12 Best Movies About Sisters to Watch With Your Sister
Pop up the corn and binge watch these heartwarming movies with your sibling.
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This Disney animation giant was beloved by fans for many reasons, but its enduring strength is the depiction of the relationship between the sisters, for the romance between Anna and Hans is not the only love story in Frozen. The relationship between Anna and Elsa lies at the heart of everything, and it’s impossible to resist being moved by the deep commitment between the two princesses. It taps into every little girl’s need to bond with a bestie. The creative team behind the Disney magic has a history of tapping into the powerful emotional bonds of sibling relationships; they are the core of so many Disney stories. Before watching this gem with your sis (or best friend), get together and take this Disney movie trivia quiz.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up in this hilarious depiction of what Peter Pan syndrome looks like when it happens to women. Yes, they’re forty-ish siblings who still have some growing up to do. They just want to have one final party in the house where they grew up before their parents sell it off. And sure enough, the house gets trashed. But in fixing the house, the sisters repair their relationship too, and learn some hard lesson in the process. And did we mention it’s funny? Hilarious. Want more laughs? Here are the 100+ funniest movies of all time.
This may be Winona Ryder’s best role as Jo March, the fiercely independent writer in this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Susan Sarandon is lovely as the wise matriarch of the five March sisters; Claire Danes will break your heart as vulnerable, sickly Beth; and Kirsten Dunst plays the jealous youngest sister, Amy, with just the right mix of sass and sentiment. Set during the Civil War, the movie manages to blend the sisters’ playwriting and snowball hijinks with frozen pond disasters and letters from Father in the front lines with a perfect balance that warms the heart. Check out these other movies that will make you feel nice and cozy.
Katherine Heigl and Malin Ackerman play rivalrous sisters who fall for the same guy, played by Edward Burns. He just happens to be Heigl’s boss, and after he proposes to her sister, Heigl gets roped into planning the wedding. What could be worse for a jilted sibling who has already been a bridesmaid 27 times? This satisfying chick flick is as much about learning to trust, forgive, and accept your sister as it is about landing a guy. Add these 10 most romantic movies to your list.
’10 Things I Hate About You’
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Based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this movie presents the (preposterous to modern sensibilities) predicament of two sisters whose dad won’t let the younger sister date until the older one does first. So would-be suitor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wanting to date younger sister Larisa Oleynik, enlists bad boy Heath Ledger to “tame” older sister Julia Stiles. He takes on the challenge and ends up falling in love, but when Stiles finds out it was all a ruse, and Ledger was paid to date her, she hates him. The story enfolds from there.
‘Crimes of the Heart’
Based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play, this movie stars Hollywood legends Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek as southern sisters coming to terms with their dysfunctional family. All three turn in powerhouse performances in this melodrama about dealing with a tragic family history that includes alcoholism, abandonment, and suicide. When the youngest sister (Spacek) shoots her abusive husband, Lange, an actress, returns from her failed Hollywood career and the sisters help each other deal with the pain of their shared past.
‘Pride and Prejudice’
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Well hello there, Mr. Darcy! We are so in love with you. Wait—what? Ok, this is a movie about sisters. There are five Bennett girls, though the movie focuses mainly on Elizabeth (Keira Knightly), the smartest, and Jane (Rosamund Pike), the nicest, and their search for worthy husbands. Based on Jane Austen’s masterpiece novel, the movie is a love letter to sisterhood in this oh-so-romantic adaptation. It’s not the first time Pride and Prejudice has been made into a movie, but it is one of the best. Check out these other movie remakes that weren’t as good as the original.
‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’
An antidote to sweet sibling bonding movies, this classic film about how one sister slowly torments the other who is confined to a wheelchair proves it’s never worth it to mow down your sister in a car. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis play siblings—two aging actresses, former stars, and rivals (just as the two were in real life). The performances of both are campy, desperate, and distinctive, elevating the ham-fisted script. Davis was nominated for an Oscar for this film; Crawford wasn’t, and that just enhanced their ongoing real-life feud. These are the 11 movies you probably forgot won Oscars.
‘Hannah and Her Sisters’
Dianne Wiest, Mia Farrow, and Barbara Hershey shine as sisters in one of Woody Allen’s best drama-dies. Farrow plays the “perfect” sister, the one who seems to have it all. In a tangled plot, Farrow’s current husband (Michael Caine) lusts for one of her sisters, while her ex-husband (played by Allen himself) ends up romantically involved with the other. The heart of the film reveals the jealousy, but also the love and support that connects the sisters. Here are the hidden messages you probably missed in your favorite movies.
‘The Virgin Suicides’
Written and directed by Sophia Coppola (daughter to Frances Ford, the famous director) this surreal drama, based on the book by Jeffery Eugenides, examines how hard it is to be a teenage girl. Kirsten Dunst plays one of five sisters whose behavior grows stranger and stranger after the youngest attempts suicide—and then ultimately succeeds. Neighborhood boys are fascinated with the girls, but after Josh Hartnett breaks Kirsten’s heart, the film turns even darker. It’s an acclaimed look at the mysteries of girlhood.
‘Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’
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More about a sisterhood of women (known as the Ya-Yas) than the actual sibling relationships of the protagonist, this drama depicts the grief caused by deep-seated family secrets. Sandra Bullock plays a city girl haunted by her past. Ellen Burstyn is her misunderstood mom whose group of besties work to heal the rift between mother and daughter. When Sandra finally figures out her mom’s secret, she forgives her—and is welcomed in as the youngest member of the Ya-Ya’s. These are the movies from your childhood that your kids will love!
‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’
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Best friends can also be sisters is the message of this movie that centers on a pair of magical jeans that somehow look perfect on all of them. When the besties separate for the summer, they mail the pants around the world, and the jeans serve as the link for each girl’s coming-of-age adventures. The movie stars America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, and Amber Tamblyn as teenagers who make sense of the world through their supportive bond. Next, take a look at these 18 other hit movies that were actually books first.