Galentine’s Day is upon us! It’s time to celebrate female friendship, “kick it breakfast-style”, and forget about that overhyped holiday Valentine’s Day. We thank Leslie Knope, and the fabulous female characters of TV show Parks and Recreation, for introducing us to this special day; when “ladies celebrate ladies” and eat tasty breakfast food.
So, treat yourself to a Galentine’s Day movie marathon, eat fluffy pancakes, and check out this list of female-empowering movies that includes new releases and cult classics.
This hilarious female-driven comedy is about friendship between women, and it stars the amazing Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig (who also co-wrote the film). We consider this required viewing on Galentine’s Day.
Best friends Amy and Molly are straight-A students who realise, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have partied more and worried less about studying. This clever coming-of-age comedy is written and directed by women, and stars the incredible Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.
In this raunchy comedy four lifelong friends, who have grown apart, reconnect on a wild weekend in New Orleans. This film features a brilliant female ensemble cast and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.
Greta Gerwig’s fresh, bold take on the classic novel Little Women is a particular favourite of ours. In true Gerwig-esque style it features an incredible cast, stunning costumes, quirky dancing, and a beautiful musical score.
Support the Girls
Support the Girls follows a day in the life of Lisa, the manager of an American sports bar where the waitresses are forced to wear skimpy outfits and flirt with the regulars. She is fiercely protective of the women working with her, and trying to deal with problems at work and in her personal life. Lead actress Regina Hall gives a stand out performance as Lisa in this heart-warming portrayal of sisterhood.
The Breaker Upperers
Two women form a close friendship and a business after being cheated on by the same man. Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek wrote, directed, and star in this hidden gem from New Zealand. It’s a witty, uplifting comedy and a must-see movie.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Two inseparable friends attend their ten-year high school reunion in this cult classic film from the 90’s. It’s a film about self-acceptance, self-expression, and is full of funny quotable one-liners.
Thelma and Louise
Another classic from the 90’s, and a feminist take on the couple-on-the-run movie. It follows two best friends driving cross-country on the run from the law, and is considered one of the best American road trip movies of all time.
Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood follows teenager Marieme as she escapes her troubled life by joining a gang of free-spirited girls. It’s an emotional journey that portrays the transition from girlhood into womanhood.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Birds of Prey is the latest movie based on DC Comics. It’s written and directed by women, and focuses on the comic book character Harley Quinn, and a group of kick-ass women from Gotham City. It’s a colourful, action-packed movie with a stellar female cast, high-energy soundtrack, and memorable fight scenes. This film also pays homage to breakfast food, as we see a special breakfast sandwich through the eyes of Harley.