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The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies

Updated May 12, 2020 3.1k votes 332 voters 17.6k views69 items

List RulesVote 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
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Heathers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Spy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Spy

    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

    Released2015

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

    10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mermaids is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Mermaids

    Cher, Christina Ricci

    Released1990

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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    Serial Mom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Serial Mom

    Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Waters

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Ghostbusters

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Little Darlings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Little Darlings

    Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal

    Released1980

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    Little Darlings is a 1980 teen film starring Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol and featuring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Saved! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Saved!

    Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin

    Released2004

    Directed byBrian Dannelly

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    The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    The Princess Diaries

    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore

    Released2001

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Moonstruck

    Nicolas Cage, Cher

    Released1987

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    Girls Trip is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Girls Trip

    Regina Hall, Queen Latifah

    Released2017

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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    Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Troop Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Troop Beverly Hills

    Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling

    Released1989

    Directed byJeff Kanew

    This film is a 1989 adventure comedy film. Produced by Weintraub Entertainment Group and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Tangled

    Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman

    Released2010

    Directed byNathan Greno, Byron Howard

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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

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    Superstar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    Superstar

    Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon

    Released1999

    Directed byBruce McCulloch

    Superstar is a 1999 comedy film and Saturday Night Live spin-off about a quirky, socially... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

    13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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