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The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce 

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Updated March 8, 2019 908 votes 153 voters 14.1k views 33 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies about being newly single and navigating life after a divorce.

This list contains information on the best life after divorce movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best films about life after divorce come in many forms. Some good life after divorce movies find women reconnecting with themselves while other good films about life after divorce are about raising kids. Many of the best newly single movies star award-winning actors and actresses.

What films will you find on this top life after divorce movies list? Sideways has to be near the top. Paul Giamatti stars as an unpublished author struggling with life after divorce who joins his best friend on a single-guys road trip in this 2004 film. Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing the film's script. Mrs. Doubtfire is another great film about post-divorce life.

Under the Tuscan Sun is a beautiful film about a woman (played by Diane Lane) rediscovering herself – and learning to love again – in Italy. Other good life after divorce movies featured on this list include Boyhood, The Squid and the Whale, and Hope Floats.

How will we ever determine which film deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorite movies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

Released: 1993

Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

Released: 1996

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. Narrated by Diane Keaton, it stars Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as ...more

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Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh

Released: 2003

Directed by: Audrey Wells

Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane. Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two ...more

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Hope Floats is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr.

Released: 1998

Directed by: Forest Whitaker

Hope Floats is a 1998 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr., and Gena Rowlands. Birdee is an unassuming housewife whose life is ...more

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How Stella Got Her Groov... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

Released: 1998

Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more

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Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Benton

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Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

Released: 1995

Directed by: Forest Whitaker

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The War of the Roses is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

Released: 1989

Directed by: Danny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

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Liar Liar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen

Released: 1997

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Liar Liar is a 1997 American comedy film written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Jim Carrey who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance ...more

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Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ryan Murphy

Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and ...more

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Thunder Road is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Thunder Road Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jim Cummings

Thunder Road is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Jim Cummings, based on his 2016 short film. A police officer (Cummings) comes to grips with the death of his mother while giving a ...more
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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray

Released: 2001

Directed by: Wes Anderson

The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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Gloria Bell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sebastián Lelio

Gloria Bell is a 2019 Chilean-American film directed by Sebastián Lelio, and a reimagining of the 2013 film Gloria. A free-spirited woman in her 50s (Julianne Moore) seeks out love at ...more
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The Squid and the Whale ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney

Released: 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane

Released: 2014

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Enough Said is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Nicole Holofcener

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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Her is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

Released: 2013

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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Le Divorce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Glenn Close

Released: 2003

Directed by: James Ivory

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Husbands and Wives is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Liam Neeson, Woody Allen, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Intolerable Cruelty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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