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Best Movies to Watch After a Breakup

Shweta Ajwani
It hurts. It hurts worse than you could ever imagine it would. You can hear your heart breaking, and the sound of it hurts. It's all said and done. What next? What do you do now? May be a movie will help you recover. We'll give you a list of movies that will help you get over a broken heart in more ways than one.
"A heartbreak is a blessing from God. It's just his way of letting you realize he saved you from the wrong one."
- Anon.
Love is supposed to be beautiful, pleasant, and all things nice. It is not supposed to hurt you, paralyze you, or break you. In love, you sing together. In love, there is excitement. In love, there is trust.
You had all this and much more, you held hands, you kissed and made up, you were each others punching bag, you were each others pillow, you had plans! What happened? You wonder what went wrong? When did it stop being 'love'? When did it start falling apart? You may have all the answers, but still, it will be beyond the scope of understanding and realization.
For when the heart starts loving, it doesn't question, it doesn't seek answers, and it refuses to accept reason. The heart knows only love ... and pain.

You will never be the same again; the scars will heal, but the pain will always be there. The pain might subside, but the memories will always be there.
The memories might fade, but it will never be the same again. You will never be the same again.

Your relationship meant 'everything' to you. Now that it's over, all you are left with now is 'nothing'. All you know is emptiness and sadness. You know you need to get over it, and you know it is going to be so goddamn difficult!
But, isn't life all about second chances? Isn't it about giving yourself another chance, giving love another chance? There are times when you feel love is nothing but tears and frowns, know that, loving someone and letting someone in is the only chance you get at happiness.
Your friends lend you a shoulder to cry on, your parents empathize with you, your music makes the heartbreak bearable. But nothing anyone ever says will make it less painful for you.
Unless you decide to move on, unless you put your foot down and get ready for a fresh start, or unless you stop being your own enemy and let yourself be free. This article is a compilation of movies that help you get over a heartbreak.

Best Movies to Watch After a Breakup

Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind

If love is a question, 'forgetting' is never the answer. And that is exactly what this movie teaches you. No matter how hard you wish you could just erase all your past memories, there will still be some things that you just won't be able to forget. Watch this Kate Winslet-Jim Carrey starrer which inspires not effacement, but a coming-to-terms-with-love-and-its-ordeals feeling.

The Notebook

Sometimes, the only way out is through. Don't hold yourself back, allow yourself to feel the pain. Cry. When you want to let it all out, and you think crying out loud will help you get over the madness that ensued, then this Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams flick will help you do just that. A tear bomb in its own right, the movie encompasses love that lasts for eternity.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

You know that you need to move on. You know you need to forget. Jason Segel does just that to forget about his relationship of five years with Kristen Bell and tells you just how possible it is by taking a vacation. The movie helps you get over your heartbreak by making you laugh and teaches you that love will never leave you alone; there's always hope.

(500) Days of Summer

It was perfect, wasn't it? Your relationship, your love, your partner? It was just meant to be together forever and beyond. That's what Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tom) felt. Destiny had other plans though, as Zooey Deschanel (Summer) didn't feel the same way.
So, when they say, life is what happens to you when you are busy making plans for yourself, they quote nothing but the truth. This absolutely beautiful movie makes you understand how your heart and soul are stronger than you think, and are capable of getting over the sadness and grief, something that seemed impossible before.

Annie Hall

Touted not only as the best relationship movie ever, but also as the best Woody Allen film ever, this movie has it all. Wit, sarcasm, hatred, anger, complications, and love, this movie teaches you the hardest lesson there ever was to be learned-some people can only be in your hearts, and not in your life. Watch this movie as it gives you the strength to let go, even when you want to hold on so tight.

High Fidelity

As you watch John Cusack analyze his top five broken relationships, you realize no one needs luck with love more than him. Analyze your mistakes, decisions gone wrong, hardships that you faced with your lover as you watch John Cusack do the same with his heartbreak(s). Although ignorance is bliss, sometimes facing the truth does the trick.

The Break-Up

Watch this Jennifer Aniston-Vince Vaughn starrer if you are the kind of person who uses laughter therapy to cope with every situation. As you watch the lead couple love it out and then fight it out, one of them trying to salvage their relationship and the other not letting their guard down, you tend to put your life in perspective, and realize how moving on in life is the right thing to do.

P.S. I Love You

A breakup could have been a million things but. A heartbreak is bad, and losing your loved one to the hands of death is just the worst. Gerard Butler discovers early on that he has left very less time on his hands.
He knows that even after he is long gone, Hilary Swank will have trouble coping with his loss, as they were extremely, madly, truly, deeply in love. As the movie plot swings between flashbacks of the past and scenes of the present, it teaches you how to come out stronger out of a grief-stricken loss of love and life.

Love Actually

Restoring your faith and trust in love, this is exactly what this movie will do. The multi-starrer combines ten separate love stories that are interlinked in some way or the other and shows you that true love does exist. A feel-good flick, it ushers the much-needed positivity, happiness, and faith to overshadow the darkness that follows a heartbreak.


So, you thought no one ever went through a breakup as bad as yours? Watch this movie, and you will realize just how worse it gets. This movie starring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, and Clive Owen is a complex depiction of love and the complications that come with it. Watch it if you wish to analyze your relationship that has gone sour through a different perspective.

Must-watch Honorable Mentions

Notting Hill
The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants
The Sweetest Thing
The Way We Were
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Sliding Doors
The War of The Roses
The Wedding Singer
Like Crazy
Say Anything
Someone Like You
Watch these movies. Cry your heart out. Laugh your guts off. Get over it. Being locked up in your room, clutching hard at that pillow, rolling out tears was not how you had planned on living your life.
You're better than that. Promise yourself that when love knocks, you will let it in, and not stop yourself for fear of being hurt again. Don't forget to love yourself first.