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The Best Movies About Women Who Keep to Themselves

Updated August 28, 2020 1.4k votes 124 voters 8.2k views60 items

List RulesVote 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.

How will we ever determine which movie about a loner woman is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up.

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    10 Things I Hate About You
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    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

    10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and... more on Wikipedia
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    She's All That
    46
    11

    She's All That

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin

    Released1999

    Directed byRobert Iscove

    She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Never Been Kissed
    38
    9

    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Princess Diaries
    41
    13

    The Princess Diaries

    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore

    Released2001

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Miss Congeniality
    39
    11

    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Carrie
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    16

    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Sixteen Candles
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Beauty and the Beast
    33
    15

    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    A Walk to Remember
    35
    17

    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Last Holiday
    26
    11

    Last Holiday

    Queen Latifah, LL Cool J

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang.... more on Wikipedia
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    While You Were Sleeping
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    While You Were Sleeping

    Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena

    Released1995

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Misery
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    17

    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Pitch Perfect
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    7

    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Spy
    23
    12

    Spy

    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

    Released2015

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    May
    24
    13

    May

    Anna Faris, Nora Zehetner

    Released2002

    Directed byLucky McKee

    May is a 2002 American horror film written and directed by Lucky McKee in his directorial... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    23
    12

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Blake Lively, America Ferrera

    Released2005

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Amélie
    23
    13

    Amélie

    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

    Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Welcome to the Dollhouse
    23
    13

    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    Heather Matarazzo, Eric Mabius

    Released1995

    Directed byTodd Solondz

    Welcome to the Dollhouse is a 1995 American independent coming of age comedy film. An... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    House Bunny
    House Bunny is a 2010 animation short film directed by Gina Kamentsky.
  • 20
    Wild
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    10

    Wild

    Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern

    Released2014

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Silver Linings Playbook
    20
    15

    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Georgy Girl
    18
    13

    Georgy Girl

    Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Redgrave

    Released1966

    Directed bySilvio Narizzano

    Georgy Girl is a 1966 British film based on a novel by Margaret Forster. The film was directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Muriel's Wedding
    18
    14

    Muriel's Wedding

    Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths

    Released1994

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    Muriel's Wedding is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by P. J. Hogan.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Now, Voyager
    12
    9

    Now, Voyager

    Bette Davis, Claude Rains

    Released1942

    Directed byIrving Rapper

    Now, Voyager is a 1942 American drama film starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Honey
    8
    4

    Honey

    Aaliyah, Dr. Missy Elliott

    Released2003

    Directed byBille Woodruff

    Honey is a 2003 dance film released by Universal Pictures. Featuring music produced by Rodney... more on Wikipedia