Beaches (also known as Forever Friends) is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue and based on Iris Rainer Dart's 1985 novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, Mayim Bialik, John Heard, James Read, Spalding Gray, and Lainie Kazan.
Despite generally negative reviews from critics, the film was a commercial success, grossing $59 million in the box office.
A sequel, based on the 1991 novel Beaches II: I'll Be There was planned with Barbara Eden but never filmed.
A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.