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The Best Movies About Bad Relationships

Updated September 3, 2020 2.0k votes 444 voters 74.9k views70 items

List RulesMovies 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 has 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.

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Fear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Fear

    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano

    Released1996

    Directed byJames Foley

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    (500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

    (500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Revolutionary Road

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released2008

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Enough is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Enough

    Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Enough is a 2002 American drama-thriller film directed by Michael Apted. The movie is based on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Brooks

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    Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Blue Valentine

    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

    "Blue Valentine is the story of love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Fatal Attraction

    Glenn Close, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Sleeping with the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin

    Released1991

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Break-Up is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    The Break-Up

    Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2006

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    The Break-Up is a 2006 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peyton Reed. In a bid... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Way We Were is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    The Way We Were

    Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A Streetcar Named Desire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh

    Released1951

    Directed byElia Kazan

    A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

    Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    The Fountain

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz

    Released2006

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Lars and the Real Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer

    Released2007

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    An Unmarried Woman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    An Unmarried Woman

    Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates

    Released1978

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

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    Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1995

    Directed byMike Figgis

    Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Story of Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    The Story of Us

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Birdman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Birdman

    Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

    Released2014

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

    Released2005

    Directed byDoug Liman

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