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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    The Secret World Of Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    Fly Away Home is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    It Takes Two is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    Ramona and Beezus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bad Seed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    The New Adventures of Pippi Lo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    Eighth Grade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

    Released2018

    Directed byBo Burnham

    Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie... more on Wikipedia

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    Curly Sue is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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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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    Kit Kittredge: An American Gir is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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    Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

    Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski

    Released2008

    Directed byPatricia Rozema

    Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by Patricia... more on Wikipedia

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    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist
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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane

    Released2015

    Directed byPete Docter

    Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter.... more on Wikipedia

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