Fitting for this thread is the 1995 film “Now and Then” with four important female characters played by eight actresses – four when young and four when older. The young/old characters are:
Roberta played by Christina Ricci/Rosie O’Donnell;
Teeny played by Thora Birch/Melanie Griffith;
Samantha played by Gaby Hoffmann/Demi Moore; and
Chrissy played by Ashleigh Aston Moore/Rita Wilson.
This film presents what I feel is a realist portrayal of four friends, girls/women who care about each other, but sometimes have differences, which is what life is about. It was written by I. Marlene King and directed by Leslie Linka Glatter.
Thinking about Christina Ricci I am reminded of the TV show “Pan Am” which sadly only ran for one season. While there were male characters I feel the show was mostly about the four stewardesses, their different personalities and how they related to each other.
While some may feel that the main character of the 1992 movie “A League of their Own” is a man, Jimmy Dugan played by Tom Hanks, it is primarily a story of the interaction of a group of women. Tom Hanks is listed first in IMDb’s list of “cast overview, first billed only,” but the next 14 characters are female and include Geena Davie as Dottie Hinson, Madonna as Mae Mordabito and Rosie O’Donnell as Doris Murphy. It has been a while since I have seen this film. I remember enjoying it and in some ways it reminded me of “Stage Door” (1937), which I have written about earlier.
Here is a picture, from 1944, of an all female team, the “Rockford Peaches” that played in the “All-American Girls Professional Baseball League:”
And here is a similar picture of the cast from the movie “A League of their Own”: