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Some of the best Films about friendship are perfect for a movie night with friends

30. July 2016 - Anika Semmer

10 Best Films About Friendship You Must Have Seen


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Poignant, exciting and emotional: the best films about friendship tell stories about the most important thing in the world. These 10 films are perfect for a movie night with friends!

For this 10 best films about friendship, we have limited ourselves to films that really focus on the theme of friendship. The best films about friendship are all feature films with actors, cartoons and animated films are topics for a new list ;-).

1. Pretty Best Friends (2011)

Successful films about friendship also come from France like Pretty Best Friends

© Senator Film – Pretty Best Friends (2011)

Pretty Best Friends is a tragicomic film about friendship based on a true story. The film about an extraordinary friendship won several awards and is one of the most successful French films in recent years.

Plot: Since his tragic crash while paragliding, Phillippe Pozzo di Borgo has been paraplegic. At the beginning of the film, the bitter man with no courage to face life is looking for a carer. One of the applicants, the dark-skinned Driss, has just served a sentence of several months in prison. He has actually only applied to be a carer in order to collect support from the employment office. But then the choice surprisingly falls on him and the lives of both men change forever.

2. Harry and Sally (1989)

Film still from the cult classic Harry and Sally

© Disney Channel – Harry and Sally (1989)

Friendship, sex and love: Harry and Sally is the classic film about whether platonic friendships between the sexes are possible. This film about friendship between a man and a woman thrives on entertaining exchanges, humour and also profound questions about togetherness. A cult classic that ensures good humour!

Plot: Harry and Sally meet on a trip to New York together. Even on the car ride, they disagree on many topics. Even here, Harry is firmly convinced that a platonic friendship between a man and a woman is not possible. Sally sees it differently. They go their separate ways and only ever meet by chance over the next few years. A deep friendship develops between them – is a friendship between a man and a woman perhaps possible after all?
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 3. The Perks of Beeing a Wallflower (2012)

One of the award-winning high school best films about friendship and growing up is Maybe Rather Tomorrow

© Capelight Pictures – The Perks of Beeing a Wallflower (2012)

Making real friends isn’t easy. Especially not if you’re not ”mainstream”. Maybe Better Tomorrow is a high school film about a special friendship and growing up beyond common Hollywood clichés.

Plot: Charlie, is a shy teenager in his first year of high school. For a long time, the male wallflower therefore finds no connection and has no single friend. However, he lies to his parents about this so that they don’t worry. Because he recently had a mental breakdown and takes psychotropic drugs for it.

When Charlie finally meets the cheeky Sam and her stepbrother Patrick at a football game, they become friends. The two take Charlie into their clique of friends and together the three experience the ups and downs of growing up.

4. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Best films about friendship like Good Will Hunting show how important friends are in getting your life together

© Scotia International Film Distribution – Good Will Hunting (1997)

Friends in film and in real life: Not only in Good Will Hunting have Ben Affleck and Matt Damon been inseparable friends since childhood. For the screenplay for Good Will Hunting, the then 27-year-old Matt Damon received his first Oscar.

Plot: Will Hunting comes from a poor background and lives in a squalid flat. Will spends his free time with friends and likes to fight. He has several criminal convictions and earns his living as a cleaner at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a renowned university.

There, out of sheer fun, he effortlessly solves a difficult mathematical problem still on a blackboard and thus attracts the attention of a mathematics professor. Will Will manage to break out of his poor life with the help of his best friend Chucky?.

5. Thelma & Louise (1991)

Thelma and Louise is one of those best films about friendship between two women

© Alamode Film – Thelma and Louise (1991)

Two best friends and a suspenseful road trip: Thelma and Louise is one of the most black-humoured films about friendship. The two women break out of their everyday lives together and experience the adventure of a lifetime. A timeless cult film that has not only been quoted by The Simpsons!

Plot: Thelma and Louise are fed up with their unsatisfying everyday life with a bad job and bossy husband. They decide to get away from it all for a weekend and head for the mountains. However, their leisure trip goes quite differently than planned. Instead of relaxing in a resort, the two best friends are suddenly on the run.

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6. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

One of the most popular best films about friendship but in general is The Shawshank Redemption

© EuroVideo – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

A lifelong friendship in prison: this is the stuff of the most popular film of all time! On the film database IMDB, 1.540 million rated this drama with 9.2 out of 10 stars, making it the top-rated film since 2008. The film is based on a short story by the successful author Stephen King.

Plot: Two life sentences are handed down to bank manager Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who was innocently accused of murdering his wife. Unfortunately for him, he must serve his sentence in Maine’s notorious Shawshank Prison.

There he experiences the extremely brutal life in prison, characterised by violent guards, a sadistic prison warden and assaults by other prisoners. Over time, he gets to know some fellow inmates better and begins to find a place in his new life.

Particularly with Red (Morgan Freeman), who has been serving 20 years and was also innocently convicted, an extraordinary friendship develops that enables Andy to survive the cruel daily routine at Shawshank Prison. Together, the two plan their escape from prison hell…

7. Jules and Jim (1962)

One of the great films about friendship and a thrilling love triangle

© Arthaus Filmverleih – Jules and Jim (1962)

Two friends and a woman: Jules and Jim is about a triangle with dramatic consequences. Like all good films about friendship, Jules and Jim doesn’t spare the darker side of friendships.
François Truffaut’s friendship drama is considered a prime example of the so-called French Nouvelle Vague, whose newly developed narrative techniques and visual design still influence today’s Hollywood films, such as those by Quentin Tarantino. The name of Jules, the gangster from Pulp Fiction played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a direct homage to the French classic.

Plot: Jim and Jules meet in Paris in 1912. They share an interest in good literature and beautiful women and quickly become good friends. On a holiday together in Greece, they discover an ancient statue with a smile that captivates both friends. Back in Paris, the beautiful Frenchwoman Catherine enters their lives, possessing exactly this smile. This puts their friendship to the test and is the beginning of a dramatic love triangle.

8. Sommer vorm Balkon (2004)

One of the German best films about friendship between two women in the summer in Berlin

© X Verleih AG – Sommer vorm Balkon (2005)

Thoughtful yet funny: Sommer vorm Balkon in is a film about friendship, solidarity, unemployment, love and loneliness. The German film won the Bavarian Film Award for direction in 2005 and is a social comedy that inspires.

Nike and Katrin are both over 30 and live in the same apartment building in Berlin. Katrin is a single mother and has no job, Nike, a trained seamstress, works as a geriatric nurse. Then the two friends meet the lorry driver Roland when he almost runs Katrin over. When Nike begins a love affair with him, Katrin feels left alone and her life situation escalates.

9. Absolute Giants (1998)

Movies about friendship are also often about growing up, like Absolute Giganten

© Senator Film – Absolute Giganten (1999)

Three inseparable friends experience their last night together in Absolute Giants. This entertaining feature film earned Florian Lukas the Bavarian Film Award for Best Newcomer in 2000.

Plot: Floyd, Walter and Ricco live in Hamburg and are best friends. Ricco works in a snack bar and thinks he is a great rap talent, Walter is a painter and Floyd has just served a suspended sentence. Floyd wants to change his life radically and hires a job on a container ship. But he doesn’t tell his two friends about it until the day before the ship leaves.

So the friends decide to spend Floyd’s last evening together. They take off into the night in a souped-up Ford Granada and soon find themselves in the middle of a thrilling car chase.

10. Green Tomatoes: Female Friendship (1991)

One of the most touching best films about friendship is told by the film Green Tomatoes

© Senator Film – Green Tomatoes (1991)

Green Tomatoes humorously and sensitively tells of the power of true friendship to change us and overcome life’s adversities. The story of a lifelong friendship between two women who stick together in hard times is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Fannie Flanagan.

Plot: Evelyn Couch (brilliant: Kathy Bates), a slightly overweight menopausal housewife has little self-confidence and is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Every week she visits her husband’s aunt in the old people’s home – where one day she meets Ninny Threadgoode.

The old woman tells her the tragicomic life story of Idgie Threadgoode, a girl who lived in her town in the 1920s and 30s. The film tells of this in long flashbacks. The rebellious Idgie gradually becomes friends with the more well-behaved Ruth. Together they help each other through hard times and fight back against beating husbands, racist Southerners and corrupt sheriffs.

In the present, a deep friendship develops between frustrated Evelyn and old Ninny. But through their storytelling, Evelyn gains self-confidence and becomes an entirely new person.

Raise the curtain on the 10 best films about friendship! By the way, we also have 20 tips for the best summer movies and numerous other indoor activities. In addition, you can always browse Abenteuer Freundschaft for tips on activities with friends, with kids and with your partner.

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