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25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples 

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Updated June 9, 2020 764 votes 165 voters 10.5k views 35 items

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.

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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Eternal 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

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

Gone 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 ...more

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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 2008

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more

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Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel

Released: 2010

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

"Blue Valentine is the story of love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and ...more

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Benton

Kramer 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 ...more

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The War of the Roses is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

Released: 1989

Directed by: Danny DeVito, Thomas Lofaro

This film is a 1989 American black comedy film based upon the 1981 novel of the same name by Warren Adler. The film follows a wealthy couple with a seemingly perfect marriage. When their ...more

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Marriage Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern

Released: 2019

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Marriage 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 ...more
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks ...more

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In the Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2001

Directed by: Todd Field

In the Bedroom is a 2001 American drama film directed by Todd Field, and dedicated to Andre Dubus. The film stars Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, and William Mapother. The ...more

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Redford

Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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The Squid and the Whale ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney

Released: 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more

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The One I Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2014

Directed by: Charlie McDowell

The One I Love is a 2014 American romantic dramedy film, directed by Charlie McDowell and starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival ...more

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By the Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
By the Sea Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Mélanie Laurent
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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mike Figgis

Leaving 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

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Before Midnight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari

Released: 2013

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy featuring two characters, following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. It was directed by Richard Linklater and ...more

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Who's Afraid of Virginia... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Tom Islava added Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

Released: 1966

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play of the same title by Edward ...more

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Downhill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Downhill Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Miranda Otto

Released: 2020

Directed by: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Downhill is a 2020 American black comedy-drama film directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, it is a remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure. After escaping an avalanche, a married couple must ...more

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Hannah and Her Sisters ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1986

Directed by: Woody Allen

Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The ...more

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Endings, Beginnings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan

Released: 2020

Directed by: Drake Doremus

Endings, 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 ...more
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Judy & Punch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie

Released: 2020

Directed by: Mirrah Foulkes

Judy and Punch is a 2019 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
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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Private Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Kayli Carter

Released: 2018

Directed by: Tamara Jenkins

Private Life is a 2018 American drama film directed by Tamara Jenkins. An author (Kathryn Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her ...more
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Take This Waltz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Sarah Silverman, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sarah Polley

Take This Waltz is a 2011 comedy-drama film. The film centers on Margot, a 28-year-old freelance writer who lives in a charming house on a leafy street in Toronto's Little Portugal ...more
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Wildlife is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples
Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould

Released: 2018

Directed by: Paul Dano

Wildlife 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 ...more