Divorce The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce  

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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 Paul Giamatti stars as an unpublished author struggling with life after divorce who joins his best friend on a single-guys road trip in this 2004 film.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 Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy film, starring Robin Williams and Sally Field and based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It was directed by Chris Columbus and ...more

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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 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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Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. The film was adapted from the 1992 novel of the same name by ...more

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The War of the Roses is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas The War of the Roses is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel The War of the Roses by Warren Adler. The film follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. ...more

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover 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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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
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

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Hope Floats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr. 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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Thunder Road is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson 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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Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem 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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Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh 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) 11 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church 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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Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris 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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Liar Liar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Krista Allen 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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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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The Squid and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

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Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. ...more

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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray 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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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret ...more

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Her is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography ...more

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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 Enough Said is a 2013 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Ben ...more

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Husbands and Wives is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Liam Neeson, Woody Allen, Juliette Lewis Husbands and Wives is a 1992 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film stars Allen, Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, Juliette Lewis, and Liam Neeson. It was ...more

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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more

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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 Le Divorce is a 2003 Merchant Ivory Productions film directed by James Ivory from a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Ivory, based on Diane Johnson's best-selling novel.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma ...more

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What Maisie Knew is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan What Maisie Knew is a 2012 American drama film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. It stars Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham and Steve Coogan, ...more

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Take This Waltz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Sarah Silverman, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen Take This Waltz is a 2011 comedy-drama film. The film centers on Margot, a 28-year-old freelance writer who lives in a charming house on a leafy street in Toronto's Little Portugal ...more

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Bye Bye Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Eliza Dushku, Jack Black, Janeane Garofalo Bye Bye Love is a 1995 American comedy-drama film that deals with the central issue of divorce. It was directed by Sam Weisman and written by Gary David Goldberg and Brad Hall. It stars Matthew ...more

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The Weather Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Nicholas Hoult The Weather Man is a 2005 American comedy-drama film, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steve Conrad, it stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis, and tells the story of a ...more

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Celeste and Jesse Forever is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Emma Roberts, Chris Pine, Elijah Wood Celeste and Jesse Forever is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lee Toland Krieger. It stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, and was written by Jones and Will McCormack, who ...more

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Intolerable Cruelty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton Intolerable Cruelty is a 2003 romantic black comedy film directed by Joel Coen and produced by Ethan Coen and Brian Grazer. The Coen brothers also wrote the last draft of the screenplay about ...more

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Mr. Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Mary-Louise Parker, Matt Dillon, William Hurt Mr. Wonderful is a 1993 romantic comedy film directed by Academy Award winning director Anthony Minghella. The film stars Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, and features one of the few appearances ...more

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Then She Found Me is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce
Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick Then She Found Me is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Helen Hunt. The screenplay by Hunt, Alice Arlen, and Victor Levin is very loosely based on the 1990 novel of the same name by ...more