Just to be clear, I love a good rom com as much as the next person – happy endings thrill me, and I like walking away with a case of the warm fuzzies. However, that’s not to say I don’t appreciate a two-hour sesh of watching a broken-hearted woman pull herself together after having her heart shattered or just going about her business, kicking ass and taking names solo. We’re all going to be there at least once in our lives, but it’s nice to know we’re in it together.
These are 10 movies that will hopefully inspire your inner bad ass (romantically attached, or not) if you're not up for traditional activities this Valentine's:
Ok, with the third installment due in May this year, we have to do right by Elle Woods by putting this classic at the top of our list.
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all, and naturally dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner (Matthew Davis) from popping the question: Elle is too blonde.
When Warner heads for Harvard Law and gets back together with a former girlfriend, Elle pulls out all the stops to get into Harvard (What, like it’s hard?), determined to win him back. But law school is not what she expected, and she ends up getting a lot more than she bargained for.
The First Wive’s Club
Honestly, this is a must-watch simply because it’s become a bit of a classic in it own right. Elise (Goldie Hawn), Brenda (Bette Midler) and Annie (Diane Keaton) reunite after losing touch after college at the funeral of a mutual friend.
They share stories of how their husbands have left them for younger women, they decide they won’t stand for it. There are some very clever one-liners and it gave us one of the best musical numbers in cinema.
Under The Tuscan Sun
San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) has her outwardly perfect life flipped upside down when her husband files for divorce to marry the woman with whom he is having an affair.
She accepts a friend’s offer of a vacation to romantic Tuscany to escape the aftermath of her divorce. While in Tuscany, impulsively purchases an aged villa, which ends up being a fixer-upper, a project she throws herself into.
It’s a touching story about picking yourself back up, the new relationships to be made along the way, and ultimately being better off for it. The scenery adds the perfect backdrop and will make you itch to reach for your passport.
We’re going a little off the beaten track with this one… When a virus has escaped in a secret facility called "The Hive," turning the staff into hungry zombies and releasing the mutated lab "animals" that they were studying, the complex computer shuts down the base to prevent infection.
The parent corporation sends in an elite military unit, where they meet Alice (Milla Jovovich), who is suffering from amnesia due to exposure to nerve gas. The military team must shut down the computer and get out, fighting their way past zombies, mutants, and the computer itself, before the virus escapes and infects the rest of the world. Alice must also come to terms with her slowly-returning memories as she basically keeps it all together. Alice is badass personified, especially since her outfit is really only practical in the video games.
He’s just not that into you
If a truth bomb ever came in the pages of a book (and later a movie) this is it. In He’s Just Not That Into You, women in varying degrees of relationships and singledom navigate their way through finding the one, surviving a cheating spouse, defining the importance of marriage, and generally wading their way through the shady cesspit that dating on different social media platforms can be.
This filming has an awesome cast and each of the storylines manages to hold its own. Ultimately, they all come away with a happy ending, which looks completely different for each of them.
Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is brought up by eccentric parents who decide to home-school her. To cope with her loneliness, Amélie develops an active imagination and a mischievous personality. She leaves home at 18 and becomes a waitress at the Café des 2 Moulins in Montmartre, which is staffed and frequented by a collection of eccentrics. She lets her imagination roam freely, finding contentment in simple pleasures like cracking crème brûlée with a spoon. Same, Amélie. Same.
By chance she dislodges a wall tile which reveals an old metal box of childhood memorabilia hidden by a boy who lived in her apartment decades earlier. Amélie resolves to track down the boy and return the box to him and if it makes him happy, she promises devote her life to bringing happiness to others.
Thelma and Louise
This is a classic that needs to be seen at least once… a year.
Louise (Susan Sarandon) is working in a diner as a waitress and has some problems with her boyfriend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma (Geena Davis) is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who attacks Thelma.
They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police.
If Brad Pitt is your bae, his cameo is one of his earlier roles.
How To Be Single
On the surface the film pretty much does what it says on the tin. When Alice (Dakota Johnson) breaks up with college boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun) she moves to New York to be a paralegal while figuring out how to stand on her own two feet.
She goes through the angst of being a single 20-something while navigating friendships and dating and the absolute obstacle course it can be.
10/10 would not be a 20-something-year old again.
Kill Bill (Volumes 1 &2)
I’m doubling up here because you can’t have one without the other. Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) wants out of her life as an assassin and her boss, Bill (David Carradine) is none too thrilled, sending the rest of her former squad obliterate her wedding rehearsal.
Four years later she wakes up from her coma and goes on a ‘roaring rampage of revenge’ on each person involved in the massacre.
It’s definitely two of Quentin Tarrantino’s better offerings and the soundtracks are still exceptional 16 or so years later.
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