Bromances are extremely popular, but for some reason, Hollywood doesn’t seem all that invested in tales about female friendship, unless of course, there’s some canoodling involved. Heck, there’s not even a term for this genre, though some have tried labeling it as “womance” or “ho-mance.” But this type of movie may soon gain a label, especially with The Heat, which stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as an odd cop couple trying to take down a ruthless drug lord. The movie opens this weekend, so we decided to take a look back at some of the best female duos in film.
5. Cher and Dionne, Clueless
It’s obvious why Cher and Dionne (played by Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash) are the most popular girls in their Beverly Hills high school. For one, they’re both named after great singers of the past, but they have impeccable taste in fashion and loads of cash. They may seem like typical mean girls, but that’s only a facade; they’re totally nice girls who are not envious of one another. Sure, their conversations usually revolve around boys, fashion and petty things like that, but these two make great BFFs. Plus, they say the most inappropriate and hilarious things!
4. Lorelei and Dorothy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Probably the sexiest female duo to ever grace the big screen, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell portrayed Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw in 1953′s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Even though Lorelei and Dorothy were each tackling their own problems their way, the movie gave us a kind and true female friendship. One would think that with two sex symbols such as these sharing the screen, there might’ve been some feuding or bickering, but that wasn’t the case. Marilyn and Jane have great chemistry; their elegant and sexy performances are evidence to that.
3. Annie and Lillian, Bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph took their real-life friendship to the screen in Bridesmaids. Wiig plays maid of honor Annie Walker, and Rudolph is Lillian, the bride-to-be. We see them go through ups and downs, and hilarious situations like getting diarrhea during a dress fitting. Their friendship falls to pieces, but in the end, we see that nothing could ever tear these two apart. Their friendship is rock solid. With Bridesmaids, Wiig and Rudolph (and a few other funny ladies) proved to all the Jerry Lewises of the world that women are hilarious.
2. Enid and Rebecca, Ghost World
In Ghost World, Enid and Rebecca (played by Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) are two cynical teenagers bored with the people around them. After high school graduation, their friendship begins to have some complications. They each want different things: Rebecca wants to get a job, move out and date, and Enid, well, she doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. Even though Enid and Rebecca’s friendship loses some steam, Birch and Johansson give awesome, memorable performances under Terry Zwigoff‘s witty and intelligent direction.
1. Thelma And Louise
Who else would be our number one? There’s no doubt that Thelma & Louise will always be at the very top of female duos in film. Ridley Scott‘s 1991 road movie brings Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon together as a pair of friends who go on a weekend getaway that turns out to be the trip of a lifetime. Thelma & Louise is equal parts funny, heartbreaking and thrilling. And after 22 years, their bond is still as inspiring as ever.
Honorary Mention: Kate and Angie, Baby Mama
There’s no denying that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are a dynamic, hilarious duo. They’re like the modern day, female version of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Personally, I’d like to see them make more movies together, because I know that they can give us something better than Baby Mama. But it would be wrong not to put them somewhere on this list, especially after the wonderful job they did hosting the Golden Globes earlier this year.
What are some of your favorite female duos in film?