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1. Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1981)

The Fabulous Stains is the story of Corinne Burns (Diane Lane) the classic troubled teen - dead parents, too pretty to deal with life, rebel with a feminist cause - who starts a band with her sister and their cousin. They go on tour with a washed up, coke-rock band and a new crew of Brit punks (uh, could this is a stab at the Sex Pistols?) The Fabulous Stains immediately gain attention when Corinne Burns lays down some crazy shit (The Skunk Look) and gives punk a female voice. Comment on feminism followings or riot grrrl culture? You decide. Whatever the case, Waste of Time is the most amazing girl-punk moment ever put on DVD.

2. Ghost World (2001)

Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johanson) are "losers". So, after the freedom of high school grad they decide to move out and purchase the dream life they have always wanted: no parents, no peers, no pressure. However, this is foiled as Enid has to stay back and do summer school. That summer, she falls for a nerdy record geek who is twice her age and becomes obsessed with his world. Things start off innocent, but Enid struggles with the bounds between friendship and love. Dark, flippant and always sarcastic this film forces the audience to see every move through Enid's negative lens, validating the reality of how fucking 'against you' the world can be when you're a teenage girl.

3. Mean Girls (2004)

"Ex-boyfriends are just off limits, it's like, the rules of feminism!"

We all heart Mean Girls because not only was this the only time that Lindsay Lohan proved to the world that yes, she CAN act, but also because it glorifies moments of teenage horror to the magnitude they can feel in that moment. Let me explain. For most girls in high school, everything sucks. And everything bad that happens is the end of the world. Really, it is the end of the god damn world. Feelings of embarrassment, love, hate and destruction are all multiplied by a thousand and then exploded by gossip. Oh gossip. Shit-talking, back stabbing, moody gossip. Mean Girls hilariously examines competition, friendship, beauty, forgiveness and popularity while reminding us how cruel us girls can get.

4. The Craft (1996)

I have a major soft spot for this movie because when I saw it at the end of grade six, I was convinced that I could become a witch (I'm sure you did too). I went to the library and spent endless hours researching ghosts, spells, witch craft and so on. I even started a journal where I would write down legends and spells. Binding spells were the cherry on my freak show sundae. I even convinced some of my friends to get into being witches and start a coven of our own. This worked for a while until my friends' Mom freaked out because she was convinced that I was trying to start a cult. She called my mom and the whole thing ended with my own real life witch trial. Of course, I lost. I will always love The Craft because made me feel powerful. Only women are witches, witches have power, I am powerful. (Also, they cast a spell that causes Marsha Bradey to loose her hair. She was being a racist bitch after all. Somewhere out in movie land Jan Bradey is stoked.)

5. A League of Their Own (1992)

I dare you to find me a better movie about women conquering a male dominated field. Pun totally intended.

6. Reform School Girls (1986)

People hate this movie because it makes no sense. I love it because of that factor. Why is 40-year old Wendy O' Williams still in reform school? Who the fuck cares because she is the grossest, toughest bitch ever. Reform School Girls looks at female gang mentality through a sexualized lens but manages to save itself at the end when the opposing groups come together as one to the fight the bigger evil (the system - duh). In this case, the system is a heartless Debbie-Harry look-a-like with a shot gun.

7. Ginger Snaps (2000)

This was my friend Leah's pick. When I asked her why it ruled, she said: "Themes include: death, sisters, best friends, periods, shitty jock dudes, a monster in the forest, and something about cookies. It's maybe the weirdest movie I have ever seen, and I believe it's Canadian, shot in the suburbs of Toronto." Sold.

8. Julie Johnson (2005)

Julie Johnson is the story of Julie (Lili Taylor) and her friend, Claire (Courtney Love) who live in New Jersey. They have been friends since high school. They both married shit-bag loser husbands, have kids who like sports and popsicles and feel stunted by their domesticated prisons. Julie, aspiring to further her scholastics and love of science and technology, decides to take an adult education class. In true form, Julie's husband (Noah Emmerich) is unsupportive and obviously threatened by his wife's natural progression beyond him. Gaining confidence from her schooling, Julie gathers the courage to leave her verbally abusive mate and live alone. Claire, being so inspired by Julie's drastic life change, ditches her husband and moves in with Julie. The two women try to re-build their new lives together. Claire gets a job at the local bar and Julie begins to flourish at school. The two women soon develop strong love for one another and eventually a lesbian relationship which, along with their new and complicated domestic setting, destroys their union. This film tells the story of little town, house-wife boredom from the female perspective and asks the audience to question how truly hard it is to transform from wife to academic when you're 35, married and financially fucked.

9. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

"I'm a sociopath." "No, you're gay."

I bought this book when I was twelve and read it over and over. I was obsessed with it. For some reason Claymore, a hospital so diverse with "crazy" women, seemed like the most interesting place in the entire world. Then, when the movie came out, my love was re-kindled. Now Claymore had been romanticized and transformed into the funnest place in the entire world. Regardless of my weird pre-teen fantasy to get locked up and force fed pills, this movie is a excellent story about the way the American medical system once dealt with women who were "insane".

10. FUN (1994)

"I like Squid. I think she goes two ways. Did you know that?"

This is the story of two misfit girls, Bonnie and Hilary, who meet one day and fall into an instant companionship. They decide to kill an old woman together for fun. The story is told from their cells in prison where a cheesy magazine reporter is trying to write a feature on the young murderers. This movie sticks with you like an obsession.

What are your favorite girl movies?

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