7 Movies Every Girl Should See Before She Turns 18

8 June 2016, 17:31 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Mean Girls
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

ESSENTIAL viewing material, quite frankly.

Chances are you're a lover of movies. It's kind of hard not to be. What's the perfect activity when you're ill at home or staying in on a Friday night? Watching a movie, of course. Obviously, there are some movies that are a cut above the rest and some movies that are practically unmissable. Here are some movies (with female leads who have speaking parts) you should definitely watch if you've got ovaries in your body (or if you don't. No judgment.)


1) Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)

Don't be scared by the fact that Breakfast at Tiffany's is 55 years old this year. It's a classic. It's an excellent case study in how to dress well, be elusive AF, and become your own damn person.

2) Mean Girls (2004)

Right, so if you haven't seen Mean Girls at this point, I really don't know what to say to you. Other than..."see Mean Girls". It was Tina Fey's first solo career project and it's full of quotables, subtle life lessons, nuanced commentary on gender politics. THE WORKS. I'm going to assume that you've seen the film so, if you know someone who hasn't, gift it to them for Christmas.

3) The Breakfast Club (1985)

I can honestly say that I learned everything I ever needed to know from John Hughes films. Being that The Breakfast Club is 31 years old this year, there might be a good chance you haven't seen it. Conversely, I, myself, have seen it over 100 times. It's a "coming of age film" centered around five classmates who find themselves in detention one Saturday. Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy contrast nicely as the "popular girl" and the "outcast" and, to be honest, it just never gets old.

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4) The September Issue (2009)

One of my favourite genres of film is "documentaries about Journalism", which...well, you know. (sidebar: there is a great doc about The New York Times that EVERYONE should see). The September Issue is a fascinating documentary that follows the famed Anna Wintour and her colleagues as they work to put out Vogue's most important issue of the year. It's a real live look into how much effort goes into the magazine's most talked about issue. It's beyond fascinating.

5) 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You belongs to that wonderful time in film where everything was loosely based off The Taming Of The Shrew. Like Mean Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You is extremely quotable, packed with major feminist undertones, but has just enough of a cheese factor that you're not walking away wondering why they didn't just end up together.

6) Jackie Brown (1997)

Yes, Tarantino is problematic. Yes, he makes great films. Yes, Jackie Brown is a MUST watch.

7) Bridesmaids (2011)

Honestly, people don't talk about Bridesmaids enough. I think I saw this film 3 times in theaters and laughed uncontrollably each time. Women are rarely entrusted with writing in the comedy film genre, so it felt like a personal triumph to see so many comedic actresses DOING IT BIG (so to speak). If you haven't seen Bridesmaids, wyd, fam?