21 Movies That’ll Actually Make You Happy To Be Single

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1. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

“At first it made me feel for Tom and his heartbreak. When I came back to it later, I realised that I’ve been Summer too. You can’t force yourself to be with someone who doesn’t make you happy, no matter how high a pedestal that person puts you on. It also made me realise the difference between love and infatuation.”

2. How To Be Single (2016)

How To Be Single (2016)

Warner Bros.

“It shows how wonderful life can be even when you’re going through a break-up and you think your world is falling apart. It shows you that being single is actually a blessing in disguise.”

3. Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

20th Century Fox

“Despite how crazy Amy was, she showed me how to take my life into my own hands and stop relying on other people to make me happy.”

4. Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters (2016)

Columbia Pictures

“All of the women are single and badass. They’re all incredibly smart in their respective fields and prove you don’t need a significant other to be successful.”

5. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

TriStar Pictures

“It’s funny and charming but it’s also tender and surprisingly raw at some parts. I especially love that the movie places Jules’s struggle with herself front and centre, rather than ~drama~ with others.”

6. Blue Valentine (2010)

Blue Valentine (2010)

The Weinstein Company

“Hands down. It’s such a heartbreaking (but incredibly realistic) portrayal of a relationship unraveling.”
– Johnna Fredrickson, Facebook

7. The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple (1985)

Warner Bros.

“When Celie finally leaves her husband and gets the life she’s always deserved – that’s enough empowerment for single women everywhere.”

8. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Universal Pictures

“It was the only thing that made me laugh when I was in a break-up black hole. I totally empathised with the main character as he flung himself around in self-indulgent despair until he just worked through it. I watched it before bed every night for a week as therapy after my last breakup – it reminded me I could be my own person again and move on.”
– Lisa Szkatulski, Facebook

9. The Last Five Years (2014)

The Last Five Years (2014)


“It’s a musical, and it shows how bad married life can be. It’s a fantastic movie, and definitely one of my all-time favourites.”

10. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

20th Century Fox

“The movie didn’t end with her getting a guy – instead she learned about herself and accepted change. It leaves behind the stereotypes that most movies perpetuate.”

11. The Way, Way Back (2013)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

“I’m a single mother who has been raising my son alone since he was born. I was in an unhealthy relationship when I saw the movie – I called off my engagement shortly afterwards and have LOVED my life since. I got a rescue dog and I’ll die happily surrounded by 75 rescue dogs and without someone else’s shit.”

12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Focus Features

“When you have been with someone for a very long time and next thing you know everything is over, the best thing that can happen to you is that your brain blocks out all of the memories you had with that person.”

13. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

New Line Cinema

“It taught me that I don’t need to ‘find my other half’. It really impacted the way I perceived myself and always makes me feel more confident and happy to be alone – but not lonely.”

14. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

Walt Disney Pictures

“It taught me how strong a woman can be without a significant other. It also showed the stress of trying to find the perfect person and the struggles of relationships.”

15. Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually (2003)

Universal Pictures

“Some people ended up happily ever after, some didn’t, and some found other forms of love. It’s my favourite movie in all senses: it makes you understand love in other forms. After all, love actually is all around.”

16. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Buena Vista Pictures

“It shows you how many wonderful opportunities you have when you’re single, but also the struggle of moving on post break-up.”
– Mackenzie Hunter, Facebook

17. Uptown Girls (2003)

Uptown Girls (2003)


“Even though she chased after the guy for the majority of the film, she ultimately stood on her own two feet for the first time and eventually told him where to go.”

18. Eat Pray Love (2010)

Eat Pray Love (2010)

Columbia Pictures

“It helped me through a break-up and made me realise that not knowing what I wanted was OK.”

19. Amélie (2001)

Amélie (2001)

UGC Fox Distribution

“She was so content with her life until the right person came along. I watched it right before my last break-up with my long term boyfriend and found myself envying Amélie and how free she was. My ex is one of the best people I’ve ever met, but I wasn’t happy being with him. Amélie reminded me that I can be happy alone – I don’t need to be in a relationship, especially if it’s not working.”
– NotLauren Dodson, Facebook

20. Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde (2001)


“Even though she was single, Elle realised that all she needed was to love herself and be true to who she was to find acceptance. Once she learned to love herself she got everything she wanted: the job, a better man, and friendship from Vivian.”
– Matty Cormier, Facebook

21. Heathers (1988)

Heathers (1988)

New World Pictures

“Find love, they’re a murderous psychopath, and then they try to blow up the school.”

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