Female duos in cinema have undergone evolutionary changes from being the boring bridesmaids to femme fatale havoc creators. They can give the ever dependent hero and his sidekick a run for their money with their adapting skills in accordance with the changing times. They are no longer damsels in distresses but rather women with hearts of gold and physiques of steel. They can instill fear in you as well make you go crazy with their oomph, coming timing and bravado. The list below features the best female duos in the history of cinema.
10. Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’
Anyone who has seen ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ can vouch for the blow hot blow cold relationship between the stylish boss of a fashion magazine (Meryl Streep) and her dreamy eyed new assistant (Anne Hathaway). The constant vibe of tension between them is what makes the above average film watchable. In a role that could have been otherwise superficial, Meryl Streep infuses life into it and dances her way to an Oscar nomination. Ms. Hathaway stands her own against the living legend in terms of her performance and screen presence. The true dynamics of their relationship is best conveyed in the last scene of the film where Streep’s character (Miranda Priestly) watches Andy (Hathaway) with a feeling which can be best described as a combination of pride and I-told-you-so.
9. Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, ‘The Help’
The two extraordinarily talented actresses, Spencer and Davis, fuelled a film based on racism during the Civil Rights Movement (The Help) to multiple Oscar nominations with their soul searching roles in the film. One could almost feel the pain and everyday struggle of Aibileen (played by Davis) and the spirited rebelliousness of Minny (Octavia Spencer); two Black maids working in the homes of White people when racism was at its peak in America. Their friendship works as an anesthesia to their daily dose of hardships and hopelessness. Together they form one of the most effective female duos in recent Hollywood history, without whom the film would have been a lost cause. Anybody remember the ‘Eat My Shit!’ scene?