When it comes to love and hate, there’s a very fine line. It gets even smaller when it’s dotted and signed by two parties over a long period of time. We’re writing about divorce, of course. Divorce has become the new normal for the characters in the films listed below, whether they’re moving on and dating again or reconciling. We’ve compiled a list of the top divorce movies that includes comedies, social and gender politics, and even a Disney musical. In addition to The Parent Trap, Mrs. Doubtfire and Kramer vs. Kramer, there are The First Wives Club, Marriage Story, and The First Wives Club. Despite their differences, all of the films on this list have one thing in common:
1. Kramer vs. Kramer
This is a courtroom drama about the story behind the ideal family image, as the title suggests. Ted (Dustin Hoffman) rejects Joanna (Meryl Streeprequest )’s for custody of their young kid when she resurfaces after divorcing him. Following a trial and the trials and complexities of humankind, the film garnered five Oscars in 1980 for its compelling story.
2. The War of the Roses
DeVito was increasingly active in the late ’80s, appearing in films like Throw Momma from the Train and Twins. He was also giving them instructions. Thanks to this dark divorce comedy starring a bitterly amusing struggle of the sexes over who gets the house, we now have this dark divorce comedy. Both Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas play Barbara Rose, the housewife, and Oliver Rose, the attorney, respectively, in the film. Assemble your troops and prepare for battle.
3. It’s Complicated
We’ll be here for you: When Alec Baldwin’s character, played by Streep, divorces his cheating wife, played by Lake Bell, she has no knowledge that Baldwin is having an affair with Streep’s character, played by Baldwin’s ex-wife, played by Streep. It’s tricky, as you would have anticipated. As a result, it all makes for a joyous ride into the world of romance from the brilliant imagination of Nancy Meyers.
4. Mrs. Doubtfire
Euphegenia Doubtfire, the strict but caring British nanny to three children who happen to be Robin Williams’ kids, is played by the late, great Robin Williams. Prior to her ex-boyfriend Pierce Brosnan (Pierce Brosnan) re-entering her life, Sally Field (Sally Field) is attempting to spend more time with her children and find a way to reconcile with her estranged husband (Sally Field).
5. Waiting to Exhale
When author Terry McMillan created her quartet of female heroines, Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria, and Robin, she penned something extraordinary. Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon star in an all-star cast of women who were betrayed by the men they trusted. For this compilation, we’re particularly interested in Bernie’s divorce plotline. A lady wielding a gas can and an open flame has no equal in hell.
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love
He plays a near-divorced underdog whose wife seeks guidance from a stud seeking to date his daughter as to what it means to be a man from Steve Carell, who leads a megawatt cast that includes Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei. Ryan Gosling is the Casanova of the A-list. This one has a fun fact for followers of Dirty Dancing.
7. Gloria Bell
Actress Julianne Moore stars as a divorcee who has a sexual awakening in the American adaptation of the original Spanish film, Gloria, called Gloria Bell. To be honest, we’d always suggest going with the original recipe if given the choice. You’ll be blown away by Paulina Garca, who plays the lead role in this film. However, considering both films are the work of writer/director Sebastián Lelio, we advise picking a side and sticking with it.
8. The Parent Trap
Divorced children desire just one thing: for their parents to reconcile. Two Hayley Mills portray twin girls who swap places and plot to bring their parents back together in Disney’ s original The Parent Trap. There is an updated Lindsey Lohan rendition available, but you will miss the scene-stealing Maureen O’Hara if you do.
9. Marriage Story
Following his breakup with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, director Noah Baumbach (who is presently working with Greta Gerwig) drew inspiration for his next film, Marriage Story, from his own life. Despite the fact that Baumbach’s Oscar-nominated picture isn’t fully based on his own personal experiences, it follows a divorce and subsequent harsh custody struggle with a mixture of humor and heartbreak. To sum it up, this picture starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern, who brought home an Oscar, will enthrall and then bring a tear to your eye at the same time.
10. Enough Said
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in a delicate but touching comedy from Parks and Rec creator Nicole Holofcener, in which the two characters find love after divorce. To put it more simply, Dreyfus stars as a masseuse who discovers that her new teddy bear is, in fact, her client’s ex-husband.
11. The First Wives Club
Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn feature as a trio of misled, done-wrong divorcees who will have their revenge in this ’90s ’90s blast from the past. Before the unofficial sequel, Family Jewels, lands in theaters, re-watch the classic.
12. Blue Valentine
Before and after they say “I do,” Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in the film Blue Valentine, which chronicles a poisonous relationship that degenerates into divorce as a result of the pressures of marriage. We won’t sugarcoat it; this isn’t a happy-go-lucky movie. If you need to sulk in the aftermath of a broken romance, do so.
Dating apps aren’t the end all and be all. There’s always the option of using a different operating system on your computer. Thought-provoking techno-romance about a guy, a lady, and their virtual assistant by Spike Jonze was the case here. It’s Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix who portrays a divorced writer named Theodore. the other half of the divorce is Rooney Mara (the girl in the picture) (and his partner in real life.) Samantha, played by Scarlett Johansson, is the intelligent computer on hand to fulfill all of Theodore’s wants and needs.
14. A Separation
Iranian film A Separation, which won the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film award, examines not simply a broken relationship, but the resulting struggle when Islamic rule does not correspond with human emotion. Basically, stay married and take care of an ailing family member in Tehran. Exit the country with your daughter or divorce and find a better life for yourself and your family. The film’s complexity cannot be overstated, despite its simple presentation here.
During this 1998 classic, did anyone else hear strange guttural noises from the back of the theater? No? All of us. Kay. Divorce, remarriage, and a new family dynamic are all on the menu in this family dramedy starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. She fears that a younger, cooler stepmom, Roberts, will take her place as the perfect mother.