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The Best Movies For Women

Updated February 16, 2021 35.6k votes 3.3k voters 261.5k views226 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. This list includes action movies, wedding movies, and 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 your favorite movies for women so other ladies know about good movies to watch with their girls.

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  • The Devil Wears Prada1
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • Pride and Prejudice2
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson

    Released1940

    Directed byRobert Z. Leonard

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  • Bridget Jones's Diary3
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    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

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  • Dirty Dancing4
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • Pretty Woman5
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    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's6
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney

    Released1961

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • Titanic7
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Steel Magnolias8
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • Clueless9
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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  • Hidden Figures10
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    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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  • Legally Blonde11
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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  • The Notebook12
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • Bridesmaids13
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    Bridesmaids

    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byPaul Feig

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  • Beauty and the Beast14
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

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  • Sense and Sensibility15
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • A League of Their Own16
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • Fried Green Tomatoes17
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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

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  • Mean Girls18
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • Casablanca19
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • When Harry Met Sally...21
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Sweet Home Alabama22
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    Sweet Home Alabama

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2002

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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  • Love Actually23
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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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  • Thelma & Louise24
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    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Notting Hill25
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    Notting Hill

    Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Michell

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