10 Films Featuring Fantastic Female-Led Casts

Earlier this week it was announced that Stories We Tell director and Atom Egoyan muse Sarah Polley is writing an updating of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel Little Woman. The project will be led by women, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Naturally, we’ve been busy doing a little dream casting for the upcoming picture.

We’re still flummoxed by the backlash about the recently announced all-female Ghostbusters reboot. Female-led productions have been around since the dawn of cinema and the work of film pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché. Here are ten movies that feature only (or largely) female casts.

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The Women

Director George Cukor teamed up with screenwriting legend and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes novelist Anita Loos and prolific screenwriter Jane Murfin for 1939’s The Women. There are more than 130 speaking roles in the film, all played by women. Men are discussed in this tale of interconnected lives and romantic dramas, but none are featured in the film. Cukor even went so far as to choose female animals as pets for the women and female figures in the props featured throughout the movie. Admirably, The Women doesn’t use its top-billing stars (Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell included) to spend the running time acting catty or exploiting lesbianism.