2011 proved women can be just as powerful, funny, and smart in Hollywood without taking their clothes off. Look at some the top releases of 2011:

Comedy? BRIDESMAIDS – Ranked in the top 20 most financially successful films of 2011, this hilarious all-female ensemble film led by Kristen Wiig proved women can be just as crude, lewd, and deliciously inappropriate on screen. Remember that wedding dress scene?

Period piece? THE HELP – An entirely female lead cast in a story penned by novelist Kathryn Stockett that already received five Golden Globe nominations and is expected to draw Oscar nods for frontrunner Viola Davis (Best Actress) and Jessica Chastain/Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress).

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