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10 Movies to Help You Get Through a Break Up

Updated on May 2, 2014

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet (2004)

An eclectic movie that is sure to make you smile, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet is a science fiction drama about a couple who both have their minds erased in order to forget each other.

The movie follows Carrey and Winslet as they attempt to recover from a breakup (their own), only to wind up falling in love with each all over again. Although the majority of the movie takes place inside Carrey's mind, and can be difficult to follow at times based on the way it was produced, the story is uplifting and shows us that sometimes the person we thought was wrong for us was the person we needed most the whole time.

The Princess Diaries starring Anne Hathaway (2001)

A lighthearted tale perfect for any girl, any time, The Princess Diaries is a great pick me up after a rough break-up. The tale of a plain jane (Anne Hathaway) who discovers that she is the heir to the throne of Genovia, The Princess Diaries is sure to make you smile, even if you've been crying for days.

This heart-warming, humorous and entertaining film about an average girl who becomes princess is a tale of self-acceptance and recognizing one's own beauty. It is the perfect film to cheer you up when you are feeling down.

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About a Boy starring Hugh Grant (2002)

Starring Hugh Grant, About a Boy is a heartwarming film based on a best-selling novel by Nick Horreby. The plot revolves around Hugh Grant, who plays a cynical and immature man with a negative outlook on life. Things change for Grant when a twelve year old little boy enters his life, along with his clinically depressed mother, Fiona.

The movie follows reclusive Grant as he starts to open up towards Marcus, the young boy who is need of a father. As Grant slowly fills the shoes of Marcus' father, he realizes he is falling for Marcus' mother, Fiona.

50 First Dates starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler (2004)

A comical romance story starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, 50 First Dates is the perfect movie to cure a broken heart (or at least make you laugh)!

Sandler plays Henry Roth in the movie, a man afraid of commitment. Barrymore however, plays the girl who catches Sandler's eye, however there is a catch, she suffers from short term memory loss.

The comedic romance follows Sandler as he chases after Barrymore, discovers her memory loss, but doesn't allow it to stop him as he commits to making her fall in love with him every single day.

The movie will make you laugh, it will make you smile, and it will make you realize how special true love really is.

Say Anything starring John Cusack (1989)

Almost every movie with John Cusack is a good pick me up after a rough break up, but the movie Say Anything is a romantic comedy about a couple that gets together in spite of tough odds.

Lloyd Dobler (played by Hugh Grant), the invisible boy in high school, wants to ask out the valedictorian of his class, Diane (played by Ione Skye). Although his friends laugh at him even thinking about the idea of Lloyd asking out Diane, Lloyd is determined, and the movie follows Cusack as he goes to the end of the world to convince Skye to fall for him.

Say Anything is a great movie for after a break up because it convinces you that there are good guys out there, and that there is a person who will do, or say anything for you.

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Frozen starring Kristen Bell and Josh Gad (2013)

Frozen is an animated movie about a girl on a quest to find herself. This Disney tale isn't a romance where some character is chasing after a man riding a white horse - it is the story of a girl named Anna who has powerful abilities that she is fearful of others finding out.

The story follows Anna as she embraces her power, and finds herself. A beautiful tale of a girl who grows into the person she was always meant to be, Frozen is a fantastic movie to watch after a break up, and I guarantee that everyone who watches it will see a little of themselves in Anna.

Never Been Kissed starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette (1999)

Another great movie starring Drew Barrymore, Never Been Kissed is a light hearted movie great for cheering you up after a breakup. Barrymore plays Josie Gellar, a reporter with dreams of hitting it big in the journalism world. One day, Gellar gets an offer to cover a story that can change her status as a reporter completely.

The catch? Gellar has to go undercover at a high-school, and if there is one time in her life that Josie Gellar wants to forget more than any other, its high school. Gellar was a nerd in high school who was constantly picked on and ridiculed.

Despite that, Josie goes back to high school, and this time, she has a very different experience.

The movie is sure to cheer you up and brighten up the gloomiest of moods.

Tips for Getting Over a Breakup

  • Surround yourself with friends
  • Eat one (or four) pints of ice cream
  • Drink a nice, large glass of wine
  • Journal
  • Go for a long walk
  • Exercise (it increases endorphines)
  • Cry, as much as you want
  • Get lost in a good book
  • Have a spa day
  • Accept the situation, and the fact that time is the best healer of all

Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts (2010)

Starring Julia Roberts, Eat, Pray, Love is a captivating story of a woman on a quest for herself. Roberts, who plays a woman trapped in an unhappy relationship, decides it is time to shake things up in her life.

In the beginning of the movie, Roberts goes through an ugly divorce, but she comes out of the divorce ready to find out who she is without the man she thought she loved. This uplifting story follows Roberts as she travels around the world, eating the best food in Italy, praying amongst monks in India to find her spiritual self, and learning to love again in Indonesia.

Eat, Pray, Love is a story about finding yourself even when you are feeling down, blue and disheartened. It is a story about the beauty of independence, and the power of self love above all.

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Bride Wars starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway

Sure to make your stomach hurt from laughter, Bride Wars is a hysterical comedy starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. If you have ever been engaged or married, this film is sure to hit home.

Bride Wars is the story of two best friends who do everything together, they even got engaged at almost the exact same time. Excited to plan their weddings, Hudson and Hathaway wind up battling for the wedding hall of their dreams, which can only cater to one of their ideal wedding dates.

Hudson and Hathaway go to every length to ruin the other girl's wedding, and the chaos that ensues is nothing short of hilarious. Bride Wars is a great movie for someone going through a break-up, and will help you realize who really matters in your life.

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Serendipity starring John Cusack (2001)

Another John Cusack movie, Serendipity is a beautiful tale of fate. John Cusack plays Jonathan Trager and Kate Beckinsale plays Sara Thomas. The two meet while shopping for their significant others, but the connection hits them immediately.

They part ways after meeting, only to reunite years later, both engaged. After a number of random encounters, they keep questioning if fate is drawing them together.

Serendipity is a heart warming romance tale about trusting fate and going with your intuition.

That wraps up my top ten list, but what movies help you cope with a breakup?


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    • Kathleen Odenthal profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Odenthal 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater

      I love John Cusack! I was considering just making one of the capsules (one of the items on the list)) "anything with John Cusack"

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Kathleen, I have seen all these except 'Bride Wars' and 'Eat Pray Love'. I agree that most of these would help you get through a break-up. 'Serendipity' is probably my favourte love story of all time. John Cusack is always good value in anything he appears in. Voted up, an interesting read.

    • Kathleen Odenthal profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Odenthal 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater

      Thanks Audrey, yes, laughter is truly the best medicine. I am going to be doing a hub soon about all the health benefits of laughter. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi. I like your list of movies. I have seen a few, and they are uplifting. My daughter and her friends have gone through break ups, using various methods. They probably used movies , along with books, articles, support groups, and self talk. Laughter as a stress reliever is the current biggie. Great article. Shared. Blessings. Audrey

    • Kathleen Odenthal profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Odenthal 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater

      Me too! But with that relief comes this nagging pain inside me that I just hurt someone else, which kills me. I need to do a hub on putting myself before others, that's what I need to do!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've seen a few of these movies. I can't remember the last time I was upset over a break up. I'm usually the one who initiates them. By the time I get to that point I feel relief, not sadness.

      I'll have to check out some of the movies you list that I haven't seen. I love a good movie, especially on rainy days.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Some great choices here Kathleen; a great hub and thank you for sharing. Enjoy your weekend.


    • Kathleen Odenthal profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Odenthal 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater

      Thanks Maria!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good list, KO... of which I have seen five.

      I love the a little "Kramer vs Kramer" way back from 1979...

      A good cry is good for the soul...good riddance, move on and see what other fish is in the sea (or not...)!!

      Have a peaceful night. Hugs, Maria

    • Kathleen Odenthal profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Odenthal 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater

      I tried to keep the list as gender neutral as possible! They are all great movies, and John Cusack is one of my favorite actors, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway are two of my favorite actresses, Hugh Grant is amazing, so Id say it says you got good taste in movies!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've seen seven of these. I'm not sure what that says about me. :)


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