Me Time: 6 Movies to Watch When You're Flying Solo

Me Time: 6 Movies to Watch When You're Flying Solo
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These are pretty much perfect movies to watch when you're in need of some alone time.

When Harry Met Sally...

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Rob Reiner's classic, based on the novel by Nora Ephron, is still the gold standard of all romantic comedies. This amazing film can be watched both in the company of friends and completely alone. Positive experience guaranteed either way.

When Harry Met Sally... tells the story of two young people who try to remain friends after a turbulent but unsuccessful affair. By the conventions of the genre, their feelings sooner or later break through, forcing them to make fateful decisions. And even if you never liked Meg Ryan before, take my word for it, after watching this movie you will definitely fall in love with her.

The Apartment

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Billy Wilder's iconic black and white film The Apartment can break your heart and charm you with its retro atmosphere.

This film was released when the romantic comedy genre was still a novelty, when it was far from being the mainstream. The Apartment is centered around C.C. Baxter, who happens to fall in love with his boss's girlfriend Fran. As events unfold, the protagonist finds himself faced with a choice between feelings and a career that forever changes his quiet and seemingly organized life.

500 Days of Summer

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The concept of soul mates and the search for the one, seems more and more like a romantic utopia. It's hard to believe that the world is capable of working this way. While some people are trying to find the right partner, others are preoccupied with finding their perfect soulmate. But what happens if you lose this person?

The tragicomedy 500 Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, seems to answer that question perfectly. It's a story about a painful breakup with a partner and the true reality of life, which tends to be infinitely far more complicated than what we imagine. Mark Webb's directorial debut proves that romantic love is a social construct and nothing more than a projection in the minds of people who look at the world through rose-tinted glasses.

Cast Away

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Having Tom Hanks’ name in the credits will almost certainly guarantee that the movie will be the next Hollywood masterpiece, and Cast Away was no exception.

The main character in Cast Away is an extremely disciplined delivery service employee who gets into a plane crash and finds himself the only survivor on a deserted island. Fortunately, Hanks' character goes through the challenges with dignity and then rebuilds his life in a world that has changed significantly during his absence. Cast Away is a beautiful life-affirming movie that teaches us to never lose hope because, as Albus Dumbledore said: "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

The First Wives Club

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This surprisingly uplifting comedy tells the story of three divorced women who meet after thirty years apart at the funeral of a mutual acquaintance.

Along the way, it becomes known that the deceased was devastated by a broken heart — her beloved husband has found a younger mistress. Naturally, the main characters, played by Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, do their best to take revenge on the impudent man and at the same time prove to the world that women over forty can also kick ass. The First Wives Club is a completely atypical romantic comedy. By and large, it's the Sex and the City spin-off that we've been desperately waiting for but never got.

Gone Girl

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Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher and based on Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name, helps the viewers take a whole new look at their past romantic relationships.

After all, none of us fully know the person with whom we share a bed. This film is unlikely to answer any important questions, but it does make it clear that even hopeless loneliness can be better than a toxic relationship. Add to that an intriguing mystery plot and absolutely terrific acting by Rosamund Pike and you have one of the best movies to watch on a lonely night.