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The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce

Updated March 8, 2019 1.1k votes 155 voters 14.7k views33 items

List RulesVote 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 Paul Giamatti stars as an unpublished author struggling with life after divorce who joins his best friend on a single-guys road trip in this 2004 film.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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    Thunder Road
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    Thunder Road

    Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr

    Released2018

    Directed byJim Cummings

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    Mrs. Doubtfire
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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    The First Wives Club
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    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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    Under the Tuscan Sun
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    Under the Tuscan Sun

    Diane Lane, Sandra Oh

    Released2003

    Directed byAudrey Wells

    Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Sideways
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    Sideways

    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and... more on Wikipedia
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    Stepmom
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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Hope Floats
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    Hope Floats

    Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick

    Released1998

    Directed byForest Whitaker

    Hope Floats is a 1998 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

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    Waiting to Exhale
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    Waiting to Exhale

    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byForest Whitaker

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    The War of the Roses
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    The War of the Roses

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1989

    Directed byDanny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

    This film is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia

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    Liar Liar
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    Liar Liar

    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly

    Released1997

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Liar Liar is a 1997 American comedy film written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur, directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Eat Pray Love
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    Eat Pray Love

    Julia Roberts, James Franco

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Murphy

    Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as... more on Wikipedia
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    The Royal Tenenbaums
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

    The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and... more on Wikipedia
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    It's Complicated
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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    The Parent Trap
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Husbands and Wives
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    Husbands and Wives

    Liam Neeson, Woody Allen

    Released1992

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Gloria Bell
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    Gloria Bell

    Julianne Moore, John Turturro

    Released2019

    Directed bySebastián Lelio

    Gloria Bell is a 2019 Chilean-American film directed by Sebastián Lelio, and a reimagining of... more on Wikipedia
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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    Kramer vs. Kramer
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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Benton

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    Bye Bye Love
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    Bye Bye Love

    Eliza Dushku, Jack Black

    Released1995

    Directed bySam Weisman

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    The Squid and the Whale
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    The Squid and the Whale

    Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario

    Released2005

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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    Enough Said
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    Enough Said

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette

    Released2013

    Directed byNicole Holofcener

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    Her
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    Her

    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde

    Released2013

    Directed bySpike Jonze

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    Boyhood
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    Boyhood

    Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

    Released2014

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    Manchester by the Sea
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    Manchester by the Sea

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

    Directed byKenneth Lonergan

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