Lights, camera, action: The best all-female films of all time

The new all-female Ghostbusters is released today. Here's five more of our favourite women-led films...

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The new all-female Ghostbusters is released today. Here's five more of our favourite women-led films...

When the news came two years ago that iconic 80s film Ghostbusters was being remade with a kick-ass all-female film cast, we couldn’t have been more excited.

Yet the trailer for Paul Feig’s reboot has broken the record for being the most disliked video on YouTube – a result of die-hard fans lead a backlash against its female casting.

Finally hitting cinemas in July 2016, to prove the haters wrong, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite female-led films of all time. Prepare yourself for some serious girl power…

But before you do, why not check out the upcoming female-led movies we're looking forward to watching?

Steel Magnolias

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Not only an all female line-up but a stellar one at that, Steel Magnolias’ cast of Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts has us both laughing and crying. Set in a beauty parlour in Louisiana, the film perfectly captured female strength in the face of tragedy (even if we were emotional wrecks watching it).


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Also directed by Feig, Bridesmaids was a box-office smash thanks to its brilliantly funny female cast. Following the perils of being a bridesmaid, we couldn’t help cringing at the competition between maid-of-honour Kristen Wiig and rival Rose Byrne when their mutual friend gets married. Throw in Melissa McCarthy again as the rogue sister-in-law and you’ve got the recipe for comedy gold.

Mean Girls

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A cult classic film of the 90s, who didn’t recognise those Mean Girls characters in their own school? We loved watching this comical take on toxic teenage friendships, even if the thought of a ‘Burn Book’ did terrify us.

Our verdict? So fetch.

Thelma and Louise

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Despite being released over 25 years ago, the message behind Thelma and Louise’s tragic road trip still resounds today. Showing how a female friendship can endure through even the most dire of circumstances, who didn’t sob their hearts out when Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis drive off to face their destiny?

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

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Despite spending a summer travelling separately, four best friends stay united by… A pair of jeans? It might not sound like the most sophisticated of story lines, but this heart-warming film about female friendship is guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Loved this? Why not see our run down of the top 50 movies of the decade.


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