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5 Movies That Will Make You Feel Good About Being Single on Valentine’s Day

Being alone on Valentine's Day might admittedly get a little lonely. Might we suggest skipping sappy romance films for these alternatives to remind yourself the perks of being a single, independent woman!

All the single ladies, all the single ladies, all the single ladies, now put your hands up! We’re approaching the time of the year when it might be the most painful to embrace your singlehood. You might be a high functioning, strong, independent woman all 364 other days on the calendar but on 14 February, you might falter just a little bit.

Being only human, holding onto your autonomy with all the lovebirds fluttering their wings around you takes extra effort. To put it bluntly, if you have been single on Valentine’s Day, you’d know it sucks. On the Valentine’s Days I spent single, I would self-impose a social media ban and if it were up to me, not leave the house at all. In hindsight, I was that bitter single girl looking at every other couple green-eyed with envy.

Were my coping mechanisms the best? It’s a no from my future self but you know, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. If and when you get sucked into the vortex of loathing singlehood, a way to pull yourself out of it would be to remind yourself that being single ain’t all that bad. Flying solo has its perks! No one to account to, no anniversaries to fuss over and no disappointments to deal with?!

You probably already know that being a thriving single gal is not the stuff of an urban myth. But for when you need that extra hit of empowerment, the silver screen is a great place to turn to. Movies and their protagonists, despite being fictional, tend to be #relatable in so many ways. It’s not always that big of a stretch from reel life to real life. If you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone, skip the sappy romance films and cuddle up on the couch with one of these following films. I promise you, you too would be ready to own singlehood like these onscreen characters!

Someone Great (2019)

A Netflix original, the film traces the life trajectory of 29-year-old muic journalist, Jenny, who lands her dream job at Rolling Stone magazine. An offer that will see her moving across the country from New York to San Francisco. The news prompts her boyfriend of nine years, Nate, to pull the plug on their relationship rather than making a commitment to long distance. What happens after, forms the crux of the movie.

First Wives Club (1996)

Based on the 1992 best-selling novel of the same name, the film chronicles the pursuit of three divorcées who plot their revenge against their ex-husbands who had left them for younger women.

Elizabeth (1998)

A British biographical drama based on the early years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign who refuses to marry and rules with the guidance of her secretary and her secret lover. A polarising narrative of an equally controversial character, the movie reveals ploys and agendas launched against Elizabeth and her journey through them.

Wild (2014)

A recently divorced woman embarks on an ambitious hike that spans across 94 days. It is a journey of self-discovery, adventure and sheer willpower.

How to Be Single (2016)

The film title is self-explanatory. After deciding to breakup with her longterm boyfriend, Alice relearns how to be a thriving single woman.

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