19 films that celebrate the art of female friendship | Features

“Nine to five” (1980)

A rare story led by women in the workplace, “Nine to Five” has three solid leads in Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton as women who turn office politics upside down to make them less sexist and more gender friendly. the employees. The scenes of the three women complaining about unfairness in the business and plotting to make changes are very entertaining and enlightening.

“Steel Magnolias” (1989)

Playwright / screenwriter adaptation Robert Harling based this story on the women he knew growing up. The powerful cast includes four Oscar winners, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts, as well as Daryl Hannah and Dolly Parton. We see women sticking together through happiness and devastating tragedy, not only tolerating each other’s quirks, but appreciating them. Like “The Women,” the film spends a lot of time in female-centric spaces like the beauty salon. Its tone – and the tone of many friendship stories – is summed up in Parton’s classic phrase: “Laughing through tears is my favorite emotion.”

“Thelma and Louise” (1991)

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star in this film (which won Callie Khouri an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay) as two friends whose weekend turns into an adventure of self-discovery as they respond to threats unexpected with an even more unexpected harshness. As Roger Ebert wrote, “Thelma and Louise begin to get drunk on the scent of their own freedom – and the discovery that they have unsuspected resources and abilities.” They recognize that there is no turning back and always find the choice to be worth it.

“While waiting to expire” (1995)

Based on Terry McMillan’s book, this film of four friends supporting each other in romantic ups and downs may not pass Bechdel’s test, but portray strong and accomplished black women (beautifully played by Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett , Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine) sharing confidences and encouragement makes us wish we could also be part of the group.

“Boys on the Side” (1995)

The title is never mentioned in the film, but it does emphasize the theme of female relationships as the main foundation for these characters’ lives. Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, and Mary Louise Parker star in this story of women who are unlikely to know each other, let alone become staunch friends. But on a road trip with a look ahead, a look back, one trying to escape – a journey that never reaches its original destination in a revealing way – the three characters form one of the connections. the sweetest in the film. The soundtrack includes songs from female performers like the Indigo Girls, Joan Armatrading, Annie Lennox, and Sheryl Crow.

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