Entertainment

The Best Movies About Bad Relationships 

Ranker Film
Originally by
2.3k votes 389 voters 63k views 73 items

List Rules Movies about dysfunctional or just plain bad relationships. No horror movies.

What is it about watching a movie about a truly bad relationship that appeals to us so much? Maybe it’s because it makes us feel better about our own relationships in life, or maybe we’re just curious about how other people live their lives. No matter what your reason for taking an interest in dysfunctional relationships is, if you’re craving a good movie about a bad relationship, one on this list will do the trick.

The best movies in the bad relationship category range from completely serious dramas, psychological thrillers, and romantic comedies. So no matter what your interest in watching one of these flicks is, there is sure to be one featured on this list to meet your movie cravings.

This list hass the best movies about bad relationships, including: Revolutionary Road, Enough, The Break Up, Blue Valentine, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Why Did I Get Married? Vote up your favorite movie about a dysfunctional relationship below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

list ordered by
1
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
pilotos10 added
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more

More Gone Girl 

#16 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #3 of 33 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples

2
Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

More Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 

#437 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #324 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

3
Ranker Video
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss
The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more

More The Graduate 

#467 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #281 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

4
Ranker Video
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas
This film is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel of the same name by Warren Adler. The film follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. When their ...more

More The War of the Roses 

#575 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #250 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

5
Ranker Video
carlybobarly added
Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden
A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name. It is the story of a southern lady, Blanche Dubois, ...more

More A Streetcar Named Desire 

#243 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #31 of 232 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

6
Ranker Video
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz
As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more

More As Good as It Gets 

#160 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #115 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

7
Ranker Video
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more

More Revolutionary Road 

#24 of 81 The Best Movies About Depression #2 of 33 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples

8
Ranker Video
CraigAlarm added
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz
(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more

More (500) Days of Summer 

#1,104 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #127 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #35 of 172 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

9
Ranker Video
Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks ...more

More Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 

#11 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s #9 of 33 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples #24 of 67 The Best Movies & TV Shows About Alcohol Addiction

10
Ranker Video
CraigAlarm added
Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski
This film is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer. The film centers on a married Manhattan man who has a ...more

More Fatal Attraction 

#401 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #18 of 82 Great Movies About Furious Women Out for Revenge

11
Ranker Video
RobLein added
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more

More American Beauty 

#292 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #233 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

12
Ranker Video
Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg
Fear is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by James Foley. It was written by Christopher Crowe, who created the TV series B.L. Stryker, The Watcher, B.J. and the Bear and Seven Days. ...more

More Fear 

#156 of 257 The Best Teen Romance Movies #23 of 41 The Scariest Movies Set In Schools

13
Ranker Video
Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis, Noah Wyle
Enough is a 2002 American drama-thriller film directed by Michael Apted. The movie is based on the 1998 novel Black and Blue, by Anna Quindlen, which was a New York Times bestseller. It stars ...more

More Enough 

#10 of 36 The 25+ Best Jennifer Lopez Movies of All Time, Ranked #10 of 50 The Best Juliette Lewis Movies

14
Ranker Video
Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods
The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by Arthur Laurents was based on his college ...more

More The Way We Were 

#174 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #147 of 591 The Best '70s Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

15
Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel
"Blue Valentine is the story of love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and ...more

More Blue Valentine 

#7 of 33 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples #269 of 341 The Best Movies All Hipsters Love

16
Ranker Video
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play of the same title by Edward ...more

More Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

#885 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #195 of 243 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Sucklisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

17
Ranker Video
Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams
Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its ...more

More Kramer vs. Kramer 

#53 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #278 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

18
Ranker Video
CraigAlarm added
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more

More Brokeback Mountain 

#595 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #15 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Againlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

19
Ranker Video
Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor
Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin. The film is based on Nancy Price's 1987 novel of the same ...more

More Sleeping with the Enemy 

#341 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #13 of 21 The Best Thrillers with an Assumed Identity

20
10 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
CraigAlarm added
Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore
10 is a 1979 romantic comedy film directed, produced and written by Blake Edwards, and starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber, Dee Wallace, and Bo Derek, in her first major film ...more

More 10 

#322 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #383 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

21
Ranker Video
Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but socially awkward young man (Ryan Gosling) develops a romantic yet platonic relationship with a doll.

More Lars and the Real Girl 

#31 of 75 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way #9 of 49 Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups

22
Ranker Video
Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen
Carnal Knowledge is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jules Feiffer. It stars Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margret and Candice Bergen.

More Carnal Knowledge 

#328 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #29 of 33 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples

23
Ranker Video
CraigAlarm added
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman. Bored upper-middle class married coupleJohn (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) learn that they are ...more

More Mr. & Mrs. Smith 

#9 of 172 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time #472 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

24
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added
Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), commonly referred to as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González ...more

More Birdman 

#54 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #1,046 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

25
Ranker Video
Tom Islava added
Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole
Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

More Amadeus 

#184 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #56 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever