Top 10 Movies Like 'Friends With Benefits' Everyone Should See
What Films Are like Friends With Benefits?
Friends are great. Especially when they’re from the other sex.
It normally means you have someone to talk to with a different perspective, to better show you how to navigate interactions with their gender, and also to fool around with. Well, maybe that last part isn’t exactly the norm, but it does happen a lot more than most are willing to let on.
The movie Friends with Benefits is a perfect example of how easy it is for two best friends who have trouble finding and maintaining a relationship to arrive at the conclusion that sex between them is a natural and quite frankly true testament to their friendship. For a chosen emotionless few, this can remain purely physical, but for the rest, it tends to snowball events into unveiling a much deeper truth; that they’re in love with each other, which is great.
Being a huge fan of this movie, I decided to collate a list of some films like Friends With Benefits, which should keep you hooked for a while.
Films Similar to Friends With Benifits
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
- Love & Other Drugs (2010)
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
- One Day (2011)
- What Happens in Vegas (2008)
- The Ugly Truth (2009)
- 27 Dresses (2008)
- Life as We Know It (2010)
- Good Luck Chuck (2007)
- Sandy Wexler (2017)
1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
If you’ve never seen this classic, you’re in for a treat. Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, and Carrie Fisher, When Harry Met Sally starts off when Harry (Billy Crystal) shares a ride with Sally (Meg Ryan), who like him is also on his way to New York.
The ride doesn’t exactly go well with the two seeming to disagree on a number of issues, including the biggest one; a man and a woman can’t be just friends. Fast forward into their adult lives and several failed relationships on either side later, they run into each other again. This time, more mature and tolerant of each other’s opinions, they become and remain fast friends, or at least they’d like to be.
With the gauntlet on male and female friendships thrown and the big S-E-X looming over their heads, can they? Written by Norah Ephron and Rob Reiner, When Harry Met Sally is a classic cult American love story with its banter and a plot as comedic as it is relatable.
The film was widely praised, receiving a slew of award nominations along with some notable wins and currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90% along with an IMDB rating of 7.6/10. When Harry Met Sally is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
2. Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Love, it has been said, is a sickness and what Maggie doesn’t need is another sickness. Maggie has Parkinson’s, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of her enjoyment of life. She runs into Jamie, a charming drug rep and ladies’ man who more than matches her enthusiasm for having a good time, and the two of them become friends.
Friendship turns into repeated sexual encounters until they realize they are both falling in love and must deal with the issue of whether they want to be together or not. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs is a heart-warming tale about self-discovery, commitment, and life. Critics didn’t seem to think so, however, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 48%.
The abysmal score is quite confusing, considering the movie was nominated for two Golden Globe and Satellite Awards. Ignore these ratings and judge the movie based on your experience. Love & Other Drugs is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
When your life as a struggling musician is not going the way you imagined it would and your girlfriend of five years dumps you, you kind of settle into a downward spiral of self-loathing and messiness. This is what happens to Peter (played by Jason Segel, who is also responsible for writing the movie) when his girlfriend Sarah Marshall (played by Kirsten Bell) leaves him.
No matter how much he tries to numb the pain with mindless sex and lots of crying, every day is a mess. He finally decides to get his life back on track, first by clearing his mind with a trip to Hawaii. Once on the island, he meets an attractive and quirky hotel staffer named Rachel (played by Mila Kunis) and things seem to be looking up. That is until he finds out that Sarah is also on the island, and with her new boyfriend who also happens to be an international superstar.
Rachel takes pity on him and agrees to help him have a somewhat pleasant time despite the presence of his ex. The more time they spend together, however, the more they begin to fall in love. Question is, is Peter really falling for her or is he just using Rachel to try and win Sarah back?
Forgetting Sarah Marshall has gone on to become a fan favorite of the rom-com genre, receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. If you're looking for movies like Friends With Benifits, Forgetting Sarah Marshall should be right up your alley.
4. One Day (2011)
The phrase “love will find a way” has no better example than One Day. Following the tale of their friendship after graduation, Emma – a working class idealist (played by Anne Hathaway) and Dexter – a spoilt, philandering playboy (played by Jim Sturgess) are shown on the 15th of July every year, and where they are at in their lives.
Sometimes by themselves, with their friends, or with each other, the story shows the progression of their friendship. A friendship that after several years begins to become clear is deeper than any of them is letting on.
The film is a British-American collaborative effort adapted from a novel by the same name written by David Nicholls. As a romantic drama, the film was lovely enough, earning a rating of 7/10 on IMDB. However, some audiences felt it lacked depth and substance, leading to a poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 36%.
5. What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Unlike most entries on this list, calling the pair in What Happens in Vegas friends at the beginning might be a bit of a stretch. The film begins with a goal-oriented, super driven, Joy (played by Cameron Diaz) who after being dumped by her boyfriend at a birthday party she threw for him decides to take a much-needed break to Las Vegas.
Jack (played by Ashton Kutcher), her complete opposite, has the same idea after he is fired from his father’s carpentry job for being too laid back. A booking error brings them together in the same hotel and after the mistake is rectified, they both decide to celebrate a night on the town together.
Evidently, it turns out to be a pretty big night as they wake up married to each other. Both deciding that they’ve made a terrible mistake and should get a divorce, they are right on course to having the whole thing put behind them when Jack wins a million-dollar jackpot with a coin Joy gave him.
Now, still being married, Joy wants half. Jack says no. To make things messier, their divorce request is denied and they are forced into six months of cohabitation to make things work or have the money tied in litigation for what could essentially be forever. So begins their pseudo-marriage with the battle lines clearly drawn.
What Happens in Vegas is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
6. The Ugly Truth (2009)
Two former combatants manage to become friends and possibly a little more in The Ugly Truth. When the loves-to-love TV producer Abby Richer (played by Katherine Heigel) is forced by her employers to team up with love cynic Mike Chadway (played by Gerard Butler) in an attempt to improve her ratings, things get off to a very rocky start.
Abby can’t stand Mike’s misogyny and he can’t stand her doe-eyed infatuation with love. Enter Colin, the doctor who has just moved in next door and Abby’s dream man with a gambit for the two. Mike bets Abby he can help her win Colin’s affections only if she follows his advice. Abby is not convinced. Mike proposes a deal that if his plan works, Abby must learn to work with him whether she likes it or not, but if he loses, he’ll leave the show. Abby accepts and things begin to get interesting.
The Ugly Truth turned out to be one of those movies critics and audiences disagreed on with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 14% rating as opposed to the CinemaScore “A-" polled from audiences. Either way, the film is a fun watch with performances from Katherine Heigel and Gerard Butler giving this romantic comedy the extra oomph it needs to be sweet.
The Ugly Truth is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
7. 27 Dresses (2008)
Jane is the nicest person you will ever meet. Bridesmaid for 27 weddings and counting, she is always ready to put others before herself. Why? She’s so selfless that she’s ready to play bridesmaid and wedding planner yet again, this time to her sister who is about to marry the man she loves.
Kevin, a wedding reporter who Jane met once and was very vocal about his misgivings towards the institution of marriage, agrees to cover the wedding. Working together on the wedding, they both begin to find out things about each other, realizing there may be a little more to them than meets the eye.
Starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden, 27 Dresses is a pleasant albeit a predictable romantic comedy, which questions the boundaries of sisterhood and how far you really have to go before “being good” becomes “being a doormat”.
27 Dresses is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store. Those looking for a movie like Freinds With Benifit, wool not be dissapointed.
8. Life as We Know It (2010)
Love always finds a way, and in the case of Life as We Know It, it found it through death. When a married couple sets their two respective best friends on a date, things go less than stellar.
Fast forward a few years, the couple have a baby girl, appointing their two friends as her godparents. Things take a tragic turn when the new parents die in a car crash shortly after their daughter’s one-year birthday, and a more confusing turn when the godparents realize that as godparents, they are now the legal guardians of a one-year-old baby girl.
Totally unprepared, but desperate to do right by their deceased friends’ daughter, the two learn to put their differences aside and live together while sorting out their respective messy lives. Katherine Heigl might well be crowned the queen of rom-coms as she appears yet again on this list opposite Josh Duhamel in this 2010 love story directed by Greg Berlanti.
Critics lambasted the movie, giving it a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 39% on Metacritic. That, however, takes nothing away from the fact that Life as We Know It is a pretty lovable rom-com. The incorporation of child care and the responsibilities of godparenting makes it a refreshingly fun watch.
Life as We Know It Dresses is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
9. Good Luck Chuck (2007)
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a guy who would not want to be called a lucky charm amongst the ladies. Except Chuck, whose lucky charm seems to be getting women to find and marry their true love after they have sex with him. It's more of a curse placed on him from childhood by a goth girl he refused to kiss.
Life continues this way for poor Chuck until he meets a woman he knows in his heart is the one. Chuck begins a friendship with her in the hopes of developing it into something more. However, the dark cloud that looms over his life serves as a constant reminder and he knows he must find a way to end the curse, or lose her forever.
Starring funny man Dane Cook and the gorgeous Jessica Alba, Good Luck Chuck is a romantic comedy that will have you bursting at the seams with laughter and believing in the magic of love. Never refuse goth girls when they ask you to kiss them.
Good Luck Chuck is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play store.
10. Sandy Wexler (2017)
When you see Adam Sandler’s name on the marquee, you know you’re in for a fun time. Starring as the eponymous Sandy Wexler, he plays a talent manager who knows everyone but not really. In truth, Sandy is more tolerated than liked.
Things begin to look up though when he unwittingly discovers a new talent, Courtney Clarke (played by Jennifer Hudson) at an amusement park, and boy can she sing! He immediately sets out to make her a star, using what little powers of persuasion he has, which with her talents is more than enough.
Courtney becomes a friend as she realizes that as much of a screw up as he is, his heart is in the right place. Things begin to get a little more complicated the more famous she gets, and things really start to go off the rails when feelings get involved.
The movie is a barrel of laughs with surprise cameos from several stars including Chris Rock, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Kimmel, Vanilla Ice, Jay Leno, Lorne Michaels amongst many, all playing themselves, which really goes to add a shade of realism to the character. Interestingly, Sandy Wexler is apparently a homage to Adam Sandler’s real-life manager Sandy Wernick.
Sandy Wexler is available for streaming now on Netflix.
Did I miss out on any movies like Friends With Benefits? Let me know in the comments section.