Entertainment The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist  

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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.

Which movie about a young girl is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any great features that are missing.

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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
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
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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
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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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly
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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom
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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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd
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) 7 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell
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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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills
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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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
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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Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kirin Kiki
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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats
Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more
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Because of Winn-Dixie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews
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) 13 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Jeff Daniels
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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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham
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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National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury
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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Godzilla: King of the Monsters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a 2019 American monster film directed by Michael Dougherty. As the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against god-sized monsters, the mighty Godzilla ...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
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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Kit Kittredge: An American Gir... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, Abigail Breslin
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by Patricia Rozema. The screenplay by Ann Peacock focuses on the American Girl character Kit Kittredge, who lives in ...more
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Monkey Trouble is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers
Monkey Trouble is a 1994 comedy film directed by Franco Amurri and starring Thora Birch.
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It Takes Two is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Kirstie Alley, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen
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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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more
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Beasts of the Southern Wild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver, Henry D. Coleman
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious. After playing at ...more
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Andre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Joshua Jackson, Keith Carradine, Gregory Smith
Andre is a 1994 family comedy feature film starring Tina Majorino about a child's encounter with a seal. The film is an adaptation of the book A Seal Called Andre, which in turn was based on a ...more
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Curly Top is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
Shirley Temple, Rochelle Hudson, John Boles
Curly Top is an American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Patterson McNutt and Arthur J. Beckhard focuses on the adoption of a young orphan by a wealthy bachelor and ...more