‘You’re my best friend. And this is maybe the only time I’m going to see you again.’ – The Florida Project
[Disclaimer: I really struggled finding films that met this criteria, so I’ve also included some fab films that I strongly feel are well worth renting or buying.]
Miss You Already (2016)
I would be amiss not to include some melodrama in one of these lists. This one strongly ticks the box for weepy drama about two best friends since childhood (played by Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore) whose lives have begun to slowly divert from each other, until the former is diagnosed with cancer. Perfect film for snuggling next to your best friend with a glass of wine, realising just how much you love and appreciate each other.
The Florida Project (2017)
As a society, we don’t appreciate enough the impact of our childhood friendships have on the people we become as adults. This film, following a group of young children over the course of a summer in the motel they live in, says a lot of important things about invisible poverty and society. It also has a truly lovely friendship at the centre that repeatedly tucks at the heartstrings.
Frances Ha (2013)
Another truth that does not get universally acknowledged enough, friendship break-ups are often far worse than romantic break-ups. The sense of rejection can feel far greater and all-consuming. That’s the case when Frances (played the indie goddess that is Greta Gerwig) gets left behind by her best friend Sophie (Mickney Sumner). It’s beautifully presented with painful honesty, and a whole lot of humour. (£2.49-£5.99)
Lady Bird (2018)
Speaking of Greta Gerwig, she explores female friendship once more with Lady Bird – this time in a directorial capacity. The friendship between Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) and Julie (Beanie Feldstein) will feel familiar to so many viewers. (£4.99)
First Wives Club (1996)
Diane Keaton. Goldie Hawn. Bette Midler. A total dream team. Also features this, one of the best sing-alongs ever committed to celluloid. (£2.49-£7.99)
Special TV Mention: Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015)
The TV show that brought the concept of Galentines Day to most people’s attention. The show may have finished by long live Leslie Knope.