Friends are the most important part of our lives. They guide us through thick and thin, support us in our best times and stand by us through tough ones. The importance of friendship cannot be overstated. If you ask me, breaking up with a best friend is way worse than breaking up with a lover. While catching up on romantic movies with your date is fine, you should know that there are some amazing movies revolving around friendship as well. Here is a list of top 10 best English films based on friendship. Make sure you watch them all with your best friends!
Bridesmaids is a 2011 film that hilariously tells us what female friendships actually are like, and how women get jealous because their best friend has made new friends! It revolves around two warring friends of the bride who always try to put each other down due to sheer jealousy. Lillian gets engaged and asks her best friend Annie to be the maid of honor. Helen is one of the bridesmaids, who is also Lillian’s best friend. Things get ugly as Annie and Lillian constantly try to prove themselves better friends of Lillian, but in the end, they realize the true meaning of friendship.
Released in 2011, Clueless is a comedy film loosely adapted from Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma. It caters to the younger audience (teenagers, mostly), but anyone with a good humor and an ear for irony can enjoy the movie. Tai is a newbie to a posh Beverly Hills high school, where she makes friends with Cher and Dion, the high school fashionistas. Sensing that Tai doesn’t have a great taste in fashion, they decide to give her a makeover. They experience a lot of highs and lows, but eventually start accepting each other for who they really are, just like true friends should.
8) Bend It Like Beckham
Released in 2002, this movie is a different comedy-drama film that beautifully depicts a strong female friendship. Jess (played by British-Indian actress Parminder Nagra) is obsessed with soccer but her parents won’t let her play because of their belief that girls shouldn’t get involved in sports. Bending the rules to reach her goal, just as the title suggests, Jess joins a local women’s team and finds a friend in Jules, (played by Kiera Knightley) and together, against all odds, they help their team get to the top of the league, and show everybody the meaning of true friendship.
7) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The 2005 American drama film revolves around four teenage girls, Carmen, Tibby, Bridget and Lena, who have been best friends their entire lives. They’re about to be separated for an entire summer and live their lives without each other. It may seem that the pair of jeans they once find is doing all the magic, but the girls learn so many lessons along the way, like how to endure friendships and what it really is to be a true friend. The movie is an example of how friendships can last a lifetime, how forming new friends doesn’t mean forgetting old ones, and how distance doesn’t matter at all when you’re best friends!
6) Marley and Me
Who said that friendship can exist only between humans? If you watch Marley and Me, you’ll get to know how wonderful animal-human friendships can be. “Dogs are Man’s best friends”, and Marley, a mischievous Labrador Retriever proves the above quote to be true. Based on the memoir of the same name by John Grogan, Marley and Me is a 2008 American coming-of-age film that tells a beautiful and heart-warming tale of the bond Marley’s owners (played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) share with him. It is an absolute must watch for anybody who owns a pet, especially a dog!
5) Finding Dory
One of the many reasons to love animated films is that the morals they teach hit us hard where they ought to. Released in 2003, Finding Nemo was an instant success; it received universal critical acclaim and also became the highest-grossing animated film at the time. Marlin, a jittery clown fish is heartbroken when his son Nemo goes missing. In his tough times, it’s Dory, a regal tang fish with short-term memory loss who reminds him that life’s easier with her by his side. Together, they travel across the vast ocean to find Nemo, and learn a lot of things during their incredible journey. One of the most sob worthy moments in the film is when Dory tells Martin, “I remember things better with you. I look at you, and I… and I’m home.”
4) Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion
Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion is one of the fewer movies that puts friendship above romance. Released in 1997, the plot revolves around two friends Romy (played by Mira Sorvino) and Michele (played by Lisa Kudrow) who aren’t much successful in their lives. To impress their former classmates at a 10 year high school reunion, they invent fake careers of their own and start validating each other with praises and compliments. Even when the movie is at its romantic best, it’s still the love interest that plays the third wheel!
3) Now And Then
Nobody knows you like your childhood friends do. Now And Then will definitely resonate with you if you have had a best friend since, like – forever. Released in 1995, the story revolves around four girls – Roberta, Teeny, Samantha and Chrissy, who promise each other to stay best friends forever. When they come together after decades, they recount the greatest summer of their lives, and realize that some bonds can never be broken, some friendships just last forever. You can even say that this is the greatest friendship movie ever made, and you wouldn’t be wrong.
Released in 1998, the film was adapted by an Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. Two friends with completely different backgrounds – CC, a child performer and Hilary, a rich kid meet when they’re young and maintain their friendship over the years through letters. Decades later they meet again, and take us with them on a journey filled with heartbreaks, drama, arguments and love – teaching us one thing in the end – that friendship is eternal. Make sure you have a couple of tissues to get you through the end though – it’s uncontrollably tearful.
1) Stand By Me
Stand By Me is a complete package – it has joy, tears, laughter, and everything you could possibly look for in a movie. Released in 1986 and based on a Stephen King Novella, the story involves four young boys who set out on an adventure to find the dead body of a local teenager. A paradigm of childhood friendship, you can say – it even ends with the line ‘I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve.’ Staying true to the title of the film, the guys hang out, grow together and always stick to each other, taking the meaning of friendship to a whole new level.