It’s a magical feeling when group of women gets together to uplift and inspire each other. In real life, and in the movies. Here are our favorite squad-coms where actresses got together to empower each other, and the chemistry couldn’t help but make us smile.
1. Oceans 8
Nothing like a good squad-com meets heist flick. It introduces the storyline of Debbie Ocean, Danny’s estranged sister who puts together a badass team of women to pull off a necklace heist worth 150 million bucks.
2. Girls Trip
Not only was this a cultural “aha” moment for female squad movies, but it had us on the floor laughing for almost every scene. Without this film, we wouldn’t have the angel that is Tiffany Haddish. Also, Jada Pinkett’s boy-toy really lit our inner fire.
This is an iconic movie when it comes to girl squads and try comradely between women. The 2011 comedy touches on the sensitive moment of what it means to have your best friend get married when you’re…well, very single. And in a group of unruly bridesmaids.
4. First Wives Club
One of the earlier movies to really shout female independence, this 1996 comedy string Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn is about three women who discover their husbands are heating or leaving them for younger women. Then, they get revenge in the most satisfying way ever.
5. 9 to 5
While First Wives Club was rebellious for its time, 9 to 5 was a focus on the feminist revolution occurring in the workplace. In it, three women (Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) are fed up of how they’re treated and demeaned in the workplace. Luckily, they kidnap their boss and keep him prisoner in his own bedroom while they find ways to blackmail him.
6. Sisterhood of the Traveling pants
Don’t you wish you had a magical pair of jeans that fit all of you and your best friends, making each of you look incredible in them? Today, it would probably be skinny jeans instead of those bell bottoms. This flick is about best friends who stay connected via these jeans, mailing them (but questionably never washing them).
7. Mean Girls
This may have started out more as a hilarious but cutting movie about high school bullying, but it ended being a total love-fest about acceptance and solidarity, uniting the popular girls, the loners, and the athletes in an uplifting ending.
8. Whip It
All the tomboys in the crowd will appreciate this movie starring Ellen Page about a lovable misfit who yearns to break out of her boring small town routine and finds just what she’s looking for in Austin, Texas at a roller derby league.
9. Waiting To Exhale
This ‘90s movie was based on the novel by Terry McMillan, following the very different lives of four African American women and chronicling their relationships with men. Through get thighs and the lows, they have each others backs, #sistersovermisters, and #RIPwhitney.
10. A League Of Their Own
Any baseball fans in the crowd? You’ll love this old school flick directed by Penny Marshall shows women in sports and brings some emotion to the game of hardball. In it, two sisters join the world’s first female professional baseball league and try to make it succeed, even through their evolving rivalry.