Female Ensemble Movies: The Frisky’s Top Five

You might think the trailer for the movie The Women makes the movie look lame, and it very well could be, but did you know the movie is a remake of a 1939 classic starring Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Marjorie Main, Butterfly McQueen, Hedda Hopper, and more? Well, both movies are part of the “female ensemble movie” genre, according to a Variety article, and this differs from the “woman’s film” or “chick flick” genre in that there are more than three female leads. See, there are girl movies, and then there are movies with lots of girls in them. For some reason, there aren’t all that many of these movies, Variety says, but we have plenty of favorite female ensemble movies on our list. Keep reading for our top five.

  1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants The target audience might be a little younger than us, but that Greek guy was hot. Get excited for the sequel, coming to theaters August 6.
  2. The First Wives Club Okay, technically there were only three women on screen for most of the movie, but there was a fourth — she just committed suicide at the beginning. So many good parts, including Sarah Jessica Parker playing a skinny bitch, and also a small part for Elizabeth Berkeley, but the best has to be when they walk out of the party dressed in white and singing “You Don’t Own Me.” Yes, I have their version on my iPod.
  3. The Best of Everything I haven’t seen the movie, but the book is most excellent. It’s about a group of women in the 1950s who work together in New York.
  4. Joy Luck Club This is a lovely emotional movie about mothers and daughters. The book is decent, too. (And by decent, I mean read in high school English classes across the country.)
  5. Friends with Money Amelia loved this movie because it was about “complicated adult friendships.” Because “playing” nice becomes exponentially more difficult above the age of four.