My Additions to “20+ Movies for Female Entrepreneurs”

by Melissa Stewart

Yesterday I saw a tweet from @JenniferDonogh for a post on Young Female Entrepreneurs linking to an article 20+ Movies for Female Entrepreneurs. I LOVED this list!! After reading (and sharing), I had to add a few more.

Here are my additions to 20+ Movies for Female Entrepreneurs (in no particular order):


It’s Complicated (2009) — Meryl Streep runs a bakery.
Steel Magnolias (1989) — Dolly Parton runs a beauty parlor.
The Color Purple (1985) — Whoopi Goldberg starts a clothing shop.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) — Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker run a café.
Mystic Pizza (1988) — Conchata Ferrel owns a pizza parlor.
The Secret Life of Bees (2008) — The Boatwright sisters run a bee farm.
Out of Africa (1985) — Meryl Streep owns a plantation.
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991) – Christina Applegate fakes a resume to get a job in the fashion industry, but proves capable & lucky enough to succeed.
The Help (2011) Emma Stone is an aspiring author who stands up for what she believes in.
Places in the Heart (1984) — Sally Field runs her family cotton farm.

What movies would you add?




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8 Replies to “My Additions to “20+ Movies for Female Entrepreneurs””

  1. Lori Gosselin

    Hi Melissa,
    Thanks for this list! Do you recommend the movies over the books? I’ve read one (The Help) and want to read The Secret Life of Bees. I always forget which is better first – the book or the movie.
    What do you think?

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      Melissa Stewart[ Post Author ]

      I’m always disappointed in the movie when I’ve read the book first! But, that said, I’ve gone into them both ways. Sometimes the movies peaks my interest in the books or visa versa. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way!

  2. Jessie Spielvogel

    I love these movie lists – so many that I haven’t seen and clearly I’ll be spending some cold days having movie marathons now.

    I’d add First Wives Club! Three ladies start an inspiring business together after initially intending to get even with their ex husbands.

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      Melissa Stewart[ Post Author ]

      I LOVE First Wives Club!! Added to my list.

  3. Jedith

    Hi Melissa, I really like the list you’ve provided. This weekend I watched ‘It’s Complicated’ and I have to say that its a good movie, makes me want to move to Cali for the weather!

    I would like to suggest following movies to this list:
    1. Sunshine Cleaning: Amy Adams and her sister launch a bio-hazard removal/crime scene clean-up service
    2. PS I Love You – After her husband dies. Hillary Swank discovers her passion for designing shoes
    3.Chocolat – A mother (Juliet Binoche) determined to grow her chocolate business with her daughter while living in a small French village.
    4. Baby Boom – Diane Keaton starts a specialty baby food company.
    5. The Associate – Whoopi Goldberg invents an elusive white male partner in order to be taken seriously and to be successful at her own wealthy investment firm.

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      Melissa Stewart[ Post Author ]

      The Associate! Totally forgot about that one!! Added to my list! TY so much for reminding me 🙂

  4. Jenn

    LOVE these movies- haven’t watched The Help yet (officially added to my must see list). Thanks for sharing the YFE post and adding to the list Melissa!

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      Melissa Stewart[ Post Author ]

      Thank YOU for your list an inspiring my list!

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