No one wants to be in a bad relationship, but watching a bickering, name-calling pair on the brink of breakup is good entertainment when it comes to the movies. The top depressing couple movies feature couples on the precipice of splitting up – and a few of these are even broken marriage movies. This is a list of movies about broken relationships featuring everything from The Squid and the Whale to In the Bedroom to Revolutionary Road.
What movies will you find on this list of the best depressing love stories? Maybe you'll vote Eyes Wide Shut to the top. In a classic case of art imitating life, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman played a couple struggling to connect among their many temptations. The real-life couple were officially divorced less than two years after the film's 1999 premiere. Take This Waltz is another good movie about a depressing couple. In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, movie-goers witnessed the dissolution of a relationship in reverse. Other good films featured on this list of the top broken relationship movies include Blue Valentine, Gone Girl, and Leaving Las Vegas.
Which depressing relationship movie do you like the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
Directed by: Michel GondryEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more
Directed by: David FincherGone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set in ...more
Directed by: Noah BaumbachMarriage Story is a 2019 American drama film directed by Noah Baumbach. A stage director (Adam Driver) and his actor wife (Scarlett Johansson) struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that ...more
Directed by: Sam MendesFrank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) always see themselves as far-removed from the conventionality of suburbia. Yet that is exactly what creeps up on them when they buy a house ...more
Directed by: Robert BentonKramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its impact ...more
Directed by: Danny DeVitoAfter 17 years of marriage, Barbara (Kathleen Turner) and Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) want out. The trouble is, neither one wants to part with their opulent home. So begins a long war between ...more
Directed by: Mike FiggisLeaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage, who has ended his ...more
Directed by: Richard BrooksAfter Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family's Mississippi ...more
Directed by: Robert RedfordTormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, Buck, in a sailing accident, alienated teenager Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) attempts suicide. Returning home following an extended ...more
Directed by: Ang LeeIn 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid) as sheep herders in Wyoming. One night on Brokeback ...more
Directed by: Derek CianfranceDean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. To the casual observer, everything appears normal, if a bit subdued. But a closer examination reveals a ...more
Directed by: Charlie McDowellA couple (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss) whose marriage is crumbling have a surreal experience during a weekend getaway at a house recommended by their therapist (Ted Danson). ...more
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Directed by: Mike NicholsHistory professor George (Richard Burton) and his boozy wife, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor), return late one Saturday night from a cocktail party at the home of the college president, Martha's father. ...more
Directed by: Todd FieldSummertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler (Tom Wilkinson) is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to ...more
Directed by: Martin ScorseseThe Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort. An ambitious stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) tells his ...more
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Directed by: Nat Faxon, Jim RashA woman starts to have second doubts about her husband after he runs away from an approaching avalanche, leaving her and their two sons behind.
Directed by: Paul DanoWildlife is a 2018 American drama directed by Paul Dano. Set in 1960, a boy (Ed Oxenbould) watches his parents' (Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal) marriage fall apart after they move to Montana, ...more
Directed by: Noah BaumbachA pair of brothers living in Brooklyn are caught in the middle of, and deeply affected by, the divorce of their erudite parents, Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan Berkman (Laura Linney). Older sibling ...more
Directed by: Richard LinklaterOn the last night of their idyllic Greek vacation, longtime lovers Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) reminisce about their lives together and what different choices might have brought. ...more
Directed by: Woody AllenThree successive family Thanksgiving dinners mark time for Hannah (Mia Farrow), her younger sisters Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest) and the men in their lives. Lee is having an affair ...more
Directed by: Drake DoremusEndings, Beginnings is a 2020 American romantic drama film directed by Drake Doremus. Daphne (Shailene Woodley) finds herself adrift in life following a break-up and finds herself torn between two ...more
Directed by: Mirrah FoulkesJudy and Punch is a 2020 Australian black comedy-drama film directed by Mirrah Foulkes. Judy and Punch are puppeteers in the town of Seaside, England who, alongside their baby daughter, are ...more
Directed by: Sarah PolleyA young woman (Michelle Williams) is torn between the husband (Seth Rogen) that she loves and a new man (Luke Kirby) in her life, whom she's unable to ignore. ...more
Directed by: Neil ArmfieldA fatherly chemistry professor (Geoffrey Rush) indulges two young lovers (Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish) in their ever-increasing heroin habits. Eventually the pair, an artist named Candy and an ...more