Can’t get enough Big Little Lies? If you love the Monterey 5 as much as we do, then you have to check out these five movies like Big Little Lies!
After more than a year, Big Little Lies returned earlier this month with its highly anticipated second season. With the addition of Meryl Streep to the cast, Big Little Lies now boasts one of the largest ensemble casts on TV made up of A-list movie stars. As if that weren’t enough, Big Little Lies continues to use its second season to expand and deepen the world it crafted in the first.
If you’re hungry for more, then it’s time for you to check out these five movies like Big Little Lies. Featuring stories about strong friendships shared between women, getting even against abusive men, and all sorts of drama, then you won’t want to miss these picks!
Movies like ‘Big Little Lies’
‘First Wives Club’ (1996)
After the suicide of one of their best friends, a trio of middle-aged women reevaluate their relationships with their ex-husbands, realizing how the men have taken advantage of them in the years since their divorce. The three women — played by Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler — decide to get even and take back what belongs to them. Motivated by the recent loss of their friend, the three women throw away their inhibitions and put themselves first. Like Big Little Lies, First Wives Club is a story of empowerment, emphasizing what can be accomplished through the power of friendship.
‘9 to 5’ (1980)
It feels good getting even. That’s part of what makes Big Little Lies such a satisfying story, but more than that, it’s about getting even with the help from the people you trust most in the world, who know exactly what you’re dealing with. That’s the central theme of the iconic 9 to 5 starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton. The three women play office secretaries that team up to kidnap their uncompromising and sexist boss so they can run the business in his place. When it comes to movies like Big Little Lies, 9 to 5 is one of the best.
‘Friends with Money’ (2006)
As much as Big Little Lies centers on the secrets and deception bubbling under the surface in the lives of a group of women, it’s also very much about the everyday drama of their lives — struggling marriages, parenting challenges, and in-fighting between friends and enemies alike. If the drama of wealthy women is your cup of tea, consider checking out Nicole Holofcener’s 2006 film Friends with Money starring Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, and Catherine Keener. The movie follows the complicated dynamics of their friendships and marriages, underscoring how wealth has changed them over time. It’s a remarkably honest and authentic look at adult friendships. If you’re in search of movies like Big Little Lies, Friends with Money should be near the top of the list.
Pedro Almodovar’s 2006 film Volver helped earn Penelope Cruz her first Oscar nomination (she would go on to win an Oscar only two years later). For fans of Big Little Lies, Volver is a must-see. The movie centers on a family in Spain coping with the recent loss of their mother. With a specific focus on three generations of women, Volver evokes the kind of female camaraderie that makes Big Little Lies so special.
‘Blue Velvet’ (1986)
Blue Velvet may not be the first movie that comes to mind when you ask someone to name some movies like Big Little Lies, but it deserves to be a part of the conversation. David Lynch’s Blue Velvet might be a bit more unconventional than HBO’s show, but it deals primarily with uncovering the secrets buried in suburbia, revealing the dark underbelly of a world typically considered safe. Big Little Lies functions in a remarkably similar fashion, using the lives of these women to reveal how things are not always what they seem just because they look perfect.