Breakups suck, whether you’re the break-upper and the breakee. Worse, even if it’s just a short fling or a long-term relationship, it never seems to get any easier. But taking time for yourself post breakup is important. Maybe that means heading to the gym an extra day during the week. Maybe it’s hanging out with friends. Or maybe you want to lay around all day and watch movies while curled up in a blanket on the couch. We don’t judge. If the latter sounds like you, you’re in luck. We’ve got the perfect list of breakup movies, from the funny and ironic, to the inspirational and tear-jerking that hit close to home. Whatever mood you’re in post-breakup, there’s a movie for you. So before you get back on those dating apps, we recommend watching these 24 movies:
Eat, Pray, Love
Call Me By Your Name
In this coming-of-age story set in the scenic Italian countryside, a boy falls hard for his father’s research assistant. But as in real life, all summer flings must come to an end. Here’s a reminder that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, even after a gut-wrenching breakup.
La La Land
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
There are certain things in life that you want to be reliable: like your nine-year relationship. Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) spends one last night in New York City mourning the end of her relationship in the rowdiest way possible.
A classic for so many reasons. Mainly, that Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) launches on an epic quest to get back her ex…only to find out she’s better off without him.
The Break Up
It’s in the name! All bets are off after Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and Gary’s (Vince Vaughn) spontaneous split and turn their living space into a war zone.
500 Days of Summer
The First Wives Club
Revenge is best served with a side of lifelong friendship. When divorcees Elise (Goldie Hawn), Brenda (Bette Midler), and Annie (Diane Keaton) come together, they devise a plot against their exes and their young girlfriends to get even. And boy, do they get even.
Love is messy, but lust is messier. Closer follows two couples with unfaithful partners whose odds don’t look too good.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Jealous and confused by her feelings, Julianne (Julia Roberts) cannot accept that her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) is marrying another woman in this iconic ’90s staple.
Pained by his recent divorce, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) has become closed off and antisocial. Until he meets a new woman…who happens to be an artificially intelligent operating system. You’ll never look at your Alexa the same way again.
Forrest (Tom Hanks) may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he’s got a heart of gold. Even after living enough for several lifetimes, all he can think about is reuniting with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny, who doesn’t share the same feelings for him.
Silver Linings Playbook
After getting left by his wife and a stay in a mental health institution, things look bleak for Pat (Bradley Cooper), who has to move back in with his parents. His goal is to reunite with his wife, but soon finds that the universe has its own plan for him.
How to Get Over a Breakup
A writer starts a groundbreaking blog about her life as a single woman. (We love blogging.) Originally in Spanish, How to Get Over a Breakup is the comedy you need to move on.
Nappily Ever After
Tired of waiting on her boyfriend to propose, an ad exec (Sanaa Lathan) decides it’s time to make some life changes of the extreme and funny kind.
A U.K. student falls in love with an American college classmate. When she overstays her visa, she’s banned from the country, forcing them into a strenuous long-distance relationship.
Crazy, Stupid Love
25 years of marriage ends in divorce for Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore), but not all is lost. After a young playboy (Ryan Gosling) takes Cal under his wing, he discovers the pros and cons of singledom.
Sometimes, the ending is just the beginning. The Oscar-winning Marriage Story starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern (!) shows that not every divorce results in the breakup of a family.
Both Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) come from dysfunctional homes, which leads them to a less-than-perfect relationship together. Now, they’re not sure they’re the match they thought they were.
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