Sister Act: 7 of Our Fave On-Screen Pairings

You can “borrow” her favourite jeans indefinitely and she knows all your secrets (original hair colour, first kiss partner, weakness for cheese in a can)—there’s no ride-or-die/confidante/BFF more valuable than a sister. In honour of National Sister Day, here are the best pop culture purveyors of sisterly love!

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Tina & Amy pal around at the premiere of their movie, Sisters (Photo: Splash News)

In Her Shoes (2006): While there’s nothing warm and fuzzy about hooking up with a sister’s boyfriend, it’s hard not to root for wild Maggie (Cameron Diaz) and reserved Rose (Toni Collette). At first, it seems the only thing these two have in common is their shoe size (borrowing expensive shoes is forgivable, but borrowing a boyfriend proved a little more inexcusable). After a major fight, the two are estranged and slowly reconnect with the help of their long-lost grandmother (Shirley MacLaine).

Practical Magic (2008): The Owens family kicks sisterly intuition up a notch with three generations of spell casters—add in some midnight margaritas, a hunky sheriff and a very bad ex who tries to literally tear the sisters apart (played by Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock) for maximum magic. Covens are so chic rn. (Honourable mention to the other much sillier classic witch tale, Hocus Pocus, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler.)

Sisters (2015): Amy and Tina killed on SNL, as Golden Globes co-hosts and on the big screen in their first film together, Baby Mama, so it only made sense that the two would connect again for Sisters. As polar opposites, the responsible people-pleaser (Poehler) and the my-life-is-in-tatters-but-I’m-hella-fun sister (Fey) head to their recently sold childhood home to clean out their belongings and plot to host a wild party. Shenanigans ensue (drinking, cops, a sex snafu) and a few on-point one liners—“We need a little less Forever 21 and a little more Suddenly 42.”—that make us love this duo even more.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005): Sure, Carmen, Lena, Tibby and Bridget aren’t technically blood sisters, but any four teenagers who can share one single pair of jeans obviously have a special, near-biological bond. From Greece to South Carolina to first kisses to the first time, these pants fit so well that they lasted through three whole movies (with a rumoured fourth in the works). Post-viewing, be sure to peep the stars’ Instagram for real-life Sisterhood reunion photos.

The Virgin Suicides (2000): Dreamy and depressing, this Sofia Coppola movie follows the life and death of the five Lisbon sisters who are closely watched by their religious and controlling parents. While they grow more isolated and rebellious, the neighbourhood boys pine after them from afar. There is no getting over the scene with Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett in the field—good thing you’ll have your sister’s shoulder to cry on.

Dirty Dancing (1987): We can all quote Johnny and Baby ad nauseam, but big sister Lisa wasn’t all bad, was she? Sure she was annoying and fell for the arrogant, Ayn Rand-reading Bobby, but when it counted, she had Baby’s back (TBH, more than Johnny did). Fun fact: there’s a running joke on Twitter that Bobby grew up to be Republican Senator Paul Ryan. Never change, Internet.

The Parent Trap (1998): Pre-tabloid run, Lindsay Lohan was cute-as-a-button and on double duty as sisters Haille and Anne, who randomly find out about one another at summer camp. The two sisters plot to join forces and make their parents realize they’re meant to be together, despite the mom’s protections otherwise. Separating identical twins and “Isolation Cabin” plots are def the kind of weird vibes that will need to be discussed with Sis.

The Hunger Games (2012): Remember when you had to cart your baby sister along to all of your friends’ birthday parties and sleepovers and it was, like, the biggest sacrifice? Well heroic Katniss is so protective of her little sis, she pulls the ultimate martyrdom move and volunteers as a Hunger Games tribute to save her sister Prim. See, sharing a room wasn’t so bad.

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