Female-Centric Films

by voyeur_vision | created - 04 May 2013 | updated - 11 Feb 2016 | Public

  • Female protagonists
  • More girls than guys
  • Focused on girl-girl relationships
  • Minimal male participation
  • Minimal male pining

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1. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 306,663 | Gross: $86.06M

2. Bitch Hug (2012)

101 min | Drama

Kristin counts down the days to her high school graduation, when she'll finally get to leave her small town and her manipulative sister behind, for the New York of her dreams. Everything is... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Öhman | Stars: Linda Molin, Fanny Ketter, Mathilda von Essen, Adam Lundgren

Votes: 905

Kristin moves in with Andrea and they become BFFs. Andrea has an older brother that Kristin could crush on yada yada, but she doesn't. No male pining. Focus is strictly on the girls. :)

3. Bridesmaids (I) (2011)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

75 Metascore

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Terry Crews

Votes: 252,558 | Gross: $169.11M

4. Cracks (I) (2009)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school.

Director: Jordan Scott | Stars: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots

Votes: 18,205 | Gross: $0.02M

All-girl boarding school.

5. Foxfire (1996)

R | 102 min | Drama

The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of ... See full summary »

Director: Annette Haywood-Carter | Stars: Hedy Burress, Angelina Jolie, Jenny Lewis, Jenny Shimizu

Votes: 8,073 | Gross: $0.26M

Group of girls bond after attacking a teacher-- mainly female protagonist Maddy and Legs (Angelina Jolie).

6. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 150,116 | Gross: $28.87M

Female mental ward.

7. Hanna (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Vicky Krieps

Votes: 180,606 | Gross: $40.26M

8. Jack & Diane (2012)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

45 Metascore

Diane's feelings for Jack -- the girl she met over the summer -- begin to manifest themselves in terrifying ways when she learns that her friend will soon be moving away.

Director: Bradley Rust Gray | Stars: Riley Keough, Juno Temple, Kylie Minogue, Jackson Ning

Votes: 2,568 | Gross: $0.00M

Two girls meet and develop a romantic relationship.

9. She Monkeys (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Sport

Two adolescent girls on an equine acrobatics team form an intimate friendship that becomes threatened by their competitive nature.

Director: Lisa Aschan | Stars: Mathilda Paradeiser, Linda Molin, Isabella Lindquist, Sergej Merkusjev

Votes: 2,231

10. Room in Rome (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Votes: 20,760

Two women spend the night in a hotel room.

11. Thirteen (2003)

R | 100 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens

Votes: 76,439 | Gross: $4.60M

Tracy has a girl crush on Evie and follows her around, tries to impress her, etc.

12. The Ward (2010)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh

Votes: 38,615

Female mental ward.

13. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | 139 min | Drama

84 Metascore

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin

Votes: 14,208 | Gross: $32.86M

Mothers and daughters reflect on their lives.

14. The Guest House (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Romance

Before leaving for college, a recently dumped goth girl's life changes forever when she falls in love with a smart and professional college grad who is staying in the family's guest house.

Director: Michael Baumgarten | Stars: Ruth Reynolds, Madeline Merritt, Tom McCafferty, Jake Parker

Votes: 1,289

Girl bonds with female house guest.

15. Loving Annabelle (2006)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Romance

Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between ... See full summary »

Director: Katherine Brooks | Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge, Michelle Horn

Votes: 11,169 | Gross: $1.10M

All-girl boarding school.

16. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 656,958 | Gross: $106.95M

17. My Summer of Love (2004)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews

Votes: 18,664 | Gross: $0.99M

Two girls meet and spend the summer together.

18. Bachelorette (2012)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

Director: Leslye Headland | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden

Votes: 43,550 | Gross: $0.45M

Follows 3 bridesmaids in the hectic lead up to their friend's wedding.

19. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

79 Metascore

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

Votes: 100,997 | Gross: $47.40M

Precious enrols in an all-female class, has a special relationship with her female teacher, and a tense one with her mother.

20. The Runaways (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve

Votes: 44,139 | Gross: $3.57M

Follows a girl band, but mainly the relationship between Joan (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie (Dakota Fanning).

21. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 75,816

Lucie (Mylene Jampanoi) is insane. Anna loves and tries to look after her.

22. Spring Breakdown (2009)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

Three women vacation together at a popular travel destination for college co-eds on spring break.

Director: Ryan Shiraki | Stars: Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Amber Tamblyn

Votes: 4,300

Three friends go to Spring Break.

23. Water Lilies (2007)

85 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

After meeting at a local pool over their summer break, a love triangle forms between three adolescent girls, which proves difficult to sustain as they each desire the love of another.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel, Warren Jacquin

Votes: 8,025 | Gross: $0.08M

Focuses on relationship between two girls.

24. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 56,413 | Gross: $3.05M

Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) befriends new student Juliet (Kate Winslet) and they become BFFs.

25. Chloe (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

48 Metascore

Suspecting her husband of infidelity, gynecologist Dr. Catherine Stewart hires an escort named Chloe in order to test his faithfulness. Soon, the relationships between all three intensify.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot

Votes: 65,557 | Gross: $3.07M

Focuses on the relationship between Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried's characters.

26. The Quiet (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

29 Metascore

Following the unexpected death of her father, a deaf and mute teenager moves in with her godparents, where she discovers the cruel behavior of their daughter may be indicative of a dark secret within the family.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan

Votes: 14,754 | Gross: $0.38M

Dot (Camilla Belle) moves in with cousin Nina (Elisha Cuthbert). Movie focuses on the tension between them and Dot's observations of Nina's life.

27. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 47,754 | Gross: $0.17M

Agnes has a crush on Elin, who wants to hang out with Agnes, but feels judged by others.

28. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter, Sophie Lee

Votes: 32,617 | Gross: $15.19M

Follows Muriel who ditches her old girlfriends and gets a new one.

29. Now and Then (1995)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Christina Ricci, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch

Votes: 25,334 | Gross: $27.40M

Four best friends recall their childhood together.

30. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

Horrified at the prospect of her beloved school being sold, a young French girl uses her wit and craftiness to attempt to save it, making an unlikely new friend in the process.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 6,261 | Gross: $29.77M

All-girl boarding school.

31. The Parent Trap (1998)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix

Votes: 110,300 | Gross: $66.31M

Separated twin sisters meet for the first time and get to know each other.

32. Jennifer's Body (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

47 Metascore

A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 107,530 | Gross: $16.20M

Focuses on the relationship between Jennifer (Megan Fox) and BFF Needy (Amanda Seyfried).

33. The L Word (I) (2004–2009)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of gay women living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.

Stars: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 22,515

TV series following the lives of lesbians.

34. The Real L Word (2010–2012)

TV-MA | Reality-TV

A nine episode one-hour series that follows a group of real-life Los Angeles lesbians as they go about their daily lives, at work and play.

Stars: Whitney Mixter, Kelsey Grace Chavarria, Alyssa Morgan, Kacy Boccumini

Votes: 969

'The L Word' spin off. Follows the lives of real-life lesbians.

35. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 264,423

Women's prison.

36. Bare (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A young girl in Nevada becomes romantically involved with a female drifter who introduces her to a life of stripping, drugs, and metaphysical experiences that teach her what happens when real life catches up with dark fantasy.

Director: Natalia Leite | Stars: Dianna Agron, Paz de la Huerta, Chris Zylka, Louisa Krause

Votes: 2,024



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