Our Favorite Southern BFFs for National Best Friends Day
"Thank you for being a friend."
To mark National Best Friend Day, we are taking a look back at some the remarkable friendships from some of our favorite Southern movies and television shows. The relationships shown between women in television shows like Designing Women and films like Fried Green Tomatoes set the bar high for relationship goals as they support and inspire each other through good times and bad.
Grab your closest girlfriend and plan a movie night to say thank you for being a friend.
Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia, Golden Girls
Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy couldn’t be more different from each other, but their differences melted away while sharing stories and late-night cheesecake in the kitchen. As the show’s theme song said, their friendship traveled down the road and back again and was filled with a lot of laughter along the way.
Ouiser, Clairee, M’Lynn, Shelby, Truvy, and Arnelle, Steel Magnolias
A woman trusts her hairdresser with many secrets, so it’s only natural that strong friendships can form in hair salons. The kinship that grew under the hair dryers at the salon run by Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) with help from Annelle (Daryl Hannah) created lifelong bonds between Ouiser (Shirley Maclaine), Clairee (Olympia Dukakis), M'Lynn (Sally Field), and her daughter, Shelby (Julia Roberts). The friends helped each other through dark times with laughter, levity, and good hair.
Aibileen and Minny, The Help
Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer) decided to bravely tell the stories they gathered working as housekeepers in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. The two friends were there for each other through thick and thin and questionable pies, as they did what was necessary to support their families as the Civil Rights movement blossomed around them.
Judy Bernly, Doralee Rhodes, Violet Newstead, 9 to 5
The friendship between Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), and Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton) was formed in the trenches of their office warfare, fending off their sleazy, chauvinistic boss. Their BFF status was confirmed when the three working girls realized they just couldn’t take his horrible behavior one minute longer and embarked on a hilarious revenge scheme.
Carson, Melaina, Pudge, and Luanne, Shag
On the brink of childhood’s end, four high school friends steal a weekend away to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for one final hurrah. Over the course of their beach vacation they help each other over some of the hurdles of adulthood—love and marriage and career aspirations. While they don’t know what their futures hold, Carson (Phoebe Cates), Melaina (Bridget Fonda), Pudge (Annabeth Gish), and Luanne (Page Hannah) know they will always have each other.
Vivi, Caro, Teensy, and Necie, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
The Ya-Ya Sisterhood was an exclusive club formed by four girls around a campfire in the Louisiana woods. As they grew up their bonds strengthened to the point that they would do anything—including drugging and kidnapping, as necessary—to protect their friends and their secrets.
Idgie and Ruth & Evelyn and Ninny, Fried Green Tomatoes
Based on Fannie Flagg’s classic novel, this movie tells the intertwined stories of two friendships. Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) would entertain Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) with stories of her colorful past when Evelyn would visit her at the nursing home. Some of Ninny’s more engaging tales involved the exploits of her free-spirited sister-in-law Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson), who owned a small Alabama café in the 1920s, along with her best friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker) whose remarkable friendship overcomes some of the biggest obstacles imaginable.
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Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo, and Charlene, Designing Women
The four women who worked within the well-appointed walls of the Sugarbaker and Associates design firm had an admirable friendship that was occasionally filled with fireworks. With so many whip-smart and razor-sharp women in the room, there was a lot of spicy retorts and cutting repartee, but the four friends always knew who had their backs in a fight.
Celie and Sophia, The Color Purple
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) and Sophia (Oprah Winfrey) survive the horrors of slavery thanks to their solid friendship. Their deep bond helps the women resist oppression and gives them hope for a life outside of the shackles of slavery and violence.
Thelma and Louise, Thelma & Louise
Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) and Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) hit the road in Louise’s 1966 Ford Thunderbird for a two-day girls-only road trip. The two friends set out from Arkansas bound for an adventure that shows how far they would go for their friend and for their freedom.
Sookie Stackhouse and Tara Thornton, True Blood
Sookie and Tara grew up together in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. They had each others’ back throughout their childhoods and set the groundwork for a friendship that could survive vampires, werewolves, fairies, and even death.
Scarlett O’Hara and Melanie Hamilton, Gone with the Wind
The ravages of the Civil War brought together the unlikely pairing of Scarlett and Melanie. Melanie tolerated and perhaps even admired Scarlett’s hot-headedness, and Scarlett slowly learned to appreciate Melanie’s quiet kindness and patient understanding. Their slow slog to friendship culminated in Melanie asking to speak to Scarlett on her deathbed, making their bond undeniable and unbreakable.