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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.
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(2014)
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5
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A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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5
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Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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5
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Disneyfied but dignified tale of Chinese warrior.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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5
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Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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6
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First African-American Disney princess is a good role model.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
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6
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Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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6
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Family entertainment at its best, expect emotional moments.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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7
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Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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7
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First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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8
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Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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8
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Mother-daughter princess tale has some very scary scenes.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
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Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2007)
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Positive messages throughout tween-friendly animal comedy.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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8
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Charming take on Cinderella tale has strong heroine.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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8
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Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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8
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Offbeat fantasy gem, but too dark for young kids.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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8
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Gentle Irish folk tale of a young girl's island odyssey.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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8
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Great book, great adaptation.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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9
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Fans of the book will want to see this film.
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On DVD/Streaming
(1995)
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9
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Beautiful, nuanced tale of an independent Saudi girl.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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10
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Terrific tweens-and-up story of women's baseball.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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10
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Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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11
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Gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation has timeless appeal.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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11
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Lovely Alcott adaptation tugs at the heartstrings.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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11
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Excellent to watch and discuss as a family.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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12
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Syrupy sports drama uplifts but glosses over deep issues.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
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12
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Amazing, magical martial arts fairy tale.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
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Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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Strong female character leads in violent dystopia.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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13
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A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.
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On DVD/Streaming
(1995)
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14
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Fans will approve of gripping, violent middle installment.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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14
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Charming, bantery thriller is made by and for die-hard fans.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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15
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Julia Roberts winner. R mostly for language.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
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15
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Disturbing tale of corporate greed, nuclear danger, courage.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2003)
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16
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Mature, visceral depiction of a turbulent reign.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2002)