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Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back, and they live happily ever after. That simple formula describes a very large percentage of the films produced in Hollywood. However, not every story is about a woman finding the man of her dreams. There is a small, but significant sect of cinema that delves into the psyche of the female in her natural habitat... with her girlfriends. These are the best female friendships in film.

These movies with female friendship can be found in every genre. They depict women in different stages of their lives, at various ages. Some of the films on this list are pure weepies, specifically designed to make us bawl like babies. Other films below are about how girls come of age together. They may be in high school or even in their 20s, trying to figure out what it takes to become an adult. Of course, there are a couple road trip movies listed here. Women need to escape from everyday life too, it’s not just the men that get to do their best Jack Kerouac impression and hit the pavement!

Despite genre or age, one thing remains true throughout all these movies: depicting women friendship in film is an intricate matter. These stories are not just about having wine with your best gal pals and complaining about your boyfriend. These narratives appreciate the finer details of female friendship. They get that no matter what has happened, and no matter what will happen, a good friend is the foundation of many females' happiness and livelihood. Our good friends are our rocks in life and keep us afloat.

Be sure to celebrate the female friendships in your own life by voting up the best female friendships to have ever been depicted on film below!

Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Friendships in Film
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Two gal pals decide to get away from it all and embark upon a little road trip. Everything is going great for Thelma and Louise until Thelma kills a man who is threatening to rape Louise. In the end, their friendship confirms that they have to stick together, even if it means there is nowhere left to run.

Actors: Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, + more

Initial Release: 1991

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Tagline: Somebody said get a they did.

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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Friendships in Film
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Penny Marshall's 1992 comedy is yet another film on this list that centers around breaking down stereotypes. Based on a true story, the tale of a league of female baseball players that formed when the men went off to fight in WWII, is not just another underdog sports story. The film is set during one of the most uncertain times in United States history, yet the Rockford Peaches baseball team banded together to help the nation heal, and help each other stay strong while their loved ones went off to fight abroad. And of course, there is no crying in baseball.

Actors: Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Geena Davis, Téa Leoni, + more

Initial Release: 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Tagline: There's no crying in baseball!, Once in a lifetime you get a chance to do something different., To achieve the incredible you have to attempt the impossible., A woman's place is on home, first, + more

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#16 on The Best Movies Based on True Stories

#13 on The Best Sports Movies

#18 on The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors

#9 on The Best Movies of 1992

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Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Friendships in Film
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Is there anything more sacred than friendships formed at the beauty salon? Steel Magnolias examines the friendship of four Southern ladies from a small town in Louisiana. If the worst thing in the world that can happen to a person is lose a child, it's at least a comfort to know that it becomes more bearable when a girl has her best friends around. It would be a mistake to classify Steel Magnolias as just a weepie, you will cry your eyes out watching it, but you will also laugh and feel the love between these friends.

Actors: Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, + more

Initial Release: 1989

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Tagline: The funniest movie ever to make you cry.

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#20 on The Best Movies for Women

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Now and Then is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Friendships in Film
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In Now and Then, four completely different young girls share a magical summer together. They all grow up and ultimately grow apart. But when they are reunited in adulthood, it's clear how much of an impact the emotional bond of their friendship had on each of their lives.

Actors: Demi Moore, Christina Ricci, Rosie O'Donnell, Brendan Fraser, Melanie Griffith, + more

Initial Release: 1995

Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

Tagline: A summer when four friends made a promise to return anytime they needed each other. Twenty years later, that time has come.

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#44 on The Best Movies of 1995

#99 on The Best Movies for Tweens

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#9 on The Best Movies With A Little Girl Protagonist

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