Sister Act: Our Favorite Female Siblings In Movies & TV

If you don’t have a female sibling of your own, pop culture has provided us with plenty of examples of sisterly relationships. Some of them are loving and supportive. In fact, one of our favorite older sisters loves her younger sibling so much, she’s willing to volunteer as tribute for her in The Hunger Games. We’re talking, of course, about Katniss and Prim(rose) Everdeen.
In the case of some other pop culture sister acts, the love has dried up, or, it was never there in the first place. These sisters are as different as night and day. But it’s equally fascinating to watch, especially if they’re twins à la Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield from Sweet Valley High.
Still, in a film and TV industry predominantly focused on the stories of men, it’s glorious to find tales of sisters doing it for themselves. The following are some of our favorite sister acts of all time.
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Esther (Judy Garland), Rose (Lucille Bremer), Agnes (Joan Carroll), & Tootie (Margaret O'Brien) Smith, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

The Smith sisters fiercely love two things: each other and St. Louis. It’s a good thing they can all stay together in their home city when the film ends happily at the World’s Fair.

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Blanche (Joan Crawford) & Baby Jane (Bette Davis) Hudson, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

Former child star Baby Jane Hudson’s fame is eclipsed in later years by that of her sister Blanche, when they’re both adult actresses. In a twist of fate (or maybe not), a car accident leaves Blanche paralyzed, and Jane acts as her caretaker. Decades later, they live together and torment each other over their failed careers and miserable lives.

Available: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon
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Celie Johnson (Desreta Jackson/Whoopi Goldberg) & Nettie Harris (Akosua Busia), The Color Purple (1985)

Celie and Nettie’s time together is brief, but they’re some of the happiest days in their lives. When Nettie is sent away, it’s the hope of being reunited with her sister that keeps Celie going.

Available: iTunes, Amazon
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Hannah (Mia Farrow), Holly (Dianne Wiest), & Lee (Barbara Hershey), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Oh, the tangled web of love affairs and intrigue Hannah and her sisters weave between Thanksgivings, in this Woody Allen classic.

Available: Amazon
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Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), Michelle (Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen), & D.J. (Candace Cameron) Tanner, Full House (1987-1995)

It somehow took three men to raise these three towheaded girls, although sometimes they did actually get into big trouble, mister. Like that time Stephanie drove the car into the kitchen.

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Hilary (Karyn Parsons) & Ashley (Tatyana Ali) Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

Everyone usually focused on the antics of Will and Carlton, but we were all about bubbly Hilary and her younger sis, Ashley. Towards the end of Fresh Prince, the two move to NYC together (Ashley to attend performing arts school; Hilary to relocate her talk show), and we very much would have liked a Hilary and Ashley spinoff called The Fresh Princesses of Queens.

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Georgie (Patricia Kalember), Teddy (Sela Ward), Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), & Frankie (Julianne Phillips) Reed, Charley Bennett (Jo Anderson), Sisters (1991-1996)

Charley Bennett was a later addition to the cast, because what better way is there to spice up a criminally underwatched show than the discovery of a long-lost secret lovechild? No matter. This NBC drama was one of the first prime-time shows focused on female characters, and it’s become a cult classic since it went off the air. Sisters is finally coming to DVD in September.

Available: DVD
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Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), & Mary (Kathy Najimy) Sanderson, Hocus Pocus (1993)

The Sanderson sisters of Salem, Massachusetts, are executed for witchcraft in 1693, but not before placing a curse that allows them to be revived by a virgin on All Hallows' Eve. They’re brought back to wreak havoc and seek revenge, 300 years later.

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Jo (Winona Ryder), Meg (Trini Alvarado), Amy (Kirsten Dunst/Samantha Mathis), & Beth (Claire Danes) March, Little Women (1994)

The beloved March sisters and Marmee are staple characters of every childhood. Just don’t tell Joey Tribbiani what happens to Beth.

Available on: Google Play, Amazon, iTunes
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Elizabeth (Cynthia Daniel) & Jessica (Brittany Daniel) Wakefield, Sweet Valley High (1994-1998)

Although identical, the Wakefield twins are complete opposites personality-wise, and that’s what makes Sweet Valley High so infinitely readable and watchable.

Available: DVD
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Tia Landry (Tia Mowry) & Tamera Campbell (Tamera Mowry), Sister, Sister (1994-1999)

Separated at birth and adopted by Ray and Lisa, Tia and Tamara reconnect as best friends and sisters.

Available: DVD
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Daria (Tracy Grandstaff) & Quinn (Wendy Hoopes) Morgendorffer, Daria (1997-2001)

Once again, we have two sisters as different as night and day. The loquacious and popular Quinn irritates introverted, smarter-than-her-peers Daria, but they secretly love each other, a lot.

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Hallie Parker (Lindsay Lohan) & Annie James (Lindsay Lohan), The Parent Trap (1998)

They hate each other upon first meeting at Camp Walden for Girls, but then these look-alikes realize that they share more than a face. They’re also identical twins, who were separated when their parents got divorced. Hallie and Annie immediately commence scheming to reunite their clearly still-in-love mom and dad by trading lives, so they have to be switched back. It's kind of a brilliant plan for two 11-year-olds.

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Sally (Sandra Bullock) & Gillian (Nicole Kidman) Owens, Practical Magic (1998)

The best part of being an Owens? Midnight margaritas.

Available: Google Play, iTunes, Amazon
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Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Prue (Shannen Doherty), & Paige (Rose McGowan) Matthews, Charmed (1998-2006)

These witchy sisters use the Power of Three to protect the innocents of the world from forces of evil.

Available: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes
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Mary (A.J. Cook), Lux (Kirsten Dunst), Cecilia (Hanna Hall), Therese (Leslie Hayman), & Bonnie (Chelse Swain) Lisbon, The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Their mysterious suicides forever haunt those who knew the gorgeous Lisbon sisters.

Available: Netflix, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon
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Carmen Lowell (America Ferrera), Tibby Rollins (Amber Tamblyn),Lena Kaligaris (Alexis Bledel), & Bridget Vreeland (Blake Lively), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

They’re not biological sisters, but the four friends are connected by a magical pair of pants and their close-in-proximity birthdates. Plus, they support each other in a way that even some genetically linked siblings do not — so Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby are more than deserving of a spot on this list. Plus, the actresses are all still friends in real life.

Available: Amazon, iTunes, Google Play
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Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), Jane (Rosamund Pike), Mary (Talulah Riley), Lydia (Jena Malone), & Kitty Bennet (Carey Mulligan), Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Pictured here with their meddling mother (Brenda Blethyn), the Bennet sisters may differ on many topics (and Kitty and Lydia are too caught up with appearances), but they always have each other's backs. And, when they don’t, Mr. Darcy is there to act as a silent benefactor and support system.

Available: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play
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Hilda (Ana Ortiz) & Betty (America Ferrera) Suarez, Ugly Betty (2006-2010)

Betty’s work and home life are packed with drama. Part of that is thanks to Hilda’s ongoing attempt to get her own life together in the midst of her tumultuous relationship with Justin’s dad, and trying to find a career. Still, the two sisters are always there for one another.

Available: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes
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Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) & Primrose (Willow Shields) Everdeen, The Hunger Games (2012-present)

Oh, you know, Katniss only risks her LIFE to save Prim’s.

Available: Google Play, iTunes, Amazon
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Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) & Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), Frozen (2013)

The two have a falling out when Elsa, not yet in control of her powers, accidentally injures Anna and flees in terror. The rest of the movie is a heartwarming (temperature pun intended) tale of two sisters overcoming their past differences, and coming together to rule a nation.

Available: iTunes, Amazon, Frozen
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Sarah Manning, Helena, Alison Hendrix, & Cosima Niehaus (all Tatiana Maslany), Orphan Black (2013-present)

Maslany also plays several more clones on the show, but the core four “seesters” (as Helena would say) are the ones who give new meaning to the idea of sisterhood.

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Amy (Amy Schumer) & Kim (Brie Larson) Townsend, Trainwreck (2015)

Once again, we have two extremely different sisters: The commitment-phobic Amy and happily married, pregnant Kim. As you can imagine, they come to a mutual understanding of each other’s ways, and the rest is fodder for a lovely rom-com ending.
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