The 45 Best Movies for Girls' Night

Grab the popcorn and wine—we're staying in tonight.

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Sometimes, you really just want to get all dressed up with the girls, head to the nearest bar, and dance the night away. Other times, you'd rather stay in for the night, clad in your most comfortable pajamas, scarfing down a buffet of unhealthy meals, and gossiping with your friends over endless glasses of wine. For the evenings when you prefer to stay in and kick it, it's essential that you gather around your television screen for a mandatory viewing of some feel-good film that will inevitably leave you in stitches or in tears. Ahead, the 45 best movies to watch during your night in with your squad.

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You've Got Mail (1998)

Before there was Catfish, there was You've Got Mail, the original rom-com about people falling in love while low-key lying to each other over the internet. But, in all seriousness, you can't go wrong with the combination of Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Nora Efron. It's just a fact.

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Mamma Mia (2008)

Question: Is there a better way to spend a night with your nearest and dearest than belting out ABBA hits at the top of your lungs? Answer: No, there is not. The 2008 movie Mamma Mia (a big screen version of the hit Broadway jukebox musical) is always a crowd-pleaser.

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Pretty Woman (1990)

Not only will Pretty Woman ignite your inner urge to stage a fashion makeover montage, but it's infinitely quotable—all the makings of a perfect girls' night pick. Let's just say not putting this on the list would be a big mistake. HUGE.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

If you want to go truly classic for girls' night, cue up Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a woman working as an escort and looking for real love.

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Spice World (1997)

Do your inner pre-teen a favor and rewatch 1997's stunning masterpiece, Spice World, in which the Spice Girls play very meta versions of themselves, trying to decide if they should do a Spice Girls movie.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

This 2003 rom-com starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey is a modern screwball masterpiece and a damn good time that definitely holds up. In the film, Kate plays a magazine writer tasked with driving away a new flame in 10 days flat using the most stereotypical lady-in-love mistakes she can think of, while Matthew plays an ad exec determined to prove he can make any woman fall madly in love with him during the same timeframe (because that will mean he can sell diamonds, apparently). What ensues is some true early-aughts rom-com gold.

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Mystic Pizza (1988)

This early entry on Julia Roberts' IMDb page follows three waitresses/best friends during the summer after graduation as they work in a local pizza shop (and, of course, navigate the turbulent waters of young life and love).

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Coyote Ugly (2000)

Aspiring songwriter Violet (Piper Perabo) is just another girl who moved to New York City with big dreams and has to pay for basic life necessities with a day job in the meantime. Her day job, however, is more of a night job, working as a bartender at Coyote Ugly, where she makes friends, makes drinks, and learns to come out of her shell. Plus there's a lot of bar top dancing that you will 100% daydream about reenacting.

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The First Wives Club (1996)

Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton star in this hilarious lady-centric comedy about three middle-aged women who reunite at the funeral of a friend who died by suicide after her husband left her for a younger woman. Realizing they've all been seriously taken for granted by their own ex-husbands as well, they set about getting their well-deserved revenge.

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Thelma and Louise (1991)

Thelma and Louise is, in some ways, probably the ultimate girls' night movie. The movie follows best friends who go on the run after Louise (Susan Sarandon) shoots and kills a man who tried to rape Thelma (Geena Davis). Brad Pitt also makes a notable early (and very sexy) appearance in the film.

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About Time (2013)

There are movies that you know the moment you hear about their existence are going to be great and there are movies that sound kind of insane, but turn out to be surprisingly delightful. About Time is the second type. The fantasy-romance-drama follows a young man (Domhnall Gleeson) who learns that the men in his family inherit the ability to time travel when they turn 21. He uses said power in his quest to woo Mary (Rachel McAdams) and somehow doesn't creepily veer into being a story about a man using magic to rob a woman of her agency and choice.

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Me Before You (2016)

If you're in the mood for a good cry, check out 2016's Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. The movie follows a young woman named Louisa, who takes a job caring for a wealthy young man who left paralyzed after an accident. We won't give the ending away, but—TEARS.

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Dirty Dancing (1987)

A poor little rich girl falls for the sexy dance instructor at her summer resort, even as society (okay, mostly her dad) tries to keep them apart. Plus dancing. It's a classic that will energize everyone in attendance at your girls' night film festival.

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Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

This gem stars Mira Sovino and Lisa Kudrow as two of the most believable best friends in film history. When Romy and Michele get the invitation to their 10-year high school reunion, they start to feel self-conscious about what they've accomplished since graduation. In the gloriously pre-Facebook world of 1997, the two hatch a plan to lie their way to reunion glory, claiming to have invented Post-It Notes. Predictably, the lie-to-everyone-we-used-to-know plan doesn't go off without a hitch.

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Crossroads (2002)

Love it or love to hate it, 2002's Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads is a (sometimes poorly-written, but still endearing) love letter to female friendship. If you're in the mood to be unabashedly uncool, this road trip film (which also stars Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning) hits the spot.

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Bridesmaids (2011)

Kristen Wig hilariously stars in this 2011 comedy as Annie, a thirty-something trying to balance her existential crisis with her role as a bridesmaid in her best friend's wedding. The only problem? She's a pretty terrible bridesmaid, and—hot take here—kind of a bad friend.

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

A group of besties have the best shopping trip ever when they find a pair of jeans that somehow manages to flatter all of their bodies (what witchcraft is this, and where can I get a pair?!), and they share custody of the magic pants over the course of the summer. The jeans help them reunite with family, battle deep emotional trauma, and even find true love.

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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

One of the most defining moments in every friend circle is the moment when you have to gather around the girlfriend whose ain't-shit man finally exposes his true colors. In Waiting to Exhale, four women try to navigate the stress of marriage life brought on from their equally trifling partners, strengthening their bond as friends in the process.

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Clueless (1995)

Alicia Silverstone became a pop culture icon for her role in the 1995 classic Clueless as lovable but offbeat Cher Horowitz, a rich girl with a killer closet navigating life as a high schooler in Beverly Hills. The coming of age film is a loose adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma; like Austen's protagonist, Cher is a well-meaning matchmaker who doesn't quite see the big picture.

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The Notebook (2004)

Allie and Noah's love story in The Notebook makes for the perfect girls' night movie. It's got romance, a few steamy love scenes, and a forever quotable moment: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird." *sighs*

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

Jenny Han really was onto something when she wrote up everyone's dream boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). He's tall, dreamy, and always down to make his girl Laura Jean feel special. It doesn't matter that you've probably already watched this Netflix original too many times to count—it'll give you and your friends the warm fuzzies like it's the very first time.

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Love Jones (1997)

The '90s gave us its fair share of truly amazing films, but Love Jones manages to stand out with its simple but scarily relatable story about two people who can't seem to figure out what their relationship is. Turn your girls' night in into a girls' night out to your local open mic night so you can find your own Darius Lovehall.

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Sex and the City (2008)

Carrie and friends hit the big screen in 2008, and their drama followed them; our heroine is still trying to manage her complicated relationship with Mr. Big, Miranda is raising her son with Steve, Charlotte is toying with the idea of having another child, and Samantha...well, she's still being Samantha.

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Yes, there have been many Pride and Prejudice remakes over the past few years, but this one stands out among the rest because the chemistry between Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen is out of this world.

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Girls' Trip (2017)

Thought your last girls trip to Cabo was crazy? Think again. The impromptu vacay that Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish go on in Girls Trip probably puts yours to shame. The four friends travel to New Orleans to attend Essence Fest, and they get into some serious hijinks along the way, including one particularly lascivious situation with a certain citrus fruit. Grapefruit, anyone?

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Hitch (2005)

Will Smith proved that he's everyone's dream man in the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch, playing a matchmaker for men who are unlucky in love. But the teacher becomes the student when he finds himself getting schooled in matters of the heart after coming across Sara, a gossip columnist with a chip on her shoulder.

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The Princess Diaries (2001)

Nerdy and unpopular high school student Mia Thermopolis gets the biggest surprise of her life when she finds out that she's actually Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia. You may not be a princess with Julie Andrews as your grandmother—life is so unfair—but you can live that fantasy vicariously through The Princess Diaries. And once you're done with the original, check out the sequel, which also stars a baby-faced Chris Pine.

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Meryl Streep has been acting since 1977, but her role as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada is an absolute fave. Whether you think she's the true villain of the plot of Andy's trash boyfriend Nate (spoiler alert: It's Nate), you're going to enjoy this one.

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For Colored Girls (2010)

If you and your girlfriends are in the mood of a deep emotional release, For Colored Girls will do the trick. Adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 original choreopoem, the drama connects the heartbreak of ten women, reminding us that sisterhood is about lifting each other up when we're down.

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

A billionaire bachelor from falls in love with a New Yorker and whisks her away to meet his family in Singapore. Not only is Crazy, Rich Asians a visual masterpiece, but the cast is pretty damn good-looking, too.

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