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The Very Best Movies About Life After Divorce

Updated March 8, 2019 1.1k votes 160 voters 15.3k 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 Paul Giamatti stars as an unpublished author struggling with life after divorce who joins his best friend on a single-guys road trip in this 2004 film.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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  • Mrs. Doubtfire1
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • Thunder Road2
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    Thunder Road

    Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr

    Released2018

    Directed byJim Cummings

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  • The First Wives Club3
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    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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  • Under the Tuscan Sun4
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    Under the Tuscan Sun

    Diane Lane, Sandra Oh

    Released2003

    Directed byAudrey Wells

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  • Stepmom5
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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • Hope Floats6
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    Hope Floats

    Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick

    Released1998

    Directed byForest Whitaker

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  • Sideways7
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    Sideways

    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back8
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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 Exhale9
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    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byForest Whitaker

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  • The War of the Roses10
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    The War of the Roses

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1989

    Directed byDanny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

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  • Liar Liar11
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    Liar Liar

    Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly

    Released1997

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • Eat Pray Love12
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    Julia Roberts, James Franco

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Murphy

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums13
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

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  • The Parent Trap14
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    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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  • It's Complicated15
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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.16
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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  • Gloria Bell17
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    Gloria Bell

    Julianne Moore, John Turturro

    Released2019

    Directed bySebastián Lelio

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  • Kramer vs. Kramer18
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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Benton

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  • The Squid and the Whale19
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    Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario

    Released2005

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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  • Husbands and Wives20
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    Liam Neeson, Woody Allen

    Released1992

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  • Bye Bye Love21
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    Eliza Dushku, Jack Black

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  • Enough Said22
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette

    Released2013

    Directed byNicole Holofcener

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  • Boyhood24
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    Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

    Released2014

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    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

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