"Raise the Red Lantern" (1991). China in the 1920's. After her father's death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian, the lord of a powerful family. She's his fourth mistress. The story is mainly about the relationships between the mistresses. This is a very unusual story, extremely involving and well acted. I highly recommend it.
The Joy Luck Club (1993) For me this is the crème de la crème of movies to watch with your BFFs or your mother/daughter. Wonderful story of four women and their daughters, their tragedies and triumphs, their strengths and their weaknesses.