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The Best Male/Female Platonic Friendships in Film

Updated August 10, 2020 1.7k votes 623 voters 50.6k views18 items

List RulesVote for your favorite platonic male/female friendship duo.

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.
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    Harry Potter and Hermione Granger - The Harry Potter Films

    Come on, who really thought that these two would eventually become romantic? They grew up together, they went through Hogwarts together, and they fought Voldemort together. However, J.K. Rowling never imagined the friends as a couple, especially after Potter's best buddy Ron declared his feelings for Hermione.
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    Alan Turing and Joan Clark - The Imitation Game

    It's World War II, and Hitler is on the move. The lives of hundreds of thousands of people rest in the hands of mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he tries to crack an impossible code that will help to end the war. Turing hires a female code breaker, Joan (Keira Knightley), and the pair develop a strong friendship. They become engaged, without ever being romantic, because Turing is gay. The couple eventually breaks off their engagement - it's clear that they would not live a happy life together, despite their strong platonic bond.
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    Jimmy and Dottie - A League of Their Own

    Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) is a down on his luck former professional baseball player with a bad attitude and a drinking problem. He is a given a job to manage an all-girls baseball team, which he treats as a joke. Dottie (Gina Davis) is an exceptional player and steps up to coach the team. But a funny thing happens: Jimmy discovers that the team is actually pretty good, and that he cares about whether they win or lose. Jimmy and Dottie develop a friendship that not only helps the team win games, but also fills in some of the emotional holes in both their lives.
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    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.

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