It’s a little late to post this as I type away in a small Connecticut city, but it is still Galentine’s Day. You might already have plans, since it the night of Galentine’s Day, like right now. So a movie recommendation might have to wait. You can watch these movies anytime though. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or not, friendships matter. Here’s my list of movies covering friendship that can be watched on Galentine’s Day. I couldn’t find a guy equivalent of this girls day, but obviously guy friendships matter too. So Bromance-tine’s are a thing. This list included movies that somehow cover friendship dynamics. Sequels are listed together since they are part of the same movie world.
1 Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Just a classic feel good friendship story about women who support each other.
2 The Brothers (2001)
While the movie is from 2001, it still holds up as a very modern look at male friendships.
3 Now and Then (1995)
This movie is a strong girlhood film, and it would be great if there were more like it. It’s our version of the many guy films where boys grow into men that still have each other’s backs. Set mostly during childhood the girls deal with everything from red rover to romance, death and grieving, and life.
4 The Sandlot (1993)
This movie is just a childhood staple. I think we all wanted to find our own sandlot.
5 The Wood (1999)
Three friends go from middle school to adulthood, and deal with everything from crime to romance to getting your suit cleaned before the wedding.
6 Dope (2015)
If your friend is in trouble you stand by them, even if it means going up against drug dealers.
7 Stand by Me (1986)
Four boys with very different backgrounds are somehow friends. The film deals with coming of age, thinking about how friendships will go in the future, abuse, bullies, and staying by our friends side.
8 Boyz n the Hood (1991)
The film covers multiple topics. The friendship between our main character and his childhood friends is one of them. We see how different moments effect children’s lives as they grow up, and how friendships change from childhood to the teen years.
9 Rookie of the Year (1993)
During this film where a boy becomes pro baseball player we see a riff between him and his friends as they feel he is forgetting about them. Now the kid prodigy has to learn how to balance it all.
10 Throw Momma From the Train (1987)
A writing teacher finds himself becoming friends with one of his students. The two men then have more on their plates than the teacher bargained for.
11 Charlie’s Angels films
Whether its the one from 2000 or the one from 2019, the story is about three girls getting into action packed adventures. What more could you need? I’m not getting into a debate about which one is better, which is why I just wrote Charlie’s Angels films.
12 Set It Off (1996)
Four women who decide to rob banks, but find themselves questioning how far they can go. An action packed strong female movie.
13 D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
In the third installment of the franchise we see the team is split up at an elite prep school. Most of the Ducks are placed on the JV team, while Adam Banks is put on the Varsity team. Now the friendships are strained as the teams have a rivalry.
14 Heavy Weights (1995)
Our main character never fit in because of his weight. At fat camp he finally finds friends, but a crazy new camp owner is destroying everything, so the kids have to work together to stop him.
15 Rounding First (2005)
Three boys in the 80’s who are best friends go on a crazy road trip, only to find that their friendship is more complicated than they thought. Now a secret connection two of the boys didn’t know they had could destroy everything.
16 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995)
Two girls become friends and deal with issues as childlike as a hunting for treasure to harsher ones like abuse. The film is good for kids, as it teaches them not to believe everything you hear, and you don’t always know what someone’s going through.
17 Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Two friends have to find one guys car, so they backtrack through a crazy night. Just one friend helping the other since no one wants to lose things.
18 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Friend roadtrips are fun, even if they are based around fastfood.
19 Mean Girls (2004)
Girls need to stop creating cliques. Plain and simple. We can choose to stick together.
20 Clueless (1995)
Old friends, new friends, frenemies, and Beverly Hills.
21 Mid90s (2018)
A young boy dealing with a tough homelife meets some older kids who teach him how to skate past life’s struggles.
22 Skate Kitchen (2018)
Girls on skateboards who deal with everything from trust, to skating, to romance, to betrayal. This movie was long overdue for anyone who ever picked up a skateboard.
23 It (2017) and It Chapter II (2019)
Some friends fight a monster, then they grow up and fight the monster again. As it should be.
24 The Babysitters Club (1995)
Another childhood girl friendship movie. I hold Now and Then in higher regard, but this film is definitely worth sitting through.
25 The Outsiders (1983)
An intimate look at how young men can care about each other. The teens and young adults deal with class, family, friendship, and grief.
26 Superbad (2007)
The end of high school is bittersweet as two of the three friends find their lives going in different directions.
27 Booksmart (2019)
Two smart teens realize they missed out on partying and try to make up for it in one night.
28 Thirteen (2003)
Every teenage girl who watches this film believes it is her life. Some of the themes will touch every girls adolescence. The in crowd has it’s own problems as we see in this film about two girls learning about what it is to be a teenager.
29 Friday (1995)….and the sequels
In the first film of this classic franchise we follow two young men dealing with life in their neighborhood. At this point everyone has seen this movie, so everyone knows the story and that it is epic. The sequels are hilarious as well.
30 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Who knew jeans could be so magical? Four girls deal with summer, jeans, and life.
31 The Craft (1996) and The Craft: Legacy (2020)
The Craft is just one of those films every girl has to see, especially if she doesn’t fit the ideal woman mold. As for the sequel it was actually better than expected.
I really could keep going, but I’d rather stop here and read what films you guys would add to the list. Let me know in the comments below.