Relationships The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup  

Ann Casano
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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 Marshall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand 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
Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and produced by Marc E. Platt. It is based on the novel Legally Blonde ...more

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s_kate-kitty-van-a added John Tucker Must Die Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow John Tucker Must Die 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 ...more

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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
(500) Days of Summer Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz (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 He's Just Not That Into You Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly 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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey 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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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
The First Wives Club Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear 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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd 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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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper 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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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is a 2003 action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
The Wedding Singer Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi 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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s_kate-kitty-van-a added My Best Friend's Wedding Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh, ...more

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Old School is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Old School Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell 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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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
High Fidelity Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Black 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 Sweetest Thing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
The Sweetest Thing Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman 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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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger 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

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Swingers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Swingers Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau filmography Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Swingers is a 1996 comedy-drama film about the lives of single, unemployed actors living on the 'eastside' of Hollywood, California during the 1990s swing revival. Written by Jon Favreau and ...more

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Kellie Kreiss added Bridget Jones's Diary Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth 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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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The ...more

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack 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
Notting Hill Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton 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, who had written Four Weddings and a Funeral, and ...more

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner 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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Paul Nyhart added A Walk to Remember Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more

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Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Steel Magnolias Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more

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Beaches is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Beaches Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara ...more

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Closer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Closer Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law Closer is a 2004 romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name. The movie was produced and directed by Mike Nichols and stars Julia ...more

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Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Before Sunrise Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse, a young American man, and Céline, a ...more

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, Wanda Sykes My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a 2006 American romantic comedy superhero film, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Rainn Wilson and Wanda Sykes.

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Sliding Doors is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Sliding Doors Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Hannah Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Howitt and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah, while also featuring John Lynch, Jeanne ...more

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue 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 stars as a suicidal ...more

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Lovely and Amazing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Lovely and Amazing Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer, Catherine Keener Lovely and Amazing is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener.

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Mud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup
Paul Nyhart added Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film