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Real talk: Your 20s were fun and all, but they were also a kind of confusing (and, um, broke) time. Now that you’re in your 30s, you finally feel like you have it all figured out. (Or at least you know what a Roth IRA is and how to don wide leg pants.) Here, 20 films that are perfect viewing for the sophisticated, grown-ass woman that you are.

Wild movie
Fox Searchlight Pictures


Based on the best-selling book, Reese Witherspoon garnered an Oscar nom for her portrayal of Cheryl, a grief-stricken woman who sets out to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. An emotional tale about overcoming obstacles and redemption.

Before Sunrise film
Columbia Pictures  

‘Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight’

This beautiful trilogy follows American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French Céline (Julie Delpy) in their 20s, 30s and 40s as their hopes, dreams and romance shifts throughout the years. Set aside an entire weekend and watch all three films…with a box of tissues handy.

9 to 5 movie
20th Century Fox  

‘9 to 5’

Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda tackle sexism in the workplace in this must-see comedy for any woman who’s ever set foot inside an office.

frances ha greta gerwig
IFC films  

‘Frances Ha’

Greta Gerwig co-wrote and stars in this charming, highly-relatable flick about a 20-something woman trying to figure out her finances, friendships and dreams in New York City. (Aren’t you glad those days are over?)

joy luck club movie
Buena Vista Pictures  

‘Joy Luck Club’

Family relationships can be complicated, but the older you get, then the more understanding you have for your own parents. This moving tale spanning across generations and continents explores cultural differences, the mother-daughter bond and how the past inevitably affects the future.

Heartburn movie
Paramount Pictures


Written by Nora Ephron, this ’80’s comedy-drama about a marriage on the rocks (brilliantly portrayed by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson) is perfect for your next girls’ night in.

A Fantastic Woman movie
Sony Pictures Classic  

‘A Fantastic Woman’

When Marina’s partner Orlando dies, instead of being able to mourn the man she loved, she is treated with suspicion by his doctors and family. A sensitive film (that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018) about a trans woman’s grief, loss and becoming a, yes, fantastic woman.

RachelGettingMarried movie
Sony Pictures Classic

‘Rachel Getting Married’

Long-simmering tensions and resentment abound when Kym (Anne Hathaway) comes home from rehab to attend her sister’s wedding. You’ll laugh, cry and cringe in this painfully honest portrayal of a complex family.

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol


A hauntingly beautiful film about two women (Cate Blanchett and Mara Rooney) falling in love in 1950s New York.

working girl movie
20th Century Fox

‘Working Girl’

This one’s worth watching for the iconic ’80s fashion alone, but we also love Melanie Griffith’s transformation from secretary to CEO after learning that her boss stole her idea.

A Separation film
Sony Pictures Classic

‘A Separation’

This Iranian drama is unsettling, but a must-see thanks to powerful performances, a gripping storyline and thought-provoking insight.

Girls Trip movie
Universal Pictures

‘Girls Trip’

This insanely funny film about four friends in the Big Easy will have you (literally) laughing out loud. (And possibly planning your own girls’ trip, stat.)


Eight Grade movie still

‘Eighth Grade’

This funny yet sensitive coming-of-age tale that follows 13-year-old Kayla through the last week of middle school will remind you of exactly how far you’ve come since those awkward teenage years.

Bridget Jones Diary film
Universal Pictures

‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

We love cursing, drinking and laugh-out-loud funny Bridget Jones just as she is in this irresistible comedy that spawned two sequels.

Frida movie
Miramax Films


Salma Hayek dazzles in this visually stunning biopic about the world-renowned artist. 

thelma louise film

‘Thelma & Louise’

Hey, it’s a classic for a reason.

Waiting to Exhale movie
20th Century Fox

‘Waiting to Exhale’

Four friends search for true love in this touching film based on Terry McMillan's best-selling novel.

When Harry Met Sally Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal shot

‘When Harry Met Sally’

A pair of quirky New Yorkers (Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal) tackle the age-old conundrum—can men and women ever be “just friends?” Another Nora Ephron classic. 

Amelie movie
UGC-Fox Distribution


Between all the bills, responsibilities and never-ending to-do lists in your 30-something life, sometimes you need to watch something that will remind you to lighten up and have some fun. 

eat pray love movie
Columbia Pictures

‘Eat Pray Love’

Guaranteed to make you want to pack up your bag and embark on a solo adventure around the world. (And also, eat pasta and finally learn how to meditate.)

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