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Top 10 Iconic Teen Movie BFFs

VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Sammie Purcell
We would've liked to have known these teen movie best friends in high school. Our countdown includes "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Superbad," "Clueless," and more!
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Top 10 Teen Movie Best Friends


Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Teen Movie Best Friends.

For this list, we’ll be looking at our favorite dynamic duos from the big screen who make us remember the joys of friendship as teenagers or very soon-to-be teens.

If we missed any of your favorite besties, let us know in the comments below.

#10: Mia Thermopolis & Lilly Moscovitz
“The Princess Diaries” (2001)


Sometimes, being best friends means you go through some trials and tribulations – like finding out your best friend is actually a princess. If you’re Mia and Lilly, rest assured that things will work out alright in the end. When Mia finds out she’s actually the heir to the Genovian throne, her best friend Lilly is there for her – albeit with a good bit of snark. As one would, Mia gets really wrapped up in the whole princess thing, and starts neglecting her friendship with Lilly. But, she eventually realizes what’s most important, and of course Lilly forgives her. With her best friend at her side and of course a romantic foot pop, Mia is more than ready to be royalty.

#9: Ferris Bueller & Cameron Frye
“Ferris Bueller's Day Off” (1986)


If “Ferris Bueller” taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing better than faking sick, skipping school, and taking the day to explore the great city of Chicago – and doing it all with your best friend and girlfriend in tow. On the surface, Ferris and Cameron seem like polar opposites. Ferris is always relaxed, Cameron is always stressed out. Ferris is the coolest guy at school, Cameron is … decidedly not. But, every good pair of best friends needs to balance each other out, and that’s what these two do. Ferris helps Cameron live a little on that fateful day in Chicago, and Cameron helps Ferris straighten up when necessary. Opposites attract!

#8: Janis Ian & Damian Leigh
“Mean Girls” (2004)


Friends don’t let friends become plastic. That’s one of the lessons Janis and Damian try and fail to impart in the 2004 classic “Mean Girls,” but since it’s a teen movie, everything works out alright. Janis and Damian might be one of the funniest duos on this list, and really seem to be attached at the hip. Whether they’re watching scary movies on Halloween, going to Janis’ art show, or going to the Spring Fling together – platonically, of course – they’re rarely seen without each other. Damian stuck by Janis’ side when Regina started rumors about her, and Janis will always stick up for Damian – you better not call him [“too gay to function”] – that’s only okay when Janis says it.

#7: Samantha "Sam" Button, Charlie Kelmeckis, & Patrick Stewart
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012)


Freshman year can be tough – especially if you’ve been through what Charlie has been through. But, luckily for Charlie, he’s got Sam and Patrick to welcome him into their fold. After being institutionalized the summer before high school, Charlie finds himself suddenly part of a trio. Sam and Patrick’s willingness to take Charlie into their little family really speaks to how warm and non exclusive they are. It’s clear that Sam and Patrick are as thick as thieves, but they have more than enough room in their hearts for Charlie – and they can tell how much he needs it. And as far as we can tell, a friendship built on David Bowie and Come on Eileen is meant to be infinite.

#6: Samantha Albertson, Roberta Martin, Chrissy DeWitt, & Tina "Teeny" Tercell
“Now and Then” (1995)


Nothing screams 1970s like bicycles and seances! Or at least that’s the case if you’re growing up in the world of 1995’s coming-of-age drama “Now and Then.” This story focuses on the friendship of Samantha, Roberta, Chrissy, and Teeny, and explores how even when people grow apart, friendship is still the most important thing. Days before Chrissy is expected to give birth, the girls – now adults – return to their small Indiana town to help her. The rest of the film unfolds in flashbacks as the girls remember the summer that brought them closer than ever. It’s a truly beautiful tale of love, friendship, and growing up.

#5: Seth & Evan
“Superbad” (2007)


Boys have feelings, too – “Superbad” taught us many things about life, love, and the pursuit of partying, but it definitely also taught us that. High school friends Seth and Evan spend almost the entirety of this 2007 comedy trying to get booze, trying to get girls, and ignoring the fact that they’re about to go different colleges. Things, of course, come to a head, and the two get into a huge fight. But, as with any good teen movie, the two set aside their differences and finally just TALK to each other! Their “I love you” scene might be awkward, but we love it just the same.

#4: Amy Antsler & Molly Davidson
“Booksmart” (2019)


In Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Amy and Molly are best friends who have spent their high school years studying instead of partying. When they find out everyone who partied still ended up getting into great schools, they decide to let loose for one night. The girls party on a yacht, try to flirt with boys and girls alike, and end up getting in a huge fight. But, as the sun rises, the girls apologize and we’re reminded how much these two love each other – enough to break each other out of jail to make it to graduation. That’s true friendship.

#3: Juliette "Jules" Paxton & Jesminder "Jess" Kaur Bhamra
“Bend It Like Beckham” (2002)


Nothing breaks up friendships like crushes, and nothing brings friendships back together like sports. In 2002’s “Bend it Like Beckham,” Jules notices Jess playing in the park, and tells her about the local girl’s football team. Jess tries out, but has to play in secret because of her strict, conservative family. Of course, both girls end up being attracted to their very good looking coach, Joe, and their friendship is on the rocks for a bit. But, it’s not that easy to get between these two – both girls work to patch up their relationship and end up on a plane to play in America together, friendship intact.

#2: Cher Horowitz, Dionne Davenport & Tai Frasier
“Clueless” (1995)


As if you could find a better friendship than this one! 1995’s “Clueless” was monumental in so many ways – the fashion, the quotes, the romance – but today we’re here to talk about the wonderful friendship between Cher, Dionne, and Tai. Cher and Dionne start off the film as an already iconic duo, but when new kid Tai shows up, they decide to take her under their wing. Things do end up getting a bit rocky - Cher loves a project, and tries to mold Tai into who she wants her to be – but she eventually realizes the error of her ways, and sees how each one of the trio brings their own special flavor to the group.

#1: Bridget Vreeland, Carmen Lowell, Lena Kaligaris & Tabitha "Tibby" Tomko-Rollins
“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005)


Is it really true friendship if you all can’t fit into the same pair of parents? Based on the logic in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” that answer is no. This iconic teen movie follows best friends since birth Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby. Right before they’re set to spend their first summer without each other, the girls happen upon a magical pair of pants that mysteriously fits all of them. They decide to mail the pants to each other throughout the season, hoping to share their experiences with each other even as they grow separately. We’re a little skeptical about some of their rules – seriously, you all should probably wash those pants – but we’re a sucker for this sweet teen movie.
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