Recently, a reader with a 15-year-old daughter wrote in and asked, “What are some good movies for teenage girls?”. While my teenage days are far behind me (unfortunately), I consulted with some teens and young adults I know and came up with the following
teen girl movie list that should satisfy even the most picky teenage moviegoer.
(See also: What Are Some
Good Movies for Teenage Boys? and
Greatest Chick Flicks.)
Movies for Teen Girls
- A Teen Girl Movie List
This list consist of some movies for teen girls that we’ve picked out. Some may consider these movies as “teen chick flicks” which they very well may be but we feel these are appropriate and enjoyable movies.
Sydney White (2007) – This film stars Amanda Bynes and is a modern-day retelling of
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. When she’s thrown out of the most prestigious sorority on campus, Sydney is taken in by a group of seven dorks and learns that true beauty in on the inside. Also stars Matt Long, Sara Paxton, Crystal Hunt and John Schneider.
What a Girl Wants (2003) – Another film starring Amanda Bynes, What a Girl Wants is a remake of the 1958 film,
The Reluctant Debutante. When Daphne, a free-spirited American girl, learns that her long-lost father is an important British politician, she must choose between material gain and being herself. Also starring Kelly Preston, Colin Firth and Oliver James.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) – This comedy was a hit around the globe and introduced audiences to the talented Keira Knightley. A young British Indian girl, Jesminder Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), wants to follow her dream of playing soccer (like her idol, David Beckham), and she’s soon befriended by the tomboyish Jules Paxton (Knightley). Despite the protests of their parents, Jesminder and Jules excel both on and off the soccer field. This movie absolutely falls into the category of “What are some good movies for teenage girls?”.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) – The kids from East High are back and faced with their impending graduation. Before they are possibly split up to attend different colleges, they decide to stage a musical which reflects their hopes, dreams and fears. Stars the popular duo of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. If your teenage girl loves musicals, this movie is a must-have.
Clueless (1995) – This comedy, based on
Emma by Jane Austen, revolves around a clueless Beverly Hills teenager and her equally shallow friends. Clueless is loaded with recognizable faces, including Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Jeremy Sisto, Paul Rudd, Alisha Silverstone and Breckin Meyer. Everyone learns a valuable lesson in the end, and teenage girls will enjoy the depictions of the various high school cliques.
The Princess Diaries (2001) – Based on the novel by the same name, this chick flick boasts some real star power with Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore and Julie Andrews. When a poor and unpopular girl learns that she’s a crown princess, her life drastically changes (but not all for the better). If your teenager girl enjoys this film, be sure to rent the sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001) – A parody of teen movies such as
10 Things I Hate About You,
Road Trip and
She’s All That, this hilarious comedy stars Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Mia Kirshner and Lacey Chabert. It even goes so far as to use the fictional John Hughes High as the setting for the action. If your teenage girls likes the
Scary Movie franchise, then suggest that she give this one a try.
Sixteen Candles (1984) – One of the most popular teen movies ever made,
Sixteen Candles stars Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. Ringwald portrays Samantha Baker, an awkward teen dealing with a crush on a popular boy and her sister’s upcoming wedding. Directed by John Hughes,
Sixteen Candles is a popular teen movie which has been highly influential on the coming-of-age genre.
Never Been Kissed (1999) – Another comedy suitable for teens and featuring a monster cast. This one stars Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Alba, James Franco and Marley Shelton. When Josie (Barrymore) goes undercover at a high school in order to write a newspaper article, her own traumatic school days come back to haunt her. A sweet film about how superficial and cruel teenagers can be. Your teenage girl might learn a valuable lesson from watching this one.
27 Dresses (2008) – This romantic comedy stars Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman and Edward Burns. A bridesmaid for 27 weddings, Jane Nichols (Heigl) has finally found the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, he also happens to be engaged to her sister.
27 Dresses was one of the top comedies of 2008. When answering the question, “What are some good movies for teenage girls?”, this one is always on my list of suggestions. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
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