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HERE’S some Saturday night film recommendations from the 1960s to present day

Updated: May 10, 2023

Strong friendships are a critical aspect of most people’s well-being. Research indicates that close friendships are associated with greater happiness. So, to mark this day, and celebrate the friends in our lives, here’s some films and filmmakers that deal with the subject of friendship in all its complexities. A couple of these films, we have supported through Reclaim The Frame



Daisies (1967) Dir by Věra Chytilová

Two teenage girls decide that since the world is spoiled, they will be spoiled too. They embark on a series of destructive pranks to rebel against a materialistic society.

Rocks (2020) Dir Sarah Gavron – screenwriters Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson

A determined teenage girl struggles to take care of herself and her younger brother after her mother’s abrupt departure.

A joyful, heart-breaking story of young female friendship.

Thelma and Louise (1991) Screenwriter Callie Khouri

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis are two best friends on the run from the law in a

1966 T-Bird.

Sarandon said: “Films at their best should challenge your perspective.”

9 to 5 (1980) Screenwriter Patricia Resnick

Office satire about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves. The trio, one of whom has been passed over for promotion because she is a woman, spend a night together having drug-induced fantasies of killing the slave-driving chauvinist. One of them panics the following day when she suspects she really has poisoned the tyrant.

Girl Interrupted (2000) Screenwriter Lisa Loomer. Novel Susanna Kaysen

A directionless teenager, Susanna, is rushed to Claymoore, a mental institution, after a supposed suicide attempt. There, she befriends a group of troubled women who deeply influence her life.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1992) Screenwriters Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski. Novel by Fannie Flagg

On one of trapped housewife Evelyn Couch’s (Kathy Bates) Wednesday nursing home visits, she encounters Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a colourful old woman who brightens Evelyn’s outlook by sharing tales from her past. As Ninny recounts the exploits of her free-spirited sister-in-law Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson), owner of a small Alabama café in the 1920s, and the bond Idgie shared with her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), Evelyn gains the confidence to change her own life for the better.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Dir Eliza Hittman

After discovering that she is pregnant, Autumn, a teenager, along with her cousin Skylar, sets out to go to New York to have an abortion.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Dir Marielle Heller

When a bestselling celebrity biographer is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) DirDesiree Akhavan

Pennsylvania, 1993. After getting caught with another girl, teenager Cameron Post is sent to a conversion therapy center run by the strict Dr. Lydia Marsh and her brother, Reverend Rick, whose treatment consists in repenting for feeling “same sex attraction.” Cameron befriends fellow sinners Jane and Adam, thus creating a new family to deal with the surrounding intolerance.

Frances Ha (2013) Co-written by Greta Gerwig

A story that follows a New York woman, who doesn’t really have an apartment. She apprentices for a dance company although she’s not really a dancer, and throws herself headlong into her dreams.

Girls Trip (2017) Co-written by Tracy Oliver

When Ryan is invited to speak at the annual Essence Festival, she sees it as a chance to reconnect with her best friends Sasha, Lisa and Dina, and the girls set out on a trip to New Orleans.

Set It Off (1996) Co-written by Kate Lanier

Four women undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women’s brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, their tastes and interests begin to change and their suspicions of each other increase on the way to a climactic robbery.

For a Good Time Call... (2012) Co-written Katie Anne Naylon

Lauren and Katie are poles apart but their financial state gets them to move in the same apartment and start a phone sex line together. However, challenges put their newly-formed bond to the test.

Waiting to Exhale (1995) Co-written by Terry McMillan

The story is based on Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel, portraying the friendship of four African women. It also highlights the struggles faced by women in today’s world.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) Screenwriters Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler. Novel by Ann Brashares.

Four best friends (Tibby, Lena, Carmen & Bridget) who buy a mysterious pair of pants that fits each of them, despite their differing sizes, and makes whoever wears them feel fabulous. When faced with the prospect of spending their first summer apart, the pals decide they’ll swap the pants so that each girl in turn can enjoy the magic.

♥#friendshipday are #friendshipgoals❤️

Learn more about International Friendship Day HERE 


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