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Buzz In: What Are the Best Movies For Teen Girls?

Did you know March 8 was International Women's Day? Well, according to the official website, "Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women." That's pretty awesome.

So let's talk about young women and movies. Within the world of entertainment, much focus is placed on films that not-so-helpfully provide confusing (or depressing) messages for young women — but what about the movies that affected us for the better as we were growing up? What movies impacted you as a pre-teen and teen? What movies would you want your daughters to watch? Or which titles are just harmless and fun?

It might sound cliché , but I remember watching Beaches as a teen and it was helpful for me to see a lifelong friendship that was relatively realistic — the two girlfriends fought, made up, supported each other and had fun in a way that didn't sugarcoat the fact that life has ups and downs. Similarly, I remember watching Now and Then with my best friend and crying a lot. And in terms of just fun ones, I think 10 Things I Hate About You is a pretty good pick with a protagonist who remains true to herself, which is an especially tough task as a teenager (then again, I wouldn't necessarily encourage young women to flash their teachers).

What do you think are the best movies for teen girls?


crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
now and then, clueless, mean girls, what a girl wants, mermaids, man in the moon.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I LOVE 10 Things I Hate About You and I think if girls have a long enough attention span Pride and Prejudice is a great movie
amofoz amofoz 8 years
I loved Now and Then and Clueless but I loathed 10 Things I Hate About You!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Tank Girl! Because awesome is wearing a rocket bra and shaving your head!
goatimpact goatimpact 8 years
Oh I loved Mermaids and Man in the Moon, chicchick, but my favorite was Heathers.
QueenB75 QueenB75 8 years
nobody mentioned Mean Girls yet...
chicchick chicchick 8 years
I agree with a lot of these here. But what about Mermaids or Man in the Moon? Those both stuck with me when I was a teenager.
rocketgirl rocketgirl 8 years
What A Girl Wants with Amanda Bynes The Secret Garden Mulan Pride and Prejudice I love(d) these movies!
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
Bend it Like Beckham Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Ella Enchanted Freaky Friday (the original) Fried Green Tomatoes Girlfight Girls Rock! A League of Their Own Little Miss Sunshine Love & Basketball Might Joe Young Mulan Muriel's Wedding Now and Then Persepolis Real Women Have Curves Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion The Secret Garden Shrek Sister Act Sisterhood of Traveling Pants Soul Food Tank Girl Whale Rider
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
The Breakfast Club, Beaches, Real Women Have Curves and Gone With The Wind were my faves as a teen. amloveaffair - my little sister adored Now and Then. I could recite the movie because she watched it so much. But it is a good movie. Props to your dad.
syako syako 8 years
International women's day? Ugh. A Soviet invention.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
LOL @ PK! Lovin your Franco.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
All teens should have to see The Breakfast Club. Although I would change some things if I directed, I loved the message of the film.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
10 Things I Hate about You and Clueless are the first to come to mind
otay otay 8 years
Love 10 things i hate about you, hilarious and cute!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
This is a newer movie but I think Penelope is a cute one for teaching about loving yourself first!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I LOVED now and then! I also agree with emalove - I was a major clueless fan! Kalliefornia I remember the Babysitter's Club movie! I watched that one a handful of times.
Kalliefornia Kalliefornia 8 years
I'd agree with most of the other posts, 10 Things, Mean Girls, Now and Then ...anyone remember the Babysitter's Club movie they did back in the day?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I love the movie Now and Then!!! I need to rent it for my girls to watch. My oldest has seen it but it's been a long time and I don't think my middle or youngest daughters have seen it (although youngest is still too young for it).
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 8 years
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 8 years
amloveaffair, I can't believe that! How amazingly awesome!. That movie made my LIFE when I was a little girl. Countless sleepovers were spent watching that movie and deciding which character we most identified with. You're Dad ROCKS! lol One of my favorites, even to this day.
ang1885 ang1885 8 years
It may sound strange but Juno to teach them about safe sex, Now and Then about friendship, Practical Magic about family and friendship, Steel Magnolias about mother daughter relationships and friendship, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has some great stories for girls.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Oh man, I was JUST listening to the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack in my car today. So, that is definitely my vote. But I also love Clueless and Mean Girls. And amloveaffair, I love that movie...that's so cool :).
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
clueless and 10 things i hate about you. I want you i need you oh baby oh baby - one of the best lines ever
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