THE 'MOVE ON FROM YOUR EX' WATCH LIST
Our goal here is simple: to help you curate the perfect Rolodex of movies that will help you deal if or when things with your loved one fall apart. Its said that to get over your ex you must go through these five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Let's see if our curated list of flicks can help.
There are many different types of breakup movies: the ones that are actually about breakups in the literal sense and the ones that deal with the different stages of breakups metaphorically. For instance: (500) Days of Summer. That’s about breakups. The Hours, on the other hand, is about handling grief, an emotion that occurs after any loss — especially the loss of a relationship. Because a list of breakup movies exists around every corner of the Internet, we’re digging deeper into the films that will help you cope with those separations in a far less overt but no less helpful way.
Movies, above all else, are therapeutic. The best ones allow us to relieve, relive, or re-evaluate our most tender experiences in a way that no other art form can. Click through to see our picks for the films that will aid you in getting through every one of those five stages — and straight on to renewal.
SILVER LINING'S PLAYBOOK
There’s nothing sadder than watching someone refuse to accept the end of a relationship, but that’s what makes the burgeoning romance between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s manic lovebirds so darn powerful. It's only once Cooper’s character learns to let go of the woman who abandoned him that he can see the woman who’s standing right in front of him.
You get by with a little help from your friends. When you're recovering from a break-up, it's best to surround yourself with your clan, like the women in this hilarious, raunchy film do. Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, and hijinks follow.
JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE
After three women discover they're all dating the same human trashcan, John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe), they band together to break his heart and take him down. Watch this movie if post-breakup vitriol is coursing through your veins.
THELMA AND LOUISE
Let these heroines remind you who the most important relationship in your life is: your best friend.
2 DAYS IN PARIS
No matter how painful the breakup, it's probably better than introducing your non-French speaking American boyfriend to your sexually-liberated parents and a slew of exes. Sometimes, schadenfreude is the best remedy for heartbreak.
If spending time with your best friends is a crucial part of getting over an ex, then why not spend it with a group of fictional characters who are sure to distract you from your pain for at least two hours? Plus, if you just got out of a crappy relationship, it's helpful to see what a good one looks like. (Sup, Chris O'Dowd?)