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15 Movie Best Friends We WISH We Had!

Do you ever have one of those weeks? Y’know, where things just don’t quite work out how you’d planned?

When you get the blues, who do you turn to? Maybe like me, you turn to the nearest cake aisle of your local supermarket, followed by immediate tea and sympathy with your closest friend. For me, there is nothing better than a chin wag with a buddy to get a little perspective and see some light at the end of the tunnel.

In my life, dates came and went, but I always made sure I put energy into my friendships. Even through all my years as a married woman and subsequently juggling two jobs and two kids, I still make time for my mates — even if it’s just a quick Skype chat. There are things I get from them that I don’t from my husband: he would never appreciate a fine shoe like they would, or gossip about other folk, or recommend a great facial scrub! On a less superficial level, they help dissect problems in a deeper way, or share more emotionally at times then he does. They also bring fun and silliness and great laughs to the table. Genuinely, I think that my marriage, my job, and my work as a mom all benefit from the wisdom and joy I get from my girlfriends.

With that in mind, I thought about all the great female friendships I have watched on screen. There have been so many amazing ones! Some made me envious, others inspired me, and others just gave me a good weep-fest! So check out the slideshow below of great buddies we all wish we had!

P.S. Did I miss any? Let me know!

  • Annie and Lillian in Bridesmaids 1 of 15
    kristen

    When Annie gives her oldest friend Lillian a box filled with childhood mementos and favorite candies for her bridal shower, only to be trumped by evil Helen, who offers Lillian a trip to Paris, we all wanted to scream and behave EXACTLY how Annie does in Bridesmaids. Because there is nothing more annoying than having someone try and compete for your best friend's love and attention. But goofy Annie and Lillian have years of history together — and a bond that can't be broken. No matter what happens, if Annie has your back, you are one lucky lady... 

    Photo credit: IMDB

  • Aibileen and Minnie in The Help 2 of 15
    The Help 2

    Aibileen Clark, a 50-year-old maid who has recently lost her only son, is the closest friend of feisty Minny, another maid. When Minny's obstinacy causes her to lose yet another job, it is Aibileen who helps find her another one. While Minny suffers abuse at the hands of her violent husband, it is Aibileen who offers her support and understanding, never judging Minnie for refusing to leave. In turn, Minny agrees to tell her story as a maid to help Aibileen, showing what the unfortunate maids have to go through. The Help gives us a true, unshakable friendship between two women who endure hideous racism and inhumanity. The beauty is, together, their unbreakable spirits triumph. 

    Photo Credit: IMDB

  • CC Bloom and Hillary in Beaches 3 of 15
    beaches

    Beaches, the ultimate friendship movie, charts a 30-year friendship between two girls that meet under the boardwalk in Atlantic City. They write to each other for years and then move in together in their 20s. But they both fall for the same man. They both marry, and when Hillary and her husband come to stay with CC in New York, their petty jealousies rise up, causing the women to have a huge falling out. Eventually they reunite when Hillary is pregnant, facing parenthood as a single mom. Then Hillary takes ill, and it's CC who comes to her rescue. I nearly lost an eyeball weeping my eyes out at the end of this film, but it made me appreciate how the bond between two friends can be as close as family — sometimes closer. There is nothing more complicated than female friendships and all the politics and issues that can bubble under the surface. But when the chips are down, I'd want a CC on my side... 

    Photo Credit: Amazon 

  • Annie and Chris in Calendar Girls 4 of 15
    calendar

    Based on a true story, Calendar Girls is about women coming together to help a friend. When Annie Clarke's husband John dies from leukemia at an early age, her best friend Chris Harper hits upon the idea of printing a calendar featuring some of the members of the Knapely branch of the Women's Institute discreetly posing nude while engaged in everyday activities, to raise funds to purchase a comfortable sofa for the visitors' lounge in the hospital where he was treated. Chris is determined that John's death will not be in vain, and her determination results in consequences that the women never imagined could ever happen. At the core of the film is proof that at our lowest, we need friends like Chris to make us see the light at the end of a very long tunnel. 

    Photo credit: IMDB

  • Thelma and Louise in Thelma and Louise 5 of 15
    thelma

    Thelma & Louise gave us the friendship that never ends... Louise and her buddy Thelma are hoping to take a short road trip into the mountains, but when Louise shoots a man who is attacking Thelma, they head to Mexico instead. Louise is the tower of strength to get them through, until a young hot cowboy steals all their money. Then Thelma steps up to be the one in control. No matter what these ladies endure, they have each other — and that, really, is all they need. They trust each other and they love each other 'til death do they part. Together, they are invincible. 

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Kat, Daisy, and Jo Jo in Mystic Pizza 6 of 15
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    The little coming of age movie that is Mystic Pizza shows the life and loves of Jo Jo, Kat, and her sister Daisy. Kat studies astronomy and works at a local planetarium, as well as the restaurant (with Jo Jo and Kat), and babysits in her spare time. She has just been accepted to Yale University, whereas Daisy is too busy chasing local boys and hoping to get out of their tiny town of Mystic. Jo Jo, meanwhile, isn't sure whether she is ready yet to marry her boyfriend who is desperate to get her up the aisle. As they wrestle with their love lives and their hopes for the future, the one constant they have is each other. In between serving the famous Mystic pizzas, they work out what to do, even if it isn't always the right thing! 

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Jane, Holly, and Robin in Boys on The Side 7 of 15
    boys

    Boys on the Side tells the story of three very different women, all running away from their lives, embark on a road trip, hoping to start afresh. But life has a funny way of catching up with you, and they have to face the music eventually. But together, anything is surmountable. Who needs men? Boys, they are on the side. The fact that no matter what happens, legal or otherwise, they are there for each other — in sickness and in health — is beyond heartwarming. If we all had a Robin, a Holly, or a Jane in our lives, we would be that much richer for it. 

    Photo Credit: Amazon 

  • Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie in The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood 8 of 15
    secrets

    I must confess, this film (or rather book) has a special meaning for me as my dear friend Hannah gave it to me, and her mom still calls us all Hannah's "ya-yas." The film shows how a group of girlfriends come their buddy's rescue by kidnapping her daughter and telling her the secrets of her mother's past. As friends through lost loves, marriages, and children, they have all been there when their friend Vivi "dropped her basket," and it's time to share this past with her daughter. Their unconditional love for their friend and ability to truly understand her — issues and all — makes us all yearn for those kind of friendships in our lives. I feel incredibly blessed to have my ya-yas, and I only hope their memories are long — for when my daughter has a Siddalee moment! 

    Photo credit: IMDB

  • Anna and Glady-Joe in How to Make an American Quilt 9 of 15
    quilt

    Following a proposal of marriage from her boyfriend, Finn decides to visit her great aunt and grandmother's house to finish her thesis and think over the proposal. When she arrives, a quilting group congregates, and she's shocked to discover that the current quilt that they're working on is a wedding gift for when she gets married. The theme of the quilt is "where love resides." Each woman sews a patch for the quilt while telling her tale of where her true love resides. But for me, the sweetest tale in How to Make an American Quilt was the friendship struck up between Anna and Glady-Joe when Anna arrives as a pregnant scared young girl to stay at their house. Their friendship, an unconventional one at that time, spanned decades and was still there, even after their husbands had gone. Collectively, the women all learn something new about their lives as they sew together; something magical happens when women communicate... 

    Photo Credit: Amazon 

  • Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 10 of 15
    gentlemen

    Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw are showgirls and best friends. Lorelei has a passion for diamonds, knowing that attracting a rich husband is one of the only ways a woman of the 1950s can succeed economically. Her desire for this emancipation leads the women into hot water. At one stage, Dorothy has to pretend to be Lorelei, disguised in a blonde wig and mimicking her friend's breathy voice and mannerisms, putting on a musical number show in the middle of a courtroom. She even intimates to the man she loves, Malone, that should he reveal her impersonation, she wouldn't ever forgive him — the ultimate in putting mates before dates. Dorothy is a one of a kind friend — someone who will sacrifice her own happiness for her buddy's. 

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Truvy, M’Lynn, Clairee, and Ouiser in Steel Magnolias 11 of 15
    steel

    Truvy Jones is a rock solid friend to M'Lynn Eatenton, supporting her through M'Lynn's daughter Shelby's wedding and subsequent pregnancy. When Shelby has a baby boy, it should be a time of rejoicing, but M'Lynn is worried for her diabetic daughter's health — and sure enough, Shelby soon needs a kidney transplant. Ouiser, a grouchy two-time widow (who claims that she is not crazy, she's just been in a very bad mood for 40 years), and Clairee also support M'Lynn when she offers to be the donor. But worse is yet to come... The courage and compassion that these women share for each other is nothing short of inspiring. Grab your tissues and huddle up for a true weep-fest — but one that will have you smiling too, as you admire these women for their loyalty and love.

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Muriel and Rhonda in Muriel’s Wedding 12 of 15
    muriel

    My favorite moment of Muriel's Wedding is where Rhonda tells the mean girl clique who abuse and exclude Muriel that she would rather swallow razor blades than hang out with them — and then she waltzes off with new friend Muriel in tow. With Rhonda, you know your back is well and truly covered. Later, when Rhonda is confined to a wheelchair, Muriel returns the gesture by rescuing her from Porpoise Spit and bringing her back to Sydney to care for her. Now THAT is true friendship.

    Photo credit: Youtube

  • Sarah and Meg in The Big Chill 13 of 15
    the big chill

    When a group of college friends gather for a close friend's funeral, all sorts of secrets and lies come crawling out of the woodwork. But amidst the grief, Sarah wants to help her close friend Meg, an unhappy former public defender (now a real estate attorney), who desperately wants a child. She encourages her husband Harold to father the child, which is perhaps the most selfless act of friendship someone could offer. 

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Samantha, Roberta, Chrissy, and Teeny in Now and Then 14 of 15
    now and then

    The friendships one has in the tween stage are perhaps the most memorable in life, as Now and Then shows. The four lead characters are saving to buy a treehouse. But that isn't the only thing concerning them — they are also coping with bereavement, parents divorcing, attention from boys, and self image. The one constant that they have? Each other. They swear to be friends forever, to always be there for one another. Isn't that the beauty of friendships at that age? You can say this and wholeheartedly mean it. Perhaps at no other time in life is this true…

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Romy and Michele in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion 15 of 15
    romi

    Romy and Michele prove that you don't have to be the smartest shilling in the class — as long as you stay true to yourself and you have a solid friendship, that is all that matters. When attending a high school reunion, they come up with all sorts of lies to make themselves sound exciting and successful, which leads to them falling out. It is only when they realize that they have fun being themselves, and to stop caring what anyone else thinks, that they throw the lies out of the window and concentrate on having fun instead. An unbreakable friendship, even if their outfits are a tad questionable...

    Photo credit: Amazon 

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