A friend in need will not leave: 20 films about true friendship

True friendship is less common than true love – one of the French philosophers thought so. If you have a true friend, then you are the owner of a treasure that cannot be bought and sold. To appreciate your gift of fate even more, we invite you to watch films about friendship shot in different countries, but united by an understanding of how amazing and powerful this feeling is.

Friends: Reunion (2021)

The special episode of the legendary series was filmed in the format of a talk show, in which the characters returned to the set – to the same scenery familiar to many. The viewer will be able to see Monica’s apartment, the Central Perk coffee shop, hear about funny cases on the set, and get to know the actors who played minor roles. Only the friends themselves, of course, have changed. After all, they got together 17 years after the final episode.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Friends: The Reunion

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.1


Friends on your head (2020)

This entertaining movie about friends in a French comedic way deals with the popular theme of toxic relationships. Once upon a time there was a modest girl Lea. She worked as a salesman, had a careerist husband and an ambitious girlfriend. In the evenings, the girl wrote a novel. And one day a famous writer noticed her, offering help in publishing her work. That’s where it all started. The husband began to complex because of the growing income of his wife, and the girlfriend suddenly also discovered a literary talent in herself.

Original title:
Le bonheur des uns…

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Vincent Cassel, Berenice Bejo, Francois Damiens…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Be friends in Russian! (2019)

The French comedy demonstrates how it is possible, without resorting to cranberries, to bring a Russian flavor to a foreign film. The whole story revolves around the swindler Mick, who ended up in prison. The cellmate of the hero turns out to be a positive uncle nicknamed “Putin”. He can knock out anyone in no time and is a fan of everything Russian. By coincidence, the men become friends. When Mick is released, he is ambushed by bandits who want to beat his debts out of him. In a delicate situation, the former cellmate will help the poor fellow, showing his compatriot what friendship is in Russian.

Original title:
Inséparables

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ahmed Silla, Alban Ivanov, Judith El Zein …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
16+


Marry Me Dude (2017)

A comical story from the film about real male friendship will make you laugh to tears. Young architect Yasi dreams of staying in France, but getting citizenship is not easy. Therefore, the guy works hard at a construction site, dreaming of saving money for a fictitious marriage with a French woman. His merry roommate Frederik, on the contrary, lives at the expense of his girlfriend and does not take a steam bath. At one point, Yasi comes up with a brilliant idea – he and Fred will get married. After all, friends should help in difficult situations. This is how a tangle of intrigues, lies and pretense is twisted.

Original title:
Épouse-moi mon pote

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Tarek Budali, Philippe Lachot, Charlotte Gabris…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


It’s a fucking heart (2017)

Lenny is the son of a successful rich doctor . The guy has fun everyday life, endlessly carouses, not thinking about work or study. In order to somehow reason with his son, the father sets a condition for him – either a complete deprivation of funds, or care for one hospital patient. So Lenny meets 15-year-old David, who has only a hospital room and loneliness. The friendship of an adult man and a teenager who has not seen anything in life will help both to cope with difficulties.

Original title:
Dieses bescheuerte Herz

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Elias EmBarek, Philip Noah Schwarz, Nadina Vrits …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
16+


Already miss you (2015)

For the sake of her role in this piercing and deep film about school friends, actress Toni Collet had to shave her head. And this sacrifice was not in vain – the movie received a lot of positive feedback from the audience. Ever since school, there have been no secrets between Jess and Millie’s friends. So the years have passed. Now the women have their own lives, but their friendship is still strong. Until one day Jess gets pregnant after many failed attempts and Millie is diagnosed with cancer. Relationships of women, simultaneously experiencing the happiest and most difficult moment in their lives, begin to crumble.

Original title:
Miss You Already

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Paddy Considine, Dominic Cooper …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Summer Kings (2013)

A sweet touching movie about a few friends’ perfect vacation sets the mood for a sunny summer. In the center of the plot are three young heroes who are tired of living under the supervision of their parents. Teenagers decide to run away to the forest to communicate with nature and arrange their own life. In this forest idyll there is a place for the difficulties of adolescence, and conflicts, and first love . And when the fog of teenage dreams clears, these serene days, endless meadows and picturesque lakes will forever remain in the memory of the boys.

Original title:
The Kings of Summer

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Real Guys (2012)

The top films about friendship and fidelity continue with a tragicomedy in the spirit of gangster cinema. Elderly hitman Doc finds himself in a difficult situation – he must kill his friend Val. He shot the son of a mafioso , for which he spent 28 years behind bars. But the father still dreams of revenge and sends an old ally to the cause, not knowing that Val and Doc are old friends who are not capable of betrayal. The executor of the sentence is faced with a choice – to die himself or kill a comrade. And before making a decision, he rescues Val from prison and, having taken another friend from the nursing home, goes into a real breakaway.

Original title:
Stand Up Guys

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


It’s good to be quiet (2012)

The film was directed by the author of the book story of the same name, based on which this melodrama about children with not quite childish problems was filmed. The main character is a reserved teenager Charlie. He is not like everyone else, and is looking for friendship among the same strange personalities. The boy finds understanding and acceptance in the society of a gay classmate Patrick and a girl with a difficult past Sam. Charlie is rapidly trying to escape from himself and terrible memories, and true friends help him in this.

Original title:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


1+1 (2011)

Thanks to a sincere story based on real events, this film about real friends is on the list of the best comedy dramas of French cinema. It is worth seeing how friendship can change human orientations and destinies for the better. In the center of the plot is a rich, educated and spiritualized, but wheelchair-bound aristocrat Philip. And his new assistant Driss is a guy from a poor quarter who hunted robberies. It seemed that these two, who are at different levels of the social ladder, will never be able to find a common language – but life can be so unpredictable.

Original title:
Intouchables

Genre:
Drama, comedy, biography

Actors:
Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ni…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.8, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Life is beautiful (2011)

Successful journalist Adam leads a healthy lifestyle, not risking in vain. The hero of the comedy drama has everything you could wish for – a great house, a beautiful girlfriend and a favorite job. But one day tragic news breaks into the carefree life of a young man. After a visit to the doctor, Adam learns that he has spinal cord cancer. How to live on and what to do? Together with his close friend, the man will look for answers to these questions.

Original title:
50/50

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


The Hangover (trilogy, 2009, 2011, 2013)

A cult film about a breathtaking bachelor party before the wedding. The plot of the comedy appeared thanks to a real incident that happened to a friend of the film producer. He got lost at his bachelor party in Las Vegas and woke up in a strip club. So four friends from the trilogy get into funny situations – they get in touch with the mafia, steal a tiger from Tyson, marry prostitutes and steal a police car. And all this manages to happen in one bachelor party.

Original title:
The Hangover

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
16+


Love You Dude (2008)

The hero of this truthful feature film about the friendship of men does not find a common language with representatives of his gender. But he feels quite comfortable in the company of women. And everything would be fine, but soon Peter is planning a wedding , which should have a best man. Now the man is forced to quickly look for male friends. And he finds a cool guy Sydney – a freedom-loving slob who rejects any rules. This friendship creates a seed of doubt in Peter’s soul. Is he really ready for marriage?

Original title:
I Love You, Man

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

Despite the fact that in the midst of World War II , 8-year-old Bruno spends a carefree childhood, because his father is a major Nazi official. Soon the Bruno family moves to a new place of residence, not far from the concentration camp . One day, the boy meets a Jewish child, Shmuel, who wears striped pajamas and lives behind barbed wire. A friendship develops between the children, which leads to unpredictable and shocking consequences. One of the best war films without scenes of explosions and violence makes the audience cry and look at the tragedy with different eyes.

Original title:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Genre:
Drama, military, history

Actors:
Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits :
12+


Until I played in the box (2007)

This life-affirming film about true friends will make you wonder if you are living life brightly enough. Two cancer-stricken hospital bed neighbors decide to spend their remaining days fulfilling their dreams. Fortunately, one of them is a billionaire and can realize any desire of the second. Men write a list of unfulfilled cases and go on a trip . The main thing that this adventure will give them is friendship and support, which both lacked so much.

Original title:
The Bucket List

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Chuck & Larry: Fire Wedding (2007)

Chuck and Larry, despite their different life principles, have long been close friends. Larry is a single father, and more than anything, the kind fat man is afraid that his two children will be left without funds if he dies. Chuck is a favorite of women, a joker and a merry fellow. After an accident that nearly cost Chuck his life, Larry becomes convinced that he needs insurance. And in order to insure his life, he lacks only one thing – an official marriage. A man offers a fictitious relationship to a friend. That’s just the best friends did not take into account the fact that picky officials will check them.

Original title:
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


My best friend (2006)

A film about friendship and a successful antiquary. Francois has all the material goods, but there is not a single close person. One day, his colleague Katrin accuses his partner of arrogance and selfishness, and that he is simply not capable of making friends. However, the antiquarian is ready to prove otherwise, because the companion offered a rare vase if Francois wins the bet. To do this, he needs to show his best friend within 10 days. During this time, the man will try to make friends with a stranger – the naive taxi driver Bruno. After all, no one else wants to deal with him.

Original title:
Mon meilleur ami

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gaye…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Mascot Jeans (2005)

American film about strong friendship, based on the novel by contemporary writer Ann Breshers. Four faithful friends have to leave for the summer. Lina goes to Greece to visit relatives, Bridget goes to a sports camp in Mexico. Carmen visits her father, while Tibi stays in the city to earn some money. Before leaving, the girls find jeans in the store that magically fit perfectly on each. Considering this coincidence magical, they agree to send pants to each other every week as a talisman. Thus begins the adventures of inseparable girlfriends.

Original title:
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Three in a Canoe (2004)

A trio of guys who are friends from school decide to fulfill the dream of a deceased comrade – to find 200 thousand dollars dropped by the famous hijacker . They fall into the hands of a treasure hunt map , and friends go to the Columbia River to overcome the route in a canoe. Adventurers agree that traveling is both a chance to get rich and a real adventure. But none of them have been on campaigns and none of them knows how to raft down the river.

Original title:
Without a Paddle

Genre:
Comedy, adventure

Actors:
Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Dax Shepard …

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Flowers from the Winners (1999)

Remarque’s novel “Three Comrades” is taken as the basis for the plot of the Russian film about best friends. Sergey, Pavel and Roma, nicknamed Buttercup, run a car repair shop, and devote their free time to racing old cars. Together, the guys visited a hot spot and now they almost never part, sharing both grief and joy among themselves. The situation is changed by the girl Olya, with whom Buttercup falls in love. But too late, he learns about the fatal illness of his beloved. And also too late, the guys realize that they will not be able to fight against the neo-Nazis who desecrated the graves of their colleagues on their own.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Aurelia Anuzhite, Alexander Nosik, Alexey Kravchenko, Pavel Safonov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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