The 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally proposed the oft-debated question, "Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?" Harry said it wasn’t possible, and Sally thought it could happen. The two tested the premise and became very good friends over the course of several, until of course one night, sex finally came into the picture.
There are not a lot of Hollywood films that involve platonic friendships between men and women. Most of the time, the friends wind up becoming romantic. However, there are a select number of special films where romance is never involved - instead, the movie centers upon a unique friendship, more emotional and perhaps even more satisfying than most physical relationships.
Many of the "just friends" characters from movies on this list feature some sort of road block that gets in the way of romance. Perhaps, it’s an issue of sexual orientation (The Imitation Game, Capote). Or, maybe there is an age factor (Leon: The Professional, The Fall). Or, more likely, it’s just that one person is simply not in love with the other (poor Duckie).
No matter the reason, this list ranks the best male female platonic relationships in film. There is certainly a lot of love on this list, even if that love never reaches the bedroom in these movie friendships. The list also features some strange pairings, like an FBI cadet and a deranged serial killer.Be sure to upvote your favorite platonic friends below and let us know if we missed any special platonic film friendships that you think should make the list.
- 591 VOTES
Hoke and Daisy - Driving Miss Daisy
It's the American South in the 1950s, a rich Jewish woman (Jessica Tandy) stuck in her ways is reluctant to allow a Black chauffeur (Morgan Freeman) to drive her around. Eventually, Hoke charms Miss Daisy, and the unlikely pair develop a 20-year friendship that breaks down dogmatic ideals of yesterday.Is this one of the best?
- 6100 VOTES
Bob and Charlotte - Lost in TranslationWho knows what Bob (Bill Murray) whispered in Charlotte's (Scarlett Johansson) ear at the end of Sofia Coppola's sophomore film Lost in Translation? However, the odd but beautiful friendship between the bitter older movie star and the lonely young girl, blossomed in Tokyo without ever becoming romantic.Is this one of the best?
- 782 VOTES
Frankie and Maggie - Million Dollar BabyFrankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is an accomplished boxing trainer. He's also an old curmudgeon, estranged from his daughter and languishing in the mistakes of his past. When Maggie (Hilary Swank) enters his gym and asks him to train her to fight, he tells her that he doesn't train girls. Eventually, Maggie wears him down. The pair not only develop a friendship stronger than most marriages, but they find strength and courage in each other. In the end, Maggie trusts that Frankie will do the right thing, and make the hardest decision of his life.Is this one of the best?
- 863 VOTES
Matt Kowalski and Ryan Stone - GravityObviously the circumstances in Gravity did not lend well to romance. However, audiences no doubt felt the strong friendship between the astronaut (George Clooney) and the medical doctor (Sandra Bullock), who were willing to do anything to save the each other, after their shuttle was destroyed in space.Is this one of the best?