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The Best Movies About Bad Relationships

Updated January 6, 2021 2.4k votes 638 voters 96.0k views113 items

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

What is it about watching a movie about a truly toxic 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 Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    #458 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#1 of 103 Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups

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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1966

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    #41 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s#72 of 135 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

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    Fear

    Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano

    Released1996

    Directed byJames Foley

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    #174 of 203 The Best Teen Romance Movies#10 of 15 15 Movies Where The Relationship Gaslighting Is The Real Horror

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    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    #12 of 232 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#241 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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    Revolutionary Road

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released2008

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    #52 of 174 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#8 of 14 14 Times Actors Reunited On Screen But Couldn't Recapture The Magic

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    Blue Valentine

    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

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    #11 of 19 19 Terrible Movies For A First Date, According To Twitter#8 of 14 The Best Movies Where The Main Characters Don't Live Happily Ever After

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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    #61 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#995 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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    Enough

    Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Apted

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    #10 of 76 The Best Movies About Stalking#44 of 183 The Best Movies About Getting Revenge

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    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh

    Released1951

    Directed byElia Kazan

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    #32 of 225 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made#57 of 116 The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

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    The War of the Roses

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1989

    Directed byDanny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

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    #105 of 305 The Funniest '80s Movies#384 of 924 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    #38 of 50 The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked#66 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s

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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Brooks

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    #7 of 35 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples#8 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s

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    The Way We Were

    Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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    #102 of 552 The Best '70s Movies#254 of 557 The Best Film Scores Of All Time

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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    #59 of 139 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#344 of 401 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    Fatal Attraction

    Glenn Close, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    #190 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#160 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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    Closer

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    #37 of 44 The Best Cheating Wife Movies#103 of 197 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans

    Released2010

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1995

    Directed byMike Figgis

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    #40 of 44 The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup#94 of 131 The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

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    Sid and Nancy

    Courtney Love, Gary Oldman

    Released1986

    Directed byAlex Cox

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    #357 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#240 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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    The Story of Us

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    #3 of 31 31 Movie Trailers That Made You Weep#32 of 90 The Best Bruce Willis Movies

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    The Invisible Man

    Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

    Released2020

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

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    Sleeping with the Enemy

    Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin

    Released1991

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

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    #338 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#46 of 85 Great Movies About Furious Women Out for Revenge

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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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    #24 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#2 of 136 The Best Movies Based On Plays