28 Movies to Get You Over Even the Nastiest Breakup
Let’s call a spade a spade here: getting dumped sucks. Dumping someone sucks. All those self-affirmations about coming out a stronger person? Yeah, that’s probably not what you’re thinking of having just come out of a relationship that you thought could be “the one.”
You have two options. You can either take the “I’m better than this!” screw-your-ex route, or you could maybe realize that getting dressed to go out in public is probably too much strength for one day and instead find comfort in the depths of your comforter. If you’re choosing the latter, grab some ice cream, throw your phone on airplane mode, and fire up one of these flicks.
A break up is the perfect time to take that big vacation you’ve constantly been group texting about! And Girls Trip is kind of the perfect inspiration for it. Pick up that phone and book those tickets, it’s time to unwind. (Maybe skip the absinthe, though?)
‘The First Wives Club’
Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn create the “First Wives Club” to get back at their lousy cheating ex-husbands. And it is movie gold! Casting legends aside, this movie has everything you need for those shady Insta captions for post-breakup posts and, honestly, is a needed reminder that relationships can be messy at every age.
This may not technically be a break-up movie. BUT, there’s probably some part of you that really relishes everything that Amy does to hurt and tear down her husband’s image. It’s vindication. Although, if you decide to actually do anything you see here, let the police know you didn’t hear it from us.
‘Some Like It Hot’
Now this is throwing it wayyy back. There’s no better distraction than some good ol’ fashioned comedy. And this is probably the funniest movie of all time. All time! There’s drag, there’s gangsters, and there’s Marilyn Monroe at her screwball gold. It is magic.
‘500 Days of Summer’
Yes, watching this movie may sting a little, since it is about a bad relationship that potentially hits too close to home. But it will help you realize that you can’t force someone to love you. Cue the “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but…” memes.
An obvious choice, but you have to watch this if you lived with your now-ex so you can be grateful that one of you left your shared home instead of doing everything and anything to try to get the other person to bounce. Civility is underrated!
‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’
Suffering a nasty breakup from a non-relationship relationship? Luckily, TATBILB is the perfect movie to pump your squashed little heart back up with joy. Maybe you really will find your own Peter Kavinsky someday!
Look, sometimes you need to get a good cry (or 12) out before you can conceivably start to feel better or want to watch something happier. Watching the slow-yet-beautiful dissolution of a relationship can make you feel like someone out there gets how you feel right now. Sometimes, that’s all you need for a moment.
‘Call Me By Your Name’
This is really more of a natural-growing-apart kind of breakup than anything else, but BOY, does it hurt just as much. Watch this movie to either A.) remind yourself of how transformative falling in love can be, or B.) cry your heart out at the end. Or, honestly, both. This is peak catharsis.
‘Magic Mike: XXL’
Sure, the original’s great, but TBH, a little more dramatic than the sequel, which totally gets what its audience wants: lots of gyrating abs, preferably to the tune of “I Want It That Way.” Watch, be delighted, and set your sights on someone way hotter than any of your exes.
‘Eat, Pray, Love’
Even if *you* can’t heal from your breakup by traveling the world and falling madly in love with pizza, you can at least watch Julia Roberts do it, which is almost as good! Plus, it’s all great inspo for when you do feel like going on a lavish vacay–it’s ok if that isn’t right now.
‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
As much as you may want to erase all memory of your ex, let this movie prove how bad of an idea that is. No matter what happened, they might be at least some good memories that you can cherish someday once the hurt passes, and this film shows that there shouldn’t be regret in remembering just how much a person meant to you at a time in your life.
‘La La Land’
If you’re more in a musical mood, La La Land‘s got you. It’s lush, it’s flirty, it’s sad as heck by the end, and it makes you realize how all relationships help us grow and become who we want to be–even if they’re not meant to last forever.
‘The Wedding Singer’
Robbie (Adam Sandler) goes through a bad breakup and falls in love with Julia (Drew Barrymore), who is engaged to be the future Mrs. Julia Gulia. You can probs predict how this rom-com will end, and it’ll make you realize that there’s ALWAYS love to be found even after the worst heartbreak.
‘How to Be Single’
Let me guess. The second your relationship was officially over, your best friend most ready-to-rip-shots dragged you out to a club and tried to hurl you into a new life of partying. How to Be Single is a movie about just that, and Dakota Johnson (the recently dumped), handles her newfound single status probably as well as you do. (Read: not that well.)
‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’
This movie is like The Oprah Winfrey Show of film. Everyone gets a breakup! No but seriously, Crazy, Stupid, Love has so many wonderful twists and turns, and some delightful Ryan Gosling shirtless scenes. Perhaps the biggest plot twist of this movie? The fact that “wait, is Steve Carell hot?” is a thought that might pass through your mind each time you watch.
Bridesmaids is the perfect breakup movie because it deals with approximately one million different kinds of loss. Kristen Wiig’s character, Annie, loses her relationship, her business, her freedom, and, for a hot second, her best friend. If your broken-hearted self can’t LOL at this Judd Apatow-produced masterpiece, you may never laugh again. (I’m kidding! I’m sorry!)
‘Silver Linings Playbook’
Do you feel like bawling your eyes out while Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper try to heal their broken hearts and also do a bit of dancing? Well then, this just might be the breakup solution for you, even though the plot is super duper predictable.
‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’
Two words: Winston. Shakespeare. That is all. Plus, Angela Bassett is magic as Stella, the crystal-clear water of Jamaica, and pressing pause on your busy life to prioritize what’s important. You’re all about reprioritizing right now, so this movie is perfect for you.
‘Under The Tuscan Sun’
Diane Lane gets her groove back in the Italian countryside with a broken-ass house and a fine-ass man. This is not so wrong. It is, in fact, very right. Plus, Diane Lane makes everything better and this is no exception. If I could send you an actual hug from Diane Lane right now, your breakup blues would be cured. Consider this a second best.
‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’
Bridget Jones is the human embodiment of a breakup, so this movie will either comfort you or make you cry forever. Two things you’re gonna need during a breakup: your box of Tesco (or, uh, tub of Ben & Jerry’s, if you’re here in the States!) and your Whitney Houston. Grab ’em and get to mourning.
‘John Tucker Must Die’
Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater hunt his ass down and ruin his life. So satisfying. It’s a damn shame this movie has a stereotypical happy ending for the dude, but that’s Hollywood for you!!! If you wanted to turn this off about 20 minutes before the end, I would not begrudge you that decision.
This one doesn’t involve a breakup with a sexual partner but rather a breakup with an entire life when a woman finds out she only has a few months to live. And, of course, when our leading lady (Queen Latifah, being perfect) does start really living, that’s when a very fine man, LL Cool J, hikes straight into her heart.
A record shop owner tells the story of his many breakups set to a variety of excellent songs. Although the movie is, ultimately, a love story, there are so many good breakups along the way, it works. The major lesson here is: You will have many, many breakups in your life, and you’re gonna be all right.
OK, this movie is so bad, but it’s also so good. Two women swap houses and find true love in the arms of the men around them. It’s cotton candy fluff and it’s, like, 16 hours long, but what else do you have to do? The main bullshit part is that Cameron Diaz gets Jude Law, but then Kate Winslet gets Jack Black?! I mean, Jack Black is super great and even kinda cute, but it’s just annoying that a woman as gorgeous as Kate Winslet can be paired with a dude who is essentially comic relief.
‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’
This movie takes you from the lowest of lows, and then to an even lowlier place, and then lower still. I mean, our hero hits rock bottom. His ex-girlfriend follows up their breakup by dating a super-famous rock star! Oh yeah, and they’re having loud, hot sex in the room next to him. It’s torture. It’s so much torture. But also, it’s funny and sweet, and if this guy can get through his breakup, anyone can. You’re gonna be OK! What a gift!
‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’
Julia Roberts is a total monster in this movie, and it is magnificent to live vicariously through her. Every time you want to do something stupid to your ex, just watch this movie instead. Oh, and while you’re at it, block all his shit on your phone. Do it. Do it right now. Good job! Now go watch My Best Friend’s Wedding again!
Elle Woods gets dumped and then becomes legally blonde. You do not need any further inspiration. She is your new everything. You are her, and she is you. Become Elle Woods. Become her.