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6 Movies All Girls (Young or Old) Should See! (And Boys, Too!)

Updated on October 19, 2014
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The Six Unforgettable Movies All Girls & Women Should See

The day my then 11-year-old daughter recreated the food fight from "Fried Green Tomatoes" in our kitchen with me, I knew I'd added another permanent favorite to our list! Although I didn't enjoy getting flour in my contact lenses, I was still laughing hysterically, and the flash of that moment is one of my favorite mother-daughter memories to this day. The pic is a goofy mock-up I did to give my daughter as a reminder.

Over my years as a daughter, wife, and mother I've caught a few movies that have made an indelible mark on my soul and heart. I'll talk about them here and tell you how they affected me.

So let's pop up some popcorn, fire up the DVD player, and maybe grab a box of Kleenex. You might need one or two for the dramatic parts.

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Ahh... I've saved my very favorite movie of all time for last. When Fried Green Tomatoes first came out in the late 80's, I didn't get a chance to watch it for several years. Once I did, I was mesmerized. There are three main themes to this movie, all equally important. One is Kathy Bates as Evelyn Couch, a depressed, overweight housewife who finds herself and her strength from the stories and persona of Ninny Threadgoode, (Jessica Tandy), an elderly woman she happens to meet and befriend in a nursing home. Secondly we have the stories' heroines, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker) who go through all kinds of adventures, triumphs and personal tragedies and end up stronger for them. Finally, we have Ninny Threadgoode's own change and growth through her friendship with Evelyn.

The backdrop to this story is 1980's southern suburbia but the vignettes of Idgie and Ruth are 1920's Alabama, long before the Civil Rights movement. There is a lot of amazing side drama going on from other characters influenced or affected by racial oppression.

And my favorite moment, as I mentioned at the beginning, is the food fight between Idgie and Ruth when Ruth is teaching Idgie to cook fried green tomatoes in the restaurant they end up operating together.

I have to make mention also of the music in this film, which is beyond amazing. And just in case it makes you hungry, there is a real Whistle Stop Cafe near the original movie set where you can tuck in to a good southern dinner!

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Steel Magnolias is the first movie that landed on my "permanent list." To begin with, how could a movie starring Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Darryl Hannah, and Shirley MacLaine not be something very special! Each woman is going through her own personal challenge. Sally as M'Lynn is struggling with allowing her diabetic daughter to live a real life without limits. Julia as her daughter Shelby is on the other side of that struggle. Dolly Parton longs for her husband to get back into life while she beautifies all the Southern women in town and acts as its social mediator. Olympia as Clairee is trying to find her own ways to shine after being widowed. Shirley as "Ouiser" has something to say about just about everything, and is just hilarious in her crankiness. Finally Darryl as Annelle is trying to figure out exactly who she is after being unceremoniously dumped by her very bad boyfriend. This movie has it all - outrageous hilarity, a lot of heart-rending drama, and seeing women come through the fiery furnace emerging stronger and wiser than ever.

I make it a point to watch each of these movies every few years. Does my soul good. And it's fun to introduce them to my younger friends too!

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The newest addition to my list, "Where The Heart Is" starts with Novalee (Natalie Portman) being dumped at a Walmart by her crummy boyfriend, nine months pregnant. She goes on to build a whole new life with her baby with the help of friends such as Lexie (Ashley Judd) and SIster Husband (Stockard Channing). Full of dramatic twists and turns, along with some great funny moments, this movie is just plain inspiring and will stay with you.

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Siddalee, (Sandra Bullock) a famous New York playwright, manages to enrage her very Southern mother Vivianne (Ellen Burstyn) with her newest play. It's obvious to VIvianne's three best friends from the play that Sidda has no clue about the real story of her mother, and they travel to New York to kidnap Sidda for a little intervention. Ashley Judd does an incredible job playing the young Vivianne. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a secret society formed by Vivi and her best friends. This movie shows just how easy it is to get the wrong perception of a person. After a lot of difficult lessons for Sidda, everything works out with a happy surprise ending.

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Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillie (Nicole Kidman), are raised by their elderly aunts (Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest) who happen to be practicing witches. Both girls spent their young lives as outcasts in the community because of the family occupation. Sally is determined to have a normal life with no witchcraft as a widow raising two young daughters, although she is a talented witch. Gillie embraces her craft (and love life) with enthusiasm, resulting in some pretty big trouble that ends up involving the whole family. A lot of good laughs as well as some pretty intense drama. I've watched this movie more times than I can count on both hands.

The Help

My grown daughter took me to the theater to see this movie because she said it was too good for me to miss. She was absolutely right! You will be rooting for the maids as they struggle for rights in their own way. You'll find some of the ways they deal with their situations sad to hilarious. It is a definite must-watch for anyone who appreciates the struggles women go through to find their rightful place in the world.

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