Friendship is one of the most precious and powerful bonds in life. It can inspire, comfort, challenge, and change us. Movies have always been a great medium to explore the complexities and joys of friendship. From childhood adventures to adult reunions. Here are eight of the best movies on friendships that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate your pals.
1. Stand by Me (1986)
Based on a Stephen King novella, this classic coming-of-age film follows four boys. They embark on a quest to find the body of a missing teenager in the woods. Along the way, they face dangers, fears, and secrets and share stories, jokes, and dreams. The movie captures the innocence and nostalgia of childhood friendship and the harsh realities of growing up.
You can stream this movie on Netflix.
2. Léon: The Professional (1994)
This unconventional thriller stars Jean Reno as Léon, a lonely hitman who reluctantly takes in Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a 12-year-old girl whose family is killed by a corrupt DEA agent. Despite their age difference and lifestyle, they form a bond based on mutual respect, trust, and affection. Léon teaches Mathilda how to survive and kill, while Mathilda teaches Léon how to live and love.
You can stream this movie on Prime Video.
3. Frances Ha (2012)
Frances Ha is directed by Noah Baumbach and co-written by Greta Gerwig. She also plays the titular character. This indie comedy-drama follows Frances, a struggling dancer who drifts through life in New York City. Her best friend and roommate, Sophie (Mickey Sumner) moves out to live with her boyfriend, leaving Frances feeling lost and lonely. The movie explores the ups and downs of female friendship in your twenties and the challenges of finding your identity and purpose.
You can stream this movie on Mubi.
4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The second installment of the original Star Trek film series pits Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew against Khan (Ricardo Montalban), a genetically enhanced tyrant who seeks revenge for being exiled by Kirk. The movie is regarded as one of the best Star Trek films ever made, thanks to its thrilling action, compelling villain, and emotional depth. The film’s highlight is the friendship between Kirk and Spock (Leonard Nimoy), which reaches a tragic climax in one of the most iconic scenes in sci-fi history.
You can rent this movie on Prime Video.
5. Girls Trip (2017)
This raunchy comedy stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who reunite for a wild weekend in New Orleans. The movie contains hilarious antics, outrageous situations, and heartfelt moments as the women rediscover their friendship and themselves. The movie also celebrates black female empowerment, sisterhood, and sexuality.
You can stream this movie on Jio Cinema.
6. Steel Magnolias (1989)
This tearjerker drama features an ensemble cast of Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts as six women who bond over their joys and sorrows at a beauty salon in a small Louisiana town. The movie depicts their friendship through various stages of life, from weddings to funerals, from laughter to tears. The movie also showcases the strength and resilience of women in the face of adversity.
This movie is not available for streaming.
7. Magic Mike XXL (2015)
The sequel to Magic Mike follows Channing Tatum and his fellow male strippers as they take one last road trip to a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach. They encounter new friends, old flames, and new challenges along the way. The movie is more than just a showcase of eye candy and dance moves; it’s also a celebration of male friendship, camaraderie, and creativity.
You can stream this movie on Jio Cinemas.
8. Wolfwalkers (2020)
This animated fantasy film tells the story of Robyn (Honor Kneafsey), a young girl who moves to Ireland with her father, a hunter hired by an English lord to wipe out the wolves in the forest. There she meets Mebh (Eva Whittaker), a wild girl who can turn into a wolf when she sleeps. The two become friends and allies as they try to save Mebh’s mother and the wolf pack from the lord’s tyranny. The movie is a stunning visual feast exploring friendship, freedom, nature, and identity.
You can stream this movie on Apple TV.
These are just some movies that celebrate friendship in various forms and facets. Watching them alone or with your friends will surely touch your heart and make you appreciate your friendships more. What are some of your favorite movies on friendships? Share your thoughts in the comments below.