Best Movies For Friends That Will Make Any Night Instantly Fun

Girls’ Night is a time for girls to get together and have fun. This can take many different forms, from at-home mani/pedicures or reading horoscopes in order to see what the month has planned out for them; but one of our favorite activities involves cuddling up on Saturday night with friends while watching comedies about best friends who always manage stay afloat no matter how hard things become.

And the possibilities are endless. Movies like Girls’ Trip and 2021’s Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar will have you on Expedia, booking a weekend away or for a road trip – even if it’s just with friends in your social circle! Funny high school-set flicks such as Booksmart might make us nostalgic about a senior year, but Epic Bollywood movies can last longer so there is something in store no matter what time of day (or night). And unbelievably some good times come from watching really bad films. Below, find a slate of movies for friends—streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and beyond, that will make any night with friends instantly fun.

1. Booksmart

Directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart earned praise for its big-hearted and riotous depiction of high school friendship. In the movie, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) learn a lesson: It’s absolutely okay to work hard and play even harder.

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2. Queen

At 24, Rani (Kangana Ranau) thinks she has her life figured out. Then, her fiancé ends their relationship. Instead of moping, she goes on the honeymoon by herself. This 2014 feel-good movie is about a woman discovering the world, and in doing so, herself. You’ll be smiling for all two hours and 26 minutes.

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3. The Woman in the Window

Who said that a movie had to be critically acclaimed to be enjoyable? The Woman in the Window had a long path from thriller to Amy Adams-starring movie. The final product has an admittedly low Rotten Tomatoes score, but makes for a fun watch. Riffing off Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, the film is about a woman suffering from agoraphobia who is convinced she’s seen a murder in the apartment across the street.

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4. Secret Obsession

Secret Obsession is a movie that encourages participation. The Netflix psychological thriller often veers into absurd directions. In the movie, Brenda Song plays a woman who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before. A man (Greg Vogel) arrives, claiming to be her husband. But is he?

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5. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Bridesmaids’ creators Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo reunited for this exuberant celebration of friendship and Florida. They play best friends leaving their small Nebraska town for the first time for an adventure in Vista Del Mar, where they meet super villains, Jamie Dornan, and magical culottes.

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6. Girls Trip

The “flossy posse,” comprised of Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Dina (Tiffany Haddish), reunite for a wild weekend of fun in New Orleans at the annual Essence Festival. When watching the hilarious 2017 film with your BFFs, just remember that friends don’t let friends indulge in grapefruit irresponsibly.

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7. Fried Green Tomatoes

The heartwarming bond between Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) and Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) is proof that you can still find new friends as you get older. Stream this feel-good Southern movie, which is adapted from Fannie Flagg’s novel, when you and your friends need a good laugh, cry, and boost of confidence.

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8. Sex and the City 2

For six years, fans watched Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte (Kristen Davis), and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) on the hit HBO series, Sex and the City. But the 2010 movie spinoff sees the fashionable foursome leaving New York City for a girl’s getaway to Abu Dhabi.

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9. Waiting to Exhale

Based on Terry McMillan’s 1992 book of the same name, the ’95 film follows the story of four Black female best friends: Gloria (Loretta Devine), Savannah (Whitney Houston), Bernadine (Angela Bassett), and Robin (Lela Rochon). Although each woman is successful in her own right, they are bonded by the struggles they face in their love lives.

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10. Thelma & Louise

When it comes to fun buddy road trips, it doesn’t get much better than this 1991 flick—or the 1966 Thunderbird convertible Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) get to ride in throughout the movie. There’s adventure and trouble at every turn, but the two stick by each other’s side.

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11. Steel Magnolias

The best moments of friendship and gossiping among M’Lynn (Sally Fields), Shelby (Julia Roberts), Truvy (Dolly Parton), Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine), and Annelle (Daryl Hannah) occur in Truvy’s beauty salon. Through life and death, the complicated aspects of relationships are explored in the classic 1989 movie, which is adapted from Robert Harling’s eponymous play.

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12. The First Wives Club

Because revenge is a dish best served cold and with your best friends. Playing scorned divorcées in this 1996 book-to-movie adaptation, how could your squad not be inspired when Diane KeatonBette Midler, and Goldie Hawn sing and declare, “You don’t own me.”

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13. Hustlers

Hustlers are based on the true story of former exotic dancers who decided to use their position to, well, hustle people out of money. J. Lo was definitely snubbed by the Oscars for her performance as the group’s ringleader.

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14. Set It Off

We don’t advocate breaking the law like Stony (Pinkett Smith), Cleo (Latifah), Frankie (Vivica A. Fox), and Tisean (Kimberly Elise) do when robbing banks in this 1996 drama. But we do champion friends who support each other through the darkest of times. And, hey, if you’re going to rake in loads of cash, you might as well fatten your bank account with the people you love the most.

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15. 13 Going on 30

You’re never too old to throw an epic slumber party, as Jennifer Garner‘s character, Jenna Rink, does in this 2004 body-swap comedy. But iconic sleepovers and renditions of Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefied” aside, the best part of 13 Going on 30 is when Jenna realizes she’s in love with her childhood best friend, Matty (Mark Ruffalo).

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16. Clueless

As if we could ever leave these plaid-loving BFFs off the list. Cher (Alicia Silverstone), Dionne (Stacey Dash), and Tai (Brittany Murphy) are the epitome of style and friend goals in this popular ’90s movie. They’ll have you and your favorite gal pals singing “rolling with the homies” all night.

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17. Beaches

This 1988 dramedy showcases the 30-year friendship between C.C. (Midler) and Hillary (Barbara Hershey), from their first encounter meeting under the boardwalk at Atlantic City to their relationship as adults. The pair couldn’t be more different from each other, but the film perfectly demonstrates what it’s like to have a friend by your side who supports, inspires, and challenges you.

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18. A League of Their Own

As the saying goes, there’s no crying in baseball. But you and your friends will have a hard time choking back tears when watching this inspiring 1992 sports drama. Not only does the Penny Marshall-directed film deliver a master class in feminism, but there’s also something particularly comforting about a group of women married to their professions. Not to mention their loyalty to each other in a male-dominated league.

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19. Bridesmaids

Being asked to be your friend’s “Maid of Honor” on her big wedding day is a huge honor—unless you’re Kristen Wiig, who fails at every chance of supporting her BFF Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) journey to the altar. The 2011 ensemble movie is laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s also a good case study on what not to do when your friends get married.

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20. B.A.P.S.

For all the Black American princesses (B.A.P.S.) out there, this one’s for you. B.A.P.S. has a lot of issues, including a lackluster plot and the problematic characterization of African-Americans. But what the 1997 film gets right is the infallible Black Girl Magic that exists between Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle) on the road to riches.

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21. Mean Girls

Underneath the surface of The Plastics’ sick burns and the vile behavior of the students at the fictional North Shore High School, there are actually valuable lessons to be learned from 2004’s Mean Girls—besides how to rock pink, of course. For starters, true friends will love you for exactly who you are, and we think that’s pretty “grool.”

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22. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Unlike most high school graduates, Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are looking forward to their class reunion—until they reflect on how little they’ve accomplished since graduating. The twosome pledge to fake it until they make it. But they end up jeopardizing their friendship in attempts to be the most popular kids in school.

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23. The Craft

Admittedly, this pick is a little darker than the rest of the friend-themed movies on this list, but it makes for an amazing watch nonetheless. If you and your circle of friends have always felt like outcasts, The Craft will encourage you to embrace all your quirks and differences.

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24. Brown Sugar

This list isn’t just reserved for female best friends. If your BFF happens to be of the opposite sex, then you’ll appreciate the 2002 film starring Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs. And if you needed an example that friends can become lovers, this attractive pair will show you the pitfalls to avoid.

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25. Friends With Money

The 2006 rom-com explores the relationship between the have and have-nots. Jennifer Aniston‘s character, Olivia, is arguably the have-not, while her three married best friends are rich and wealthy. In addition, an underlying theme of the movie is how friendship and money don’t always work in tandem.

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26. Pitch Perfect

If you and your friends are in perfect sync and harmony, then Pitch Perfect is a fun film to watch and sing along to with Anna Kendricks, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow. Guarantee that your movie night will instantly turn into karaoke night after viewing the 2012 movie.

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27. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

The best thing about the Charlie’s Angels movie franchise, beyond three badass women kicking butt and taking names, is the fact that it features two celebrities who are friends in real life: Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. In the 2003 remake of the popular ’70s and ’80s TV series, Lucy Liu, Barrymore, and Diaz go undercover to find two missing silver bands containing important information.

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28. Mona Lisa Smile

Although this 2003 film is set in the 1950s, its premise of challenging societal roles for women is still relevant today. Roberts stars as the free-thinking professor, Katherine, who teaches art at a women’s college. The students initially disagree with her radical beliefs, but soon find common ground in their fight for independence.

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29. Frances Ha

Most women can relate to feeling just as directionless as Frances (Greta Gerwig) and Sophie (Mickey Sumner) did in their twenties in the 2012 romance film. And even if you can’t relate to roommate issues, turbulent relationships, and endless comparisons in your friend group, then Frances Ha is still entertaining enough to watch with your bestie.

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30. The Others

Horror movies are best seen with other people by your side. In The Others, Nicole Kidman’s character grapples with the repercussions of isolation. Her two children are convinced there are ghosts in the house. Then she begins to think her mind is playing tricks on her. Nothing can prepare her for the twist in store.

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