These Are The 19 Movies That Will Help You Get Over Even the Nastiest Breakup

Time to start living like Elle Woods after Warner told her she wasn't smart enough for law school
These Are The 19 Movies That Will Help You Get Over Even the Nastiest Breakup
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Someone broke your heart? Guess what? Screw that person! They don't deserve you! You are a queen and you deserve everything wonderful. And you will get it; don't worry. But first, you cry! You cry a lot. And you scream. And you then you get all romantic and nostalgic about the past, but then you take off your rose-colored glasses and see all the real problems in your relationship and realize that there's a better way. And then you get sad. And you get angry. And then you block him on all social media. And you cover yourself with all the blankets. And you eat all the ice cream. And then you watch these movies – all of them. That's an order!

'The Break-Up'

Gotta start with the obvious choice here! 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!

'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 dragged you out 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 house that's falling apart and one GORGEOUS man. This is not so wrong. It is, in fact, very right. Plus, 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: a tub of ice-cream and Whitney Houston. Grab 'em and get to mourning.

'John Tucker Must Die'

Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater hunt him down and ruin his life. So satisfying. It's a 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.

'Last Holiday'

This one doesn't involve a breakup with a romantic 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.

'High Fidelity'

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.

'The Holiday'

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?  Better start watching... NOW.

'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 traces of him on your phone, laptop, hard drve, the cloud, and your flash drive – you know, incase you're one of the few that still use one... Do it. Do it right now. Good job! Now go watch My Best Friend's Wedding again!

'Legally Blonde'

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.

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