Love ’em or despise ’em, the bad chicks usually rule the school in Hollywood … that is, until their cruelty is exposed and they inevitably fall. From merely mean to positively murderous, the vicious vixens in the following movies certainly make an impression.
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A prank gone wrong ends in murder, and the popular clique does whatever it can to cover it up in this campy high school flick.
Quotable: “I don’t believe we’ve met, what with the cruel politics of high school and all.” – Courtney
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So fantastically ’80s (all the popular girls share the same name, huh?) and filled with some of our favorite celebs, Heathers is a dark comedy that explores serious teenage angst and issues. The film addresses bullying and murder with shoulder pads taking on a supporting role throughout.
Quotable: “What is your damage, Heather?” – Veronica Sawyer
3.Cruel Intentions (1999)
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Bad boy falls for good girl, and bad girl, Kathryn, “the Marcia Brady of the Upper East Side,” won’t have it. Ruthless and conniving, the bad girl ends up alone with her true nature exposed.
Quotable: “Everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way.” and “Do you think I relish the fact that I have to act like Mary Sunshine 24/7 so I can be considered a lady?” – Kathryn Merteuil
4.The Craft (1996)
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Sprinkle a dusting of witchcraft on four outcast teen girls, and you have quite the recipe for disaster. It doesn’t take long for the power-drunk pariahs to become the bullies, and their ringleader, Nancy Downs, does crazy like no other in her performance.
Quotable: “We are the weirdos, mister.” – Nancy Downs
5.Never Been Kissed (1999)
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A naive 25-year-old newspaper reporter gets a high school do-over, and we suspend our belief because Drew Barrymore is simply adorable as bumbling Josie Geller. We endure two sets of mean girls from two different decades (thanks, flashbacks and that awesome metallic prom dress!), and we watch as Josie tries to fit in with them before realizing she’s perfectly happy the way she is.
Quotable: “I don’t think you’re supposed to wear white jeans after 1983.” – Gibby Zerefski
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Of course, we’ve saved the most defining mean girl movie for last. This cult classic seems just as relevant now as it was a decade ago. Regina George has withering glares, fake smiles, and overall mean-ness down to an art form as head Plastic among the popular girls. Newcomer Cady Heron thinks she was probably better off in her native jungle than trying to blend into the strange hierarchy that is high school.
Quotable: “Get in loser, we’re going shopping.” – Regina “She doesn’t even go here!” – Damian
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