Doll & Em, which premiered on HBO earlier this month, is the latest in a string of TV and films to focus on just how complicated female friendships can be. Yes, I'm sure men's friendships can also be complicated, but that doesn't really get portrayed in pop culture as much, and I'm not a man, so, I don't really know what goes on there, except, you know, dick jokes.
Women's friendships, on the other hand, are explored in-depth in dozens of movies — let's take a look at a few of the best ones.
Romy and Michele, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
These two made it through baby fat, back braces, and being the biggest losers in school together, so it's no surprise their bond brought them all the way to their 10-year high school reunion. Even after their long-buried who's-the-Mary-who's-the-Rhoda issues come to a head, they still have each other's very straight backs.
CC and Hilary, Beaches
I can't even think about this movie without crying a little, and I burst into tears pretty much any time Bette Midler sings "Wind Beneath My Wings". (Let's just say this year's Oscars didn't go well for me.) After meeting as children, fame-crazed CC and prim-and-proper Hilary keep in touch, mostly stick by each other through thick and thin, and part ways in the SADDEST WAY POSSIBLE.
Thelma and Louise, Thelma & Louise
Let me just get this out the way — I feel like this is both a really great and a really terrible example of solidarity. The events of this movie escalated unbelievably quickly. Like, I can see how these women's lives were unsatisfactory, but zooming off a cliff in (an unfortunately super nice) car is an insanely drastic culmination of a two-day bender that should have ended with a really bad hangover and possibly a divorce.
That said, they really go all out with each other. One of them fucks up, the other is like "No problem, I got this." It's inspiring. But don't do that. No one do any of the things they do (except sleep with Brad Pitt, if you get the chance).
Robert, Chrissy, Teeny and Samantha, Now and Then
I'm so jealous I never got a summer like this, with friends like these bitches. Fortune-tellers, first kisses, and a fake death? Awesome. I love my friends, but come on — these women are there to watch each other give birth. (Note to my lady friends: I'm a big part of why we'll never have friendships like these, as I will never watch any of you give birth.)
Annie and Lillian, Bridesmaids
I mean, they steal fitness classes together — that's straight bestie shit. Plus, it's basically just Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph hanging out while cameras happen to be rolling, which is always a great idea.
Madeline and Helen, Death Becomes Her
Frenemies before the frenemy was a thing, Madeline and Helen are literal lifelong friends — even though they can't really stand each other, both knows she needs the other to survive, and they're bound to each other by immortality (even as they lie in pieces on the asphalt). These two will be bitching at each other until they disintegrate.
Annie, Brenda and Elise, The First Wives Club
Nothing bonds women quite like scumbag exes and young mistresses. These three first wives, brought together by the suicide of their fourth friend after years of not calling each other, scheme to get revenge on their no-good ex-hubbies. The bond is solidified by their karaoke number at the end of the movie, which is the perfect way to end any film.
Vivi, Caro, Teensy and Necie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Topless night drives. That's all I'm going to say. Topless night drives.
Enid and Rebecca, Ghost World
Though their friendship often seems based more on mutual hate than a common love for anything (except hating things), they're there for each other. And while Enid takes off for greener — or probably blacker — pastures, something tells me they'll see one other again.
Ashburn and Mullins, The Heat
This (hilarious) friendship starts out as more of an... enemyship, progresses into frenemy territory, and by the end their practically sisters! Mullins even says so in Ashburn's yearbook! It's adorable.
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