From Kelly Taylor to Rayanne Graff, these ’90s besties will steal your boyfriend or, worse, set you up with a psychopath.
The conversation about female friendship was so different in the ’90s. It was the era of the mean girl, when stories on film and television didn’t necessarily focus on women and girls having each other’s back in an evolved, #friendshipgoals, good energy kind of way. Eventually, the characters would (almost) always end up supporting each other, but the path they took to get there was riddled with eye-rolling judgment. Frenemies were everywhere: Stealing your boyfriend, racking up a crazy bill on the phone (that plugged into the wall), introducing you to psychopaths who intend to murder your family, and being general narcissists. In honor of Winona Ryder’s (one of the best of the worst, who’s also been on the receiving end) 45th birthday today, here are the worst best friends of the ’90s in order of “pretty bad” to “homicidal.”
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10. ABBY: The Truth About Cats and Dogs (1996)
9. RALPHIE: Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
8. SIDNEY: Scream (1996)
7. JULIE: Felicity (1998)
6. KELLY: 90210 (1990)
5. RAYANNE: My So-Called Life (1994)
4. MARGO: Fear (1996)
3. LAURA: Walking and Talking (1996)
2. LELAINA: Reality Bites (1994)
1. NANCY: The Craft (1996)