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The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist 

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Updated October 31, 2019 1.1k votes 173 voters 10.8k views 38 items

Young girls are creative, curious, and fearless when it comes to pursuing their dreams. The best movies with a little girl protagonist often feature fantastical adventures, along with more everyday struggles like family drama. This is a list of the greatest movies about little girls including everything from The Parent Trap to Bridge to Terabithia to Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

What films will you find on this list of movies for girls? The Academy Award-winning classic To Kill A Mockingbird is told through the eyes of a young girl named Scout (Mary Badham). Although this 1962 movie features a young girl as the protagonist, it tackles complex, adult issues like racism and right and wrong. Pan's Labyrinth is another great movie with a young girl in the lead role. Abigail Breslin charmed audiences across America as the precocious Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine. Other good films featured on this list include Matilda, The Secret Garden, and Fly Away home.

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny DeVito

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more

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A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

Released: 1995

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, and Vanessa Lee Chester. Set during WWI, it focuses on a young ...more

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly

Released: 1993

Directed by: Agnieszka Holland

The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, John Lynch and Maggie Smith. It was written by ...more

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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1991

Directed by: Howard Zieff

My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more

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Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1995

Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, ...more

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gábor Csupó

Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American-New Zealand fantasy adventure family drama film directed by Gábor Csupó and adapted for film by David L. Paterson and Jeff Stockwell. The ...more

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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills

Released: 1960

Directed by: David Swift

Pollyanna is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden and Richard Egan in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a ...more

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and distributed by Esperanto Films. In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young ...more

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Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kirin Kiki

Released: 2010

Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Arrietty, titled The Borrower Arrietty in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North America, is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and scripted by Hayao ...more

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Dora and the Lost City o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Bobin

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews

Released: 2005

Directed by: Wayne Wang

Because of Winn-Dixie is a children's novel written by Kate DiCamillo which was published in 2000 and the winner of a Newbery Honor distinction the following year. In 2000, the book won the ...more

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Fly Away Home is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1996

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

Fly Away Home is a 1996 family drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film stars Anna Paquin, Jeff Daniels and Dana Delany. The film was released on September 13, 1996 by Columbia Pictures. ...more

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National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1944

Directed by: Clarence Brown

National Velvet is a 1944 Technicolor sports film based on the novel by Enid Bagnold, published in 1935. It stars Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp and a young Elizabeth Taylor. In 2003, National ...more

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The Bad Seed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart

Released: 1956

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

The Bad Seed is a 1956 American horror-thriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, and Eileen Heckart The film is based upon a play by Maxwell ...more

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It Takes Two is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
It Takes Two Kirstie Alley, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Andy Tennant

It Takes Two is a 1995 film starring Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The movie title was taken from the song, "It Takes Two", by Marvin Gaye and Kim ...more
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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro

Released: 2008

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is ...more

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Ramona and Beezus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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Released: 2010

Directed by: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 Fox-Walden film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by Beverly Cleary. The film's title derives from Beezus and Ramona, the first of Cleary's Ramona books, ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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The New Adventures of Pi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Dick Van Patten, Frank Welker, Eileen Brennan

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ken Annakin

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking is a 1988 American fantasy–adventure–musical film written and directed by Ken Annakin based on the books of the fictional character Pippi Longstocking, ...more
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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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Released: 1996

Directed by: Bronwen Hughes

Harriet the Spy is a 1996 film adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise Fitzhugh, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg as the title character. This film was directed by Bronwen ...more

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Curly Sue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Steve Carell, Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch

Released: 1991

Directed by: John Hughes

Curly Sue is a 1991 American romantic comedy-drama film and starred Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch and Alisan Porter as the titular character. It was the final film directed by John Hughes and the ...more

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Whale Rider is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Cliff Curtis, Keisha Castle-Hughes, John Sumner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Niki Caro

Whale Rider is a 2002 New Zealand-German drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera. The film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a ...more

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