The Top 31 Movies to Watch After a Breakup

Jun 26, 2018 at 12:43 p.m. ET
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We probably don't have to tell you this, but going through a breakup is pretty much one of the worst experiences you can have in life. Even if you're the one initiating the split and aren't the one getting dumped, it's still pretty rough — and getting over the relationship isn't easy.

But before you hunker down with a bottle (or five) of wine and resign yourself to never loving again, we've got a solution — a whole grip of them, actually. You don't have to get under someone to get over someone. All you really need is a nice, long movie marathon. (You'll probably still want to hunker down with that wine, though.)

We've come up with a list of our 31 favorite breakup movies, from funny to inspirational and back to enlightening. We promise they'll help. And, yes, The Notebook is absolutely part of this roundup.

A version of this article was originally published in September 2017.

1 /31: 'What If'

Best movies for a breakup: 'What If'
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1/31 :'What If'

2 /31: 'The Incredible Jessica James'

Best movies for a breakup: 'The Incredible Jessica James'
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2/31 :'The Incredible Jessica James'

3 /31: 'The Big Sick'

Best movies for a breakup: 'The Big Sick'
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3/31 :'The Big Sick'

4 /31: 'Snatched'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Snatched'
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4/31 :'Snatched'

5 /31: 'Everybody Loves Somebody'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Everybody Loves Somebody'
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5/31 :'Everybody Loves Somebody'

6 /31: 'Table 19'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Table 19'
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6/31 :'Table 19'

7 /31: 'Everything, Everything'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Everything, Everything'
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7/31 :'Everything, Everything'

8 /31: 'Atomic Blonde'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Atomic Blonde'
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8/31 :'Atomic Blonde'

9 /31: 'Bridesmaids'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Bridesmaids'
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9/31 :'Bridesmaids'

10 /31: 'Beauty and the Beast'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Beauty and the Beast'
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10/31 :'Beauty and the Beast'

11 /31: 'Hidden Figures'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Hidden Figures'
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11/31 :'Hidden Figures'

12 /31: 'My Girl'

Best movies for a breakup: 'My Girl'
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12/31 :'My Girl'

13 /31: 'Dirty Love'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Dirty Love'
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13/31 :'Dirty Love'

14 /31: 'The Notebook'

Best movies for a breakup: 'The Notebook'
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14/31 :'The Notebook'

15 /31: 'How to Be Single'

Best movies for a breakup: 'How to Be Single'
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15/31 :'How to Be Single'

16 /31: 'Legally Blonde'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Legally Blonde'
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16/31 :'Legally Blonde'

17 /31: 'The Sweetest Thing'

Best movies for a breakup: 'The Sweetest Thing'
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17/31 :'The Sweetest Thing'

18 /31: 'Sliding Doors'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Sliding Doors'
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18/31 :'Sliding Doors'

19 /31: 'August Rush'

Best movies for a breakup: 'August Rush'
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19/31 :'August Rush'

20 /31: 'Closer'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Closer'
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20/31 :'Closer'

21 /31: 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'
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21/31 :'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'

22 /31: 'Love Actually'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Love Actually'
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22/31 :'Love Actually'

23 /31: 'Amélie'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Amélie'
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23/31 :'Amélie'

24 /31: 'A Lot Like Love'

Best movies for a breakup: 'A Lot Like Love'
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24/31 :'A Lot Like Love'

25 /31: 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
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25/31 :'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

26 /31: 'Celeste & Jesse Forever'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Celeste & Jesse Forever'
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26/31 :'Celeste & Jesse Forever'

27 /31: 'The Break-Up'

Best movies for a breakup: 'The Break-Up'
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27/31 :'The Break-Up'

28 /31: 'Bridget Jones's Diary'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Bridget Jones's Diary'
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28/31 :'Bridget Jones's Diary'

29 /31: '(500) Days of Summer'

Best movies for a breakup: '(500) Days of Summer'
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29/31 :'(500) Days of Summer'

30 /31: 'Peter and Vandy'

Best movies for a breakup: 'Peter and Vandy'
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30/31 :'Peter and Vandy'

31 /31: 'He's Just Not That Into You'

Best movies for a breakup: 'He's Just Not That Into You'
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31/31 :'He's Just Not That Into You'