5 empowering movies for single people
Many of us believe that movies are just better when viewed in the right company, particularly with a romantic partner. However, there are plenty of films out there that cater to specific demographics outside the ‘cozy couple’ segment. The ‘single people’ demographic is a big market for film industries across the world, and many classics cater to singles too.
Let’s take a look at some of the best movies for single women and men – films that won’t make you feel bad about being single!
The only Bollywood entry on this list, Queen was an instant box office hit. A conservative Indian woman gets dumped by her fiancé on the day of her wedding. Rather than wallow in self-pity and the pity of her family, she chooses to go on her honeymoon alone, journeying outside India for the first time – and alone, at that.
Along the way, the protected and sheltered protagonist begins to experience the outside world on her own, encountering moments and people that slowly but surely break her out of the shell she has lived in her whole life.
An incredibly empowering story with a strong female lead, Queen tells the tale of a woman who sets out on an uncertain journey and discovers herself along the way.
On My Way/Elle s’en va (2013)
The legendary Catherine Deneuve sparkled in a role that was new to her despite her long career. Though perhaps past her prime, Deneuve captured audiences across the world with her performance in this stunning French comedy-drama. It features Deneuve as an ageing woman whose life is crumbling before her eyes. Her relationship ends, her business collapses and her cards just don’t work. She makes the decision to take a road trip across France – but she isn’t alone.
Accompanied by her grandson, the twosome drive across the beautiful country and encounter people from her past and people they’ve never met before. It’s a simple, beautiful tale about how it’s never too late to live your life – and never too late to find yourself.
Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in an unconventional role. Her marriage is destroyed, her mother passes away and she enjoys some time behaving recklessly. It all leads to one incredible journey – an 1100-mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail.
It’s an adventurous drama about love, loss and acceptance. Follow Witherspoon as she takes herself through the most physically and emotionally grueling challenge of her life – and achieves a beautiful ending.
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)
Jim Carrey stars in an unusually serious role alongside Kate Winslet, who was nominated for an Academy Award for this performance. Two lovers go through a bad break up and undergo a scientific procedure to erase each other from their memory. Eventually, they meet and begin to date again. This drama, with elements of sci-fi thrown in, is a cinematographic marvel and a beautiful artistic creation in every sense of the word, exploring the inevitability of love. It also happens to be one of the most critically acclaimed films of the 21st century.
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This movie has nothing to do with love or romance! It’s the story of a man falsely accused of murdering his wife and her lover and sentenced for decades to prison, where he makes a lifelong friend in Red (Morgan Freeman) while planning his escape. It’s a movie about redemption through everyday actions and its central theme is one of hope. It’s an emotional rollercoaster and is considered one of the greatest movies of all time.
Many movies feel that, for a ‘happy ending’, the protagonist must eventually find someone to be with. While that’s a very typical ending, and can be great when done right, the films listed here take a different route altogether. They convey the message of strength in individuality and self-belief.
You don’t need someone else to complete you. It’s rare to see that message in theatres – but, as we’ve shown, not impossible! Have an enjoyable viewing experience and remember – popcorn is a great companion even if you’re alone in the theatre!