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The Definitive List of Manic Pixie Dream Girls in Film

Manic Pixie Dream Girl (n.): "That bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures."
Ten years deep into the term's origination, the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" stereotype has become a well-known character trope, a hack plot shortcut a la the White Savior. The phrase has been popularized and eventually retracted by its creator Nathan Rabin, but it's too late – the MPDG has not only become something close to the desk that lazy writers everywhere can reach for, it's also become a bizarre ideal for a certain subset of young, hip females.
So get your hair bow-aligned and your Belle and Sebastian mixtape in hand. Here's the worst, the best, and the mislabeled (the last five are subversions of the trope, but still demonstrate it in order to do so).
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Garden State (2004)
Garden State (2004)
2
Elizabethtown (2005)
Elizabethtown (2005)
3
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
4
Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall (1977)
5
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
6
Sabrina (1995)
Sabrina (1995)
7
Roman Holiday (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
8
Almost Famous (2000)
Almost Famous (2000)
9
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
10
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
11
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
12
I, Frankenstein (2014)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
14
Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
15
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
16
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
17
Yes Man (2008)
Yes Man (2008)
18
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
19
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
20
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
21
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
22
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
23
Breathless (2012)
Breathless (2012)
24
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
25
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
26
The Zero Theorem (2014)
The Zero Theorem (2014)
27
Sweet November (2001)
Sweet November (2001)
28
The Last Kiss (2006)
The Last Kiss (2006)
29
Chungking Express (1994)
Chungking Express (1994)
30
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
31
Cactus Flower (1969)
Cactus Flower (1969)
32
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
33
Something Wild (1986)
Something Wild (1986)
34
Buffalo '66 (1998)
Buffalo '66 (1998)
35
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Love & Other Drugs (2010)
36
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
37
Anomalisa (2015)
Anomalisa (2015)
38
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Ruby Sparks (2012)
39
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
40
God Help the Girl (2014)
God Help the Girl (2014)
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