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Documentaries about Friendship and Community

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

An intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Fred Rogers. Go beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations with compassion and understanding (HBO, Amazon, IMDb).

Connected

Science journalist Latif Nasser investigates the surprising and intricate ways in which we are connected to each other, the world, and the universe (IMDb, Netflix).

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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 Climb
A look at the friendship between two guys that spans over many years (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).

Five Friends
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).

The Intouchables

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver (Trailer, IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

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The BFG
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).

The Lion King
The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life (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
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).

First Cow
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).

Afterlife of the Party
A social butterfly who dies during her birthday week is given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth (Trailer, IMDb, Netflix).

Language Lessons
Bittersweet, honest, and at times darkly funny, LANGUAGE LESSONS is a disarmingly moving exploration of platonic love (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).

Monster’s Inc.
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

Castaway

Hanks plays a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. Dealing with isolation and befriending a volleyball, he is desperate to survive and return home (IMDb, Amazon).

Frances Ha

A modern comic fable that follows a struggling dancer facing the realities of New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, redemption, and adulthood (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

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Her
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 Bucket List

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the fullest (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

When longtime friends meet up for a wine-soaked birthday getaway in Napa Valley, their perfectly planned weekend turns messier by the minute (IMDb, Netflix).

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Ponyo
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).

Stand By Me
Stand by Me is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).

Girl’s Trip
Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa, and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).

Movies about Best Friends

I Love You, Man

Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

The Color of Friendship

A 2000 television film based on actual events about the friendship between two girls; Mahree & Piper, one from the United States and the other from apartheid South Africa, who learn about tolerance and friendship (IMDb, Amazon).

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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).

Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids takes Maid of Honor, Annie (Kristen Wiig), and four wild bridesmaids on a hilarious ride to their friend’s wedding (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).

Clueless
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).

Bride Wars
Two childhood best friends, who have made many plans together for their respective weddings, turn into sworn enemies in a race to get married before the other (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).

Booksmart
Friendship means showing up for each other, as Amy and Molly learn over and over during the course of one wild night (Trailer, IMDb, Hulu, Amazon).

Steel Magnolias
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).

Beaches
A truly touching movie about two friends who meet as children and keep in touch into adulthood (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).

Wolfwalkers
This gorgeous animated movie is about a young British girl in Ireland who befriends a local girl who turns into a wolf at night (Trailer, IMDb, Apple TV).

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).

Just Friends

While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with — a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer (IMDb, Amazon).

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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).

Normal People
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).

Made of Honour
A guy in love with his best friend tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor (Trailer, IMDb, Amazon).

TV Shows Centered on Friendship

Friends

Six young people, on their own and struggling to survive in the real world, find the companionship, comfort and support they get from each other to be the perfect antidote to the pressures of life (IMDb, HBO, Amazon).

New Girl

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

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Parks and Recreation
The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

How I Met Your Mother
A father recounts to his children – through a series of flashbacks – the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother (IMDb, Hulu).

Avatar the Last Airbender
Siblings Katara and Sokka wake young Aang from a long hibernation and learn he’s an Avatar, whose air-bending powers can defeat the evil Fire Nation (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

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 Golden Girls
Centered around four older women who share friendship and a home in Miami, Florida (IMDb, Hulu).

The Good Place
Four people and their otherworldly frenemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good (IMDb, Hulu).

That ’70’s Show
A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin (IMDb, 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).

Glee
Amid relationship woes and personal attacks from a wicked cheerleading coach, a teacher fights to turn underdog glee club members into winners (IMDb, Netflix, Amazon).

Friends From College
Twenty years after graduation, a tight-knit group of college friends reconnects and discovers that love hasn’t gotten easier with age (IMDb, Netflix).

Good Girls
Three suburban mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back (IMDb, Netflix).

Fruits Basket (2001, 2019)
Tohru goes from living in a tent to rooming with the mysterious boys of the Soma clan. But she’ll learn they have a shocking family secret (2001: Hulu, 2019: Hulu).