When you’re reeling from a recent breakup, sometimes you just need some quality time with your favorite (or new-to-you!) breakup movies. You can feel all the feels with a sad romance, get empowered to find your fresh start, or get your rage on with a good revenge fantasy. Whatever your aim, there’s a movie to quench the thirst.
Grab some gelato and peruse our huge list of movies to soothe your poor hurt heart…
Best breakup movies
Bad-ass women kicking ass and needing nobody’s help. That’s us, right?
When you’re in the anger phase and want to get some revenge fantasies out of your system.
Fill your broken heart with Italian vistas, hunky contractors, limoncello, and new family.
There’s more love to go around than just the love of a partner. Sisters before misters, y’all.
When most of us came of age in a time when the end of every single Disney movie was marriage, it’s awesome to see a Disney movie with no prince in the picture.
Four women (including Whitney!) navigate the choppy waters of a shallow dating pool. Watch this when you’re in the burn-it-to-the-ground stage where you just need your friends.
Friends are so important… all the way to the end.
This IS a love tale, I know. But it’s also about taking chances and being courageous in finding new love. Watch this when you’re almost ready to get back in the game.
Watch this when you’re in that “fuck love” stage and ready to dig in your heels on all your other talents.
This parallel plot film will remind you that life is essentially chaos and bad things happening now doesn’t always equal bad things later.
I know, “love” is in the title, but it’s always good to get a reminder that heartbreak is just a part of life and a stepping stone to the next stage. Plus, it’s just good.
This graphic novel-inspired tale teaches us that the Power of Self-Respect > Power of Love to win the day.
When it’s time to focus on friendships, this is the movie to watch.
Okay, you might feel as rock bottomed as Annie (Kristen Wiig), but she does meet Chris O’Dowd in the middle, so there’s hope yet! Just know that you’ve moved on from your own Jon Hamm character.
Nothing like a little shared heartbreak experience with Julia to get us in the mood to commiserate.
Goldie Hawn shows us that when life gives you lemons, you join the Army? But actually, this one is pretty perfect for subverting the typical romance genre.
A tale of futuristic love is remarkably similar to today’s love. Human nature really is timeless. And a little weird.
Or watch Big (1988) if you prefer. But a little dose of alternate reality never hurt anyone.
A little dose of “it could be worse” via our Bridget never goes amiss. Plus, it’ll give you some faith that someone will love you “just as you are.”
Maybe you too wish you could erase your memories of better (and worse) times, but at least we learn it may not make any difference at all. Even if we could.
Revenge is a dish best served with a law degree. Take that, Warner!
The soundtrack is amazing, the love plot is totally secondary (or maybe tertiary), and Juliette B. needs no man. Grab some chocolat to nibble while you’re watching.
Stella reminds us that the worst of times can lead to the best of times. And the sexiest of times.
The love story that kind of isn’t. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, it just isn’t going to work. And that’s totally okay.
You might be stuck in your own symbolic engagement to Prince Humperdinck, but it doesn’t mean that life won’t change sooner than you can storm a castle. Life is inconceivable.