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The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves 

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Updated March 3, 2020 1k votes 114 voters 7.2k views 58 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies about women an girls who go through life as loners.

This list contains information on the best movies about single women who keep to themselves, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best loner women films come in many forms. Some good single women films are about socially awkward loners while other good films about loner women feature criminal plots. Many of the best movies about single women starred Oscar-winning actresses.

What films will you find on this top loner women movies list? Misery has to be near the top. Kathy Bates became a breakout star after appearing in this 1980 movie – based on Stephen King's book of the same name. As the psychopathic Annie Wilkes, Bates tormented and tortured James Caan who played the author, Paul Sheldon. Muriel's Wedding is another great movie about a loner woman. Reese Witherspoon ventured out into the great outdoors for a solo 1,100 mile trek as the lead actress in the 2014 film, Wild. Other good movies featured on this best single women films list include Carrie, Welcome to the Dollhouse, and Year of the Dog.

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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gil Junger

10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more
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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim

Released: 1999

Directed by: Robert Iscove

She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. It is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's ...more
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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Michael Caine

Released: 2000

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas, starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt and Candice
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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.
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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

Released: 1999

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David ...more
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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adam Shankman

A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman, based on the 1999 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Popular rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is ...more
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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

Released: 2001

Directed by: Garry Marshall

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more
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Misery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

Released: 1990

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1991

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt

Released: 2006

Directed by: Wayne Wang

Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang. Latifah plays a humble store assistant, Georgia, who is told that she has a rare brain condition, ...more
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Welcome to the Dollhouse... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Heather Matarazzo, Eric Mabius, Ken Leung

Released: 1995

Directed by: Todd Solondz

Welcome to the Dollhouse is a 1995 American independent coming of age comedy film. An independent film, it launched the careers of Todd Solondz and Heather Matarazzo.
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Spy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: Paul Feig

Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) is assigned her mission as a field agent to foil the sale of a suitcase nuke.
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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more
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While You Were Sleeping ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Daniel G. Sullivan and Frederic Lebow. It stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a Chicago Transit ...more
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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in ...more
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The Sisterhood of the Tr... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed ...more
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Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter

Released: 1994

Directed by: P. J. Hogan

Muriel's Wedding is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by P. J. Hogan. The film, which stars actors Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Jeanie Drynan, Sophie Lee, and Bill ...more
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Wild is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more
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Georgy Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates

Released: 1966

Directed by: Silvio Narizzano

Georgy Girl is a 1966 British film based on a novel by Margaret Forster. The film was directed by Silvio Narizzano and starred Lynn Redgrave as Georgy, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, and James ...more
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House Bunny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves

Released: 2010

Directed by: Gina Kamentsky

House Bunny is a 2010 animation short film directed by Gina Kamentsky.
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Silver Linings Playbook ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

Released: 2012

Directed by: David O. Russell

Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more
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Notes on a Scandal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Notes on a Scandal is a 2006 British psychological thriller-drama film, adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller. The screenplay was written by Patrick Marber and the film ...more
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Nell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Michael Apted

Nell is a 1994 American drama film starring Jodie Foster as a young woman who has to face other people for the first time after being raised by her mother in an isolated cabin. The film also ...more
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Now, Voyager is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves
Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid

Released: 1942

Directed by: Irving Rapper

Now, Voyager is a 1942 American drama film starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, and directed by Irving Rapper. The screenplay by Casey Robinson is based on the 1941 novel of the ...more