By Morgan Roberts
I find that the best love stories are not romantic in nature but live within the friendships we have. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day and in honor of BFFs everywhere, are some movies you can enjoy with your ride-or-die.
Intellectual badasses Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) are not all brains when it comes to the true affection they have for each other. There is something special watching these two women continually go on compliment-offs – “Who allowed you to be this beautiful?” “Who allowed you to take my breath away?” – and that is just the tip of the iceberg these two besties do to support each other.
The quintessential girls movie. Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married. And her BFF Annie (Kristen Wiig) is her maid of honor. Sounds easy. But when the glamorous and seemingly perfect Helen (Rose Bryne) arrives to steal Annie’s place, a rivalry starts and hilarity ensues. How can you not love the kooky, zany dynamic between Rudolph, Wiig, and Bryne? Plus, you have Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Melissa McCarthy rounding out the bridal party. It’s a roaring good time. Just don’t shit in a sink.
Frances Ha (2013)
This is a love story. I don’t mean to steal from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, but “Frances Ha” really is a love story between Frances (Greta Gerwig) and her BFF Sophie (Mickey Sumner). It is not all joyous. It is really the strains of life-long love and how we find our way back to our soulmates. You’ll be endlessly rooting for these two best friends.
The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)
This was a staple of my childhood. The ensemble of young women – Schuyler Fisk as Kristy, Bre Blair as Stacey, Rachael Leigh Cook as Mary Anne, Larisa Oleynik as Dawn, Tricia Joe as Claudia, Stacy Linn Ramsower as Mallory, and Zelda Harris as Jessi – was pure magic. You could believe their friendship, their ability to call each other out, while also finding every way possible to support each other. You can’t help but wish to have life-long friends like the Baby-Sitters Club.
Cancer can strain relationships. But the friendship in “50/50” never wavers during Adam’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) treatment. His best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) is always there. He supports his friend through illness, through break-ups, through all the highs and lows. Adam needs more than he can give, and his BFF is ready to be that person through thick and thin.
“I just wanna go to the rooftops and scream, ‘I love my best friend, Evan!’” “Let’s…go on my roof.” “For sure.” Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are two best friends that try to hide the fact that they truly care for each other. Has “Superbad” aged well in every aspect? No. But is the BFF love story great? Absolutely. It is so wonderful because we rarely see two men genuinely care for and about each other. And I think there’s something special about that.
Lady Bird (2017)
The love story between Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) and Julie (Beanie Feldstein – again!) is the most magical part of the film. There is something special about the bond these two young women share. Where it is them trying out for the school musical together or them crying over boys to Dave Matthew’s “Crash Into Me,” you know that these two women have a deep love for each other. Even when Lady Bird loses her way, she finds her way back to Julie.