Best Breakup Movies to Get Over That Relationship
Sometimes it just wasn’t meant to be. Check out these Hollywood breakup movies all about loving and losing—and it’s all still good in the end.
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Breaking up is hard to do! Unless you’re a movie character, then it might just be mandatory. Sometimes it’s just not meant to be and you might as well enjoy that vicariously through breakup movies about heartbreak, splitting up, star-crossed lovers, and divorcees. Here are the breakup movies that can soothe your own broken heart and give you some hope about the next chapter. The best thing about the one that got away is the space they leave for your next love. It’s all about the journey. Here are 14 secrets about not only surviving but thriving after a breakup.
In this classic breakup movie, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn play a couple who seem to have it all—until the perfect vision comes crashing down. Vaughn’s character wants to play video games while Aniston’s wants help with the dishes. Just when you think it can’t get worse it does when he invites other women to their shared apartment. Then she starts noticing there are other fish in the sea. They seem to love each other, so why can’t they work this out? Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Find out the 10 classic movies people lie about watching.
Diane Keaton shines as a quirky New Yorker in this classic comedy that made breaking up seem like the key to romance. Woody Allen stars as the man who loves her but can’t seem to hold her down. It’s Boy Meets Girl. Boy is Too Neurotic to Keep Girl. Girl Moves On. Still, when Annie and Alvy meet at the end, there’s a wistful romance to what could have been, but will never be, that will remind you of your own near-misses. Here are 20 things you should never do after a breakup.
This true story romance about the poet John Keats and his muse Fanny Brawne is gorgeous and oh-so-tragic. The movie captures the essence of poetry itself in scenes that look in on a room full of butterflies and long walks in windy brush. Keats leaves his love Fanny, pulled away by an illness. It’s supposed to be a temporary break, just until he can recover from tuberculosis. Fanny can’t unlatch from her attachment to the man who calls her “Bright Star.” He sees her true essence, which gives her strength even without him. These 25 relationship quotes will help you get through a breakup.
This love triangle set in a newsroom stars Holly Hunter as an ambitious producer caught between two reporters. John Hurt is the handsome anchor and Albert Brooks is an intellectual with barrels of passion, but not as much charisma. Hunter wants the hunk, and Brooks does everything he can to keep them apart. He succeeds! When the three meet again years later, they’ve all moved on. Watch Broadcast News when you need a breakup movie that reminds you that your career and personal talent are just as important as matters of the heart.
It’s positively shocking when Humphrey Bogart sends Ingrid Bergman off with Laszlo at the end of Casablanca. Yes, they’ll always have Paris, but the audience is rooting for the two of them to stay together. It’s considered one of the most romantic breakup movies of all time, but this classic is also famous for putting practicality first. Bogart explains to Bergman that she would regret staying with him. And with that, he sends her safely into the plane waiting for her on the foggy tarmac. If you’ve put your breakup behind you, find out a dating expert’s tips for meeting new people.
La La Land
This zesty musical follows Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as they soft-shoe their way towards fame in Hollywood. They fall in love, but it’s the same old story. He’s got to go on tour with John Legend’s band. And she has to stay behind to work on her one-woman play. But then she gets her big break and a job in Paris that pulls her toward movie stardom, but away from Gosling. The two grow apart. But when they glimpse one another in a night club years later, we get a melancholy gaze at what might have been. You may have already forgotten that LaLaLand won six Oscars—here are 11 other surprising Oscar winners.
He’s Just Not That Into You
In this ensemble romantic comedy, most of the characters get happy endings, lots of them unexpected. Not Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Connelly though. They play a married couple trying to work through a betrayal. Connelly wants to forgive her philandering husband. And she tries. But in the end, they both end up alone. By the interview segment that ends the film, Cooper is feeling the loss–and you probably won’t feel sympathy. These are the sneaky signs your partner may be cheating on you.
Nights in Rodanthe
Diane Lane takes a weekend gig as the caretaker of a beachside bed and breakfast, just long enough for Richard Gere to come along and win her heart. He’s a curmudgeonly surgeon in for the weekend to make peace with a former patient’s family. But that’s just the side dish, because it’s all about the romance with Diane Lane. But their love story isn’t meant to be, despite some passionate letter-writing. James Franco shows up as Gere’s son to deliver some bad news.
Meryl Streep acts her heart out as usual in this Nora Ephron novel adaptation about a husband who cheats. Jack Nicholson plays the unlikeable guy—who has an affair while Streep is pregnant with the couple’s second child. She tries to make it work, but in the end, she figures out, along with the rest of us, that’s she’s better off without him and everything’s going to be okay. Like Heartburn, these 18 hit movies were books first.