Happy endings are nice and all, but even the most idealistic among us know they don't always last in real life. Sometimes, the happy ending is just the start of a larger story that ends with someone weeping into a pint of ice cream alone on the couch, flipping channels in search of something to mend a broken heart, or at least distract from the pain for a bit.
Sometimes, in other words, what you need is not a love story but a breakup movie. Below, we've compiled 30 of the best breakup movies in no particular Broken heart movie to help you process your sadness, exorcise your rage, or encourage you to dust yourself back up and move the hell on.
They say it's better to have loved and lost, but try telling that to someone still smarting from a breakup. This trippy love story follows Joel Jim Carrey as he tries to wipe his ex Kate Winslet from his mind, only to wonder if some of those memories may be worth keeping after all. Where to stream: iTunesAmazonNetflix. A clean break may be ideal, but it isn't always an option. Broken heart movie Marriage StoryCharlie Adam Driver and Nicole Scarlett Johansson suffer through an ugly custody battle — and come out the other side with a new sort of relationship, one based not on sex and romance but shared parenthood.
Where to stream: Netflix.
High Fidelity is the breakup movie you turn to when you've just had your heart crushed, and Broken heart movie got a sneaking suspicion that at least some of it might have been your fault. But if Rob John Cusack can learn to grow up a little, maybe you can, too.
This film is nothing if not a promise that it'll get better. Sure, it sucks to lose your S. But who's to say you can't rebound with an even cooler girlfriend to love, like Forgetting Sarah Marshall 's Mila Kunis? Where to stream: iTunesAmazon.
Waiting to Exhale combines the visceral satisfaction of setting a cheating ex's car on fire with the comforting reassurance of close-knit friendship, and serves as a gentle reminder that better things lie ahead after all the pain and suffering.
Because some breakups call for something a bit more dramatic than the usual sobfest.
Broken heart movie breakups come at the end of a relationship so grandly shitty, you need to travel to rural Sweden for a once-in-a-lifetime festival put on by an obscure death cult in order to really get your point across. Where to stream: iTunesAmazon Prime. It's a sad truth that two people can like each other very much, and still not be meant to love each other. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play a pair of high-school sweethearts who remain best friends after seven years of marriage, but feel the need to move on from each other romantically.
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Where to stream: iTunesAmazonStarz. Magic Mike XXL is only kind of a breakup movie Mike gets dumped very early in the filmbut it does do a great job of celebrating one of the upsides of a breakup: the freedom to your bros on an epic road trip of sexual pleasure and self-discovery. The Souvenir is an exquisite portrait of the doomed relationship between naive Julie Honor Swinton-Byrne and the mysterious Anthony Tom Burkeacknowledging both how difficult it can be to disentangle from a toxic relationship, and the bruises it can leave behind.
Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods is a role model for anyone smarting over an unappreciative Broken heart movie.
Just do what she does: Work your butt off to win him back, discover exactly how awesome you are in the process, and realize you never needed him in the first place. What, like it's hard?
Where to stream: iTunesAmazonShowtime. But wouldn't it be nice to imagine we did? They'll always have Paris, and we'll always have Casablanca to weep over when we're at our most Broken heart movie brokenhearted. Gone Girl is about a disappearance, not a breakup — but it does have plenty to say about the hazards of modern marriage. Let Tom Joseph Gordon-Levitt serve as a warning against looking back at past relationships with rose-colored glasses. It's only when he starts to see Summer Zooey Deschanel with clearer eyes that he's able to understand what went wrong, and move on to the next stage of his life.
Crazy, Stupid, Love puts more than one of its characters through heartbreak, but its star-studded cast reminds you through swoonworthy smooches, grand romantic gestures, and one hilarious brawl that the right one is worth fighting for.
Just try to ignore the outdated gender roles. Anyone who's tried to remedy a broken heart with petty confrontations and ill-advised hookups will recognize themselves in Shirin Desiree Akhavan, who also wrote and directed and her halfhearted attempts to get her life back together after she's dumped by her girlfriend Rebecca Henderson. Where to stream: iTunesAmazonVuduTubi. Swingers knows that what every freshly dumped person needs is a friend who'll take you out on the town, look at you in your sorry state, and remind us that you're so money and you don't even know it. If that friend has the charisma of a young Vince Broken heart movie, all the better.
Here's a movie for those dark days when you find yourself wondering if love even exists, or if it's just a cruel joke deed to destroy peoples' lives. Watching Blue Valentine while in the throes of heartbreak is like pressing down on a bruise — the pain is what makes it so satisfying. The film cuts between the tender start of Dean Ryan Gosling and Cindy's Michelle Williams romance and its jagged end, to tearjerking effect. Where to stream: iTunesAmazonTubi.
Breakups are never fun, but it can be a consolation to remember that Broken heart movie, they're for the best. Just ask Robbie Adam Sandler and Julia Drew Barrymoreboth engaged to the wrong people at the start of The Wedding Singerand both about to find out their true loves are each other. Er, spoilers: Breakup movie king Ryan Gosling makes his third appearance on this list as Sebastian, whose passionate relationship with Mia Emma Stone, also in Crazy, Stupid, Love falls apart over their divergent dreams, but leaves both of them changed for the better in the end.
Put this one on when you're reflecting back on a brief but Broken heart movie affair. An exaggerated battle of the sexes between two exes Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston gives way to a bittersweet dramedy about damage that can't be undone, even between two people who loved each other once and still might. It's not easy striking out alone after an explosive breakup — but Harley Quinn Margot Robbie serves as a reminder that all things are possible with a can-do attitude, some rad new friends, and a really, really good egg sandwich.
Oliver Michael Douglas and Barbara Kathleen Turner duke it out for the house in this acerbically funny divorce comedy, and along the way serve up a cautionary tale about taking that understandable impulse to "win" the breakup way, way, way too far. The thing about relationships is that even once they're over, they're Broken heart movie a part of the history you bring to your next romance, for better or for worse.
That idea becomes literal for Scott Michael Cerawho must battle his girlfriend's seven evil exes while dealing with a couple exes of his own. Kill Bill is for when you're in a post-breakup rage so potent, nothing but cinematic violence and bloodshed will do. Where to stream: iTunesAmazon for Vol. Being single can suck, but being coupled up isn't always what it's cracked up to be, either.
In Force Majeureawkward fissures form in a marriage after a man makes a questionable Broken heart movie in a moment of crisis. If you hate subtitles, Downhill is the less-good English-language remake. Where to stream: iTunesAmazonHulu.
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Perhaps the only thing more gratifying than watching a shitty ex get what's coming to him is watching three shitty exes get what's coming to them, served up with a smirk by the powerhouse trio of Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton. Where to stream: iTunesShowtime.
Remember, the only reason Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz get to stay in fabulous homes and flirt with Jack Black and Jude Law in this very charming movie is because they ly broke up with two other dudes who totally sucked. Spike Jonze's Her is probably best saved for that post-heartbreak period of self-reflection. Joaquin Phoenix plays an about-to-be-divorced man who starts dating what is essentially a more advanced Siri Scarlett Johanssonbut finds that his new relationship has complications, too. More in Relationships. Social Good. The epic 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage's mid-credit scene, explained There isn't a spoiler tag big enough in this universe.
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