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5 perfect Galentine's Day films to watch on Netflix

We are eternally grateful to Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation to have started the tradition of Galentine’s day. A modern twist on the day of love aka Valentine’s Day is one of the best holidays for women to celebrate the love and friendship they share with their girlfriends who have their back whenever the going gets tough.

While it was seemingly a trivial plot point for the series, the holiday is widely celebrated by women around the world. 

Nothing is better than spending a Galentine’s Day with a bunch of friends, sipping wine and bingeing on films that champion the beauty and power of female friendships.

If you are ready to shower your female squad – be it your mother, sister or girlfriends – with truckloads of love and warmth for being your support system for the year, make sure to stream the various films available on Netflix that will resonate with the lovely bond you share with them. 

To help you in this journey, we scourged through Netflix to find a list of the five perfect films for you to enjoy on Galentine’s Day:     

The 5 perfect Galentine’s Day films to watch on Netflix

5. Sex and the City (Michael Patrick King, 2008)

Four friends, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, are classic New Yorkers who try to balance their work, families and respective love lives. With two films in the franchise adapted from the iconic HBO show, the first film sees Carrie getting dumped on her wedding day and subsequently going on her honeymoon with her girlfriends to start afresh. 

Filled with raunchy humour and sex scenes, the film is a gentle reminder about the healing power of friendship, explored via the busy and ever-changing lives of four adults who try to wade through their demanding urban lives, relying on each other for support.  

4. How to be Single (Christian Ditter, 2016)

Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie, the film focuses on how various adults in New York City cope with loneliness and urban isolation during their adulthood, as they seek solace in relationships, meaningless conversations, texts and hook-ups and more. 

Johnson plays Alie, a woman who has been dumped by her boyfriend recently before moving to the city. She ends up befriending people who are suffering from heartache and loneliness as well, and in this tender and realistic and comical portrait of life, the film makes one reexamine the true purpose of life. 

3. Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)

After being home-schooled for nearly a decade, Cady Heron is thrust into the cosmopolitan environment of North Shore High School, where teenage rivalries, envy, love triangles, emotional conflicts and hormone wars are rampant. Trying to be a part of a clique, Cady begins to find similarities between high school and the animal kingdom in terms of viciousness, betrayals and more. 

Starring Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams and more, the film abounds in iconic dialogues as it delves deeper into the complexities of the teenage psyche. It is a brilliant portrait of the competitive high school years laden with pangs of young love, throes of jealousy, teenage tantrums, hurtful rumours and unbridled fun. 

2. Someone Great (Jennifer Kaylin Robinson, 2019)

One of the most underrated rom-coms on the streamer, this 2019 flick stars Gina Rodriguez, Lakeith Stanfield, Peter Vack, Brittany Snow, and DeWanda Wise in prominent roles. The film is a poignant tale of love, heartache, loss and healing and has also been cited by Taylor Swift for being an inspiration behind her gut-wrenching break-up song ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’. 

A young music journalist from New York is left miserable and heartbroken after her boyfriend dumps her. Before she leaves, her girlfriends decide to take her on one last adventure while dealing with their individual heartbreaks. Their journey spins a tale of love, youth and friendship that also touches upon the intricate nuances of adulthood. 

1. Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic, 2001)

Born into affluence and luxury, Elle Woods undergoes a blonde makeover after getting dumped by her boyfriend. She follows him to law school and realises the various hardships of real life as she tries to battle the academic pressure, constant sexism and other looming threats while trying to make the world a better place for all her fellow Elle Woods’.  

While the dumb blonde jokes might rile you up due to the misogynistic overtones, Elle’s battle and subsequent makeover might make one understand the truly subversive nature of the film. Reese Witherspoon’s undeniable contribution to transforming the stereotypical Hollywood sorority girl into someone who is both witty and pretty lives through her character’s iconic dialogues and fashion choices.