The Babadook2014

Written and Directed by Jennifer Kent

Starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman

A widowed mother and her young son are haunted by a malicious storybook come to life.

Featured in Episode 9: Horror

Bend It Like Beckham 2002

Written and Directed by Gurinder Chadha

Co-written by Paul Mayeda Berges, and Guljit Bindra

Starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley

A young woman struggles to balance her passion for soccer with her family's cultural expectations.

 

Featured in Episode 3: For Love of the Game

BLACK SWAN 2010

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin

Starring Natalie Portman

A professional ballerina struggles to perfect her performance as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake. 

 

 

 

Featured in Episode 9: Horror

The BReadwinner 2017

Directed by Nora Twomey

Screenplay by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis

Based on the novel by Deborah Ellis

Starring Saara Chaudry

A girl living in Kabul Afghanistan under Taliban control disguises herself as a boy in order to feed her family. 

 

 

 

Featured in Episode 15: Girls Will Be Boys

Bring It On 2000

Directed by Peyton Reed

Written by Jessica Bendinger

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, and Eliza Dushku

Two rival cheerleading captains go head to head at the National Championship.

 

Featured in Episode 3: For Love of the Game

CARRIE 1976

Directed by Brian De Palma

Screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen

Based on the novel by Stephen King

Starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie

A high schooler from an abusive home navigates being bullied at school, while developing telekinetic abilities.

Featured in Episode 8: Fierce Witches

THE CRAFT1996

Directed by Andrew Fleming

Written by Peter Filardi and Andrew Fleming

Starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk,

Neve Campbell, and Rachel True

The new girl in school is taken in by a clique of outcast girls who practice witchcraft.

Featured in Episode 8: Fierce Witches

The Devil Wears Prada 2006

Directed by David Frankel

Written by Aline Brosh McKenna

Based on the book by Lauren Weisberger

Starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway

A young woman becomes the personal assistant to the editor in chief of a high fashion magazine.

Featured in Episode 4: Unconventional Mentors

THe Fits 1997

Written and Directed by Anna Rose Holmer

Additional Story by Saela Davis and Lisa Kjerulff

Starring Royalty Hightower

A young "tomboy" joins her local dance team, where the members are experiencing mysterious seizure-like episodes.

Featured in Episode 14: Body of a Girl

THE HANDMAIDEN 2016

Written and Directed by Park Chan-wook

Co-Written by Chung Seo-kyung

Based on the novel 'Fingersmith' by Sarah Waters

Starring Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri

A Korean woman goes to work as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, in a secret plot to defraud her.

Featured in Episode 11: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

THE Hunger GameS SERIES: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and MockingJay- Parts 1 & 2 2012-2015

Directed by Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence

Screenplays by Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross, Billy Ray, Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Peter Craig, and Danny Strong

Based on the book series by Suzanne Collins

Starring Jennifer Lawrence

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised fight to the death.

Featured in Episode 13:

Remember Who The Real Enemy Is

LADY BIRD2017

Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig

Starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf

A high school senior desperate to leave her hometown struggles to find common ground with her mother.

 

 

Featured in Episode 2: Coming of Age 

A League of Their Own1992

Directed by Penny Marshall

Screenplay by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

Based on the story by Kim Wilson and Kelly Candaele

Starring Geena Davis and Lori Petty

Two sisters are recruited to join the first professional baseball league for women.

 

Featured in Episode 3: For Love of the Game 

MA Vie En Rose 1997

Written and Directed by Alain Berliner

Co-written by Chris Vander Stappen

Starring Georges Du Fresne

A young transgender girl struggles to be accepted by her family and community.

 

Featured in Episode 14: Body of a Girl 

MEAN GIRLS2004

Directed by Mark Waters

Written by Tina Fey

Based on the book 'Queen Bees and Wannabees' by Rosalind Wiseman

Starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams

A new girl navigates the jungle of high school cliques.

 

Featured in Episode 11: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

The Miracle Worker 1962

Directed by Arthur Penn

Written by William Gibson 

Adapted from their stage play

Based on The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Starring Ann Bancroft and Patty Duke

A blind and deafmute girl learns to communicate from her young teacher.

Featured in Episode 4: Unconventional Mentors

Mulan 1998

Directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft

Screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, and Eugenia Bostwick-Singer

With a Story by Robert D. San Souci

Based on 'The Ballad of Hua Mulan'

Starring Ming-Na Wen and Lea Salonga

A young woman in Han Dynasty China takes her father's place in a war against an invading army. 

Featured in Episode 15: Girls Will Be Boys

NOTES on A Scandal 2006

Directed by Richard Eyre

Screenplay by  Patrick Marber

Based on the novel by Zoe Heller

Starring Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett

A veteran high school teacher befriends the new art teacher at her school, and becomes the keeper of a dangerous secret.

Featured in Episode 11: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

OKJA2017

Written and Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Co-written by Jon Ronson

Starring Seohyun An and Tilda Swinton

A young girl embarks on a quest to rescue her best friend, a genetically modified SuperPig.

 

 

Featured in Episode 7: The Young Hero's Journey 

Pan's Labyrinth2006

Written and Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Starring Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, and Sergi Lopez

A young girl growing up in the fascist aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, escapes into the dark fantasy world of fauns and fairies.

 

 

Featured in Episode 7: The Young Hero's Journey 

PERSEPOLIS2007

Written and Directed by Marjane Satrapi

and Vincent Paronnaud

Based on the Graphic Novel by Marjane Satrapi

Starring Chiara Mastroianni

A woman reflects on her childhood in Tehran and Vienna, against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.

Featured in Episode 2: Coming of Age

Pieces of April 2003

Written and Directed by Peter Hedges

Starring Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson

A young New York woman prepares Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family.

Featured in Episode 10: Tradition and Family

Real Women Have Curves 2002

Directed by Patricia Cardoso

Screenplay by Josefina López and George LaVoo

Based on the play by Josefina López

Starring America Ferrera

A teenage girl, in the summer between high school and college, goes to work at her sister’s textile factory.

Featured in Episode 14: Body of a Girl

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997

Directed by David Mirkin

Written by Robin Schiff, based on her play 

'Ladies Room'

Starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow

Two inseparable friends prepare to attend their ten year high school reunion.

Featured in Episode 5: Best Friends

Soul Mate 2016

Directed by Derek Tsang

Written by Wing-Sum Lam, Yuan Li, Yi-meng Xu, and Nan Wu

Starring Dongyu Zhou and Sandra Ma

A chronicle of the eighteen year friendship of two women from childhood to adulthood, made complicated by first love.

 

 

Featured in Episode 5: Best Friends

Tangerine2015

Written and Directed by Sean Baker

Starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor

A single day's journey of two transgender sex workers through the streets of Hollywood on Christmas Eve.

Featured in Episode 5: Best Friends

Thelma 2015

Written and Directed by Joachim Trier

Co-Written by Eskil Vogt

Starring Eili Harboe

A religious college freshman tries to suppress her burgeoning sexuality, as well as her mysterious psychokinetic fits.

Featured in Episode 9: Horror

Thelma & Louise 1991

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by Callie Khouri

Starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon

Two best friends set out on a weekend roadtrip that spins out of control.

Featured in Episode 16 (Season One Finale): Let's Keep Going!

THIRTEEN2003

Directed by Catherine Hardwick

Written by Nikki Reed and Catherine Hardwick

Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, and Nikki Reed

A troubled middle schooler's life changes when she befriends the coolest girl in school.

 

Featured in Episode 2: Coming of Age

Titanic1997

Written and Directed by James Cameron

Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio

An old woman recounts her experience on the ill-fated RMS Titanic. 

Featured in Episode 12: The "I'm So Cold, Jack!" Epic Winter Titanic Spectacular

Uptown Girls 2003

Directed by Boaz Yakin

Written by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz, and Allison Jacobs

Starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning

The bankrupt daughter of a rock and roll legend becomes a nanny to a wealthy, neurotic child.

Featured in Episode 4: Unconventional Mentors

Wadjda 2012

Written and Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour

Starring Waad Mohammed

A girl growing up in Saudi Arabia enters a Quran reciting competition in order to win the money she needs to buy a bicycle.

Featured in Episode 10: Tradition and Family

WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE 1995

Written and Directed by Todd Solondz

Starring Heather Matarazzo

A young girl experiences all the trials of seventh grade in suburban New Jersey.

Featured in Episode 7: The Young Hero's Journey

Whale Rider 2002

Written and Directed by Niki Caro

Based on the novel by Witi Ihimaera

Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes

A Maori girl fights to prove her worthiness to become the chief of her tribe.

Featured in Episode 10: Tradition and Family

The WITCH2015

Written and directed by Robert Eggers

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie

A young woman and her Puritan family are banished to the wilderness of 1630's New England, where they contend with dark forces in the woods.

Featured in Episode 8: Fierce Witches

Yentl 1983

Written and Directed by Barbra Streisand

Co-Written by Jack Rosenthal

Based on the story 'Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy' by Isaac Bashevis-Singer

Starring Barbra Streisand

A Jewish woman disguises herself as a Yeshiva boy in order to study Talmud.

Featured in Episode 15: Girls Will Be Boys

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