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The Best Movies About Being Single 

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Updated June 14, 2019 944 votes 189 voters 22.7k views 29 items

List Rules Movies about the simplicity of being single and the single life.

There’s nothing better than having the perfect movie to watch if you’re feeling lonely or have just gone through a bad break up. Movies about being single can be hilarious, make us feel better about our situation, be inspirational, glamorize the single life, or just flat out make us mad enough to want revenge on our ex! What are the best movies about being single?
 
Some of the movies featured on this list might not be the most famous ones in movie history, but they can be perfect for satisfying your movie cravings! The movies on this list range from comedies, dramas, thrillers vibe, and inspirational feel-good times. Whatever you're in the mood for, single guy, or single girl, there's a single-dom film for you.
 
This list has the best movies about being single, including Casablanca, Once, I Hate Valentine’s Day, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Vote for your favorite film below, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more

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Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more

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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma ...more

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Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow

Released: 2006

Directed by: Betty Thomas

This film is a 2006 American high school comedy romance film, directed by Betty Thomas. The film is about a trio of girls who plot to break the heart of manipulative basketball star John Tucker ...more

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but chickens double d added Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who embark on a road ...more

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

Released: 1996

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. Narrated by Diane Keaton, it stars Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as ...more

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Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh

Released: 2003

Directed by: Audrey Wells

Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane. Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan ...more

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Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joel Zwick

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 Canadian-American romantic comedy film written by and starring Nia Vardalos and directed by Joel Zwick. The film is centered on Fotoula "Toula" ...more

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Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Dobkin

Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American comedy film directed by David Dobkin. John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn), a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to ...more

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Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

Released: 2000

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more

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Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

Released: 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars ...more

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Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1977

Directed by: Woody Allen

Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

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Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Darren Healy

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Carney

Once is a 2007 Irish musical film written and directed by John Carney. Set in Dublin, Ireland, the naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. ...more

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Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adrienne Shelly

Waitress is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who also appears in a supporting role. The film debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and went into ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Dolph Ziggler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Shallow Hal is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, and Jason Alexander. It was directed by the Farrelly brothers and filmed in and around Charlotte, North Carolina ...more

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Smith

Released: 1997

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Chasing Amy is a 1997 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. The central tension revolves around sexuality, sexual history, and evolving friendships. It is the third ...more

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Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Ann-Margret

Released: 2006

Directed by: Peyton Reed

The Break-Up is a 2006 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peyton Reed. In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a newly broken up couple (Vince Vaughn ...more

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Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Sandra Edwards

Released: 1958

Directed by: Morton DaCosta

Auntie Mame is a 1958 Technicolor comedy film based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Patrick Dennis and its theatrical adaptation by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. This film version ...more

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Allyson Mitchell added Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Linda Hunt

Released: 1989

Directed by: Susan Seidelman

She-Devil is a 1989 American dark comedy film directed by Susan Seidelman and written by Barry Strugatz and Mark R. Burns. It stars Meryl Streep, Ed Begley, Jr. and Roseanne Barr in her film ...more
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Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Benton

Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its ...more

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Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Released: 1987

Directed by: Marek Kanievska

Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for ...more

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Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

Released: 1995

Directed by: Forest Whitaker

Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. The film was adapted from the 1992 novel of the same name by ...more

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Jon Hamm, Idina Menzel, Michael Ealy

Released: 2002

Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Kissing Jessica Stein is a 2001 American independent romantic comedy film, written and co-produced by the film's stars, Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen. The film also stars Tovah ...more

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