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The Best Movies for Heartbreak  

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The films on this list of the best movies for heartbreak have been ranked by the community and are sure to warm your heart as you deal with your own heartbreaks. This list features the best heartwarming movies and is compiled from the most popular titles on this subject. What are the best movies to watch when you're heartbroken?
 
This list includes titles that have been top box office hits and many of the heartbreak films on this list have received multiple awards as well. Some of the titles here feature true events that inspired the making of the movie, while others are completely fictional in nature. A variety of genres are also covered, including drama, comedy, and romance.
 
This list includes the top movies for heartbreak such as Annie Hall, Where the Heart Is, Forrest Gump, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Little Miss Sunshine, and Moonrise Kingdom. Vote up the films that you think are the best for getting through heartbreak or add a movie you think is great but isn't already on the list.
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Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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possumprincess added Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell
The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more

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#27 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #4 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #4 of 145 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

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Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the ...more

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#79 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #36 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel
My Sisters's Keeper is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Alec Baldwin. Based on Jodi Picoult's novel of the ...more

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#59 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #15 of 145 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made #1 of 23 Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children

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lwalker.hisna added Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a 2008 British historical-drama film directed by Mark Heyman, based on the novel by John Boyne. During World War ...more

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Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more

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Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench
Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more

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#165 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #56 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #79 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books

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Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze
Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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#97 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #285 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timefeaturing Things About The Real Rudy That The 'Rudy' Movie Purposely Misrepresents

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Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon
The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. A film ...more

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#118 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #368 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #13 of 145 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

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Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment
Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It was directed by Mimi Leder and written by Leslie Dixon. It stars Haley Joel Osment as ...more

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#49 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #418 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #19 of 37 The Best Single Mom Movies

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Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer
I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jessie Nelson. A mentally handicapped man (Sean Penn) fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and in the process teaches ...more

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#85 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #46 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #97 of 198 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz
(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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#163 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #162 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more

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#68 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #32 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #306 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes
Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more

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The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Heartbreak
Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after ...more

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#216 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #143 of 198 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time #27 of 39 The 39 Biggest Snubs Of The 2020 Academy Awards

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Finding Neverland may refer to: Finding Neverland (film), 2004 semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie Finding Neverland (soundtrack), soundtrack of the film Finding Neverland ...more

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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Heartbreak
lwalker.hisna added Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams
Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) are teammates on the mid-1960s Chicago Bears. At a time when professional football still bears a certain amount of race-basedsegregation, the growing friendship between the white Piccolo and the black Sayers, as well as their wives, Joy (Shelley Fabares) and Linda (Judy Pace), becomes a symbol of harmony during the civil rights era. That bond grows stronger still when Piccolo receives some shattering and unexpected news. Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman
Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy
About Time is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Richard Curtis. A young man (Domhnall Gleeson) with the special ability to time travel tries to change his past in order to ...more

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Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton
Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared ...more

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Natalie Portman, Sally Field, Ashley Judd
Where the Heart Is is a 2000 drama/romance film directed by Matt Williams, in his film directing debut. The movie stars Natalie Portman, Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd, and Joan Cusack with ...more

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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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