Comedy The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the best comedy movies that have female protagonists.

Comedy movies for women feature larger-than-life characters, laugh-out-loud situations, and deep bonds of friendship. Need to prove to someone that funny female movies are fantastic? Just show them this list of the greatest female-led comedies of all time. The best funny movies for women feature talented actresses and razor-sharp screenplays. This is a list of the best female protagonist movies including everything from Ghostbusters to Mermaids to Juno.

What films will you find on this list of the top female-led comedy movies? With a cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Maya Rudolph, the R-rated hit Bridesmaids had fans laughing from start to finish. It was so good that it was even nominated for multiple Oscars. Amy Schumer's Trainwreck is another funny female-led comedy. Mean Girls, which was written by Tina Fey, is set in high school, but it has lots of laughs for movie-watchers of all ages. Other good films featured in this roundup of the best funny movies for women include Moonstruck, Clueless, and Sister Act.

Which female-led funny film do you think is the best? Give your favorite movies a thumbs up and please add any great comedies that are missing.

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Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Bridesmaids Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig 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 Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried 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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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow 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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Girls Trip Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, from a story by the pair and Erica Rivinoja. It follows a group of four friends ...more

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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Miss Congeniality Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Michael Caine Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas, starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt and Candice

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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
The Heat Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans 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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd 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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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Spy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Spy Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne 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

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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter 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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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel 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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Juno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman 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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Sisters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Sisters Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

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Baby Mama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Baby Mama Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Martin Baby Mama is a 2008 comedy film from Universal Pictures written and directed by Michael McCullers and starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Romany Malco, Dax Shepard ...more

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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
The Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews 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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Mermaids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Mermaids Cher, Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder Mermaids is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci in her first film role. The film is based on the 1986 ...more

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 Canadian-American romantic comedy film written by and starring Nia Vardalos and directed by Joel Zwick. The film is centered on Fotoula "Toula" ...more

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger 10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy ...more

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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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Troop Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Troop Beverly Hills Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling, Jenny Lewis Troop Beverly Hills is a 1989 adventure comedy film. Produced by Weintraub Entertainment Group and directed by Jeff Kanew, it starred Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, ...more

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Freaky Friday Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon 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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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
13 Going on 30 Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo 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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Kissing Jessica Stein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Kissing Jessica Stein Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh Kissing Jessica Stein is a 2001 American independent romantic comedy film, written and co-produced by the film's stars, Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen. The film also stars Tovah ...more

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Saved! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Saved! Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker Saved! is a 2004 American teen comedy-drama film involving elements of religious satire. It was directed by Brian Dannelly and written by Dannelly and Michael Urban. It stars Jena Malone, Mandy ...more

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Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Peggy Sue Got Married Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to ...more

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Moonstruck Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more

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Trainwreck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Trainwreck Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson Trainwreck is a 2015 American romantic comedy film directed by Judd Apatow. A hard-drinking, free-spirited young magazine writer (Amy Schumer) has her first serious relationship with a prominent ...more

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Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Sweet Home Alabama Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice Bergen. The film was released by ...more

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Bad Teacher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Bad Teacher Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel Bad Teacher is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan based on a screenplay by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch and Jason ...more

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The DUFF is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
The DUFF Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger. A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after ...more

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27 Dresses is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
27 Dresses Katherine Heigl, Malin Ã…kerman, Krysten Ritter 27 Dresses is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Aline Brosh McKenna. The film stars Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. The film was released January 10, 2008 ...more

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more

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Admission is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Admission Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin Admission is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Paul Weitz and starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The film was released in the United States and Canada on March 22, 2013. It is ...more

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Heartbreakers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Heartbreakers Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Silverman, Carrie Fisher Heartbreakers is a 2001 caper-romantic comedy film directed by David Mirkin. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee, and Gene Hackman. Weaver was nominated for a ...more

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Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
India Rael 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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Emma is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Emma Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette Emma is a 1996 period film based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Directed by Douglas McGrath, the film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy ...more

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Sliding Doors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Sliding Doors Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Hannah Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Howitt and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah, while also featuring John Lynch, Jeanne ...more

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Working Girl Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more

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Raising Helen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Raising Helen Paris Hilton, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Hudson Raising Helen is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. It stars Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, ...more

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The Nanny Diaries is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
The Nanny Diaries Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, Chris Evans The Nanny Diaries is a 2007 American comedy-drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, ...more

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Because I Said So is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Because I Said So Mandy Moore, Willam Belli, Diane Keaton Because I Said So is a 2007 romantic comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann and starring Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo and Stephen Collins. It was released on February ...more

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The Sweetest Thing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
The Sweetest Thing Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman The Sweetest Thing is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble and written by Nancy Pimental, who based the characters on herself and friend Kate Walsh. It stars Cameron ...more

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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Frances Ha Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen Frances Ha is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Noah Baumbach and written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. Gerwig also plays the title role. The film premiered at the Telluride Film ...more

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Confessions of a Teenage Drama... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Adam Sandler Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is a 2004 American teen musical comedy film directed by Sara Sugarman and produced by Robert Shapiro and Matthew Hart for Walt Disney Pictures. It stars ...more

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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Never Been Kissed Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David ...more

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Confessions of a Shopaholic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Confessions of a Shopaholic Isla Fisher, John Goodman, John Lithgow Confessions of a Shopaholic is a 2009 American romantic comedy film based on the Shopaholic series of novels by Sophie Kinsella. Directed by P. J. Hogan, the film stars Isla Fisher as the ...more

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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Home for the Holidays Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. ...more

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Serial Mom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Serial Mom Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew ...more

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Melinda and Melinda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Melinda and Melinda Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Amanda Peet Melinda and Melinda is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It was premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film is set in Manhattan and stars ...more

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What a Girl Wants is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
What a Girl Wants Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston, Colin Firth What a Girl Wants is a 2003 American film starring Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston and Oliver James. Directed by Dennie Gordon, the film is based on the 1955 play The Reluctant ...more