Movies Resources for Relational Aggression:
Anywhere but Here (1999)
Based on a wonderful book by Mona Simpson, this story about a mismatched single mom and her teenage daughter captures many adolescent issues related to self-discovery and relationships.
Bring It On (2000)
The poised and happy captain of an affluent cheerleading team discovers that one of her teammates has stolen routines from an impoverished urban team. Both teams will compete for a national title.
A young woman compensates for her own loneliness and insecurity by being a social do-gooder, along with her best friend. Together they “make over” a new girl who comes to their school.
A lighthearted adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel examines the busy life of a young woman engaged in gentle gossip and energetic matchmaking on behalf of a girlfriend.
Ever After-A Cinderella Story (1998)
A reinterpretation of the old fairy tale, in which an empowered heroine takes matters into her own hands and uses her brains and beauty to overcome unfortunate circumstances.
Although this movie has dark undertones, it captures all the dynamics of RA between two girls through the story of Veronica who is part of a clique called heathers and sometimes wishes her friends were dead.
A League of Their Own (1992)
Comedy about a struggling team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed when there weren’t enough men’s baseball teams during World War II.
Little Women (1994)
Check out this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, which describes the life of four sisters growing up in New York during the Civil War.
This coming-of-age story feature two sisters and their flamboyant single mom, played by Cher, who move into a small Massachusetts town in the early 60’s.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
A comedy about the ties among three blue-collar sisters who work in a pizzeria in tiny Mystic, Connecticut. A good example of girls supporting girls.
National Velvet (1945)
The classic family film starring a spunky twelve-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, who ends up riding her horse in the Grand National Steeplechase.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
A newspaper journalist who was unpopular in high school is assigned to return and write an undercover story about teens. As she relieves her experience, viewers gain perspective on the superficiality of popularity and the long-term importance of brains and integrity.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
When a girl from a poor family connects with a boy who is wealthy, she has to examine what kind of person she is really is and wants to be. Also show the value and hurt that can come from friends.
She’s All That (1999)
An unpopular girl gets invited to the prom by a popular guy who takes her out as part of a bet with his buddies. He learns that his actions have far-reaching consequences, and she learns to deal gracefully and confidently with the cruelty of peers.
So Little Time: Vol. 1 (School’s Cool) (2001) and Vol. 2 (Boy Crazy) (2001)
Based on the television series starring teenage twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who can at times seem a bit stereotyped but show deal with a variety of important relationship issues.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
This movie contrasts the personalities of two girls who are both involved, in different ways, with the same boy; it explores issues of integrity and values. There’s even a tough-guy bully to deal with.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Although this movie is about adult women, it illustrates the value of women supporting women and the enduring bond between mothers and daughters.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
A popular and pretty girl is faced with a dilemma: her dad won’t let her go out with a boy she likes until her unpopular, rebellious, boy-hating older sister Kat gets a date of her own.
*It is suggested that before watching with students the movie is previewed and taken into consideration. Also, make sure to use these resources in a useful way, such as a discussion starter.