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The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup

Updated September 4, 2020 2.9k votes 687 voters 27.4k views44 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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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on...  more
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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu
    Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and...  more
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    Swingers

    Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn
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    This film is a 1996 comedy-drama film about the lives of single, unemployed actors living on...  more
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton
    Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the...  more
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell
    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by...  more
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    City Slickers

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal
    City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring...  more
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    Lovely and Amazing

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer
    Lovely and Amazing is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole...  more
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    Ruthless People

    Danny DeVito, Bette Midler
    Ruthless People is a 1986 black comedy film written by Dale Launer, directed by David Zucker,...  more
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    Beaches

    Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik
    Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris...  more
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    Changeland

    Seth Green, Randy Orton
    Changeland is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Seth Green. While...  more
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    Tone-Deaf

    Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick
    Tone-Deaf is a 2019 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Bates Jr. After losing her...  more
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    Dumb and Dumber

    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
    Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff...  more
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin
    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life...  more
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    Sliding Doors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn
    Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more
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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay
    Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based...  more
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    Mud

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey
    Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey,...  more
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    Closer

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts
    Closer is a 2004 romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning...  more
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    My Super Ex-Girlfriend

    Uma Thurman, Anna Faris
    My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a 2006 American romantic comedy superhero film, directed by Ivan...  more
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier
    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer...  more