'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953)
There just "two little girls from Little Rock," if you believe the song that Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's alpha females sing early on in this Howard Hawks musical comedy — but don't be fooled. For one thing, neither of them could be considered "little," whether you're talking about physical stature or personality traits; for another, they're not girls but full-grown women, who know what they want and aren't keen on being pushed around. Monroe would end up making another female comedy that year, How to Marry a Millionaire (co-starring Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable), but this is the one that sticks in your memory, thanks to the very real bond between the archetypical Hollywood blonde and the wisecracking Russell. For all the gold-digging on display, it's really an ode to female friendship — the may be after rich husbands, but no man could ever get between this dynamic duo.