The 33 Fictional Friendships We Wish We Were A Part Of

Sure, we love romantic movies with our fictional lovers . But, we also know that the first meaningful relationships we have — and the ones that force us to spill those tears of compassion — are with our best friends. So, the fictional duos who are there for each other during breakups, makeups, and, er, stick-ups (in some cases) remind us to cherish our nearest and dearest, while also inspiring us to be better pals.
While none of these pairings are perfect — there are many more murders, deaths, and arrests than we hope to replicate — they all show us that buddy romances are some of the deepest and most lasting loves of all. Who else will help solve the murder of your childhood friend or start a business to provide for your child? The Hobbes to your Calvin, the Thelma to your Louise, the Pooh to your Christopher Robin...that's who.
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Samantha, Miranda, Carrie, and Charlotte, Sex And The City

These four ladies show us that as long as we have our girlfriends and a standing brunch reservation, everything will be okay.
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Daria and Jane, Daria

These two prove it really is possible to have a friendship based just on cynicism, sarcasm, and quiet observation.
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Andy and Red, The Shawshank Redemption

Sure it took a lot of illegal action to get the ending, but we were all glad when Andy and Red hold up to their promises, find redemption, and reunite on the beach.
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Cher and Dionne, Clueless

Friends with corresponding outfits are friends who will last forever. Like, totally.
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Romy and Michelle, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion

Who other than your best friend would help you become a very successful "business woman"?
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Troy and Abed, Community

While the other members of the study group can get freaked out by this bromance, we love seeing these two perform nonsensical Spanish raps and complete each other's sentences. They also prove that best friends don't have to be together all the time; they are at their best when they find their own identity, too.
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Travis and Old Yeller, Old Yeller

It is impossible to get through this film without tearing up when Travis has to say his final goodbye to Yeller. There is no friendship quite like the one between a kid and his dog.
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Mary and Rhoda, Mary Tyler Moore Show

Before Sex and the City, these two ladies proved that you can be in your thirties, single, and having the time of your life. These two knew how to make each other (and us) laugh through the process of growing up...as long as you don't count that made-for-TV movie.
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Ted, Marshall, Robin, Barney, and Lily, How I Met Your Mother

Only the best of friends could have helped Ted get through the years of breakups and make sure he didn't settle before finally finding the one he has been waiting to meet.
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Veronica and Wallace, Veronica Mars

This friendship started unconventionally — with Wallace duct taped to a pole in the middle of the courtyard and Veronica helping him out. But, their relationship has lasted through more crimes and death than most, and we can't wait to see what the Veronica Mars movie has in store.
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Meredith and Cristina, Grey's Anatomy

Meredith and Cristina show us that best friends don't have to be happy all the time. If you tend to spend a lot of time crying, drinking, and complaining, it is best to find a friend who also is "dark and twisty."
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Harry and Hermione, Harry Potter

Hermione was always there to balance out Harry's hero complex with a good dose of logic, allowing him to actually survive long enough to defeat Voldemort. [Editor's Note: Ron and Harry have a deep, abiding friendship, too. However, the Hermione-Harry pairing is the only one out of the trio who never, ever stops speaking. Ron is more like Harry's brother; Hermione is Harry's rock. (Yes, there was a lot of in-office fighting about this one.)]
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Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia, Golden Girls

Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia come back to the realization, again and again, that good friends stick together. Their adventures have us convinced we can still be laughing with our besties, gossiping, and snarking long into our "golden years."
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Chandler and Joey, Friends

Among all of the Friends, Joey and Chandler were the best. Even during the strangest of situations (when Joey allows himself to get locked in their entertainment center and all of the rest of the furniture is stolen), they find comfort in each other's company. Their relationship is, dare we say it, the least complicated.
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Ruth and Idgie, Fried Green Tomatoes

When Ruth's husband starts abusing her, Idgie brings Ruth home and starts her own business in order to provide for Ruth and her child. Their friendship has to survive divorce, deaths, a murder trial and cancer, but it does survive, and it is beautiful.
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Frances and Sophie, Frances Ha

For us, there is one moment that makes this friendship. Frances describes her perfect relationship as a knowing look across a room at a crowded party. We all imagine this will happen to her with a romantic interest, but it doesn't. It happens with her best friend, arguably the most perfect relationship of all — in all of its fighting, imperfect glory.
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Ferris and Cameron, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Your best friend is your worst enemy, and his job is to make you laugh, even when you hate them.
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Neil, Bill, and Sam, Freaks and Geeks

Feeling awkward in high school is basically a rite of passage, but these three boys prove that the only way to get through it, is to stay loyal to your friends — and to be selective when you follow their advice.
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Jack and Jen, Dawson's Creek

After adopting each other in high school, it is hard to imagine a Jack without Jen. We are still bitter about how Jen left us, but there is no one we would prefer to raise Jen's child than Jack.
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Kirk and Spock, Star Trek

These two always look out for each other, even risking the Enterprise to keep each other safe. This makes it even harder to not well up when Spock sacrifices himself for the ship, and Spock firmly says, "I have been and always shall be your friend."
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Hoke and Daisy, Driving Miss Daisy

As Hoke slowly convinces Daisy to open up to him, he proves it is never too late for a friendship to develop, or for people to change.
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Thelma and Louise, Thelma and Louise

While we don't recommend friends prove their love for one another by driving off a cliff to stay together, you can't deny their friendship.
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Liz and Jack, 30 Rock

At first, these two seem so different, but it was their ability to give and take a joke that created their friendship and made us all fall in love with the show. In fact, it was truly through Liz that the audience got to see Jack's humanity.
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Merry and Pippin, Lord of The Rings

Look, Frodo was not that great of a friend. Those who sold us on the magic of hobbits and the thrill of a quest were Merry and Pippin, the two troublemakers who stole the show.
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Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin and Hobbes

The point of Calvin and Hobbes was to illustrate the strength of imagination and the magic that a beloved pal can bring to childhood. While Hobbes may not have been "real," his relationship with Calvin was filled with loyalty, excitement, encouragement, and a daily pouncing session. Just try not to tear up at the last Calvin and Hobbes comic.
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Laverne and Shirley, Laverne and Shirley

Not all friends would be able to survive also being roommates, but these two opposites show us that sometimes, best friends really can't get enough of each other.
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Buffy and Willow, Buffy The Vampire Slayer

These two grow so close that in Season 4, Riley tells Willow he likes Buffy before even approaching the slayer. Sometimes, the best way to try and start a relationship is to win their friends over first. (Also, shout out to Alyson Hannigan for appearing on this list twice.)
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Cory and Shawn, Boy Meets World

While we were fans of Cory and Topanga and their eventual daughter, it is Cory and Shawn who stole our hearts.
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Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown, Back To The Future

These two may be an unconventional pairing, but the teenager and "mad scientist" eventually become best friends. How can you not, really, when you are time traveling and making sure your parents fall in love?
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Wayne and Garth, Wayne's World

"I say, hurl. If you blow chunks and she comes back, she's yours. But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be." Only the truest of friends would give you such sage wisdom.
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Sarah and Becky, A Little Princess

This movie convinced us that if you were close enough, your parents would adopt your best friend. Because seriously, the only thing better than being best friends is becoming sisters, right?
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R2D2 and C3PO, Star Wars

Um, surviving two galactic wars, Tattoine (twice), and garbage monsters? Just think of R2's sad little whine when C3P0 becomes dismembered. Our heart aches.
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CC and Hillary, Beaches

The ultimate tearjerker friendship. What else is there to say?
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