Feel-Good Movies To Watch After A Breakup
We’re all out here struggling and trying not to get our heart broken with every new relationship that we start. But let’s face it, whenever one ends it really hurts and all we want to do is just cocoon ourselves on the couch and listen to Kelly Clarkson all day. We understand, “Because Of You” just speaks to your soul.
If you want to give your angsty eardrums a break, here are some movies that are guaranteed to make you feel better that you absolutely need to binge after a breakup. Okay, maybe they’re not “happy” per se, but they’ll definitely get some cathartic tears flowing. And that’s healing.
Bridget Jones’s Diary Because The Brits Just Know How To Get Us In Our Feels
If you need a win, or just some sort of positive beam of sunshine in your life, look no farther than the klutzy and lovable Bridget Jones. Because yes, she’s not an expert about going through life without accidentally hurting or embarrassing herself, but oh my God is she relatable. This’ll butter your crumpet if you’re a perpetual screw-up.
La La Land To Remind You Some Relationships Have A Place And Time
Despite all the drama surrounding this movie and the Best Picture award, if there’s one thing La La Land definitely deserves it’s a good watch when you’re hurting on the inside. It’s all about realizing that even though something has to end, it can still be good for you for where you are in your career and creative path. And that’ll make you ugly cry with acceptance.
Silver Linings Playbook Is For You If Your Love Language Is Everything Bradley Cooper Says
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence costar in this one—do I have to say more? If you’re not already clicking away and watching this one, you need to be only because it’s all about helping your fellow humans grow and heal. So if your relationship consisted of you doing freaking everything and getting nothing in return, this movie will give you those butterflies you never got.
500 Days Of Summer For When Your Hipster Flame Breaks Your Heart
This is the movie for anyone who’s ever fallen for a manic pixie loser who tells you that they “don’t believe in love.” It’s all about knowing that sometimes, even if someone makes you feel all gooey inside, they can be a jerk deep-down that plays you like a fiddle for someone who they can see in more of a longterm place in their eclectic fiddle band.
Bridesmaids Because Marriage Isn’t The Be-All And End-All
If you’re the single one of the friend group surrounded by people jumping on the marriage train, don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself and watch Bridesmaids instead. It’ll make you realize that being single can be so much more fun and that “Mr. Right” can sometimes be detrimental to your cupcakery. So take me down to the river…
Watch Eighth Grade If Your Breakup Sent You Back To Your Teenage Emo Years
You know what always makes us feel better about our own problems? Listening to someone else’s problems. And oh my God does this poor young woman have an assortment of middle school problems that will make you sob and sob and forget about the person who broke your heart. What ex? All you can remember is that pool party scene because it’s etched into your brain forever.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Is For Anyone Who’s Got Way Too Complicated Of A Love Life
If you felt like your recent relationship was a ton of back and forth and no real confirmation that you two had anything real, then you’ve got to watch this one. Sure, it’s about high school kids, but the angst and runaround is timeless and intergenerational. And you’re definitely still listening to Simple Plan so you might as well just double down on your inner emo kid.
Titanic Because How Could We Freaking Not??
If you’re feeling slightly edgy and want to watch two people fall in love, only to have one of them die in the end, this one is for you my princes and princesses of darkness. The sheer melodrama of watching Jack slip into the ocean will help you work through any lingering feelings you may have about your ex.
Call Me By Your Name Will Let You Live Out The French Romance You Never Had
It’s complicated, it’s messy, but oh my God is it like watching our younger self fall in love with someone older who’ll never love us back. It really, really, really hurts, but watching Elio find himself and move on is the reassurance that you’ll need to know you’ll do the same. Just don’t be eating peaches during this one folks.
Crazy, Stupid, Love Will Get You In Your Feelings About Your Divorce (In A Good Way)
Divorces suck major, heavy, bottom-of-the-pond, bits of grass stuck to them, golf balls. But what doesn’t is this movie. It’s about never giving up on finding love despite all the crap your person puts you through, and that’s honestly sweet. And it’s needed if you have a thing for Steve Carell (because who doesn’t)?
Heathers For If You Want To Sing Hate Songs About Your Trash Ex
This Christmas all I’m asking Santa for is to be Winona Ryder in this gem—completely unbothered, slightly psychopathic, and completely able to rock an oversized blazer. Okay, maybe not the psychopathic part, but this is the (horror?) flick that will please you if you’re in the mad phase of your breakup. Plus, there’s a great musical.
John Tucker Must Die Because Actual Revenge Is Too Expensive
If you’ve ever been cheated on then you need to watch this thing because it will A) quell any desires you have of messing up your ex’s life because lawsuits are expensive, and B) make you so happy watching John Tucker get his life brutally messed with by four vindictive ladies.
Legally Blonde Is For You If You’ve Ever Been “Man-splained” To
If you don’t know what man-splaining is then you need to Google it, because if your ex ever did that to you then you need to spend your Friday night watching the legal antics of one Elle Woods. Success is the ultimate revenge and God it feels good to watch a grown man who thinks he’s smarter than Elle internally combust.
13 Going On 30 Because Childhood Bestfriend Love Is Bittersweet Like Nothing Else
There is truly nothing like watching someone else yearn and try to rekindle things with the one who got away while you’re sitting in your own pool of breakup misery. This film will teach you about never giving up on love (even though you’re seriously considering it) and will give you a delightful blend of early 2000s and ’80s fashion that just never disappoints.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall If Only For Fetus Jonah Hill
Okay, so it’s about dealing with awkward encounters with your ex, got it. But here’s the thing, it’s also about going on vacation to Hawaii. And if that’s not the perfect thing to get your mind off an ex then I’ll drink a tequila sunrise without the good sunrise part.
Twilight Because Edward And Bella Wrote The Book On Toxic Relationships
I know we all want to erase the Twilight fandom years from our dark past, but come on, those movies were great for exposing toxic relationships. You were team Edward or Jacob back in the day, but if you watch it now you’ll be team Bella and yelling at the screen “LEAVE HIM HE’S NO GOOD FOR YOU” till you’re red in the face.
Crazy Rich Asians If You Knew Your Ex’s Family Secretly Hated You
Nothing says validation like watching a movie filled with the angst, frustration, and the desperate desire to be liked by your ex’s family (when you were in a relationship) quite like watching it play out onscreen with the Singaporean elite. This one will have you channeling Rachel Chu and texting your ex saying “your mom never gave me a chance” just because you can.
The Fault In Our Stars Is The Reason You’re Ugly Crying, Not The Breakup
Just. Let. It. All. Out. Watching these two star-crossed teen lovers fall in love in Amsterdam and the hospital is a real tear-jerker for sure, but it’s nothing compared to the pain you’re feeling. So out-cry these two just for sport and show them who the real emo-queen is.
Her If You’ve Suffered Through So Many Online Dating Follies
Scarlett Johannssen has such a nice voice I genuinely wouldn’t mind if she took over for Siri, seriously. But watching her and Theo fall in love is way too relatable since sometimes it feels like we’re married to our Siris. We’re not… right?
The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants Is Your Much-Needed Girl Time
Not all of us are falling in love at soccer camp or in Greece, but chances are you do have a strong female/male support system of friends around you. They’re there to lift you up when you need it most and make your breakup woes feel way lighter. This movie will make you appreciate them even more.