9 streaming Netflix movies that will help you get over a breakup

When there’s nobody else to dry your breakup tears, Netflix is there to save the day. Yes, we realize it’s a streaming service, but still, it can be the best friend a girl could ask for. Especially if there isn’t a cuddly animal in the picture. When you and your partner have just broken things off, it can be hard to see the bigger picture. Lucky for you, there are plenty of movies on Netflix that give you all the perspective you need, because there are definitely other fish in the sea.

The movies below are stories about love, loss, and grief. Some are heartwarming while others will make you cry, cry, cry. But sometimes that’s exactly what you need when you’re mid-breakup. No matter what kind of emotional response you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it hiding in one or more of the movies below. Bring your tissues and snacks along for the ride.

Here are 9 streaming Netflix movies that will help you get over a breakup.

1Begin Again


This musical comedy-drama is a bittersweet (but mostly sweet) about a record label executive, Mark Ruffalo, and a singer songwriter, Keira Knightley. Both have recently gone through bad breakups, so they’re in good company. We won’t spoil the end for you. Just watch—and enjoy Adam Levine’s frustratingly hilarious role.

2Before We Go


There are a couple different breakups happening in this movie, which was directed by Chris Evans. It will give you hope that there is someone else out there for you—even if they don’t appear to you in the way you expect them to.



Consider yourself warned: this movie starring the electric stars Justin Long and Emmy Rossum is a little eclectic, and its unique timeline lends to its overall mystery. You won’t be able to peel your eyes away from this seemingly doomed couple, though, and you’ll wonder what kind of parallel universes are out there. And the soundtrack is so good.

4Blue Jay


You may have never heard of this little indie film before, but it’s a heartfelt story about two high school sweethearts who reconnect after many years. The story probably won’t pan out the way you think, and you’ll be left to think about the kind of love that gets lost over the years—and why it disappears.

5The Other Woman


There’s a lot of emotional baggage between pretty much everyone in this movie, so if you want to watch other people experience as much pain as you’re currently in, enjoy this Natalie Portman flick.

6To the Wonder


This film was made by Terrence Malik, who is responsible for The Tree of Life, so you’re in for a real cinematographic treat. Watch Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Olga Kurylenko stumble through the concept of love.

7Something’s Gotta Give


We argue this is Nancy Meyer’s best movie, and it’s full of so much adventure and laughter that you’ll forget about your deadbeet ex the second Diane Keaton’s face breaks out into a smile. It may have a happy ending, but it’s not one that will leave you feeling too sick to the stomach. Besides, Keanu Reeves.



Do you need proof that there are people out there who have it worse off in love than you do? Allow us to introduce you to this Ian McEwan story that will rip your heart out while also comfort you, because you’ll know you are not alone in this cruel, cruel world.

9Step Up


Watch this if you need a pick-me-up and a reminder that love is not dead in the world. How could it be while Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum live and breathe?

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