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The best fictional female friendships of all time.

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates, and guys are just people to have fun with.”

Female friendships are a powerful thing. Close female friendships have been scientifically proven to reduce your stress levels, most likely because they’re the ones you can truly vent to about anything and everything. They are the people you feel most comfortable around, the people who can pick you up when you’re down and the people you choose to spend your life with.

Read more: “I’m dating a man with a female best friend.”

Carrie from Sex and the City once said, in what was one of her more eloquent phrases, “Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates, and guys are just people to have fun with.”

In light of this, below we’ve rounded up our favourite female friendships from TV and movies.

1. Leslie and Ann, Parks and Recreation.

Best part: The compliments Leslie would give Ann. Vulture has compiled a list of the best here.

“Ann, you cunning, pliable, chestnut-haired sunfish.”

“Ann, you know that I fully support any woman’s decision, especially a beautiful unicorn nurse like yourself, in creating the family that she wants. But you are so brilliant and kind and stupid hot, you’re definitely going to find a wonderful guy who loves you and respects you and fills your home with multiethnic genius babies.”

2. Thelma and Louise, Thelma and Louise.

Best part: The strength and confidence Louise gives Thelma.

3. Marissa and Summer, The OC.

Best part: Summer’s unwavering support during Marissa’s overly-troubled high-school years.

4. Daria and Jane, Daria.

Best part: Although they would never admit it, they’re kindred spirits and secretly love hanging out with each other.

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5. Meredith and Cristina, Grey’s Anatomy.

Best part: ‘You’re my person.’

6. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, Sex and the City.

Best part: ‘We decided years ago that we’re each other’s soulmates.’

7. Monica, Rachel and Phoebe, Friends.

Best part: They prove that opposites attract.

8. Annie and Lillian, Bridesmaids.

Best part: They always seem like they’re having a good time.

9. Roberta, Samantha, Teeny and Chrissy, Now and Then.

Best part: You know when you’ve found a gem when, even after spending time apart, you can pick right up where you left off, like no time has gone by at all.

10. Cher and Dion, Clueless.

Best part: ‘We’re friends because we both know what it’s like to have people be jealous of us.’

11. Donna, Rosie and Tanya, Mamma Mia!.

Best part: They’re not afraid to make fun of each other, but are also there when they need a shoulder to cry on (and to sing a flawless redition of Chiquitita).

12. Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.

Best part: If you’re a child of the ’90s/’00s, then these guys were your friendship #goals. Also they made Greece the top of your bucket list.

13. Ruth and Idgie, Fried Green Tomatoes.

Best part: Their friendship gets each other through the toughest of times.

14. Romy and Michele, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.

Best part: They basically define the saying ‘dance to your own tune’.

Who are your favourite fictional female friends of all time? Let us know in the comments.

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