InStyle Magazine
Updated Mar 15, 2017 @ 12:18 pm
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If you’re flying solo on this Valentine’s Day, let this be the year you celebrate singledom, because there are so many great things to be said for being in a relationship with the most important person in your life: yourself.

Not to sound all wide-eyed, but your single years can be some of the best you’ll have. Time alone can be well spent focusing on your career, building meaningful relationships with your friends, or traveling the world. And hey, without a significant other to spend your money on, you can treat yourself to that pair of shoes (or three) that you’ve had your eye on.

While most romantic films are mushy and lovey-dovey and the last thing you want to put yourself through on Valentine’s Day (no matter how many glasses of wine you’ve had), there are some rom-coms that truly make you appreciate being by yourself. We’ve rounded up a pretty solid list of movies that celebrate the single life, so if you’re spending this Valentine’s Day sans significant other, we promise these movies will make you value your alone time.

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1The Heartbreak Kid

If there’s ever been a movie to make you appreciate single life, it’s The Heartbreak Kid, starring Ben Stiller and Malin Akerman. When Eddie meets Lila, he thinks he has found his dream woman, only to find out on their honeymoon that she’s the exact opposite, making him wish he was still single. Catch this one on Netflix.

2Eat Pray Love

This rom-com-dram, based on the book of the same name, starring Julia Roberts is the ultimate tale of the solo-journey. The film follows a woman’s quest to find love and peace within herself–while eating a lot of pizza and gelato along the way. Basically, Roberts’s character is a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man! Download a rental on Amazon.

3Lola Versus

Imagine your fiancé calling off your wedding three weeks before you’re supposed to say “I do.” Lola Versus, starring Greta Gerwig, tells the funny, heartwarming, and endearing journey she goes on to get over her ex. In the end, she ends up finding herself.

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4The First Wives Club

The First Wives Club, starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton, is a hilarious film following three divorced middle-aged friends who take back control of their lives after their marriages end. Come for the female empowerment, stay for the “You Don’t Own Me” singalong. Digitally rent it on Amazon.


My Best Friend’s Wedding[/listheader]

Falling in love with your best friend is usually never a good idea, especially when they’re already in love with someone else. My Best Friend’s Wedding, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Cameron Diaz, makes you realize that sometimes the person you love just isn’t the one for you, and you’re better off being friends. Watch this one on Crackle.

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