Sealed With a Sis

FilmRiffsIn Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” out Friday, Cate Blanchett plays a woman who loses everything. So she heads to her sister’s house — because between the punching and the “MOMMMMMM”-ing lies a real bond, as evidenced by these cinematic sisters.

The March Sisters
Everyone has his or her role in a family. In “Little Women” (the 1994 version is the best) there’s Meg, the sensible one; Jo, the weirdo; Amy, the annoying one who gets to marry Christian Bale; and Beth, the perfect one who ends up dead.

Betty and Judy Haynes
Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen star as sibs with a song-and-dance act in 1954’s “White Christmas.” The film’s high points include zany romantic comedy and a song you might have heard of.

The Dashwood Sisters
It’s sad when your dad dies; it’s even sadder when you can’t inherit any of his money. But “Sense and Sensibility” (Emma Thompson won an Oscar not for her 1995 performance as Elinor but for her screenplay) is from the mind of Jane Austen, so it all ends up OK.

Jane and Blanche Hudson
Sisters often fight, but in 1962’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” wheelchair-bound Blanche (Joan Crawford) is tormented by Jane (Bette Davis) in ways that go far beyond getting her Barbies stolen.

Hannah, Lee and Holly
In 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters,” another Woody Allen picture, Mia Farrow’s Hannah discovers that her husband is sleeping with one of her sisters. It’s good for sisters to share, but come on.

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