A Binge-Watching Guide for When You're Single and Loving It
If you're flying solo this Valentine's Day, let this be the year you decide to celebrate being in a relationship with the most important person in your life: yourself.
Not to sound all wide-eyed, but your single years can be some of the best you'll have. That time can be well-spent focusing on building your career and meaningful relationships with your friends, traveling the world, etc etc. Plus, you can treat yourself to that pair of shoes (or three) that you've had your eye on with all that money you have left over from not buying gifts for a significant other!
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Sure, most romantic comedies are, by nature, mushy and lovey-dovey — aka the last thing you want to put yourself through on Valentine's Day (no matter how many glasses of wine you've had). But there are some rom-coms (and romantic dramas) that truly make you appreciate and celebrate the single life. We've rounded up a solid list of 15 to cue up this Valentine's day.
The Heartbreak Kid
If there's ever been a movie to make you appreciate single life, it's The Heartbreak Kid, starring Ben Stiller and Malin Akerman. When Eddie meets Lila, he thinks he has found his dream woman, only to find out on their honeymoon that she's the exact opposite, making him wish he was still single.
Where to stream The Heartbreak Kid: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
Eat Pray Love
This rom-com-dram, based on the book of the same name, stars Julia Roberts in the ultimate tale of the solo-journey. The film follows a woman's quest to find love and peace within herself — while eating a lot of pizza and gelato along the way. Basically, Roberts's character is a strong, independent woman who doesn't need a man and we're here for it.
Where to stream Eat Pray Love: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
Imagine your fiancé calling off your wedding three weeks before you're supposed to say "I do." Lola Versus, starring Greta Gerwig, tells the funny, heartwarming, and endearing journey she goes on to get over her ex. In the end, she ends up finding herself.
Where to stream Lola Versus: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
The First Wives Club
The First Wives Club, starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton, is a hilarious film following three divorced middle-aged friends who take back control of their lives after the end of their marriages. Come for the female empowerment, stay for the "You Don't Own Me" singalong.
Where to stream The First Wives Club: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
My Best Friend's Wedding
Falling in love with your best friend is usually never a good idea, especially when they're already in love with someone else. My Best Friend's Wedding, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Cameron Diaz, makes you realize that sometimes the person you love just isn't the one for you, and you're better off being friends.
Where to stream My Best Friend's Wedding: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
Being single can also be a great time to get back to your roots. Refocusing your attention on your family — and yourself — can be one of the best ways to mend a broken heart after a tough breakup, just as Sandra Bullock did in Hope Floats. Remembering and appreciating the things in life that are most important to you is always a silver lining.
Where to stream Hope Floats: Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
Craft beer and a weekend getaway in the woods mix things up for the couples in this romantic comedy starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, and Jake Johnson. All the breaking up and making up in this film will make you glad you're single.
Where to stream Drinking Buddies: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
40 Days and 40 Nights
Being single can also be great when you use your alone time to better yourself by setting goals and working to achieve them. Maybe it's training for a marathon or finally taking that cooking class, or, in Josh Hartnett's case in 40 Days and 40 Nights, abstaining from sex just to prove to your friends (and yourself) that you can do it.
Where to stream 40 Days and 40 Nights: Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
Under the Tuscan Sun
What's the best way to get over a breakup? Buy and renovate a rundown villa in Tuscany, of course! Under the Tuscan Sun follows Diane Lane's character as she takes a trip to Tuscany post-messy divorce, where she ends up buying a villa and starting over by herself, making new friends (like Sandra Oh's character) and potential lovers in the process.
Where to stream Under the Tuscan Sun: Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's has become a poster child for a glamorous single life. Audrey Hepburn's character is unapologetically herself and is free to be as chic as she wants.
Where to stream Breakfast at Tiffany's: Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Your single years are the time in your life to try new things, explore new parts of the world, and make new friends. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, starring Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn, is a movie that celebrates just that — and reminds you that relationships may come and go, but your best friends will be there through it all. Cheesy, but true.
Where to stream The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
If you need to be reminded of just how messy love can get, well, then Kill Bill is the Valentine's Day movie for you. Not only do you get to dive into director Quentin Tarantino's warped way of weaving together the perfect revenge story, but you'll watch Uma Thurman kick some serious butt along the way.
Where to stream Kill Bill: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.
A movie that's pretty much absolved of love interests and instead features a woman hell-bent on following her passion? Yeah, sign us up. Plus, it's another film starring Greta Gerwig (who — cough, cough — should have been nominated for an Oscar) and can you ever really have too much Greta?
Where to stream Frances Ha: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and other streaming services.
If you need to be reassured that life moves forward after a bad breakup, or even divorce, then you'll want to turn to Marriage Story, director Noah Baumbach's Oscar-nominated Netflix original film. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, and Laura Dern (all of whom were nominated for an Oscar), the film captures the truth that falling out of love isn't always as cut and dry as we'd like it to be.
Where to stream Marriage Story: Netflix.
This one basically has the same effect as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but in a less G-rated, more raunchy way that is really hard to bypass when you need a good laugh — and a reminder that sometimes the greatest loves of your life will be found in a solid group of girlfriends.
Where to stream Bridesmaids: Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming services.