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The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup

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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    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell
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    Released2008

    Directed byNicholas 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 written  ...more
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    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson
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    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping him (Matthew Davis) from proposing: She is too blond. Elle  ...more
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    Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
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    39

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    Set in 1985, Adam Sandler plays a nice guy with a broken heart who's stuck in one of the most romantic jobs in the world, a wedding singer. He loses all hope when he is abandoned at the altar by his  ...more
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    Paul Nyhart addedScarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston
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    Released2009

    Directed byKen 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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    Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash
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    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into  ...more
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
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    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

    Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days  ...more
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    Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler
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    34

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    Despondent over the marriage of her ex-husband to a younger woman, a middle-aged divorcée plunges to her death from her penthouse. At the woman's funeral, her former college friends (Bette Midler,  ...more
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    s_kate-kitty-van-a addedJesse Metcalfe, Sophia Bush
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    Released2006

    Directed byBetty Thomas

    After discovering they are all dating the same same guy (Jesse Metcalfe), three popular students from different cliques band together for revenge, so they enlist the help of a new gal in town and  ...more
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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst
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    50

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    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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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu
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    40

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by an  ...more
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    Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell
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    Released2003

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    After discovering his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) has been participating in group sex, attorney Mitch (Luke Wilson) feels his world come undone. He moves into a new place, which happens to be near a  ...more
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    Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate
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    Released2002

    Directed byRoger 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 Diaz,  ...more
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    Released2020

    Directed byCathy Yan

    It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask,  ...more
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    Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
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    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life  ...more
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    s_kate-kitty-van-a addedJulia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney
    40
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    Released1997

    Directed byP. 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 loves  ...more
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    Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
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    Released2019

    Directed byMadeleine 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 Beek)  ...more
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    Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
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    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War  ...more
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    John Cusack, Iben Hjejle
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    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Frears

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    Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is the owner of a failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl. Although they have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and are  ...more
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    Kellie Kreiss addedRenée Zellweger, Hugh Grant
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    Released2001

    Directed bySharon 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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    John Cusack, Ione Skye
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    Released1989

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    In a charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane (Ione Skye), an unattainable high-school beauty and straight-A  ...more
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    Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant
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    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Michell

    William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) appears in his shop. A chance  ...more
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    Paul Nyhart addedShane West, Mandy Moore
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    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman, based on the 1999 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Popular rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is forced  ...more
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    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire
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    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), when the  ...more
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    Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs
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    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    Unlucky-in-love stockbroker Stella (Angela Bassett) jets to Jamaica with her gal pal Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg) for some fun in the sun. There, the 40-year-old working woman has an island fling with  ...more
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    Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding
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    Released1996

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    When slick sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a crisis of conscience, he pens a heartfelt company-wide memo that promptly gets him fired. Desperate to hang on to the athletes that he  ...more
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