13 Films About Female Friendship That Will Make You Want to Call Your BFF, Stat

Liz Alterman | Apr 29, 2016 Movies

women watching movie togetherNo matter what stage of life you're in, friends matter. Pals who'll celebrate the good times, like your wedding or the birth of your children, make life richer. They also make it easier to bear when you're suffering after a bad breakup or the loss of a loved one. If you're looking to revel in the power of female friendships, we found 13 movies that pay homage to these all-important relationships.

From road trips and reunions to hospitals and hard times, these films illustrate the beauty of having a friend who's always got your back.

 

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  • 'Thelma & Louise'

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    Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon star as the title characters in Thelma & Louise, BFFs who have each other's backs straight through to the end -- literally.

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  • 'Romy & Michele's High School Reunion'

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    Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star in Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, which offers a hilarious look at the power of attempting to outrun your past by reinventing yourself.

  • 'Bridesmaids'

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    The all-star cast of Bridesmaids will have you and your pals rolling in the aisles as you commiserate about your experiences as a member of the wedding. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are at the top of their game in this comedy.

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  • 'Clueless'

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    Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and Brittany Murphy are high school pals trying to navigate the high school social scene in Clueless. This coming-of-age story is loosely based on Emma. Despite being a comedy, it delivers a powerful message about the importance of appreciating love and friendship.

  • 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'

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    Despite their lives going in different directions, four friends, portrayed by Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively, are able to stay connected by a magical pair of jeans in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. This film will have you setting up a reunion with your high school pals ASAP.

  • 'Mystic Pizza'

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    Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts, Lily Taylor, and Annabeth Gish, is a classic that reminds you friendship is strong enough to withstand some serious growing pains as three friends learn about love and life while working in the local pizza joint.

  • 'Girl, Interrupted'

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    Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie starred in Girl, Interrupted, based on Susanna Kaysen's memoir of her 18-month stay in a mental hospital. The friendships formed within the ward are what gave many of these women the strength to carry on.

  • 'Beaches'

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    Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler portray women whose friendship has spanned three decades and seen them through love, loss, heartache, and health issues in Beaches. Keep the tissues close by for this, you'll need them!

  • 'Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood'

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    An all-star cast, including Sandra Bullock and Ellen Burstyn, bring the lives of childhood girlfriends to life in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. The film illustrates how understanding the past can help relationships mend and heal.

  • 'The Color Purple'

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    The Color Purple, based on the award-winning novel by Alice Walker, illustrates the power of sisterhood which can see women through even their darkest hours. The themes of racism, sexism, and women's rights are explored with a starkness that would be all the more devastating if these women didn't have each other.

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  • 'Muriel's Wedding'

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    Can reconnecting with an old acquaintance change your life? You bet! Muriel's Wedding, starring Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths, takes some wild twists and turns but proves life is better with a buddy by your side.

  • 'Steel Magnolias'

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    As strong as they are beautiful, the women in Steel Magnolias, portrayed by Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, prove that both the good and bad times are made that much more special with friends at your side.

  • 'Heavenly Creatures'

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    Kate Winslet made her big-screen debut in this film that makes you think about just how far you'd go for a friend. Heavenly Creatures explores an obsessive relationship between two teenage girls that leads to murder.

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