Sibling relationships play huge roles in the narratives of many films and television shows. The relationship between siblings understands conflict, love, and unity like no other dynamic can, and as such, viewers find themselves drawn to many relatable sibling dynamics in media.
The role of the sister is complicated and has been portrayed in many different ways in movies. While some sisters can be perceived as weak and in need of protection from older brothers and others have found themselves pitted against their sisters, the role of the sister can also be incredibly empowering. Many movies see sisters take charge, caring for and putting themselves out for their siblings.
10 Natasha & Yelena Rebuild Their Relationship (Black Widow)
The bond between Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova has become one of the most beloved sibling relationships within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though they are not biologically related, Yelena makes it clear that she considers Natasha to be one of the only examples of a family she ever had. In the end, Natasha allows herself to confess how much she cares for Yelena, too.
The relationship between Natasha and Yelena was the heart of Black Widow, with many fans enjoying seeing a glimpse of Natasha’s past. Seeing Yelena grieve Natasha’s death was heartbreaking and one of the most poignant parts of Hawkeye.
9 Jo March Is The Glue That Holds The March Sisters Together (Little Women)
The iconic novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has been adapted for the screen many times. However, the thing that remains the most consistent throughout every adaptation is the close bond that the March sisters share. Like any siblings, they argue and fight, but they always forgive and move on.
Amy, Beth, Jo, and Meg are pretty different in personalities and aspirations, but each one loves her sisters more than anything. Through the good times and the bad, including Beth’s death, they know they can lean on each other for support.
8 Sam Carpenter Is There When Tara Needs Her Most (Scream)
Tara and Sam Carpenter are the protagonists of Scream. Following the news that Sam is the daughter of Billy Loomis and her move to California, their relationship becomes less than close. The duo spent many years apart, but following the attack on Tara, Sam returns to her side and promises never to leave her again.
Throughout Scream 5, the sisters prove their love and their sacrificial nature when it comes to each other, with Sam risking her life on multiple occasions to help Tara. It is their sisterly bond and determination to help each other that lets the two of them survive Ghostface’s fifth round of murders.
7 Elizabeth Bennet Has A Beautiful Relationship With Her Sisters (Pride And Prejudice)
The Bennet sisters all vary in personality, appearance, and relationship with their parents. However, the sisters in Pride and Prejudice don’t let that affect their relationships with each other. Protagonist Elizabeth Bennet is the second eldest and therefore is gifted more responsibility and is favored by their father.
However, Elizabeth does not let this change the way she treats her sisters. Elizabeth is beautiful, kind, and playful, with her younger sisters looking up to her immensely. During her romantic journey, Elizabeth keeps her sisters close and their relationship is a heartwarming thing to see on screen and to read on the page.
6 The Lisbon Sisters Remain United (The Virgin Suicides)
The Lisbon sisters meet a tragic end at the end of The Virgin Suicides. However, the sisters stay united, their sisterly bond unable to be broken by Cecilia’s suicide or their parent’s attempts to control them.
Lux, Mary, Therese, and Bonnie are everything to each other and, in the darkest moments, provide the only sources of comfort that the others get. If there is one small thing to cling to at the end of The Virgin Suicides, it is that hopefully, the Lisbons sisters can now be at peace, together, away from a world that treated them like objects to control.
5 Ginny Weasley Keeps Up With Her Older Brothers (Harry Potter)
Growing up with six older brothers, especially huge personalities like Fred and George, must have been difficult for Ginny Weasley. Similarly, being the youngest of the group, Ginny from Harry Potter sometimes lives in their shadows and doesn’t have much to call her own, being the recipient of years worth of hand-me-down items.
However, Ginny remains a kind and loving sister. She manages to keep up with her brothers‘ jokes and witty comments. She might give them a hard time, but she is always there for them at the end of the day.
4 Anna & Elsa Save Each Other (Frozen)
Elsa and Anna have a rocky relationship at the beginning of Disney’s Frozen. Following their parents‘ tragic death and Elsa keeping herself locked away to keep her powers hidden, the close bond that they had as children has fizzled out.
However, when disaster strikes and Elsa is forced to leave the kingdom, Anna stops at nothing to bring her back and make her feel loved. Elsa is reluctant, but seeing her sister in danger makes Elsa realize how much Anna means to her. In the end, Anna and Elsa save each other and work to rebuild their kingdom and their sisterhood.
3 Annie & Hallie’s Relationship Is Like They Never Separated (The Parent Trap)
Identical twins Hallie and Annie were separated at birth when their parents divorced, but they met again at a summer camp at age 11. Despite spending years apart in different countries, the two become incredibly close very quickly, with their inherent sisterly bond being clear.
Hallie and Annie show similarities, both being fun and conniving. They plan an elaborate scheme to reunite their parents. Hallie and Annie’s obvious love for each other, shared interests, and similar personalities make it seem like they were with each other all along.
2 Nani Is A Sister & A Parent To Lilo (Lilo And Stitch)
In Lilo and Stitch, Nani is Lilo’s protective older sister, but she’s also Lilo’s legal guardian and parental figure after their parents pass away. Nani has huge amounts of responsibility placed on her young shoulders and handles it admirably, creating a loving home for Lilo who struggles to fit in.
Nani is still grieving the loss of their parents herself, yet she tries to put on a brave face as a comfort to Lilo. In the end, the girls help to comfort each other and learn to lean on each other during hard times. They also begin to explore the idea of the traditional family, what they want their family to look like, and the fact that family does not always come down to biology.
1 Katniss Everdeen Would Give Her Life For Prim (The Hunger Games)
In The Hunger Games, 12-year-old Primrose Everdeen is chosen to represent District 12 in the titular fight to the death. Her 16-year-old sister, the badass hero Katniss Everdeen, does not hesitate and volunteers to take her place.
Katniss and Prim have a beautiful relationship and, throughout Katniss‘ battle in the Hunger Games and against the Capitol, the thing that keeps Katniss going is knowing that she is protecting Prim and others like her. In the most heartbreaking turn of events, Prim is killed in the final movie anyway, with so much of Katniss’s sacrifice being worth nothing to her on a personal level.
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