Movies that celebrate singlehood, rather than romcoms, are a refreshing change of pace from the norm. Just consider it for a moment. What’s the point of a “happy ending” if it doesn’t include a romantic relationship? If you’re a single reader, you know for a fact that it’s possible to be happy and fulfilled in your own company. Fortunately, a few films have attempted to capture this unique perspective. The good news is that you don’t have to sift through your Netflix, Hulu and Amazon accounts to find them. If you’re looking for the best movies about being single in Hollywood, you’ve come to the right place. And I’ve included them all right here for you.
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Whether you’re newly single, you’ve been single for a while, or you’ve been cuffed for eons and are just longing to reminisce on your solo days, these 10 movies are here to provide you with some major single inspiration. Some deal with getting over breakups, some deal with main characters who are totally uninterested in ever getting into relationships, and most of them showcase super tight best friendships that could never be trumped by romantic relationships.
At its core, Booksmart is a movie about two besties who were really each other’s high school sweethearts. As someone who can honestly say my bestie was my high school sweetheart, I think it’s totally worth the trip down memory lane. It’s also hilarious and filled with epic party scenes.
2. Eat, Pray, Love
As if I could make a list of the best movies about being single without including Eat, Pray, Love. This iconic Julia Roberts flick is all about leaving all of your troubles behind and taking off to explore the world solo.
3. Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde is my go to movie every time I’m upset. Even if I’m having a minor argument with my boyfriend, I need to watch the episode to completely comprehend and move on. Even on your worst day, you’ll be encouraged to live your best, most honest single life by the movie, which is all about girl power.
4. How to Be Single
Right? Surely that’s what the name implies? After a long-term relationship with her long-term lover ends, Alice must learn how to deal with being single for the first time. You should watch it for Rebel Wilson as Alice’s best friend Robin. Robin is a proudly single woman who makes the most of her alone existence.
5. Baby Mama
During the course of this classic Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy, a single lady named Kate (Fey) hires a surrogate named Angie (Poehler). A family doesn’t require a sexual relationship to one day be a reality, and this will make you laugh out loud even harder.
6. The First Wives Club
Iconic film The First Wives Club. When their spouses decide to leave them for younger women, they all get dumped by their best friends and form a gang to exact revenge. Fun, it’s a classic, and friendship is the key focus.
7. Someone Great
After Jenny’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she and her two best friends must rediscover the joys of being single. After watching, you’ll be itching for a big girls’ night out.
8. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
It’s easy to see Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion as a love story between two best friends who decide to fabricate an elaborate hoax in order to dazzle their former schoolmates at their reunion. But that’s not the case at all.
9. Under the Tuscan Sun
Just to set the record straight, the narrative here is based on a true one. You can get through anything if you watch Under the Tuscan Sun and realize that if Frances was able to get over her husband’s incestuous relationship with her adversary, you can do the same. Take a look at how Frances gets over her divorce from her spouse by jetting off to Italy for a trip around the Tuscany region.
In the end, Cher does find love in Clueless, although she spends the majority of the film alone and completely uninterested in the prospect of dating a high schooler. Pauly Shore famously declared, “Searching for a boy in high school is like searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.” Cher gives zero fucks about being single for an entire hour and 37 minutes.
It’s now or never to watch Netflix and pop some popcorn.