10 Breakup Movies To Remind Us We're WAY Better Off Without Our Exes

Photo: IMBd
breakup movies

Forget "Netflix and Chill;" it's time to Netflix and HEAL!

We all know what it's like being stuck in a post-breakup funk, especially within the first few weeks or so after it happens. You feel weepy, down in the dumps, depressed ... maybe you're even having a bit of a pity party for yourself. (Psst: It's OK. We've ALL been there). 

So how do you pull yourself up and out of this sad state? Sometimes a movie marathon is just the thing to help you both indulge your hurt and move right past it. 

To that end, here is a list of the top 10 movies to help you feel better after a bad breakup. (And seriously, why isn't "Breakup Movies" its own category on Netflix yet?):


1. John Tucker Must Die

“(Insert your ex’s name here) Must Die” is a good alternate title to keep in mind while watching this movie, especially if he was a two-timing cheater that needs to learn a lesson. 


2. What’s Your Number?

What’s not to love about Anna Faris and Chris Evans (AKA: Hilarious Blondie and Hottie McHotster).

Not only will this movie give you hope that you have a chance with that cute neighbor of yours, it also helps you remember how much better off you are without your exes ... and how ridiculous the whole 'number of partners' thing is anyway. 


3. Eat Pray Love

Feasibly one of my favorite quotes ever about self-love comes from this movie. It comes after Liz’s friend, Sofi, is feeling bad about her body after gaining a few pounds from eating in Italy, and has second thoughts about enjoying a delicious pizza in Naples:

Liz: "Because he doesn’t care. He’s in a room with a naked girl. He’s won the lottery. I’m so tired of saying 'no' and waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before. Counting every calorie I consumed so I know exactly how much self-loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese; I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do, I’m going to finish this pizza and then we’re going to go watch the soccer game and tomorrow we’re going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans."

This movie is pretty much the epitome of doing what most of us dream of doing after a breakup, but don't actually have the guts to go out and do. So watch this flick and live vicariously. 

"Eat Pray Love" reminds you that you can live a more fulfilling life than you ever thought possible after experiencing terrible heartbreak. 


4. Clueless

These Beverly Hills girls may be oblivious to a lot of real-life issues (we're talking serious 'first world problems' here) but there are also some really poignant moments that occur in this film that we all can relate to.

This is a perfect old-school movie to get your mind off of that loser ex of yours.


5. Kill Bill

Anger, vendetta, and revenge. Need I say more? What's not to love about a flick like this when you're stewing over how you've been done wrong? Plus, this is a trilogy, so your movie marathon will last well into the night. (Thanks, Quentin Tarantino!)  

6. 27 Dresses

After a breakup, you may feel like you're “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” Ugh, that feeling's hitting close to home, right? Well, here's a perfect movie to help you shake it off. 

Afterward, toss your single dresses in the bin and dance around your house belting out “Bennie and the Jets” for however long you want to.


7. The Break-Up

"The Break-Up" is one of the first 'real' feeling romantic comedies. None of that happy ending BS that we get in all of those other chick flicks out there.

You’ll feel one with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, and then remember how silly all the terrible fights were that you had with your ex leading up to your (obviously) inevitable breakup. Hindsight's 20-20, right?


8. Trainwreck

Amy Schumer is pretty much Hollywood’s “it” funny girl right now — but that doesn’t take way from how genuinely funny (and real) this movie is.

Schumer is that girl most of us can relate to (and maybe were or still are) — afraid of commitment, playing the field, and feeling scared as shit and almost ruining something good when it comes along.

Watching this movie, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel all the feels. It’s OK to be a total trainwreck sometimes.


9. The Holiday

Breakups around the holidays sting even more than others. But before you punch every fake Santa you see — watch this movie instead.

It reminds you that maybe all you need is some alone time and to take a risk by yourself. At a time when everyone else thinks you should be around more people than you care to stand, this film shows that stepping outside your life, even for a brief holiday, can do wonders for putting your life back on track.


10. The First Wives Club

I mean, c’mon—the OG’s Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton ... together in ONE movie?! Need I say more? If you feel a little vengeful against your ex who treated you poorly, this one’s for you.

Bella Acton is a relationship coach and the owner of Never Liked It Anyway, the eBay for breakups — a place to buy, sell and tell all things ex related.



This article was originally published at Never Liked It Anyway. Reprinted with permission from the author.

Explore YourTango