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Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite films that feature young girls or young women who use their wits to solve problems life throws at them.

Solving crimes, acing tests, and bringing parents back together - smart girls can do it all. The top movies about smart girls feature precocious young women taking their lives into their own hands. This is a list of the greatest movies about little girls, including everything from Little Miss Sunshine to Little Women to The Secret Garden.

What films will you find on this list of great movies for smart girls? The inspiring film Akeelah and the Bee follows 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson as she competes in a string of spelling bees. Keke Palmer stars as the title character in this 2006 movie, alongside fellow cast members Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. Matilda is another great movie for smart young women. Nancy Drew uses her intellect to solve mysteries in the film of the same name. Other good movies featured on this list include Soul Surfer, The Miracle Worker, and Harriet the Spy.

Do you have a favorite film for smart young girls? Take a look at this list and give the best movies a thumbs up to make sure they land in the top spots.

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2016
Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1996
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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1973
Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more
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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2002
Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more
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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1993
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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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2001
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more
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Brave is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2012
Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more
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A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1995
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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Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2006
Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National ...more
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The Secret World Of Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
The Secret World Of Arrietty 2010
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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2006
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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Annie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1982
Annie is a 1982 American musical comedy-drama film adapted from Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on Little Orphan ...more
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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1998
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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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1996
Harriet the Spy is a 1996 film adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise Fitzhugh, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg as the title character. This film was directed by Bronwen ...more
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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2011
Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film adaptation of the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back ...more
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National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1944
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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The Miracle Worker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1962
The Miracle Worker is a 1962 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn. The screenplay by William Gibson is based on his 1959 play of the same title, which originated as a 1957 ...more
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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1994
Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more
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Fly Away Home is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
1996
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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Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2007
Nancy Drew is a 2007 American mystery comedy film loosely based on the popular series of mystery novels about the titular teen detective. It stars Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, with Josh Flitter ...more
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Beasts of the Southern Wild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
2012
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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The Secret of Roan Inish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls
The Secret Of Roan Inish 1994
The Secret of Roan Inish is a 1994 American/Irish independent film written and directed by John Sayles. It is based on the novel Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry. It is centered ...more