13 Best Movies About Girls That You Should Watching Update 06/2024

Movies About Girls

1. Thirteen (2003)

Thirteen (2003)

Every parent’s worst nightmare is depicted in this film, which is about a 13-year-old boy. After becoming friends with one of her troublesome classmates, Tracy soon finds herself embroiled in all kinds of mischief. Adolescent experimentation is depicted in a far more serious light in this indie film of the gloomy sort. If you had a happy upbringing, Thirteen may be entertaining, but if it wasn’t, it’s a trigger. —Seija Rankin

2. Lady Bird (2017)

Gerwig’s film expertly captures both the highs and lows of trying to figure out who you are, the impending adolescence and mother-daughter relationships that come with it. When her friends leave for college, or when she decides to live in a romanticized East Coast fantasy, the film captures the exhilarating and terrifying moments of a young woman’s life in an honest and poignant way. In the words of Aja Hoggatt

3. Love & Basketball (2000)

Love & Basketball (2000)

It’s rare to see a film about a predominantly black area like Baldwin Hills, a.k.a. the Black Beverly Hills, with such a hyper-detailed portrayal of black success. With that as a backdrop, the film can be reduced to a simple love tale between two young basketball players who stick together throughout their lives, no matter what obstacles they face. It’s tense at times, devastating at others, and ultimately inevitable to watch their romance develop. In the words of Aja Hoggatt:

4. Now and Then (1995)

If you attended a slumber party between 1995 and 2005, there’s a good chance this film was playing in the background. As far back as I can remember, women used to gather at brunch to debate whether Samantha or Miranda was better. Despite the fact that it is a children’s film, the story’s characters deal with a number of serious issues. In the words of Seija Rankin:

5. My Girl (1991)

We follow Vada, the grown-up daughter of a funeral director (who also happens to be hypochondriac), as she deals with all that comes with being a young woman (a first crush, a first period). However, Thomas J. is the sole focus of the film’s major tragedy. We won’t give anything away in case there are still those out there who don’t know how the story ends, but you can bet there will be some tears shed. In the words of Seija Rankin:

6. Sixteen Candles (1984)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

A few jokes in this John Hughes comedy have aged poorly — the most obvious example being Long Duk Dong — but the tale of Sam Baker (Molly Ringwald) and her lost birthday remains one of the director’s most memorable tales of youth. Sixteen Candles effectively nails the experience of feeling invisible and alone in a wild world that is adolescence for many girls. That heartfelt father-daughter conversation between Samantha and Papa is one of the most moving and realistic in film history, even if it’s a slapstick comedy. The writer is Devan Coggan.

7. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

The sad saga of the Lisbon sisters represents the pinnacle of adolescent sorrow. Film director Sofia Coppola did an amazing job with Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel, which tells the story of five sisters who are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be in the 1970s suburbia. At the request of Devan Coggan:

8. Juno (2007)

As well as Diablo Cody and the world’s coolest music, Juno gave us a character that was fierce, witty and vulnerable all at once. Even if you don’t remember the movie’s emotional effect, don’t tell us you didn’t cry when you saw Juno’s note to Jennifer Garner displayed over the crib. —Dana Schwartz

9. Crooklyn (1994)

Crooklyn (1994)

Troy, a 9-year-old girl living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, saves the day in 1973. This Spike Lee film captures not just the life of its protagonist, but also the spirit of a whole neighborhood, complete with its share of tragedies and triumphs. Music and sets keep things from becoming too bleak for the Carmichael family when their fate takes an unexpected turn. In the words of Seija Rankin:

10. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Fremon, Kelly When it comes to portraying what it’s like to be a high school student nowadays, Craig’s dark comedy is a standout. It doesn’t matter whether Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is insulting a teacher (Woody Harrelson) or discussing sex in explicit detail, she has a wicked sense of humor. Nadine is working through her fears, and it shows in her sarcastic tone and soft heart. At the request of Devan Coggan:

11. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

When four best friends wear a pair of pants that have magical powers, they get even closer together. That’s what you get when you see this coming-of-age story. Carmen (America Ferrera), Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel), and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) are as varied as can be in terms of their personalities and difficulties, but they all manage to captivate the viewer. Bridget loses her virginity early and Lena breaks down her boundaries and experiences her first love in a way that is rarely seen in a studio film starring a cast of adolescent females. With the addition of new members to the family and time spent away, Carmen and her father’s connection is more complicated than most. While Tibby learns about actual loss, the audience can truly feel her rage and frustration, as well as her eventual acceptance of this new dynamic. There are no one-dimensional women in Sisterhood, unlike some other films that try to make you identify with one character in hopes that you can identify with another. In the words of Aja Hoggatt

12. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

When it comes to her elder sister’s lover, Lara Jean is more of a wallflower than anything else. When her older sister finds out that she’s been writing him secret love letters, she takes matters into her own hands and mails them (shiver) herself. On the surface, this film is about high school infatuation, but it digs deeper into the heartbreak of first love that we’ve all experienced. In the words of Seija Rankin:

13. Little Women (2019)

Little Women (2019)

Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about the March sisters feels both traditional and outrageously current at the same time. Don’t expect to be less moved by her characters’ pain because you’ve already read (or seen) about it. You’ll still feel the full force of Jo and Laurie’s squabbles.