Friends don't let friends watch these aloneIt’s about time you take a break from dodgy weepies or cheesy romcoms to watch a movie about mates over a virtual hangout.
The concept of friendship is not a hard-and-fast one. It is a bond between two people and could be formed due to many reasons—or the lack thereof. The friendships presented on celluloid might either be picture perfect or severely screwed but more often than not, certain characters and their relationships feel highly relatable.
The complexities of friendship are such that they can't always be expressed on the sidelines of a love story—it goes deeper than that. The different layers of such friendships have been strikingly explored in many films that would be a delight to watch with your group of friends, virtually of course.
The very best movies are like friends. You spend an hour or two with them, fall in love, and then revisit them all the time. As time goes on, you change, and your attitude towards your favorites evolves. Suddenly, a film that once seemed like a masterpiece starts to annoy you. Maybe you don't have anything in common anymore. Others you may have overlooked in the past now seem like a perfect match. But the best movie friendships never change—once a dynamic duo, always a dynamic duo. We've pulled together some of our favourite BFF movies you might have forgotten about as proof. So, sit back (preferably with a glass of wine, some quality chocolate, and your own inner circle on Facetime) and enjoy some of the best platonic relationships of all time.
We’re always telling kids not to take sweets from strangers but we never think to warn them about making friends with hitmen. ‘Léon’ might be the reason for this, because actually Mathilda is a 12-year-old whose life is turned around by Léon’s reluctant kindness and care following the brutal murder of her entire family. Their weird little friendship develops with all the intensity you’d expect from a trained killer and his child apprentice. You wouldn’t enter them into a BFFs contest, but as not-father-and-daughter relationships go, there’s none more solid.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This controversial and emotional story centred on the Holocaust tells the story of a friendship between Bruno, the naive son of a Nazi officer, and Shmuel, a boy who's always wearing striped pyjamas and is always on the other side of an electrified fence. Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in pre-war Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command of a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pyjamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighbouring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination.
The Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle
Country girl Reinette moves into the apartment of cynical and streetsmart Mirabelle in Paris in Eric Rohmer’s feature-length study of female friendship. Some regular Rohmer collaborators play amusing Parisian stereotypes—difficult waiter, Metro swindler, pretentious art dealer—that tease out the two girls’ totally different world views. Female friendships on film often lean towards twee, but ‘Reinette and Mirabelle’ is realistic and complex, not afraid to mix up the mundane with the magical.
Ever had your friend help you mend a broken heart? Well, that's what true bro's do, don't they? And that's what happens when Scotty falls in love with a girl in Germany and his friends Jamie, Cooper, and Jenny help him get to her. More than mending a broken heart, this movie is also about that once-in-a-lifetime super trip you need to take with your friends!
Thelma and Louise
Thelma and Louise are dramatically different from each other but they still are the best of friends. To take a break from their mundane lives, they decide to take a short trip. What happens on the trip takes them in a different direction altogether. Like regular people, they mess up numerous times but Louise, being the strong one, takes it upon herself to protect them both. The strength of their friendship is tested over and over again but they stand by each other through it all.
The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants
Four best friends, who've known each other since they were babies, face a summer apart for the first time when they turn 16. To keep their friendship alive, they find a pair of pants to share over their time apart. As teenagers, most of us watched The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants and wondered how did four people with zero common interest end up being best friends who magically also fit into the same pair of pants that they send across each other when they’re in different parts of the world. Fun fact? America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel are close friends in real life too!
Good Will Hunting
The deep friendship between real-life friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is so awesomely reflected in this beautiful classic. Will and Chuckie are best pals in this drama and it's the kinda movie you need to watch to really know how to support a friend and tap into his full potential, to let them know how good they are. Well, that's what Chuckie does, when Will the genius, is wasting his life away.