"Some love stories aren't epic novels - some are short stories. But that doesn't make them any less filled with love," Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City once said. She has a point. Breakups are tough, regardless of how long the relationship lasted or why it ended. You need at least a few days to process what happened and find a way to move forward. For many, this means watching a bunch of therapeutic movies meant to guide you from denial to acceptance, one emotional scene at a time.
Everyone has their own coping mechanisms when going through a separation. Maybe you want to wallow in bed and cry your eyes out over some great comfort food. Or maybe you’re the type of person who immediately reactivates their Tinder profile and starts scouring for a rebound. Whatever the case, there’s a movie to inspire you along the way, and it's probably even streaming on Netflix. Don't worry, it's totally acceptible to Netflix and chill by yourself.
What it’s about: After a devastating breakup, Clementine undergoes a procedure that erases all memories of her former boyfriend Joel. When Joel finds out, he sets out to do the same.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re in an agonizing amount of pain and believe you would be better off if you had never met your ex. The movie will help you understand why that likely isn't the case.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
What it’s about: Meet Elle Woods, a young blonde woman who attends Harvard in order to get her ex-boyfriend back.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re finally ready to move on and show your ex you’re living your best life.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%
What it’s about: Scott Pilgrim, a guitarist in a garage rock band, falls for Ramona Flowers, a delivery girl. Unfortunately, he discovers she has a horde of ex-boyfriends who will stop at nothing to get him out of the picture. In order to date her, he has to defeat them all.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re tired of feeling like your ex will always be part of your life. Exes can be overcome. It is proven.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%
What it’s about: This Netflix original follows a music journalist who just got dumped by her longterm boyfriend. She’s also moving to San Francisco, so she recruits her two best friends for one last outrageous adventure in New York.
At what point in your breakup to watch: Due to the premise, you might be tempted to watch this one immediately following your breakup, but maybe give it a few days. Stream it when you feel like you want your ex back. Someone Great will make you realize your relationship ended for a reason and moving forward can be incredibly exciting - especially when you have your best friends by your side.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%