Documentaries about Friendship and Community
Tahi – The Human Journey
Living off the land without a cell phone or modern comforts, Karina traveled to some of the most remote and diverse places on earth in hopes that she might find a remnant of the kind of connection she yearned for (Trailer, IMDb).
The film chronicles 65-year-old Hank Mandel’s relationships with his five closest friends, providing a deeply personal look at how they navigate success, conflict, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, and death, and revealing what men are capable of when they dare to break out of “bro culture” and open up to one another (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
Movies with a Friendship Theme
The Breakfast Club
In this 1980s Brat Pack film, the athlete, the brain, the criminal, the princess, and the eccentric break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention. The disparate group clashes at first but begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their bully principal (IMDb, Hulu, Amazon).
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country (Trailer, IMDb, Disney+, Amazon).
Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell (Trailer, IMDb, HBO, Amazon).
Fried Green Tomatoes
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know (Trailer, IMDb, Hulu, Amazon).
Career Girls is a love letter to the friendships that shape us in our formative years and the nostalgia that accompanies us once we’ve grown out of them. The indie movie follows Annie and Hannah, college friends who reunite for the first time since they graduated six years ago (Article: OnBeing), (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
Set in 1820s Oregon, First Cow is about an unusual friendship between Cookie Figowitz (John Magaro) and King Lu (Orion Lee), two travelers who have found themselves at the ends of America in search of some tiny crumb of independence. Their efforts to start a food business involve stealing milk from a cow and using it to cook something called “oily cakes,” but their scheme brings the crushing, if rudimentary, forces of early capitalism down upon them. As with all of Reichardt’s work, the film is paced with care and its visual presentation is meticulous, with a square aspect ratio that makes Oregon’s woods all the more imposing. First Cow is a very intimate examination of friendship that feels both oppressively minute and, at moments, downright sweeping, taking in the landscape of a brave new world while interrogating its cruel, false promises (Article: The Atlantic), (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
My Neighbor Totoro
A tale of two girls in the countryside that meet a giant, cuddly creature named Totoro. There’s a child-like innocence that permeates the film – on the surface, it appears to be a message of hope and optimism explored through fantasy in times of hardship (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
The film centers on two monsters—James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and his one-eyed partner and best friend Mike Wazowski who are employed at the titular energy-producing factory Monsters, Inc., which generates power by scaring human children (Trailer, IMDb, Disney+, Amazon).
Movies with a Loneliness Theme
Her is a movie that depicts the life of a person who has lived most of his time alone. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly and Scarlett Johansson as the AI system, Samantha, and was written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The storyline came from an idea Jonze had after reading a website article about instant messaging through the use of artificial intelligence (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
Three Colours: Blue
The film stars Juliette Binoche as Julie, a woman who isolates herself from the world after losing her husband and child in a car accident. As the story progresses, however, Julie can’t stay isolated because the people from her past keep communicating with her. In addition, she meets new people who genuinely care for and support her. She realizes that forgetting her past might not be the solution to her problem, so she starts to heal herself and reconnect with the world (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
Into the Wild
McCandless had always longed for freedom and solitude, and after graduating college he decided to start traveling, believing that it was the only way to achieve ultimate happiness. He traveled on until he reached the wilderness of Alaska. As he begins to live life alone and experiences several disasters, he ultimately realizes that happiness is actually found in the warmth of others. He starts missing his family, his home, and all of the people who love and care for him (Trailer, IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).
Movies about Adventures with Friends
The film tells the story of Ponyo, a goldfish who escapes from the ocean and is rescued by a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke after she is washed ashore while trapped in a glass jar. As they bond with each other, the story deals with resolving Ponyo’s desire to become a human girl, against the devastating circumstances brought about by her acquisition and use of magic (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
Movies about Best Friends
When Marnie Was There
The film follows Anna Sasaki staying with her relatives in a town in Kushiro wetlands, Hokkaido. Anna comes across a nearby abandoned mansion, where she meets Marnie, a mysterious girl who asks her to promise to keep their secrets from everyone. As the summer progresses, Anna spends more time with Marnie, and eventually, Anna learns the truth about her family and foster care (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
Loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, with a modern-day setting of Beverly Hills. The plot centers on Cher Horowitz, a beautiful, popular, and rich high school student who befriends a new student named Tai Frasier and decides to give her a makeover (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
The picture is a film adaptation of Robert Harling’s 1987 play of the same name about the bond a group of women share in a small-town southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).
Friendship / Romance Crossover Movies
Whisper of the Heart
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. … Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets a boy of her age whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is her ‘Prince of Books’ (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).
Friends with Benefits
A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications (Trailer, IMDb, Netflix).
TV Mini-Series — The focus is mainly Connell’s and Marianne’s complex relationship. Among her peers at secondary school, Marianne is regarded as an oddball, but she denies caring about her social standing (Trailer, IMDb, Hulu).
13 Going On 30
It follows a 13-year-old girl who dreams of being popular. During her birthday party, she is humiliated by her classmates and wishes that she was 30 years old (Trailer, IMDb, Hulu, Amazon).
TV Shows Centered on Friendship
Sex and the City
The show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other (IMDb, HBO, Amazon).
The Big Bang Theory
A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory (IMDb, Amazon).