Films featuring siblings are often full of squabbling and scheming. Often, these fights are irritating and forgettable. Other sibling films, however, are endearing. Here are seven brother-sister movies that will make you sentimental:
"People Like Us"
In "People Like Us", Chris Pine stars as Sam, the son of a music star who passes away. Upon his father's death, Sam learns that his father had an illegitimate daughter – and that he left her his money. While Sam is tempted to take the money himself, in order to settle his debts, he ends up forming a relationship with his sister and her young son.
“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”
Two of the most well-known on-screen siblings are Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa from "Star Wars". In "The Empire Strikes Back," Luke and his counterparts face overwhelming odds in their mission to save Leia. Luke’s willingness to risk life and limb for his sister and her reciprocal loyalty make this film one brother, sister movie that will make you sentimental.
Another brother, sister movie that will make you sentimental is "Harvey." In "Harvey," Veta is an older lady who is distressed by her brother Elwood’s claims that he interacts with an invisible rabbit named Harvey. In order to avoid the embarrassment caused by Elwood’s conversations with Harvey, she tries to have him committed to an asylum; however, because of her own strange behavior, the doctor commits her instead.
Despite the fact that Veta tried to lock him up in the asylum, Elwood is kind and loving to her. He gets her out of the asylum. The loving and comical relationship between Elwood and Veta makes this movie heartwarming.
In “You Again,” Kristen Bell plays Marnie, an awkward teenager whose only friend is her popular older brother Will. After high school, Marnie blossoms–but when she learns that her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her the most in high school, she sabotages his wedding. Marnie’s love for her brother and his protection of her will leave those who had similar relationships with their siblings feeling sentimental.
“Not Quite Human”
When Dr. Carson creates an android, Chip, he decides to test him out by sending him to school with his daughter Becky. Chip’s idiosyncrasies embarrass Becky, who is trying to make friends at a new school. She is patient at first, but after Chip ruins her chance to go to a dance with the boy she likes, she snaps at him–hurting his feelings. At first she feels bad, but then she realizes that experiencing emotion is a breakthrough for Chip. In the end, Becky grows to love Chip as a real brother. The evolving relationship between Chip and Becky, along with the sight of so many fun, classic 80's styles will put you in a sentimental mood.
It’s hard to imagine a more sentimental brother, sister film than "Mary Poppins." It tells the story of Jane and Michael Banks, who manage to frighten off all of their nannies–until they write a letter requesting a nanny who “doesn’t smell like barley water” and who “isn’t cross.” Mary Poppins answers the letter and turns the Banks family around, showing the children how to behave and their father how to care for them.
“The Blind Side”
"The Blind Side" is a film about Michael Oher, a homeless boy who is taken in by the Tuohy family–including their teenage daughter Collins. In spite of discrimination against Michael, Collins chooses to sit with Michael at school. Even though one of Mrs. Tuohy’s friend’s asks Mrs. Tuohy if she isn’t worried about Collins, because Collins is “a beautiful girl” and Michael is a “big black boy,” Collins treats Michael like a brother. Michael, meanwhile, treats her as a sister. Because The Blind Side is based on a true story, the brother, sister relationship between Collins and Michael is especially touching.