Anti-Valentine's Day films to celebrate friendship, self-love and singledom

Valentine’s Day has crept up on us, with couples making their plans about how best to celebrate amid the pandemic.

While some are planning date nights for home, singletons all over are readying themselves for a smattering of loved-up social media posts.

Never fear! While it’s slightly impossible at the minute to have a proper Galentine’s Day night out, it’s the perfect time to escape with a glass of wine and a movie night filled with films where a happy ending doesn’t always require perfect romance.

We’ve got girl gangs having each other’s backs, a family loving each other through thick and thin, and a pair of criminal besties being hunted by the police – what more could you need?

Someone Great (Netflix)

This flick will most likely break your heart and then put it back together again as main character Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) suffers a heart-wrenching break-up.

Supported by best pals Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Lizzo’s discography, she embarks on an adventure filled with debauchery and mischief.

These three leading ladies are a match made in heaven and we’re here for it.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Netflix)

An absolute classic and for good reason.

Best friends Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Carmen (America Ferrera) and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) decide to stay in touch via a pair of jeans that miraculously fit them all.

The girls see each other through thick and thin, providing us with the ultimate feel-good film.

Little Miss Sunshine (Prime Video – to rent or buy)

This one’s certainly not all feel-good, but seeing this family stand by each other and love each other because of their imperfections is a joy.

No spoilers, but the pageant dance scene is a contender for one of the most joyous moments in film history.

The cast, led by the likes of Steve Carrell, Abigail Breslin, and Paul Dano are incredible, and it’s an absolute must-watch.

How To Be Single (Prime Video – to rent or buy)

Does what it says on the tin!

It’s a chaotic ride helmed by Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson and you might not know what’s hit you.

Bridemaids (Prime Video)

Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph lead a cast of incredible women in this ridiculously funny click.

There’s a little bit of romance, but there’s also the destruction of a huge heart-shaped cookie, a Wilson Phillips dance-a-long, and Melissa McCarthy being Melissa McCarthy.

Booksmart (Netflix)

Is there a more perfect coming of age story please?

Best friends Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Felstead) finally get their chance to break the rules before they graduate from high school – and they go all out.

The pair are absolutely incredible, with Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut being one for the history books.

Thelma and Louise (Prime Video)

Women! Crime! A big ol’ cliff!

We need say no more.

Girls’ Trip (Prime Video – to rent or buy)

Another incredible cast features in this flick, helmed by the unimitiable Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

It’s pure escapism and exactly what you need for a Galentine’s Day night in.

Eat, Pray, Love (Netflix)

It might be a cliche but for all the right reasons.

Julia Roberts stars in the drama, which sees a divorced woman go soul-searching around the world.

Superbad (Netflix)

You might be able to tell how much we love female friendships, but this one had to make the list.

By the end of it, you’ll feel like you’ve been along with Seth (Jonah Hill), Evan (Michael Cera), and Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) on every part of their wild journey. McLovin for life.

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