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The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies 

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Updated May 12, 2020 2.3k votes 319 voters 17.1k views 69 items

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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

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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Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Paul Feig

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) 3 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

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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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1992

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer ...more

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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Luketic

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Spy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: Paul Feig

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 sale of a suitcase nuke.

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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Michael Caine

Released: 2000

Directed by: Donald Petrie

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Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish

Released: 2017

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It follows a group of four friends who go to New Orleans on a retreat in an effort to reconnect.

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Ghostbusters Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon

Released: 2016

Directed by: Paul Feig

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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

Released: 2001

Directed by: Garry Marshall

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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gil Junger

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Mermaids is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Cher, Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder

Released: 1990

Directed by: Richard Benjamin

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

Released: 2010

Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

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Saved! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brian Dannelly

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Serial Mom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Waters

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

Released: 1999

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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Little Darlings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal, Cynthia Nixon

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

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Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner

Released: 1986

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Troop Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling, Jenny Lewis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeff Kanew

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello

Released: 1987

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Feig

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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gary Winick

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