20 Movies Every Woman Should Watch in Her 30s
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.
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/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’
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.
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’
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.
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’
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.
‘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.
A hauntingly beautiful film about two women (Cate Blanchett and Mara Rooney) falling in love in 1950s New York.
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.
This Iranian drama is unsettling, but a must-see thanks to powerful performances, a gripping storyline and thought-provoking insight.
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.)
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’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.
Salma Hayek dazzles in this visually stunning biopic about the world-renowned artist.
‘Thelma & Louise’
Hey, it’s a classic for a reason.
‘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’
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.
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’
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.)