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Thelma and Louise, Romy and Michele: The Best Gal Pals in Movie History

What does it say about a culture when we expect two women sharing top billing in a film or television show to be arch enemies? How about we forget Hollywood’s stereotypes and take a look at the women duos that actually behave well on-screen, and put the fun back into a functional relationship. Vote for your favorite dynamic female duo in the poll below.

1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Baby Mama
Kate Holbrook: I overreacted earlier. I’m sorry…
Angie Ostrowiski: I’m sorry I farted into your purse…

In short, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler created an uproar when they proved they didn’t need men—at all—to entertain us. They are the ultimate BFF power couple.

2. Enid and Rebecca, Ghost World
Rebecca: This is so bad it’s almost good.
Enid: This is so bad it’s gone past good and back to bad again.

For Enid and Rebecca (Thora Birch and a then unknown Scarlett Johanssen), it’s easy to let the banality of the alienating world get you down and tear apart a friendship. But if it weren’t for the friendships lost, we may never be able to grow into the people we’re meant to become.

3. Thelma and Louise, Thelma & Louise
Thelma: You said you ‘n’ me was gonna get out of town and for once just really let our hair down. Well darlin’, look out ’cause my hair is comin’ down!
Some friends know your darkest secrets… And some will help you run from the cops when you kill a man. But however rough it got for these two, they were determined to maintain control over their lives, and remain pals ’til the bitter end.

4. Romy and Michele, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Romy: Swear to God, sometimes I wish I was a lesbian.
Michele: Do you want to try to have sex sometime just to see if we are?
Romy: What? Yeah, right, Michelle. Just the idea of having sex with another woman creeps me out. But if we’re not married by the time we’re 30, ask me again.
Michele: Okay.

Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino are childhood best friends determined to conquer their high school demons—easier said than done. They remind us that your best friend doesn’t expect you to be the inventor of Post-its — they expect you to be there to catch you when you fall… time-after-time.

5. Jessica Stein and Helen Cooper, Kissing Jessica Stein
Jessica: Wait a second. Are you saying my life has no value?
Helen: No! I am saying that maybe, underneath all the neurosis, you have a profound capacity for happiness that you’re not allowing to exist.

The chemistry between Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Jeurgensen brought to light the simple realization that sometimes everything you want in a partner: great conversation, shared values, trusted fashion advice, and the door being held open, can exist in one package; albeit a female package. Is that so bad?

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