By Rachel Zalucki, E23 Reporter

Being single isn’t fun 364 days of the year, but it’s especially hard to be single on Valentine’s Day. Not being in a relationship doesn’t have to be the end of the world, even though it feels like it sometimes. So instead of suffering, here’s a list of ten movies to remind you that life is so much more than relationships and that the single life is (mostly) problem-free.

1) “(500) Days of Summer”

“(500) Days of Summer” is the ultimate breakup blockbuster, and if you’ve ever had your heart broken, I can guarantee you will resonate with it. Aside from the punch in the heart this movie unflinchingly throws, this movie also teaches an incredible lesson about how people come and go. The average person will engage in about 15 romantic flings in their lifetime, according to a study by the Telegraph, and this movie drives home the phrase, “There are many fish in the sea.”

2) “The Stepford Wives”

The only valid takeaway from “The Stepford Wives”: marriage and monogamy are creepy.

3) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Who doesn’t enjoy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? This movie is another classic that reminds us the rise of feminism did not coincide with the rise of femininity, which came with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. While Hepburn does shack up with her hot neighbor in the end, she does teach us that at the root of femininity, there is nothing but intellect. This movie also emphasized the idea that if you don’t like the cards that life gives you, it’s okay to trade them in and uproot.

4) “Blue Valentine”

“Blue Valentine” reigns as the ultimate authority on failed relationships. Without spoiling too much, I would say this movie taught me the most important lesson: love is not as pretty as it appears in the movies or on social media. True love is messy and aggressive, but it won’t work unless you rise to the challenge. More importantly, though, love will not fault you for walking away if it becomes too much.

5) “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Jim Carrey in a serious role is always going to be a divisive topic, but I feel the main appeal of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” lies in the idea that its “happy ending” can also be interpreted as a warning. Namely, that running from your problems can create a cycle of unresolved tension that can fuel even more problems. Although, the ability to erase your ex from your memory would be a great time.

6) “Kill Bill: Volume 1”

Witnessing hot women being savages has always been my favorite post-breakup ritual, and I’m a firm believer in the notion that violent action movies are the safest outlet for anger. It’s a very cathartic movie, so if being single is frustrating to you, I highly recommend “Kill Bill: Volume 1.” And the rest of Tarantino’s filmography for that matter (except for “Kill Bill: Volume 2”).

7) “Mad Max: Fury Road”

It’s contested as to whether or not George Miller meant to create the new-age feminist manifesto when he made “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but all-in-all, it’s another film full of hot women being badasses, so I see no need to protest. Plus, it’s around two hours of Tom Hardy being moody and gorgeous.

8) “The Last Five Years”

What would any list of movies be without a musical? Especially a movie about breakups and how to be happily single? It’s everything this list needs.

9) “Whip It”

“Whip it” has even more hot women being amazing, and this time, they’re on roller skates. The refreshing aspect of “Whip It” comes in the fact that the climax is not the breakup, but a primal display of why women should be feared across the globe (i.e. a roller derby tournament).

10) “Waiting to Exhale”

There are so many things I could say about “Waiting to Exhale,” but that’s another article for another time. This movie is remarkable in that it shows us that Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston both went through messy (albeit fictional) breakups that shattered their self-esteem. Everybody does! However, both women came out the other side as strong and independent as they were before the proverbial rug was yanked from beneath their feet. So if these two queens are still standing after harsh rejection and heartbreak, then we have no excuse.

Tags: , , , , , ,