Updated! Kid-friendly Feature Films With A Girl Protagonist (Or A Boy Girls Can Relate To)

by @thewritermama on November 2, 2015 · 2 comments

61urbL5Q4vLAuthor and writing professor Melissa Hart took a poll on her Facebook page for movies with strong girl protagonists. I offered to list them up for her and for all of us. So here’s the list. Please chime in, if you have more ideas or as new films come out and I will add them to the list. Thanks to Melissa for her permission to post and grow the list! (Check out her books here!)

GIRLS

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The Miracle Worker LINK

Mary Poppins LINK

A Little Princess LINK

The Secret Garden LINK

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe LINK

Mathilda LINK

Annie (old version) LINK

Annie (new version) LINK

Because Of Winn Dixie LINK

Whale Rider LINK

Where The Lilies Bloom LINK

Anne Of Green Gables LINK

The Wizard Of Oz LINK

Bridge To Terabithia LINK

My Girl LINK

The Princess Diaries LINK

The Princess Bride LINK

The Fox & The Child LINK

Ice Princess LINK

Enchanted LINK

Nim’s Island LINK

Aquamarine LINK

The Parent Trap (new) LINK

The Parent Trap (old) LINK

Maleficent LINK

Hotel For Dogs LINK

Ramona and Beezus LINK

Free Willy LINK

Kit Kitteredge LINK

National Velvet LINK

Little Women LINK

Heidi LINK

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken LINK

Dear Dumb Diary LINK

The Mighty Macs LINK

The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking LINK

Radio Rebel LINK

Akeelah And The Bee LINK

Ballet Shoes LINK

ANIMATED:

Charlotte’s Web LINK

Mulan LINK

Frozen LINK

Brave LINK

Tangled LINK

Kiki’s Delivery Service LINK

Spirited Away LINK

Howl’s Moving Castle LINK

Secret World Of Arriety LINK

The Incredibles LINK

Beauty & The Beast LINK

Little Mermaid LINK

Princess & The Frog LINK

Epic LINK

My Neighbor Totoro LINK

Inside Out LINK

Despicable Me LINK

Despicable Me 2 LINK

Lilo & Stitch LINK

TWEENS

Sound Of Music LINK

Now & Then LINK

Fried Green Tomatoes LINK

Pride & Prejudice (BBC version) LINK

Hairspray, the musical LINK

Miss Congeniality 1 LINK & 2 LINK

Clueless LINK

Legally Blonde 1 LINK & 2 LINK

The Help LINK

Coraline LINK

The Journey Of Natty Gann LINK

A League Of Their Own LINK

TEENS

Mean Girls LINK

Juno LINK

Ten Things I Hate About You LINK

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants LINK

RELATABLE BOY LEAD OR GIRL COSTAR

Meet The Robinsons LINK

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory LINK

Hugo LINK

Harry Potter (Hermione) LINK

Cars LINK

 

This list will also be updated here.

 

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  • Meg

    Nim’s Island is another great one. Also Enchanted, Ice Princess, Aquamarine, The Parent Trap, Maleficent, Hotel for Dogs, Ramona and Beezus, the Free Willy movie with Bindi Irwin, Kit Kittredge (and the other American Girl movies are quite good). If you are including animated movies, Frozen, Inside Out, Brave, and Despicable Me have strong girl characters.

  • christinakatz

    These are great. Thanks, Meg. Some of them were supposed to be on there…maybe I missed a couple. At any rate, keep the suggestions coming!

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