Every year as February dawns, the time comes where many women give praise and thanks to our patron saint of strong ladies, Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope, who brought the phrase "Galentine's Day" into the larger pop culture lexicon. There is no question that women and nonbinary folks have been celebrating each other since the dawn of time, especially around Valentine's Day, when we're meant to show our love to the ones we care about. But Leslie Knope helped solidify the specific phrase and make Galentine's Day just as significant of a cultural event as good ol' V-Day itself, and for that I am thankful. Now, it's a popular enough concept that folks across the world plan their own friendship celebrations, complete with some great Galentine's Day movies you can watch with your BFFs.
Friendship is one of the strongest and most complex loves in the world, and the movies on the list below examine and celebrate the pure bonds of friendship that allow our lives to feel full, supportive, and just plain fun. Some of these Galentine's Day movies will make you cry, many will make you laugh, and they'll all make you thankful for the pals you've got at your side as you grow, change, and take on the world.