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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
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny... more on Wikipedia
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    A Little Princess
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    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Secret Garden
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    The Secret Garden

    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob

    Released1993

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

    The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and... more on Wikipedia

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    Now and Then
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    Now and Then

    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

    Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and... more on Wikipedia
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    Little Miss Sunshine
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut... more on Wikipedia

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    Bridge to Terabithia
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    Bridge to Terabithia

    Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2007

    Directed byGábor Csupó

    Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American-New Zealand fantasy adventure family drama film... more on Wikipedia

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    To Kill a Mockingbird
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Pollyanna
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    Pollyanna

    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Swift

    Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by... more on Wikipedia

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    My Girl
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice... more on Wikipedia

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    Because of Winn-Dixie
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    Because of Winn-Dixie

    Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson

    Released2005

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the... more on Wikipedia

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    Pan's Labyrinth
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It... more on Wikipedia

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    The Secret World Of Arrietty
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    The Secret World Of Arrietty

    Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara

    Released2010

    Directed byHiromasa Yonebayashi

    Arrietty, titled The Borrower Arrietty in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North... more on Wikipedia

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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold
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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Bobin

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based... more on Wikipedia
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    It Takes Two
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    It Takes Two

    Kirstie Alley, Ashley Olsen

    Released1995

    Directed byAndy Tennant

    It Takes Two is a 1995 film starring Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg and Mary-Kate and Ashley... more on Wikipedia
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    Fly Away Home
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    Fly Away Home

    Anna Paquin, Dana Delany

    Released1996

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

    Fly Away Home is a 1996 family drama film directed by Carroll Ballard. The film stars Anna... more on Wikipedia

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    National Velvet
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    National Velvet

    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney

    Released1944

    Directed byClarence Brown

    National Velvet is a 1944 Technicolor sports film based on the novel by Enid Bagnold,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ramona and Beezus
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    Ramona and Beezus

    Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Released2010

    Directed byElizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

    Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 Fox-Walden film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by... more on Wikipedia

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    The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
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    The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

    Dick Van Patten, Frank Welker

    Released1988

    Directed byKen Annakin

    The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking is a 1988 American fantasy–adventure–musical film... more on Wikipedia

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    Beasts of the Southern Wild
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    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver

    Released2012

    Directed byBenh Zeitlin

    Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bad Seed
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    The Bad Seed

    Shelley Fabares, Patty McCormack

    Released1956

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    The Bad Seed is a 1956 American horror-thriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Eighth Grade
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    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

    Released2018

    Directed byBo Burnham

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    Curly Sue
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    Curly Sue

    Steve Carell, Jim Belushi

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Curly Sue is a 1991 American romantic comedy-drama film and starred Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch... more on Wikipedia
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    Kiki's Delivery Service
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    Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi

    Released1989

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It... more on Wikipedia

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    Ponyo
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    Ponyo

    Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

    Released2008

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese... more on Wikipedia
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    Maidentrip
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