A female buddy film is a form of buddy film in which the main characters are females, and the film's events center on their situations. The cast may be mainly female depending on the plot. "The female buddy film is a recent trend in mainstream cinema. However, Thelma and Louise had a similar popular impact as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the early ‘90s, paving the way for onscreen female friendships like the one between Evelyn Couch and Ninny Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes, Waiting to Exhale and Walking and Talking."
Jonathan Rosenbaum has praised Jacques Rivette's 1974 film Céline and Julie Go Boating as an example of the genre and wrote that he knows "many women who consider Céline et Julie vont en bateau their favorite movie about female friendship." Dennis Lim sees the influence of Rivette's film in other female buddy films, such as Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan and David Lynch's Mullholland Drive. It was also influential on and referenced in Erick Zonca's 1998 film The Dreamlife of Angels.