Interface friction between sheet metal and tooling in sheet metal forming is examined in different forming modes using laboratory simulative tests. Stretchability is studied by the limiting dome height test; drawability is investigated by a four inch Swift cup draw test and the coefficient of friction is measured by the draw bead simulator under bending and unbending deformation. The responses of the interface friction in six different coated and uncoated steel sheets are studied using seven different lubricants. It is found that the interface friction between sheet metal and tooling is very sensitive to the forming mode and the type of coating. For the same lubricant and coated material, two different forming modes may produce very different results in interface friction. However, overall good and bad lubricants for all forming modes can be determined for a given coated material using these three tests. These three tests are found to be very efficient and useful in the study of interface friction behavior of steel sheets in different forming modes.