The Manic Pixie Dream Girls (MPDG)

This is my list of all the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) films I think really define what the MPDG is, so no Eternal Sunshine or Annie Hall here. What is MPDG you might ask? well as Nathan Rabin who coined the term has stated they are "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."

Well put Nathan! In my opinion the MPDG solely exists (like a come to life fairy/angel/muse or ahem, pixie) to remind the lonely, sad, depressed, existential, misanthropic, young man what life and love is really all about, and occasionally act as a muse to reignite their creativity. They are sometimes sporting a pixie hair cut, and act like a child in an arrested development who is carefree and has no character arch or emotions except for happy, cheerful, and whimsical. They exist as a one dimensional character, only to get the male protagonist out of his slump which he calls life.

Films I didn't include because I don't think they fit for whatever reason:
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Annie Hall
- Harold And Maude
- I Love You Alice B. Tolkas
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
- Something About Mary
- Breakfast at Tiffany's
- Bringing up Baby
- French New Wave (Jules & Jim/Breathless/A Woman is a Woman)
- Some Like it Hot
- Almost Famous
- Weird Science
- The Apartment (or any Shirley MaClaine film)
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Joe Versus The Volcano
- The Palm Beach Story/It Happened One Night
- Autumn in New York
- Two Lovers
- Moonlight Mile
- The Last Kiss
- LA Story
- Happy Go Lucky
- Amélie
- Along Came Polly
- Petulia
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
- Its Kind of a Funny Story
- The Baxter
- Youth in Revolt
- Xanadu* (*actual muse)


Here is my list (categorized by year), comment if you think I should add a film or if I missed any important ones!
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1.
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ I'm not adding Breakfast at Tiffany's because I think Audrey Hepburn is more of a MPDG in Holiday than she is in Tiffany's. Just my opinion. ” - JustStone
 
2.
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The sprightly young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter helps him over his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
“ Audrey plays a different kind of MPDG here, the kind the helps the protagonist write a script instead of one that helps him get over depression or mundane existence or whatever. Its an understated performance and I love this film! ” - JustStone
 
3.
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment. (106 mins.)
Director: Gene Saks
“ Technically not a manic pixie dream girl because Jane Fonda has settled down (and we all know MPDG's don't settle down) with Robert Redford as his wife in the film. But I'm sure she was a MPDG before they got married and her character is still pixieish, so I will give it an honorable mention. ” - JustStone
 
4.
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. (94 mins.)
 
5.
Butterflies Are Free (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door. (109 mins.)
Director: Milton Katselas
“ Goldie Hawn was the MPDG of the 70's, hands down. ” - JustStone
 
6.
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. (104 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
“ Rosanna Arquette becomes a MPDG through amnesia! Madonna would later become one herself (see below) ” - JustStone
 
7.
Something Wild (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up. (114 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ A pretty run of the mill MPDG action/adventure film. Notice the short almost like pixie cut on Griffith. ” - JustStone
 
8.
Out of Bounds (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Farm boy Daryl Cage's parents ship him off to the big city to live with his brother, hoping he will have a better life there... (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Tuggle
“ This is a real overlooked gem in the MPDG department. Jenny Wright owns the MPDG role in this film. If you can find it (I don't think its on DVD) rent this sucker and watch it for all its MPDG glory! ” - JustStone
 
9.
Who's That Girl (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
An uptight New York tax lawyer gets his life turned upside down, all in a single day, when he's asked to escort a feisty and free-spirited female ex-convict whom asks him to help prove her innocence of her crime. (92 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Madonna: the quintessential MPDG of the 80's. Sigh. ” - JustStone
 
10.
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles. (121 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
11.
Career Opportunities (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Josie, the daughter of the town's wealthiest businessman, faces problems at home and wishes to leave home... (83 mins.)
Director: Bryan Gordon
“ The MPDG in a Target overnight, film. ” - JustStone
 
12.
Mad Love (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
The high-school student Matt Leland lives with his twin brother and sister and his father in a house by the lake... (93 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
“ Well this is more of a run away love story, yet Drew is a MPDG in it, so I'll let it slide. ” - JustStone
 
13.
Sweet November (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story centers around a man and a woman, whose fates are intertwined and will change forever. Nelson is an avid advertiser living in San Francisco... (119 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Connor
“ I don't like counting the ones where the MPDG is (spoiler) terminally i'll, and therefore living life to the fullest/whimsical because she has no time left, not because she is naturally this way. However Theron epitomizes the MPDG persona here, so yeah. ” - JustStone
 
14.
Garden State (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ The resurrection of the MPDG for the indie film/music decade. ” - JustStone
 
15.
The Girl Next Door (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love. (108 mins.)
Director: Luke Greenfield
“ Oh Elisha Cuthbert, you are my favorite MPDG...even if you're a porn star. ” - JustStone
 
16.
Elizabethtown (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess. (123 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ The film that birthed the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Meh, still not the best example of one though. ” - JustStone
 
17.
Numb (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A chronically depressed screenwriter desperately tries to cure his condition when he meets the girl of his dreams. (93 mins.)
Director: Harris Goldberg
 
18.
In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Broke and alone on New Year's Eve, Wilson just wants to spend the rest of a very bad year in bed. But, when his best friend convinces him to post a personal ad, he meets a woman bent on finding the right guy to be with at midnight. (90 mins.)
Director: Alex Holdridge
“ Another missed MPDG gem. Good performances for the little indie film that could. ” - JustStone
 
19.
My Sassy Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A sweet Midwestern guy with his life planned out for himself is wooed, groomed, and ultimately dumped by a complicated, elusive gal. (92 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
“ Elisha Cuthbert is a repeat offender along with Hepburn, Hawn, and Deschanel. ” - JustStone
 
20.
Gigantic (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up. (98 mins.)
Director: Matt Aselton
“ A pre "500 Days of Summer" Zooey Deschanel MPDG role. ” - JustStone
 
21.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ This is by far the quintessential MPDG film. Zooey Deschanel is the quintessential MPDG. ” - JustStone
 
22.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
“ Ah yes the anti-MPDG film. I don't care what Zoe Kazan says about these kinds of films or her social critique of the MPDG and misogyny. She still wrote a film about a MPDG. End of Story. ” - JustStone
 
23.
Barefoot (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The "black sheep" son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who's been raised in isolation her entire life. He then takes the naive young woman home for his brother's wedding. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming