Top 9 Breakup Movies
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From the start, audiences are warned this film is not a love story, but it's hard to tear ourselves away from the 500-day roller coaster that is Tom and Summer's relationship. As Tom realizes loving Summer can't make her love him back, Summer learns it's possible to share a life with someone else—even if it's not Mr. Right Now.
This is the breakup film for anyone who's given more than they've gotten—and picked themselves up once they realize it's possible to move on.
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The delightfully dramatic teen angst keeps you laughing as you walk down your own memory lane—and has you thanking your lucky stars you'll never have to suffer a high school split again.
Renée Zellweger plays lovable everywoman Bridget Jones, who occasionally overindulges in cigarettes, food, alcohol and spewing words into her diary while on a journey to find true love. Just when she thinks she's found a keeper in her charming boss, Daniel Cleaver (Grant), she catches him with an attractive, younger, thinner woman. As Bridget picks up the pieces, she begins to see a family friend—stuffy human-rights lawyer Mark Darcy (Firth)—in a new light. When Daniel reenters the picture, his rivalry with Mark culminates in a hilariously knock-down, drag-out fight for Bridget's love. In the end, Bridget ends up with the right man—one who loves her exactly as she is, quirks and all.
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While his ex seems to be in paradise with her new beau, a heartbroken Peter (Jason Segel) strikes up a friendship with sympathetic hotel employee Rachel (Mila Kunis). When Peter and Rachel start to click, Sarah (Kristen Bell) gets jealous and decides to restake her claim. Just when Peter thinks Sarah could be the right girl for him after all, he sees her for who she really is and realizes his perfect match has been by his side the whole time.
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Gwyneth Paltrow plays Helen Quilley, a woman who's just been fired from her job. From this point, the movie splits into two parallel universes. In one, Helen makes her train and catches her boyfriend in bed with his ex-girlfriend, which puts her on the road to real love and fulfillment with someone new. In the other timeline, she misses her train, which gives her cheating boyfriend enough time to send his ex away. Helen obliviously continues in the relationship—until she finds out the other woman is pregnant with her boyfriend's child. Shortly after, Helen's knocked unconscious and sees flashes of what a life with her true love could be. When she wakes up in the hospital, she tells her cheating boyfriend to get lost. Ready for a fresh start, she steps onto the elevator to leave the hospital where she finally meets the man of her dreams.
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In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Joel (Jim Carrey) hires a company to erase every memory of his ex Clementine (Kate Winslet) after he discovers she had the procedure done first. As his memories disappear one by one, Joel struggles to hold on to good times. As his last memory is wiped, the Clementine in his mind says, "Meet me in Montauk."
Days later, Joel finds himself on the train to Montauk and inexplicably drawn to a woman. Her name is Clementine. As they rekindle their relationship without memory of their past, these star-crossed lovers prove it's impossible to forget someone who's stirred your soul.
Mike (Jon Favreau) is a comic who left his life—and girlfriend—in New York City for a fresh start in Los Angeles. As he wades deeper into his new life—and the Hollywood dating scene—he finds himself unable to let go of his ex. Once Mike learns to be himself in a town full of aspiring actresses, he makes a real connection (with Heather Graham, no less) and takes flight in the City of Angels.
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It's the central question of The War of the Roses . This dark comedy shows us just how nasty divorce can get—and how entertaining it can be to watch when it's not happening to you. As Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara's (Kathleen Turner) picture-perfect marriage unravels, these grown adults are reduced to behaving like children. Furniture is destroyed, animals are (accidentally) killed, cruel jokes are played—all in the name of getting even. It's not until too late that the couple remembers why they fell in love in the first place.
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