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The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup 

Ann Casano
Updated February 10, 2020 3.1k votes 635 voters 25.5k views 41 items

What is the best movie to watch after being dumped? You’ve been dumped, that’s probably why you’re here. Don’t worry: you are not alone. Maybe you’re already looking to move on, or perhaps you’re still in sweatpants, surrounded by Ben and Jerry’s Hazed and Confused. Either way, this is the perfect place to start your journey to happiness. Movies can be the elixir to whatever ails us. These are the best movies to watch to get over a breakup.

Getting over heartache is not easy. The various films on this list serve several different purposes. Some movies are for the beginning stages of a breakup. Perhaps we’re not quite ready to move on, and all we want to do is cry. Look no further than classic weepies like Beaches and Steel Magnolias.

Then, there are the movies like (500) Days of Summer and Silver Linings Playbook that give us hope that there are more fish in the sea. We will meet someone else who is just as spectacular, or with any luck, even better than our ex.

Need some inspiration? How about a good underdog story? Rudy and Rocky will make you raise your arms in glory. If little Rudy Ruettiger can actually get on the field for a football game at Notre Dame, think about what you can do.

Also on this helpful list are the movies that are just there to make us laugh. Heck, Old School may even inspire you to get off the couch and go streaking in the quad.

Be sure to upvote for your favorite movies to get over a breakup. Don’t see the film that helped you move on? Feel free to add it to the list.
 
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Forgetting Sarah Marshal... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was ...more
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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Luketic

Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel by Amanda Brown. Sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) decides to enroll in Harvard Law School ...more
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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

(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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Paul Nyhart added Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

He's Just Not That into You is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Ken Kwapis, based on the self-help book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. This Baltimore-set movie of ...more
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s_kate-kitty-van-a added Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow

Released: 2006

Directed by: Betty Thomas

This film is a 2006 American high school comedy romance film, directed by Betty Thomas. The film is about a trio of girls who plot to break the heart of manipulative basketball star John Tucker ...more
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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more
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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

Released: 1996

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. Narrated by Diane Keaton, it stars Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as ...more
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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress ...more
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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more
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Silver Linings Playbook ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

Released: 2012

Directed by: David O. Russell

Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more
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Old School is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell

Released: 2003

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company and directed by Todd Phillips. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film ...more
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The Breaker Upperers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston

Released: 2019

Directed by: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek

The Breaker Upperers is a 2018 New Zealand romantic-comedy film that was written, directed and starring Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek. Two women, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van ...more
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s_kate-kitty-van-a added Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett

Released: 1997

Directed by: P. J. Hogan

My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan. When a woman's long-time friend (Dermot Mulroney) reveals he's engaged, she (Julia Roberts) realizes she ...more
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The Sweetest Thing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roger Kumble

The Sweetest Thing is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble and written by Nancy Pimental, who based the characters on herself and friend Kate Walsh. It stars Cameron ...more
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Birds of Prey (And the F... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez

Released: 2020

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a 2020 superhero film directed by Cathy Yan, based on the DC Comics superhero team. After splitting up with The Joker, ...more
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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack and Iben Hjejle. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick ...more
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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more
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Kellie Kreiss added Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more
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Changeland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Seth Green, Randy Orton, Breckin Meyer

Released: 2019

Directed by: Seth Green

Changeland is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Seth Green. While visiting Thailand, two estranged friends realize there's no rule book for finding purpose and meaning in
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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

Released: 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more
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Notting Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Michell

Notting Hill is a 1999 British romantic comedy film set in Notting Hill, London, released on 21 May 1999. The screenplay was by Richard Curtis and the film was produced by Duncan Kenworthy and ...more
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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more
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Tone-Deaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman

Released: 2019

Directed by: Richard Bates Jr.

Tone-Deaf is a 2019 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Bates Jr. After losing her job and reaching the end of a complicated relationship, a woman rents a country house from a ...more
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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more