Beaches (1998)

Starring: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan, James Read Synopsis: The story of a deep friendship, lasting from childhood to beyond death, between two very different women - one a poor but ambitious Jewish girl from the Bronx who goes on to become a famous Broadway star, and the other an attractive WASP from a wealthy San Francisco family. Once upon a time, there was a young woman whose best friend had just died of AIDS. She and her friend's partner went to see Beaches within days of the young man's death. They bawled. And bawled. And bawled. So much so that people probably stared at them. They declared the movie brilliant, heartbreaking, poignant. They bawled again while discussing it over coffee. The chance meeting of two young girls from totally different backgrounds becomes the friendship of a lifetime. As they lead their separate lives, they come to realize and later rely on the strength that their friendship provides. Academy Award Nominations: Best Art Direction.