Everyone knows that breakups are hard, but especially when they happen to someone you care about. No matter how painful and frightening a breakup may be, you can only get through it if you keep going. These movies, all of which deal with some form of breakup and, for the most part, a nice conclusion, will help you forget about the person who was once The One—even if it’s just for a few hours. You’ll walk away from the film feeling less hopeless and more empathetic.
1. The Parent Trap (1998)
Lindsay Lohan’s glory days can help you forget the pain of a breakup and bring back memories of your childhood (when the last thing you thought about was a relationship). For those who attended to sleepaway camp, they’ll be reminded how important the friendships they built there were, and the movie illustrates that even after so many years, you never know what will happen with an ex.
2. Legally Blonde (2001)
The famous “LIAAAAAR!” sequence is here. Is it any surprise that Elle Woods was admitted into Harvard Law School and graduated at the top of her class after a painful breakup? “What, like it’s hard?” she asked.
3. The Notebook (2004)
Even though you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re allowed to let it all out at times.
The Notebook will make you cry and remind you that true love is alive and well, no matter what your current situation may be. Ryan Gosling, on the other hand, is a sight to behold. Birds fly in the same flock.
4. Closer (2004)
In spite of the fact that some breakups might be peaceful, others can leave you feeling raw and vulnerable, breakups can also function as a type of emotional violence, leaving you feeling raw and vulnerable for the first time in years.
For those who have been intimate with someone, what happens if they break up?
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
For those who just want to forget about their last relationship and move on, there’s a movie for that! What happens when we have the ability to erase the memory of a person from our minds?
6. John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Watch a classic breakup film in which three unlikely friends work together to take down the titular high school heartthrob, who thought he could get away with dating all of them at once because they belonged to distinct “cliques,” and they succeed. You can use it as a source of inspiration if you’re dealing with a cheating ex (but you didn’t hear it from us).
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
While vacationing after a breakup, the last thing you want is to see your ex and her new boyfriend (gloriously played here by Russell Brand). When the tears are flowing, this movie will make you laugh. It doesn’t matter how many.
8. Mamma Mia! (2008)
My dating life has become the subject of a movie! I didn’t know that. Queue up Mamma Mia! and blast the ABBA album on repeat to forget about that terrible Tinder date. The film may even inspire you to arrange a solo vacation to Greece this summer, where the film takes place. With this year’s follow-up, MAMA MIA! If you’re in the mood for a binge, here we go again.
9. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
The roller coaster of early-twenties love—the desire, the playfulness, the self-denial—is masterfully captured in this indie classic. Assuming that it’s a love story, you’re wrong: It’s actually simply a short chapter in your own story. It’s just like your latest split!
10. The Hangover (2009)
We’ll count it as a “breakup movie” because Stu doesn’t propose to Melissa, the bad witch, at the conclusion. In addition, the plot is full of absurdity, which is exactly what you need at this time.. If you’ve ever wondered what Stuart’s life would be like if he woke up with a tattoo on his face, this movie is for you. ). (Of course, it’s in the second movie). Watch the first two and skip the third. Bradley Cooper is also a film star, so keep that in mind.
11. Eat Pray Love (2010)
Seeing the film adaptation of Eat, Pray and Love, starring Julia Roberts, is an uplifting reminder that the universe has a plan for all of us (exes not included), and that going across the globe solo after a split could be the best thing you ever did.
12. Like Crazy (2011)
Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, and Anton Yelchin feature in this tragic love story about a British exchange student (Jones) who falls in love with an American (Yelchin) while studying in the United States. Although she overstays her visa on her first summer in the country, their love story is one of perseverance in the face of immigration difficulties and agonizing attempts to rejoin, and then separate again.
13. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Life has so much more to offer no matter where you believe you are in it. In this beautiful, amusing rom-com, which was released in 2011, one of the lessons is that it’s never too late to learn something new. This list also reveals that Ryan Gosling, who appears twice, looks fantastic without a shirt on.
14. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
In Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat, struggles with losing his job and his wife until he meets Tiffany, a woman who helps him see the silver lining (Jennifer Lawrence). It’s not your standard “breakup and fall in love again” movie, and Cooper and Lawrence’s superb performances convey the film’s more complex nature. Don’t watch this if your significant other is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan.
15. Gone Girl (2014)
Consider yourself lucky if you haven’t gone missing and your hubby isn’t a major suspect.
In the wake of watching Gone Girl, no one wants to be in a relationship.
16. La La Land (2016)
But rather than let that get you down, focus on the film’s beautiful reminder that timing doesn’t always work out in our favor, which La La Land achieves well. You may have to let go of someone you care about so they can pursue their aspirations. The sigh of relief. Still, if you’re there to see Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s incredible connection, you’ll want to stay for the music.
17. Girls Trip (2017)
You don’t have to stay in bed and watch Girl’s Trip alone. Invite a few of your dearest friends over and make some popcorn. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Hadish, and Jada Pinkett Smith feature in this uplifting and entertaining comedy that will remind you that being single isn’t as horrible as you think.
18. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a book that anyone who has ever had a massive crush on a guy will identify with in the greatest possible way. Remember that your Peter Kavinsky is out there…somewhere! Be vulnerable and say what you need to say! Please call me, Noah Centineo.
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