Films That Celebrate Women Friendships

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Thelma and Louise (1991)

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star in this film as two friends whose weekend getaway turns into an adventure of self-discovery as they respond to unexpected threats with even more unexpected toughness. Thelma and Louise earned Callie Khouri an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Bend It Like Beckham (2003)

Yes, there's a brief romantic rivalry in this one. But at its core is a story of the friendship between two young women who love soccer. The film shines for its humor, its dynamic soccer gameplay, its touching romance and warm-hearted family scenes, and for its portrayal of a generous and loyal friendship.

For A Good Time call... (2013)

Lauren Miller Rogen co-stars with Ari Graynor in this sly comedy, a story about a would-be literary agent who has to move in with a woman she dislikes intensely, only to discover that her new roommate supports herself as a phone sex worker. Is it the blooming of a new friendship?

Lady Bird (2017)

Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut is a coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Christine, played by Saoirse Ronan. Christine wants to escape Sacramento, and start her real life at school on the east coast. She constantly clashes with her mother, but it’s the scenes with her best friend Julie, played by Beanie Feldstein, which really stand out.

Bridesmaids (2011)

Annie and Lillian exemplify the strength of friendship by weathering some of life’s toughest events, including weddings, money troubles, and food poisoning. Paul Feig‘s uproarious, unflinching look at modern-age female friendship launched the film careers of Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy into the stratosphere.

Beaches (1988)

New York stage-school brat CC Bloom (Bette Midler) meets rich kid Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) on holiday in Atlantic City, at 11 years old. Despite being different people, it’s the beginning of a heartwarming friendship that lasts a lifetime. The two iconic leads take you on an emotional rollercoaster through love, divorce, self-doubt, death and so much more.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

In the cut-throat world of acapella, friends are hard to find. The Barden Bellas had a rocky start trying to adjust with each other, but learned that they were the best when they were working together. Starring Anna Kendrick alongside Rebel Wilson and all the friends!

Peter Iovino