The 9 best movies to watch while you’re going through breakup hell

Going through a breakup is a heart-wrenching, tear-drenched, lonely experience, no matter how you look at it. But that’s okay — that’s how it is for everyone, in their own way. Luckily, there are some amazing things out there to make you feel a little less alone, like spending more time with your friends and family, or doubling down on your hobbies.

But let’s be real: sometimes, you just want to lay on the couch curled up in blankets with good ol’ Netflix and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. With that in mind, here are the best 9 breakup movies that will comfort you while you’re healing your fabulous self.

Bridget Jones’s Diary


Of *course* this one is first, because Bridget Jones is the perfect inspiration for all single ladies feeling lonely out there. Unfortunately, this movie was recently taken off Netflix, but TBH, you should probably order it on Amazon, because it deserves to be in your Blu-Ray collection.

500 Days of Summer


All of us who have gone through the pain of pining after someone who doesn’t want us can identify with Tom Hansen’s struggles to get over Summer Finn. 500 Days of Summer beautifully depicts all of the struggle that comes with love and breakups, all while giving us hope for the future.

27 Dresses


Being in love with your boss is complicated enough, but watching him fall for your sister?! Oh, man. But at least there’s always a James Marsden at the end of the tunnel.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall


Okay, first of all, no matter how bad your breakup was, it couldn’t have possibly been more embarrassing than the breakup Peter endured. And secondly, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is another great reminder of what your life will look like when the clouds drift away from the sun. (Not literally, although it *is* set in sunny Hawaii.)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Feel like watching an indie depiction of heartbreak? Eternal Sunshine is the way to go, especially because you’ll probably be able to relate with the desire to erase someone entirely from your mind. This movie starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey can be intense, but it’s so, so worth it. 

Under the Tuscan Sun


If you have the strong desire to move to another country entirely and completely change your life, you’ll be able to relate to Diane Lane’s character in Under the Tuscan Sun, which is about a divorced writer who spontaneously buys a villa in Tuscany, Italy. So, ya know, goals.

Love Actually


This is one of those rare breeds that is perfect for any occasion. It works for when you’re deeply in love *and* when you’re in the midst of a painful breakup. It also works for Christmas. And it also works when you have an insane crush on Hugh Grant and/or Colin Firth, which is always.

The Notebook


There’s nothing that reminds you the beauty and tragic pain of love quite like The Notebook, as every girl who was a teenager in the ’00s knows.

Shakespeare in Love


For the English major whose heart is hurting something major, Shakespeare in Love is the perfect balm. Period dramas are oh so good at reminding you that your perfect Mr. or Mrs. Right is out there, and you’ll find them one day — when you’re ready. For now, watch movies — breakup movies, comedies, cartoons, anything — to your heart’s content and cry it all out, because it will get better soon. We promise. <3

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