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12 Movies Celebrating Friendship

12 of the best movies on friendship.

Based on my extensive research (I asked a few friends) I've put together this list of 12 movies that we think celebrate female friendships. You've probably watched most of these a long time ago, so I hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Good for a laugh

Romy And Michele's High School Reunion

Movie / ByDavid Mirkin

Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) have been best friends since school and return to their small home town for their tenth high school reunion. Their lives haven't turned out the way they'd anticipated, so they decide to fabricate a new life to impress their school friends. Of course things don't go according to plan. Janeane Garofalo is at her acerbic best and there is a truly awful dance sequence with Romy, Michelle and Sandy (Alan Cumming) - what's not to like.

Sex & The City

Movie / ByMichael Patrick King

This movie is a follow up to the Sex and the City TV Series (231). The story centres around Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) wedding to Mr Big - will it happen or won't it happen after they break up once again. Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) are also dealing with their own relationship woes while continuing to be supportive to each other. Samantha to Carrie: "Aww, you made a little joke. Good for you!" So if you like your friends to be complementary and supportive, enjoy!

Bridesmaids

Movie / ByPaul Feig

This is slapstick that is actually funny. Lilian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married. The focus of the movie is on her friendship with Annie (Kristen Wiig) who becomes envious of Lillian's relationship with new friend Helen (Rose Byrne). Annie goes to great lengths to outdo Helen in the run up to the wedding, which leads Lilian and her bridesmaids from one disaster to the next. Of course it all comes together in the end. There are some seriously gross scenes (I don't know how else to put it), so you may need to shut your eyes and ears in parts.

The Truth About Cats And Dogs

Movie / ByMichael Lehmann

This is one of those very rare, surprisingly good romantic comedies. Abby (Janeane Garofalo) is a talk-radio veterinarian. Brian (Ben Chaplin) is a caller to her show who takes a romantic interest in her. Abby who believes she has a face for radio lies about her appearance and gets her neighbour, the blonde and leggy Noelle (Uma Thurman) to pretend to be her. Matters get complicated when both girls become interested in Brian. How does it turn out when the truth is revealed? Abby's handling of a turtle is stuck in my head forever plus there are some great lines - funny, funny, funny.

Growing up

Little Women

Video / ByGillian Artmstrong

This a really good screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical book. Four sisters Meg, Jo (Winona Ryder), Beth (Claire Danes), Amy (Kirsten Dunst & Samantha Mathis) and their mother (Susan Sarandon) navigate their way through life while their father is away serving in the American Civil War. Jo, takes on the role of the man of the house. Each of the sisters brings their own unique personality to this story. You'll enjoy this if you like period drama and romance.

Friends with Money

Movie / ByNicole Holofcener

This is a movie about the single Olivia and her three rich married friends. Olivia works as a maid after quitting her job as a teacher in a posh school. She is searching for a partner while her friends get caught up in their mundane lives. It is about growing up, but for older people. The lines below kind of sum it up.
Jane: I'm just tired.
Aaron: Of what?
Jane: I just, guess I feel there's no more wondering what's it gonna be like.
Aaron: Like what's gonna be like?
Jane: My fabulous life.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

Movie / ByKen Kwapis

A coming of age story about four sixteen year old girls. Faced with a summer apart they decide to buy a pair of jeans (the pants of the title) which they can all take turns wearing during the holiday to feel connected. Yes, these miraculous jeans are one size fits all. So Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Carmen (America Ferrera) and Bridget (Blake Lively) all venture off in different directions with the pants following.

Dealing with bigger issues (aka the weepies)

Beaches

Video / ByGarry Marshall

The tagline for this movie is "Friends come and go but there's always one you're stuck with for life." The slightly brash C.C. Bloom (Mayim Bialik & Bette Midler) and refined Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) meet when they are 11 years old and become lifelong friends. They go from pen pals to roommates before parting again. Then Hillary becomes ill with cancer and the two women are reunited. We view their friendship as they go through the different stages of their lives.

Thelma & Louise

Movie / ByRidley Scott

Thelma (Geena Davis) is married to a man who likes her in the kitchen. Her best friend is Louise (Susan Sarandon), a waitress. Fed up with the men in their lives, they decide to escape their lives and go on a road trip. Unfortunately they encounter a rapist and they are soon being pursued by police. Look out for a young Brad Pitt who gets friendly with a Thelma. This is a story of two, very different, but extraordinary women.

The Help

Movie / ByTate Taylor

This movie is based on Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel. It is about race relationships in America's south - the maids and their employers. Skeeter (Emma Stone) an aspirational author brings it all to the fore when she writes a book about the lives of the maids. Initially only Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer) share their stories, but in time many more join them. New friendships form in unexpected places and old ones die.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Movie / ByJon Avnet

Evelyn (Kathy Bates) is an unhappy housewife who is trampled on by most people she encounters. She meets Ninny (Jessica Tandy) in an old age home. Ninny tells her the story of the lifelong friendship between Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker) set in 1920s Alabama in the town of Whistle Stop. It deals with many issues including; racism and marital abuse. The story inspires Evelyn to make changes in her own life.

Steel Magnolias

Movie / ByHerbert Ross

A circle of close knit women meet regularly at a local beauty parlour run by Truvy (Dolly Parton) where they share their stories and well ... gossip. One of the more memorable lines from the movie is, "If you can't find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me." At the start of the movie they're all getting ready for Shelby's (Julia Roberts) wedding and it's all quite upbeat. As the movie unfolds though we learn that Shelby has diabetes and her health starts to deteriorate.

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