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The Best Movies About Bad Relationships 

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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 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 ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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

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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

Released: 1966

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
pilotos10 added Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

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Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

Released: 1989

Directed by: Danny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

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

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Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

Released: 1997

Directed by: James L. Brooks

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

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 2008

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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

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Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 1996

Directed by: James Foley

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Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Brooks

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

(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

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Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis, Noah Wyle

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Apted

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Released: 1951

Directed by: Elia Kazan

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Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Benton

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

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Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Bad Relationships
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel

Released: 2010

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

"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

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor

Released: 1991

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Craig Gillespie

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Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Doug Liman

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Released: 1979

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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Released: 2010

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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Released: 2014

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