Valentine’s Day is coming up, folks, and if all the heart-shaped choccie, red roses and PDA-obsessed TikTok couples are making you want to barf up your brekkie (yet you somehow still feel a pang of envy for what they have), then you’ve come to the right place. Why? Bc I’ve compiled a list of 24 anti-Valentine’s Day movies.
Free of sappy vows and dumb (read: ~extraordinarily romantic~) kisses in the rain — to remind you that firstly, relationships are bloody hard work, and secondly, there’s an underrated beauty in being able to embrace your independence, do whatever the hell you want, and of course, live out the fullest extent of a hot single summer.
Now, I’m not saying sharing your life with a special someone doesn’t have its perks — Valentine’s Day gifts, anyone?! But, if you’re feeling a lil’ down this V-Day because you recently went through a break up, or perhaps you’re the only one left in your friendship group who isn’t coupled up this year, let’s celebrate singledom in all its glory together with these great anti-Valentine’s Day flicks.
Full disclosure, a couple of the movies in here do have a traditional ‘happy ending’ but we feel the main character had to go through enough drama and heartache to get there, so we’ll cut ’em some slack, y’know?
The best anti-romance Valentine’s Day movies
How To Be Single
The title says it all really, this is a holy grail Valentine’s Day movie to watch if you’re single at any age. Plus, the Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson combo is to die for.
Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion
A movie that’s dedicated to celebrating female friendship? It’s a phat yes from us, always.
In Her Shoes
This movie starts with one sister walking in on the other cheating with her boyfriend — in her bed. The rest of the movie is about them finding a way back together.
The Devil Wears Prada
Who needs a man when you’re dominating at work? Certainly not Anne Hathaway.
Never Been Kissed
This film is an absolute classic. Watching Drew Barrymore get her redemption shot at high-school is truly unmatched and will make you feel better about your own cringeworthy moments.
Imagine having to return to your hometown where you were known as the awkward girl? And reconnect with your high school crush amid the chaos of your brothers wedding? Kirsten Bell does all this and more.
The First Wives Club
If you’ve ever gotten together with your friends and plotted revenge on your exes, you’ll enjoy this bad boy. Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler are the ultimate power trio, too.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
We all have our breakup horror stories, but imagine nursing your broken heart at a Hawaiian resort only to find your ex and their new partner are staying at the same place? Strap in because this one is a truly wild ride.
Anne Hathaway ruling an entire nation is enough to make any single girl feel like she can do anything she damn wants.
All the bridesmaids dresses in the world and the sweet eyes of James Marsden — you’re going to wanna thank us for this one.
If all you’re looking for is a really good laugh, this movie always does the trick. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already seen it a million times, it’s one of those flicks where the jokes still hit hard nonetheless.
This psychological thriller — which is the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s book, Gone Girl — shows us there’s so much more to marriage than meets the eye. Much, much more actually. Perfect for all you crime/mystery buffs out there, too.
Eat, Pray, Love
Sometimes you need to uproot your entire life and go eat pasta in Italy.
The Other Woman
One cheating ratbag brings three unlikely women together to build the most chaotic friendship ever. What can I say? Karma is a bitch.
Under The Tuscan Sun
A recently divorced writer is suffering severe writers block and is in need of a scenery change. Maybe buying house in Tuscany will do the trick?
When you go to law school in spite of a man calling you “dumb,” then end up being better at it than him… All hail Elle Woods, our bend n’ snap queen.
Sometimes all you really need in this life is a friend, even if that friend is a nine-year old. This is a really sweet movie about the unlikely people who bring out the best in us.
Reese Witherspoon (can you tell we love her?) stars a recently divorced woman who decides to embark on a 1170km hike entirely solo. She learns a lot about herself in the process and it’s an inspiring watch for anyone out there doing life on their own.
He’s Just Not That Into You
Making up, breaking up — this movie covers all the messy corners of love and dating. If you’ve ever spent days waiting by the phone for a guy then it’ll resonate with you big time.
There will never be a bad time to watch this movie. If you’re not interested in the love story aspect then you need to watch it solely for the choreographed Thriller dance scene.
Two best friends letting loose before their high-school graduation is our friendly reminder that female friendships should be priority number one. Ovaries before Brovaries as Leslie Knope says.
A modern take on a beloved classic. If anything, it’ll certainly make you feel better about dating in the 21st Century.
If you’ve recently been broken up with then this is an absolute must-watch. If you can grab all your best friends to watch it with as well, you’ve hit the jackpot. This might just be the ultimate Valentine’s Day movie, IMO.
The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants
Ofc, we couldn’t have a Valentine’s Day movie round-up without the OG girl-power movie. Honestly, it still holds up today. Four friends, one pair of pants — you know how the story goes.
While you’re at it, treat yourself to some V-Day pressies because you don’t need a partner to deserve it.