A Film of Myself: My Favourite Female Coming of Age Films

See what I did in the title? While I related plenty to the Ferris Buellers and William Millers of the film world, here are some films I want to force-feed teen girls the world over.

Quite literally, this will be a list of films with intriguing female leads (teens to twentysomethings). I will only include films that get my personal stamp of approval - these are films I will show my nieces as they grow older.

  • Picture Day
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Me Without You
  • Gas Food Lodging
  • Dogfight
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Mermaids
  • Career Girls
  • Electrick Children
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Fish Tank
  • An Education
  • Clueless
  • Reality Bites
  • Election
  • Riding in Cars with Boys
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  • Little Darlings
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Whip It
  • Easy A
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
  • A Walk on the Moon
  • Penelope
  • Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Dick
  • Personal Best
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Times Square
  • Girl
  • Little Voice
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Mean Girls
  • Heathers
  • In a World...
  • All I Wanna Do
  • The Princess Diaries
  • Pleasantville
  • Slums of Beverly Hills
  • Hairspray
  • Inventing the Abbotts
  • The Craft
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • My Girl
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Drop Dead Fred
  • Protocol
  • Queen
  • Funny Girl
  • My Summer of Love
  • Girl in Progress
  • The Man in the Moon
  • Persepolis
  • David and Lisa
  • The To Do List
  • All Over Me
  • The Magdalene Sisters
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Now and Then
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Ronja Robbersdaughter
  • Miss Representation
  • Muriel's Wedding
  • The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Dirty Girls
  • Stoker
  • Pariah
  • Circumstance
  • D.E.B.S.
  • Fire
  • Born in Flames
  • Mosquita y Mari
  • Chutney Popcorn
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • I Can't Think Straight
  • Girlhood
  • Stella
  • Walking and Talking
  • Brooklyn
  • Molly Maxwell
  • Inside Out
  • Starstruck
  • Smooth Talk