Let’s face it, breakups are never an easy thing to go through. Whether it was you who initiated it, hurting the one that loves you is always an extremely tough thing to do, and something we never want have happen. If we get broken up with, heartbreak is absolutely heart-wrenching and it takes quite some time to pull yourself out of it. There are many good remedies to get through a tough breakup, time being the most important of course.
Many of us turn to our friends and family, or various outlets to express our emotions and feelings. Of course some turn alcohol and other things, while others try to take time and get perspective and watch breakup movies! If you are going through a tough breakup, finding a good movie on this list and watching it could really do wonders emotionally and really help you out. It’s one of those things where when you watch a film like these, you just feel like you could reach out and relate so much to that character thus feeling supported and gaining perspective on why your relationship failed.
It’s essential you take some time and focus on yourself and heal. That’s why we’ve compiled this list for you to help you feel better and move on with your life. Don’t be bogged down by the past. We’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of some of the best 15 movies to watch after you go through a breakup. Don’t worry, you’ll get through it!
15. Annie Hall
You’re looking for a perfect movie to satisfy the “I just went through a breakup” mood, this movie will surely help ease the pain. It’s a Woody Allen classic!
In the film, Woody Allen plays a character by the name of Alvy. Alvy falls in love with this woman named Annie, who’s played by Diane Keaton. They actually end up dating, they have a good relationship and go through several rifts. Eventually, they decide to call it off, and Alvy wounded up all alone by himself, analyzing every element of their relationship and trying to see what caused the ultimate and unfortunate death of their relationship. Of course, there never is really an underlying cause that can be fixed with the simple epiphany of that mistake.
14. 500 Days Of Summer
Here’s a film that will help to make you wonder whether operating for someone’s love over and over once again is in fact well worth the love you receive back again. Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel, is a girl that doesn’t believe in love.
The film stars Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and uses a non-linear narrative framework, with the whole story based around its male protagonist and his recollections of a failed relationship. As an independent creation, it gained critical acclaim and became an effective “sleeper strike,” making over $60 million worldwide, significantly exceeding its $7.5 million budget.
This is a film that absolutely destroyed its full opening weekend, making it one of the most successful “sleeper hits” of that year. By September, the film experienced a whopping $1.9 Million from over 300 theaters across the UK. This was considered as a successful five-day opening by Fox Searchlight, generating around half as much as the science-fiction blockbuster District 9, which pulled in $3.5 million. As of February 25, 2010 the film grossed $32,391,722 in the United States alone which is absolutely fantastic.
13. High Fidelity
The film High Fidelity is loosely based on the 1995 British novel of the exact same name, written by Nick Hornby. The main differences being in the film that the setting was actually moved over to London from Chicago. The lead characters name was also changed.
John Cusack is a self-confessed music lover who has trouble with women. After getting dumped by girlfriend, he decides to look up some of his exes in an attempt to figure out where it all went wrong. Definitely something a lot of us can relate to.
12. The Break-Up
Some of you might remember the hit romantic comedy, staring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. In the film, they are a couple and have been dating for several years when things in their relationship start getting rocky. Gary, the main character played by Vaughn, starts causing trouble between them, and Brooke (played by Anniston) doesn’t feel like she’s appreciated enough. I’m sure many women can relate?
Anyway, she decides she’s had enough and to teach him a lesson, she breaks it off with him. However, her plan backfires on her when she realizes that ending the relationship hurts her way more than she ever thought possible, one of those cliche movie mistakes that the girl makes and wants to remedy things with the ex boyfriend. It’s funny, but it’s very sweet. The comedy aspect of this movie helps a little bit because it’s got quite a tug on the ‘ol heartstrings!
11. The Holiday
Another of one those great love movies that really show you some great insight to all the various types of love that are out there. In this film, Kate Winslet plays the role of a woman named Iris who ends up falling head over heels for a man that of course, isn’t ever going to love her back. Cameron Diaz stars in this film as well, and her character Amanda comes to realize that her boyfriend has been cheating on her.
Amanda and Iris eventually decide to do a house swap and realize that their true path for love is even bigger and better than they ever could have imagined. I would definitely say this is one of the better films on this list, simply due to it being a movie where you feel like you’re dragged all the way down, and then brought back up and makes you feel good.
10. He’s Just Not That Into You
Okay, of course we’ve all heard of this movie because it literally became a classic among dating movies, chick flicks, and breakup movies. In this romantic comedy, the film follows five different women and four different men in the city of Baltimore. The film flow is amazing, and the way we go into these different characters and are able to find out much needed advice only makes it that much better. It gets us through the hard times watching this stuff, you feel like you can relate, everything from knowing you met the one, to diving into more of the languages of love and to knowing if someone’s really into you or just using you in the long run.
These are questions you want to ask yourself, and this film helps that so much and gives so much insight. This movie is definitely one that gives you a bit of perspective. It gives you what you need when you feel like you’re wandering after a breakup. It will help you rekindle and move on.
9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Way more of a comedy than it is a romance film, it’s still pretty funny and you’ll get a great kick out if. This will push the laughs out of you as you go through your roughest breakup. Jason Segel and Kristen Bell are the stars in this film, as they find themselves in a relationship near its end.
In a disastrous and hilarious culmination of Peter losing his woman on a vacation in Hawaii to her new boyfriend, he does everything he can to let her go and to try and move on from getting broken up with. Obviously, his moved-on ex-girlfriend is enjoying her new man and has no desire to get back with Peter. Mila Kunis plays a small role as a hotel clerk, and eventually her and Peter end up falling in love as he’s healing over his loss. It’s a great film, and has an amazing ending as well. Something to really lift you out of that breakup slump.
8. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
This is one of Jim Carrey’s more serious movies, even though it is a bit of a romantic comedy. This can kind of be one of those movies that has the opposite effect on you by having you think the one you love is actually the person you’re supposed to be with. Take caution!
In this film, Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a guy whose dating Clementine (played by Kate Winslet) and they realize that their relationship is quickly crumbling and falling apart. In some crazy relationship suicide pact, they decide to erase their memories of each other and the love they had. But of course, you guessed it! Even though their memories of each other become erased, they are still attracted to one another and they end up falling in love all over again. Nothing stops true destiny. This movie showcases that no matter what, if you’re supposed to be with someone it will work itself out.
I’m sure you’ve heard or have seen Swingers! A very popular film, the character Mike (played by Jon Favreau) decides it’s ultimately time for a change in his life, and he decides to ditch his current girlfriend of six years, and move from New York to Los Angeles for a chance at the big time.
Of course, as the months go on and on, his wanting to be on top of the world becomes harder and harder as his friends try and help him forget about his 6 year relationship that he had left behind. After 6 months go by, he’s still grieving the loss of it all. They are trying to do everything they can to get him back into the dating game. If you’ve gone through a tough breakup and need some positivity for your future, this is a great film to watch for that alone!
6. Jerry Maguire
So Tom Cruise actually did a really great job with this film, which is why it’s just another great romantic classic that truly showcases a wonderful ride of raw, human emotion.
Jerry Maguire is the lead character of the film, and suddenly has to face life all around him falling apart as his elite status is ripped from him at his sports management agency after losing some top athletes. The man practically loses everything, and the only person left to stand by him and by his side is his fiancée (played by Renee Zellweger). He takes all the help he can possibly get from her to rebuild his life to what it once was before.
5. The Wedding Singer
The movie The Wedding Singer is an obvious comedy classic, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The two realize that they have instantaneous chemistry upon meeting but like in so many other movies and stories, they are both engaged to other people. A very cliché romance plot, but it works really great for this film considering it’s an absolute classic among romantic comedies. I mean really, who hasn’t seen The Wedding Singer?
Of course, throughout the course of the movie, they both realize more and more that they are meant to be together and that their relationship only continues to get stronger. It’s honestly a great film, and with Sandler you are guaranteed quite a few laughs. This movie will definitely help you and boost you up from a tough breakup, and even gives you hope that the one for you is still out there waiting for the right time.
4. Chasing Amy
A young Ben Affleck plays the character Holden McNeil, whose best friend in the film is Banky Edwards (played by Jason Lee) and together they share an incredible obsession and interest in comic books.
He’s going through life like normal when he has no idea what’s about to hit him like a ton of bricks, he ends up falling in love with a girl, Alyssa Jones (played by Joey Lauren Adams) but it comes with a curve ball: turns out she’s actually a lesbian. Of course, throughout the entire film, after realizing the fact that he actually fell in love with a lesbian, he tries and struggles so hard to try and win her over again and again. Every emotion poured out onto the screen. Is he successful? What happens? You’ll have to watch the movie!
3. Sleepless In Seattle
Another astounding classic movie on this list, it has been a hit ever since it hit theaters! Tom Hanks plays Sam Baldwin, who is a widower. He somehow finds himself getting onto this national radio show due to his son putting him up in this ad, trying to find a new wife and mother to his children.
He actually does get a response to his weird, on-air ad that his son put up for him, and Annie, who is played by Meg Ryan, is dying to know if this Sam Baldwin is more right for her than her current fiancée. This film has all the makings of the perfect chick flick and will just fill you with that hope that no matter how the odds may look, your true love is really out there and you just have to look. Never stop looking and keep digging deeper!
2. Notting Hill
Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce you to one of the best – and I mean absolute best – breakup movies there could ever be! This film is a total modern-day Cinderella with just a slight twist. Hugh Grant plays the role of the lead character William Thacker, just your average everyday British man who actually happens to own his own small bookstore. Nothing too fancy.
Like the other films, life throws a curve ball at him. Before he realizes it, one of the top famous actors decides to walk into his store, played by Julia Roberts. Of course this actress and him continue to meet over and over again when he ends up spilling orange juice all over her. This leads him to inviting her over to his house so he can get her cleaned up and then her kissing him. Next thing you know they fall in love but end up breaking it off due to a bad public incident.
1. Love Actually
This movie is one of the best holiday and love films to come out on the big screen of all time. What’s really unique about this film is the perspective of how it was filmed. The entire movie is based around the perspective of eight different couples, in many different ways and as they interconnect with each other. All the actors in this movie are amazing and top-of-the-line British actors . This movie almost seems to give you a much deeper understanding of what goes on with these everyday people and their relationships, and all the emotions that they go through.
Love Actually is so inspiring because you can feel so connected with the film and relate so well. This film is definitely on the list of movies you need to watch if you have just gone through a terrible breakup.