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Before 'Bridesmaids'

Love the Kristen Wiig-Maya Rudolph movie? Then you might want to check out these funny female-driven comedies, too

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The Women (1939)
There’s not a man to be found in George Cukor’s classic about rumor and tangled romance in chic Manhattan, just a posse of dynamic dames, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell. Gossip Girl‘s got nothing on these gals. (See this version, not the atrocious 2008 remake.)

9 TO 5 (1980)
Is taking revenge on your sexist dog of a boss a good thing? You bet — especially when the perpetrators are Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda. A brilliant Dabney Coleman plays the dog in question. This hilarious exercise in wish fulfillment also gave us Dolly’s timeless hit ”9 to 5.”

Outrageous Fortune (1987)
Shelley Long and Bette Midler have genius comic timing in this vintage ’80s romp about aspiring actresses who band together to investigate the disappearance of the cheating boyfriend (Peter Coyote) they share.

Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep star as an awesomely dysfunctional mother and daughter living together as adults. Mike Nichols directs. Carrie Fisher wrote the semi-autobiographical script. Need we say more?

Clueless (1995)
Overlook Amy Heckerling’s modern, SoCal take on Jane Austen’s Emma? As if! A pitch-perfect satire of superficial teens in Beverly Hills, Clueless is a showcase for adorable Alicia Silverstone, who’s never been better than she is here as Cher, the fashion-victim matchmaker with a heart of gold.

Mean Girls (2004)
Tina Fey made her big-screen debut penning (and costarring in) this fresh take on high school hierarchies. A devious Rachel McAdams and a promising, pre-tabloid Lindsay Lohan sweeten the deal.

Baby Mama (2008)
Yep, it’s Tina Fey again, playing a fertility-challenged woman alongside fellow SNLer Amy Poehler, who’s her live-in surrogate. The comedy is goofy fun, but the real draw is the chemistry between Fey and Poehler, who, we can only hope, will team up on screen again soon.

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