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The Best Movies About Teenage Girl Friendships

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They have plenty of boyfriend drama and high school politics, but deep bonds of friendship are at the heart of these outstanding movies about teen girls. The best teen girl movies feature talented young actresses dealing with a variety of heartaches and hilarious challenges as they come of age. This is a list of the best teen friendship movies including everything from Clueless to Pitch Perfect to Ghost World.

What films will you pick to top this list of the top teen friendship movies? High school cliques are often formed by friends who are also rivals – a phenomenon that Tina Fey perfectly captured with her witty and winning screenplay for Mean Girls. Heathers is another darkly entertaining teen girl friendship movie that illustrates the dangerous of being in with the in-crowd. The friendship between Linda and Stacy is one of the cornerstones of the 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Other good movies featured here include Bend It Like Beckham, Thirteen, and Now and Then.

Do you have a favorite teenage girl friendship movie? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list, and add any great films that are missing.

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  • 1

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy
    142
    44

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills and...  more
  • 2

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams
    147
    51

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, which...  more
  • 3

    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union
    89
    33

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

    10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and a modern retelling of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. After finding out his crush (Larisa...  more
  • 4

    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks
    100
    42

    Released2012

    Directed byJason 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 Dean,...  more
  • 5

    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku
    89
    34

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Bring It On is a 2000 American teen comedy film that was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger. It was followed by four direct-to-video sequels, none of which contain any of the...  more
  • 6

    Dick

    Kirsten Dunst, Will Ferrell
    82
    33

    Released1999

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

    Dick is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Andrew Fleming from a script he wrote with Sheryl Longin. It is a parody retelling the events of the Watergate scandal which ended the presidency of...  more
  • 7

    Now and Then

    Demi Moore, Christina Ricci
    64
    27

    Released1995

    Directed byLesli Linka Glatter

    Now and Then is a 1995 American coming-of-age film directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, Ashleigh...  more
  • 8

    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi
    49
    28

    Released2001

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

    Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, with a screenplay cowritten by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff....  more
  • 9

    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty
    47
    30

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann....  more
  • 10

    Little Darlings

    Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal
    38
    25

    Released1980

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    Little Darlings is a 1980 teen film starring Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol and featuring Armand Assante and Matt Dillon. It was directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. The screenplay was written by Kimi...  more
  • 11

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Blake Lively, America Ferrera
    58
    57

    Released2005

    Directed byKen 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 by...  more
  • 12

    Bend It like Beckham

    Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
    29
    27

    Released2002

    Directed byGurinder Chadha

    Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi, first released in the United...  more
  • 13

    The DUFF

    Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell
    55
    61

    Released2015

    Directed byAri Sandel

    The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger. A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after...  more
  • 14

    House Bunny

    Anna Faris, Colin Hanks
    43
    51

    Released2010

    Directed byGina Kamentsky

    House Bunny is a 2010 animation short film directed by Gina Kamentsky....  more
  • 15

    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood
    22
    30

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. It...  more
  • 16

    Banana Split

    Tasha Babers, Tyler Barnes
    5
    7

    Released2020

    Directed byBenjamin Kasulke

    Banana Split is a 2020 American comedy film directed by Benjamin Kasulke. Two teenage girls develop a great friendship over the course of a summer despite one of them dating the other's ex-boyfriend....  more
  • 17
    33
    49

    Released2008

    Directed bySanaa Hamri

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is a 2008 sequel to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The original cast return to star in the movie, which was directed by Sanaa Hamri. The...  more
  • 18

    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney
    32
    55

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

    The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming. A group of four teenage girls (Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True) pursue witchcraft and use...  more
  • 19

    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

    Sophia Lillis, Zoe Renee
    5
    13

    Released2019

    Directed byKatt Shea

    Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a 2019 American mystery drama film directed by Katt Shea, loosely based on the book by Carolyn Keene AKA Mildred Wirt Benson. A bit of an outsider struggling to...  more
  • 20

    The Clique

    Bridgit Mendler, Elizabeth Gillies
    24
    47

    Released2008

    Directed byMichael Lembeck

    The Clique is a 2008 direct-to-DVD film directed by Michael Lembeck, based on the popular teen novel series by author Lisi Harrison. The film was produced through Alloy Entertainment and released...  more
  • 21

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn
    14
    32

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine,...  more
  • 22

    Sleepover

    Steve Carell, Summer Glau
    40
    100

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Nussbaum

    Sleepover is a 2004 American teen film directed by Joe Nussbaum and starring Alexa Vega, Mika Boorem, Jane Lynch, Sam Huntington, Sara Paxton, Brie Larson, Steve Carell and Jeff Garlin....  more
  • 23

    John Tucker Must Die

    Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush
    43
    122

    Released2006

    Directed byBetty Thomas

    This film is a 2006 American high school comedy romance film, directed by Betty Thomas. The film is about a trio of girls who plot to break the heart of manipulative basketball star John Tucker after...  more
  • 24

    The Babysitters Club

    Schuyler Fisk, Bre Blair
    28
    122
  • 25

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Ryan Eggold, Théodore Pellerin
    2
    10

    Released2020

    Directed byEliza Hittman

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a 2020 American and British drama film directed by Eliza Hittman. Two teenage cousins from Pennsylvania (Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder) embark on a journey to New...  more