Valentine’s Day is fine, but every woman knows that the superior February celebration is Galentine’s Day. It’s the time to honor your favorite ladies with a gathering full of mimosas, movie marathons, and zero men. But while you’ll have to stock your own Champagne, this list has you covered on the best films to stream with your gals this month.
The list is certified cheese-free, which means no Matthew McConaughey rom-coms or movies where the girl takes her glasses off and you realize she was beautiful the whole time. With only understated indies and snarky cult classics making the cut, you have a whole female-led cinematic world at your fingertips that doesn’t involve makeover montages or manic pixie dream girls.
The following is a selection of 15 films with something for everyone, spanning genres from horror to comedy. So click through, find your perfect match, and stream with all your sisters. And it’s also worth noting that of these excellent films, seven were written or co-written by women and six were directed by women, giving us a glimpse of just how great cinema could be if we reach 50/50 by 2020.
Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig proves she’s a talent on and off the screen in this indie dramedy shot completely in black-and-white. Gerwig, who also co-wrote the film with partner Noah Baumbach, plays Frances Hallaway, an aspiring dancer whose best friend-roommate decides to move out of their NYC apartment. Unable to afford rent on her own, Frances is left bopping around the world, from Sacramento (sound familiar?) to Paris to her alma mater Vassar, searching for a place, and people, to call home.