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Grab Your BFF to Watch These Movies About Friendship

All the best buddy movies to watch with your best buddies.

Margo Gothelf · 3 months ago

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Did you know that June 8 is National Best Friend Day? Not that you need an excuse to spend Q.T. with your B.F.F., but what better way to celebrate friendship than by watching some of your favorite classic best friend duos on screen? We've rounded up some of the best friend pairings from movies to share with your best friends. Learn all about unlikely friendships with Elliot and E.T., or see how some friendships stand the test of time (and Hydra) with Captain America Bucky. Grab the popcorn and get ready to play!    

Toy Story

Buzz and Woody didn't exactly start off as best friends. As Andy's favorite toy, Woody was incredibly jealous of Buzz when the shiny new toy appeared in Andy's life. But when they're accidentally left behind, the two toys realize they must overcome their differences and work together to get back to Andy's house. Head back to where it all began with Toy Story and see Buzz and Woody blossom into the ultimate friend duo. 

Best For: Ages 5 and up

Watch It On: Disney+

Finding Nemo

Let's be real: When you're as nervous as Marlin and need to make an emergency trip across the ocean, it helps to have someone like Dory by your side. As annoying as Dory might be, she is as loyal as it comes. Her willingness to dive headfirst into adventures — despite her short-term memory — shows just how good of a friend she is. And by the end of the movie, Dory is such good friends with Marlin and Nemo that she is basically family. 

Best For: Ages 5 and up

Watch It On: Disney+

Wreck-It Ralph

Best friends don't always come in the likeliest pairs. Case in point: Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph. Their unlikely journey to friendship starts when Ralph tries to reinvent himself as a hero instead of the villain he is cast as in his video game. When he leaves his game and goes "turbo," he meets Vanellope, who is an outcast in her game just like Ralph. Although the two of them don't see eye to eye, they agree to help each other. Follow along on their arcade journey and watch how the two very unlikely characters turn into the best of friends. 

Best For: Ages 7 and up

Watch It On: Disney+

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

When ten-year-old Elliot stumbles upon an alien in his backyard, he never imagined that they would become best friends. But that is exactly what happens in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As Elliot tries to figure out where this alien is from, he develops a strong bond with the unknown creature and they pretty much become inseparable. This classic film by Steven Spielberg shows that best friends can come into your life in the most unexpected ways.  

Best For: Ages 7 and up

Watch It On: Prime Video

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone

It's a lot easier to save the whole world — the wizarding world, that is — when you have your best friends at your side — just ask Harry, Ron and Hermione. Start off at the beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to see the Golden Trio's friendship right from the start. 

Best For: Ages 7 and up

Watch It On: HBO Max

The Princess Diaries

You know you have a best friend for life when you suddenly find out you're the princess of a small country and your best friend doesn't treat you any differently. That is exactly what happens between Mia and Lily in The Princess Diaries. While Lily is amazed by Mia's newfound life, she sticks by her side and goes on a one-of-a-kind adventure with her, no judgment attached — okay, maybe a little judgment, but only for a second. Grab the Lily to your Mia and celebrate true friendship with this classic. 

Best For: Ages 8 and up

Watch It On: Disney+

The Lion King

There's peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and Timon and Pumbaa. The duo is the definition of true friendship, sticking by each other no matter what. Their carefree motto of "Hakuna Matata" is easily one of the highlights of the film, both the animated and live-action versions. While they may not be the main characters of the movie, they steal the show and are a great example of true friendship. 

Best For: Ages 8 and up

Watch It On: Disney+

The Captain America Trilogy

The MCU's Captain America trilogy (and its popular spin off series) might be a political thriller with superheroes, but the heart of the story is all about friendship. I guess fighting off Hydra and defending the universe from alien invasions is one powerful way to build an ironclad bond! Start with Captain America: The First Avenger to see Bucky and Cap's friendship from the very beginning, and then follow up with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War to watch these two superheroes fight to save the world and their friendship.

Best For: Ages 11 and up

Watch It On: Disney+

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget have always been best friends. They've spent practically every waking moment together since they can remember — but that is all about to change. The girls are all spending their summers apart from one another for the first time in their lives. While worrying about what a summer apart will mean for their friendship, they stumble upon a pair of jeans that just so happens to fit every one of them perfectly. Seeing the jeans as a sign, the friends decide to share the "traveling pants" all summer long to track their adventures — both the ups and downs — and to keep everyone connected. The movie shows just how strong a bond between friends can be, no matter the distance.

Best For: Ages 12 and up

Watch It On: HBO Max 

Pitch Perfect

Beca Mitchell has no interest in joining the crowds at college, but when she reluctantly tries out for the Barden Bellas, an all-female a capella group, she has no idea that this misfit group of girls is about to change her life. As the team journeys to qualify for the a capella national championships, Beca's attitude about college and the group changes, all thanks to her new BFFs.

Best For: Ages 13 and up

Watch It On: HBO Max