'The Women' (1939)
The grandmother of female comedies, this screen adaptation of Clair Boothe Luce's 1936 play brings together a who's-who of actresses — Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell Joan Fontaine and Marjorie "Ma Kettle" Main, to name a few — and, after arming them with some truly biting dialogue, turns them loose on each other. (A sample: "There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society...outside of a kennel!") Men are a constant topic of conversation amongst this salon-dwelling Manhattanites, but you won't find a single male actor in the cast; in terms of concentrated estrogen doses, there's nothing like it in terms of great Golden-Age-of-Hollywood. (Though we have to give a shout-out to 1937's Stage Door, a tart backstage farce featuring Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and a sassy redhead named Lucille Ball.) A standard had been set.