12 Best Movies About Sisters to Watch With Your Sis
Pop up the corn and binge watch these heartwarming movies with your sibling.
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One of the many driving reasons behind Disney’s phenomenal hit was that it depicted a positive relationship between sisters. The love story in Frozen was beside the point. Anna and Elsa tapped into little girls’ need for celebrating sisterhood and it’s impossible to resist the deep commitment between the two princesses. Because when it comes right down to it, everyone just wants to build a snowman with their best friend—their sister. (By the way, did you know Frozen was almost a major failure?)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up in this hilarious depiction of what it looks like when the Peter Pan syndrome happens to women. Yes, they’re forty-ish siblings, but the still have some growing up to do. They just want to have one final party in the house they grew up in before their parents sell it off. Sure enough, the house gets trashed. But the sisters fix it up, learning hard lessons and repairing their relationship in the process. (Related: Want more laughs? Here are the 100+ funniest movies of all times.)
Winona Ryder is at her epic best as Jo March, the scandalously independent writer in this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Susan Sarandon plays the mother of the five March sisters; Claire Danes will break your heart as vulnerable, sickly Beth; and Kirsten Dunst plays the jealous youngest sister, Amy. Set during the Civil War, even with snowball fights and frozen pond disasters, your heart stays warm. 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, Edward Burns. He happens to be Heigl’s boss and after he proposes to her sister, Heigl gets roped into planning their wedding. What makes it worse is that she has already been a bridesmaid 27 (!!!) times. This chick flick is just as much about learning to trust, forgive, and accept your sister, as it is about landing a guy. (Related: Add these 10 most romantic movies of all times to your list.)
’10 Things I Hate About You’
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Heath Ledger shot to heartthrob fame after playing the bad boy enlisted to “tame” Julia Stiles. That’s the only way Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be allowed to date Stiles’ sister, Bianca. The girls’ dad won’t let the younger sister date unless the older girl goes out on a date first. Based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Ledger gets paid to date Stiles and ends up falling in love. But when she finds out it was all a ruse she hates him and the story enfolds from there.
‘Crimes of the Heart’
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play, this movie stars 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 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 on Elizabeth (Keira Knightly), the smartest, and Jane (Rosamund Pike), the nicest, and their search for worthy husbands. Based on Jane Austen’s masterpiece, the movie is a love letter to sisterhood in this oh-so-romantic adaptation. It’s not the first time Pride and Prejudice was 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?’
If this classic film proves anything, it’s that it’s never worth it to mow down your sister in a car. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis play two aging actresses, former stars and rivals—just like their relationship in real life! Davis was nominated for an Oscar; Crawford wasn’t, which enhanced their feud. Nonetheless, both give performances that are campy, desperate, and distinctive, elevating the potentially ham-fisted material. The movie’s about how one sister slowly torments the other who is confined to a wheelchair after a long-ago accident. (Related: Check out these 11 movies you 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 hits on the jealousy, but also the love and support that connects the sisters.
‘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 who behave stranger and stranger after the youngest attempts suicide—and then ultimately succeeds. The neighborhood boys grow 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. (Related: Check out this list of movies that were better than the book.)
‘Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’
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This mother-daughter 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 who happens to have a a group of besties, who work to heal the rift with her daughter. When Sandra finally figures out the secret, she forgives her mom and becomes the newest member of the Ya-Ya’s. Need a good cry? Watch one of these best tearjerker movies.
‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’
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Best friends can also be sisters, as evidenced by 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.