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The Best Movies to Watch When Getting Over a Breakup

Updated September 4, 2020 3.1k votes 678 voters 26.6k 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 Breaker Upperers
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    The Breaker Upperers

    Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek

    Released2019

    Directed byMadeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek

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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

    Released2008

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

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    Legally Blonde
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    He's Just Not That Into You
    72
    26

    He's Just Not That Into You

    Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2009

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    He's Just Not That into You is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Ken... more on Wikipedia
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    (500) Days of Summer
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

    (500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wedding Singer
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    45

    The Wedding Singer

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank... more on Wikipedia
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    Clueless
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    42

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The First Wives Club
    75
    36

    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    John Tucker Must Die
    66
    28

    John Tucker Must Die

    Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush

    Released2006

    Directed byBetty Thomas

    This film is a 2006 American high school comedy romance film, directed by Betty Thomas. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
    32
    7

    Released2020

    Directed byCathy Yan

    Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a 2020 superhero film... more on Wikipedia
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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    52

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    Annie Hall
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    29

    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Old School
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    31

    Old School

    Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg

    Released2003

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Kill Bill Volume 1
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    41

    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sweetest Thing
    44
    24

    The Sweetest Thing

    Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate

    Released2002

    Directed byRoger Kumble

    The Sweetest Thing is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble and... more on Wikipedia
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    Sliding Doors
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    29

    Sliding Doors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Howitt

    Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    My Best Friend's Wedding
    38
    23

    My Best Friend's Wedding

    Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney

    Released1997

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan. When... more on Wikipedia
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    Silver Linings Playbook
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    51

    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    A Walk to Remember
    33
    18

    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam... more on Wikipedia
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    Bridget Jones's Diary
    23
    11

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

    Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    Before Sunrise
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    23

    Before Sunrise

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released1995

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and... more on Wikipedia
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    City Slickers
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    City Slickers

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Underwood

    City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    High Fidelity
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    High Fidelity

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Springsteen

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen Frears

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    Ruthless People
    4
    1

    Ruthless People

    Danny DeVito, Bette Midler

    Released1986

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Ruthless People is a 1986 black comedy film written by Dale Launer, directed by David Zucker,... more on Wikipedia
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back
    27
    18

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney... more on Wikipedia