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Engrossing Movies about Siblings to Watch with Your Sister ...

By Neecey

Sisterhood is a powerful concept and the bond between sisters is magical, complicated, inspirational, annoying, heartwarming, exasperating and everything else on the emotional spectrum. All of that gets portrayed in the movies, with plenty of sibling rivalry, drama, romance and comedy all thrown in. If you’re in the mood for some sisterly love, share a film night with your sister with these movies about siblings.

Table of contents:

  1. Hannah and her sisters (1986)
  2. The color purple (1985)
  3. Sense and sensibility (1995)
  4. In her shoes (2005)
  5. Whatever happened to baby jane? (1962)
  6. Practical magic (1998)
  7. Frozen (2013)

1 Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

This was my first introduction to the movies of Woody Allen. It certainly paved the way for me to learn that if there’s one thing Allen loves to portray in his movies, it’s complicated relationships and tangled human emotions. Here we meet Hannah, whose husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. Families, heh? The movie won three Oscars – Dianne Wiest (Supporting actress), Michael Caine (Supporting Actor) and Woody Allen (Original Screenplay).
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2 The Color Purple (1985)

Is this one of the greatest films ever to have not won an Oscar? Despite receiving 11 nominations, this masterpiece from Stephen Spielberg is a tour de force in emotion, drama, hardship, love, incest and oh so much more. Follow the fate of sisters Celia and Nettie as they endure everything life in early 1900s America has to throw at them. Based on the outstanding novel by Alice Walker, if you haven’t yet seen this movie (or read the book), all I can say is … why?
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3 Sense and Sensibility (1995)

I debated whether to include this or Pride and Prejudice but as we’re doing movies, not series/TV adaptations, I had to plump for this one. (I really think the movie version of Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley) pales in comparison to the BBC series.) Emma Thompson did a great job with the screenplay (as well as starring in the movie alongside Kate Winslet), bringing to life the sense of Elinor and sensibility of Marianne Dashwood in a story of the trials of love in 19th century England.
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4 In Her Shoes (2005)

I had low expectations of this movie but ended up quite enjoying it (I’m a big fan of Toni Collette). As Maggie and Rose, Collette and Cameron Diaz are at opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Things turn even more sour when one sister commits an indiscretion with the other’s boyfriend (would you ever?). However, enter a grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) the sisters never knew existed. Can she keep the peace and help the girls love and accept each other? Watch and see!
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5 Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not all movies about sisters have a happy ending. This classic movie has very little to promote filial love. Indeed, if you want to see an example of sibling rivalry, tune into this movie. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis (who was Oscar nominated) are magnificent as a former child star and a taunted sister confined to a wheelchair.
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6 Practical Magic (1998)

Two of the most acclaimed actresses ever (Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock) play two sisters who can do magic. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Except their magic gets in the way of something they both want – true love. Wry and romantic, it’s an enjoyable watch as the women try to find a way to overcome the curse.
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7 Frozen (2013)

The biggest Disney hit of recent times, Frozen is a charm. Follow the adventures of Anna as she sets off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, who has disappeared in a self-banishment after her amazing powers to manipulate ice have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Of course, there’s plenty of laughs with Olaf the Snowman and if you don’t love this movie, just “Let It Go, Let It Go.”
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There are others that deserve a mention, like Little Women, Howard’s End, Hocus Pocus, My Sister’s Keeper, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Parent Trap.
What’s your favorite movie about sisters?

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