Relationships are never easy and breakups are even harder. When you’re going through something as devastating as parting ways with a significant other, the best thing you can do for yourself is take some time to heal.
So, buy a gallon of ice cream, order greasy takeout food, grab your closest girl friends, and turn on Netflix. These are some of the best films you can stream for your post-breakup feels and they might even give you the confidence to realize that you’re better off on your own anyway…or you can open a bottle of wine.
1. An Unmarried Woman (1978)
If you have yet to see this 70s classic, post-breakup is probably the most ideal time to do so. An Unmarried Woman follows the adventures of a young New Yorker, Erica Benton (Jill Clayburgh) whose chauvinistic husband leaves her for a younger woman. We’ve all heard this tale before, but Benton’s journey to recovery and self-reinvention is truly empowering. So, if you or your best girl are going through a breakup, this movie will help you embrace your newfound freedom and path to self-discovery.
Pairs well with a nice Chardonnay
2. Heathers (1989)
Winona Ryder stars as Veronica, a member of her highschool’s most popular clique. She disapproves of the other girls in the group and their catty behavior so she and her new boyfriend J.D. decide to confront the leader, Heather Chandler. One thing leads to another and they “accidentally” poison Heather. Needless to say, everything begins to spiral out of control. While this may seem like an odd choice for a breakup film, it’s the perfect distraction for anyone dealing with unbearable heartbreak.
Pairs well with a bubbly Rosé
3. Amélie (2001)
Amélie is ideal for the recently single woman looking to reinvent herself and discover the world around her. The protagonist is a young woman living in Paris who enjoys secretly poking around in the lives of others. The film is shot in more than 80 locations throughout Paris and is a beautiful lesson in realizing that being alone doesn’t have to mean being lonely. Who knows, it may even inspire you to book a trip to Europe.
Pairs well with a fruity Pinot Grigio
4. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
If you’ve never seen Mona Lisa Smile, shame on you, but now is the time. Our all-time favorite Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts stars as a recent UCLA graduate hired to teach art history at an all-female academy in 1953. Roberts’ character Katherine Watson is determined to show her students that there’s so much more to being a woman than what society has laid out for them. This film is an inspirational tale of feminism in trying times that I think we could honestly all use right now.
Pairs well with a smooth Merlot
5. Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
We know how unbelievably shitty it is to find out that your SO has been cheating on you, it’s probably one of the worst experiences anyone can ever go through. This film follows Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) who has just learned that her husband has been unfaithful to her. She takes some time to escape the shambles of her home life and adventures out on a spontaneous tour of Italy. What better way to start over than with a trip to a foreign land?
Pairs well with a nice Cabernet
6. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Yes, this film also made its way onto our list of Netflix movies that will mind fuck you, but what’s more mentally tumultous than a twisted love story? Kate Winslet plays a broken-hearted ex girlfriend of Jim Carrey’s character who is determined to erase any memory of him from her mind. Sounds like the typical post-breakup feels, right? When Carrey learns of this, he decides to do the same and the pair begin to forget each other altogether.
Pairs well with a vodka tonic
7. Little Black Book (2004)
Little Black Book is one of the most underrated Brittany Murphy films I’ve ever seen (RIP). When Stacey (Murphy) is upset that her boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston) won’t discuss his past relationships with her, she and her co-worker Barb (Holly Hunter) decide to steal Derek’s phone and contact his ex-girlfriends. It goes as well as you might think, but this movie is actually a hilariously sweet lesson in loving someone enough to let them go and putting your happiness first. You’ll laugh and most likely cry, but that’s what your gallon of ice cream is for right?
Pairs well with a dirty martini.
8. The Other Woman (2009)
Yes, The Other Woman is referring to an extramarrital affair (well actually 3 of them). When multiple women discover they’ve been having a secret relationship with the same married man, things get a little dicey and they team up to get their revenge.
Pairs well with a sex on the beach
9. Begin Again (2014)
I cannot emphasize enough how underrated this movie is. I saw it for the first time on a plane after I had gone through a fairly nasty breakup myself and it seriously made me feel so much better. Kiera Knightley stars alongside Adam Levine (yes that Adam Levine) and Mark Ruffalo in a story about starting over and how sometimes the only person you really need is yourself.
Pairs well with Champagne and a toast to freedom!