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Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls

Updated March 18, 2020 1.6k votes 182 voters 6.3k views27 items

List RulesVote 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

    2016

    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Matilda2
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    ActorsDanny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Rhea Perlman

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny...  more

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  • Lilo & Stitch3

    ActorsTia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt...  more

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  • Spirited Away4

    ActorsMiyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yo Oizumi, Mari Natsuki

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki...  more

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  • The Secret Garden5

    ActorsMaggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly, John Lynch, Andrew Knott

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

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

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    Brave

    2012

    ActorsEmma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

    Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation...  more

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  • Charlotte's Web7

    ActorsDebbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions...  more

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    ActorsCamilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Chris Ellis

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews,...  more

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    ActorsAngela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer, Lee Thompson Young, Lauren Sánchez

    Directed byDoug Atchison

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  • The Parent Trap10

    ActorsLindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham, Dina Lohan, Natasha Richardson

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    The Secret World Of Arrietty

    2010

    ActorsBridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett

    Directed byHiromasa Yonebayashi

  • Little Miss Sunshine12

    ActorsSteve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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

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  • Little Women13
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    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon

    Directed byGillian Armstrong

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  • The Parent Trap14

    ActorsMaureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, Leo G. Carroll

    Directed byDavid Swift

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  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil15

    ActorsHayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Amy Poehler, Glenn Close, Andy Dick

    Directed byMike Disa

    Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil is a 2010 animated film written by Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards...  more

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  • Harriet The Spy16

    ActorsRosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg, Danny Glover, Eartha Kitt, Charlotte Sullivan

    Directed byBronwen Hughes

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  • Soul Surfer17
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    ActorsCarrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Craig T. Nelson

    Directed bySean McNamara

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    ActorsAnne Hathaway, Glenn Close, Andy Dick, Jim Belushi, Xzibit

    Directed byCory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech

    Hoodwinked! is a 2005 American computer-animated family comedy film. It retells the folktale...  more
  • The Miracle Worker19

    ActorsAnne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Beah Richards, Victor Jory, Andrew Prine

    Directed byArthur Penn

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    ActorsElizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury, Anne Revere, Donald Crisp

    Directed byClarence Brown

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    Mulan

    1998

    ActorsEddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei, Donny Osmond, Pat Morita

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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    Annie

    1982

    ActorsTim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Greta Garbo, Carol Burnett, Shawnee Smith

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    The Secret Of Roan Inish

    1994

    ActorsSusan Lynch, John Lynch, Mick Lally, Eileen Colgan, Dave Duffy

    Directed byJohn Sayles

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