Best Smart Movie Girls

Finding positive role models for girls in the movies isn't always as easy as it should be. But we've done a little digging to pick out these gems that show girls and women in a positive light. Talk to both girls and boys about how women are portrayed in the media and what kinds of stereotypes they see. These discussions can counteract harmful messages kids get about body image, sexuality, and role models.

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Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Disneyfied but dignified tale of Chinese warrior.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Family entertainment at its best, expect emotional moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
First African-American Disney princess is a good role model.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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Mother-daughter princess tale has some very scary scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
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Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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Charming take on Cinderella tale has strong heroine.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Great book, great adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
Gentle Irish folk tale of a young girl's island odyssey.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.
On DVD/Streaming
(2007)
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Fans of the book will want to see this film.
On DVD/Streaming
(1995)
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Beautiful, nuanced tale of an independent Saudi girl.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Terrific tweens-and-up story of women's baseball.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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Lovely Alcott adaptation tugs at the heartstrings.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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Gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation has timeless appeal.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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Excellent, gorgeous drama with uplifting messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Syrupy sports drama uplifts but glosses over deep issues.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
Magical, award-winning martial-arts fairy tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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Strong female character leads in violent dystopia.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.
On DVD/Streaming
(1995)
Fans will approve of gripping, violent middle installment.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Charming, bantery thriller is made by and for die-hard fans.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Disturbing tale of corporate greed, nuclear danger, courage.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Mature, visceral depiction of a turbulent reign.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Julia Roberts winner. R mostly for language.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)