Our Favourite Beauty Pageant Movies of All Time

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Best Beauty Pageant Movies

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Azra Hirji

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August 13, 2014

Who doesn’t love a good beauty pageant competition? From the cheeky interviews and talent segments, to the hair and makeup and the crown large pageant ceremonies, like the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions, attract millions and millions of viewers around the globe and what better way to pay homage to the pageant industry than to roundup our favourite beauty pageant movies of all time. 

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Abigail Breslin stars as a young beauty contestant whose family is determined to get her into the finals of an important beauty competition. The family goes on a cross-country road trip in their infamous Volkswagen trailer, making for some unforgettable uplifiting and hilarious moments. 

Miss Congeniality (2000)
One of our favourites, Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock, is definitely a true beauty-pageant classic. It almost revolutionized the whole concept when they decided to put a tomboy police officer undercover as a pageant contestant. And Bullock's charming physical comedy skills resulted in an awesome laugh-out-loud movie!

Beautiful (2000)
Beautiful stars Minnie Driver as Mona who gives up everything in pursuit of winning a pageant competition. However, along the way she finds what it means to be beautiful on the inside and out and what’s truly important to her. And who can forget Vanessa, the cutest little girl in movie history!

Miss All-American Beauty (1982)
Diane Lane portrays a teenaged girl who’s just won a Texas beauty contest. However, she’s expected to give up her old life and endure the hard responsibilities of a beauty queen, as well as preparing for a national contest. Oh, the trials and tribulations of a beauty pageant queen!

Smile (1975)
A true vintage comedy that revolves around a couple who try everything in their power to put-on a successful and scandal-free beauty-pageant in their small town. However, this pageant is anything but drama-free, rather it's filled with hilarious mischief and of course, scandal! 

Do you have a favourite pageant movie? Let us know in the comments below!


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