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The Best Movies for Heartbreak

Updated February 28, 2020 4.5k votes 584 voters 42.7k views60 items

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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  • Forrest Gump1
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Green Mile2
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted...  more
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    Where the Heart Is

    Natalie Portman, Sally Field

    Released2000

    Directed byMatt Williams

    Where the Heart Is is a 2000 drama/romance film directed by Matt Williams, in his film...  more
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  • Up4
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar...  more
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  • Sliding Doors5
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    Sliding Doors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Howitt

    Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more
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  • Dead Poets Society6
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter...  more
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  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas7
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    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Herman

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a 2008 British...  more
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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower8
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an...  more
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  • My Sister's Keeper9
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    My Sister's Keeper

    Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin

    Released2009

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    My Sisters's Keeper is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring...  more
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  • Ghost10
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi...  more
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  • Love Story11
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    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the...  more
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  • Annie Hall12
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    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York...  more
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  • Pride & Prejudice13
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane...  more
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  • Flipped14
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    Flipped

    Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Flipped is a 2010 comedy-drama film written by Andrew Scheinman and Rob Reiner and directed by...  more
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  • (500) Days of Summer15
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

    (500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc...  more
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  • Little Miss Sunshine16
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut...  more
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  • The Lovely Bones17
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    The Lovely Bones

    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • Pay It Forward18
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    Pay It Forward

    Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byMimi Leder

    Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine...  more
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  • Fried Green Tomatoes19
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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

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  • Waiting to Exhale20
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    Waiting to Exhale

    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byForest Whitaker

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  • Little Women21
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    Little Women

    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale

    Released1994

    Directed byGillian Armstrong

    Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by...  more
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  • Rudy22
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life...  more
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  • Juno23
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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  • Daddy's Little Girls24
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    Daddy's Little Girls

    Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byTyler Perry

    Daddy's Little Girls is a 2007 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry...  more
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  • Freedom Writers25
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    Freedom Writers

    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

    Freedom Writers is a 2007 drama film starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and...  more
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