... moreamazon buy button
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    Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson

    Released1940

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

    Pride and Prejudice is a 1940 American film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and... moreamazon buy button

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and... moreamazon buy button
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    Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

    Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is... moreamazon buy button
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    Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A... moreamazon buy button
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney

    Released1961

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and... moreamazon buy button
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A... moreamazon buy button

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    Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the... moreamazon buy button
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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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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... moreamazon buy button

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    Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

    Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on... moreamazon buy button

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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on... moreamazon buy button

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    Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel... moreamazon buy button
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    Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The... moreamazon buy button

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    Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

    Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and... moreamazon buy button
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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the... moreamazon buy button

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    The Favourite is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    The Favourite

    Olivia Colman, Emma Stone

    Released2018

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    The Favourite is a 2018 biographical historical film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The close... moreamazon buy button

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    A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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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... moreamazon buy button
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    Notting Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Notting Hill

    Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Michell

    Notting Hill is a 1999 British romantic comedy film set in Notting Hill, London, released on... moreamazon buy button
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    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on... moreamazon buy button
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    Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Sweet Home Alabama

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2002

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant. A young... moreamazon buy button

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    Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

    Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by... moreamazon buy button

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    When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

    When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and... moreamazon buy button

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    Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Women
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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