Charlie’s Angels and Our Favorite Movie Trios, Ranked

(left to right) Charlie's angels, consisting of Sabina Wilson (played by Kristen Stewart), Jane Kano (played by Ella Balinska), and Elena Houghlin (played by Naomi Scott), stand next to each other in the middle of a remote, desert road with their first up, ready to fight in Charlie's Angels (2019)

In it’s long-awaited return, Charlie’s Angels (2019) is back this November to expand their investigative skills and strength internationally. It’s been 16 years since the last Angels movie was released, and with a brand-new cast and missions to complete, it’s sure to be an action-packed sensation. 

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It is difficult to create a three-way character dynamic that flourishes with chemistry and cohesiveness, but Angels has done it again. While quite possibly no other franchise movie trio can compare to the beloved Angels, we’ve ranked our top 5 favorites below. After all, they say that good things come in threes!


5. Brody, Hooper and Quint
Jaws (1975)

Quint (Robert Shaw), Brody (Roy Scheider) and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) in Jaws (1975)

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 cult classic is widely known for its “on the edge of your seat” suspense. But at its heart, it shows us a lesson of when a threat presents itself, it’s best to reach out for our friends than handle it alone. When the nightmarish great white shark invades their small sea town of Amity, Brody, Quint and Hooper join forces to prevent any further destruction to civilian life. While at first it seems that you couldn’t find an odder trio, as the journey to sea begins, the trio becomes bonded in strength and loyalty.

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4. Ferris, Cameron and Sloane
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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Sloane (Mia Sara), Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and Cameron (Alan Ruck) in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

While the plot of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off circulates around the main character, Ferris, the plot thickens with the help of his girlfriend, Sloane and best friend, Cameron. In John Hughes’ 1980s classic, the three of these high schoolers take skipping school to a whole new level. Between Ferris’ confidence, Sloane’s spontaneity and Cameron’s excessively nervous personality, they create a power team of 1980s rebels just trying to feel freedom out of the four walls of high school. 


3. The Dude, Walter and Donny
The Big Lebowski (1998)

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The Dude (Jeff Bridges), Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi) in The Big Lebowski (1998)

When we think of The Big Lebowski, we tend to think of the movie’s dynamic duo, the Dude and Walter. But where would they be without the third member of their bowling team, Donny? Theodore Donald “Donny” Kerabatsos asks reverent, ridiculous questions of the Dude and may get under his skin. But without their hodgepodge of character chemistry, The Big Lebowski wouldn’t be the same. 


2. Luke, Leia and Han
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars Episode IV-cast
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

In the four decades since George Lucas’ beloved franchise hit theatres, these three have been a constant. Their teamwork, passion and dedication to protecting the galaxy has remained the heart of the Star Wars movies. They are the core of the movies and exemplify what true friendship and loyalty means. 

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1. Harry, Ron and Hermione 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

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Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron (Rupert Grint) in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Can you honestly think of a better group of friends than these three? They’re all more unique than the other, and as the franchise continued, the friendship grew stronger. Together they handled mountains of homework, defended Harry from Lord Voldemort, took home quidditch victories, and a lot more—all in seven years at Hogwarts. Through all the highs and lows, these three remain our favorite magical misfits that we met on the Hogwarts Express and will remain Regal’s favorite movie trio to date.


Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott hit the big screen as the latest version of Charlie's Angels this Friday, November 15th.

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