The Best 13 Films To Stream When You’re Going Through A Breakup

    heartbreaking, hope-giving, and available instantly

    by gabriel bell · November 27, 2015

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    Did someone just rip your heart out? We can tell. We see it in your eyes. 

    Look, you're not going through this alone. You've got us. Matter of fact, we’ve put together this collection of movies for you and all those other lonely hearts out there specifically for streaming and crying purposes. Culled from Netflix and Amazon, they're flicks perfect for diving deep into self-pity with you or giving you hope that, yes, you will love again.

    Now, just curl up under the sheets and let us fetch some ice cream for you in the kitchen. What’s that? You want us to microwave it? Sure, we've got you.

    <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong><em>Anna Karenina </em>(2012)<em><br /></em></strong></span>In place of your soul, there is a black pit, and you can feel every bit of hope in the world dripping into it, lost forever. <em>The New York Times&rsquo; </em>A.O. Scott said director Joe Wright &ldquo;turns a sweeping epic into a frantic and sublime opera,&rdquo; with&nbsp;his adaptation of Tolstoy&rsquo;s beloved novel.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/70243443">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Anna Karenina (2012)
    In place of your soul, there is a black pit, and you can feel every bit of hope in the world dripping into it, lost forever. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott said director Joe Wright “turns a sweeping epic into a frantic and sublime opera,” with his adaptation of Tolstoy’s beloved novel. Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><em>Silver Linings Playbook </em>(2012)<em><br /></em></span></strong>You were a fool for giving your heart away. A fool. What did you expect when someone else dropped it on the floor and broke it in half? Jennifer Lawrence scooped up a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a depressed, funny woman in this unconventionally winning rom-com.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/70244164">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    You were a fool for giving your heart away. A fool. What did you expect when someone else dropped it on the floor and broke it in half? Jennifer Lawrence scooped up a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a depressed, funny woman in this unconventionally winning rom-com. Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><em>The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind </em>(2004)<em><br /></em></span></strong>If only you&nbsp;could erase history, have never&nbsp;met them, never cried&nbsp;these tears. It is <em>not </em>better to have lost at love. In a rare departure from his usual comedic fare, Jim Carey won praise for his dramatic turn in this surreal love story from director Michel Gondry.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Sunshine-Spotless-Mind-Carrey/dp/B001TAJGO6/ref=sr_1_1/ref=sr_1_1?_encoding=UTF8&amp;keywords=the%20eternal%20sunshine%20of%20the%20spotless%20mind&amp;qid=1448413742&amp;s=instant-video&amp;sr=1-1">Rent it on Amazon here.</a>&nbsp;</p>

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    The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    If only you could erase history, have never met them, never cried these tears. It is not better to have lost at love. In a rare departure from his usual comedic fare, Jim Carey won praise for his dramatic turn in this surreal love story from director Michel Gondry. Rent it on Amazon here. 

    <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><em>Shakespeare In Love</em> (1998)<br /></span></strong>All that you two shared lies like shattered glass on the floor. With every step you take, the pieces cut you.&nbsp;<em>Shakespeare in Love </em>not only won the Academy Award for Best Film, but nabbed&nbsp;Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress wins for Gwyneth Platrow and Judi Dench.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/18170373">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Shakespeare In Love (1998)
    All that you two shared lies like shattered glass on the floor. With every step you take, the pieces cut you. Shakespeare in Love not only won the Academy Award for Best Film, but nabbed Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress wins for Gwyneth Platrow and Judi Dench. Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><em>Chocolat </em>(2000)<em><br /></em></span></strong>You mourn as if there&nbsp;was a death, but they are alive. They're are out there, perhaps sharing dinner, a drink, an embrace with someone else. Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche team up in a Lasse Hallstrom film that Roger Ebert called, &ldquo;charming and whimsical.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/60003116">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Chocolat (2000)
    You mourn as if there was a death, but they are alive. They're are out there, perhaps sharing dinner, a drink, an embrace with someone else. Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche team up in a Lasse Hallstrom film that Roger Ebert called, “charming and whimsical.” Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><em>Blue Is The Warmest Color </em>(2013)<em><br /></em></span></strong>That first moment you touched was fire, yet only you&nbsp;got burned. The memory of your first night together still haunts you.&nbsp;Director Abdellatif Kechiche received both criticism and praise for his depiction of lesbian relationships and lovemaking in this French hit.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/70275600">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
    That first moment you touched was fire, yet only you got burned. The memory of your first night together still haunts you. Director Abdellatif Kechiche received both criticism and praise for his depiction of lesbian relationships and lovemaking in this French hit. Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><em>Bridget Jones&rsquo; Diary </em>(2001)<em><br /></em></span></strong>And marriage? What were you <em>thinking</em>? That was a child&rsquo;s dream. Now, though, the dream has become a nightmare.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<em>Times&rsquo; </em>Stephen Holden said that star Ren&eacute;e Zellweger &ldquo;accomplishes the small miracle of making Bridget both entirely endearing and utterly real.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/60020322">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
    And marriage? What were you thinking? That was a child’s dream. Now, though, the dream has become a nightmare. The Times’ Stephen Holden said that star Renée Zellweger “accomplishes the small miracle of making Bridget both entirely endearing and utterly real.” Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong><em>Legally Blonde</em> (2001)</strong><br /></span>You&rsquo;ll show them. You&rsquo;ll get a better job, a better place, a better body, a better life. They&rsquo;ll be sorry they ever let you go. <em>That's</em> revenge. Almost 15 years on, Reese Witherspoon&rsquo;s now-iconic performance as Elle Woods is fresh&nbsp;and inspiring as ever.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/60021025">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

    Legally Blonde (2001)
    You’ll show them. You’ll get a better job, a better place, a better body, a better life. They’ll be sorry they ever let you go. That's revenge. Almost 15 years on, Reese Witherspoon’s now-iconic performance as Elle Woods is fresh and inspiring as ever. Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"><em>Weekend </em>(2011)<br /></span></strong>Oh, who are you kidding? This is it. This is all you&rsquo;ll ever have. You&rsquo;ll never love again. Not like this. This British romantic indie about a casual encounter that turns into something&nbsp;more has a 95-percent rating&nbsp;on Rotten Tomatoes along with&nbsp;praise for its delicacy and realism.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/70178273">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Weekend (2011)
    Oh, who are you kidding? This is it. This is all you’ll ever have. You’ll never love again. Not like this. This British romantic indie about a casual encounter that turns into something more has a 95-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes along with praise for its delicacy and realism. Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong><em>Blue Valentine </em>(2010)<br /></strong></span>No, stop it. You&rsquo;ve got to pull yourself out of this. Crying till you die won&rsquo;t bring them back. Eating under the blankets won&rsquo;t cure the pain. Star Ryan Gosling wrote and performed all his own music in this indie weeper, while Grizzly Bear provided the soundtrack.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Valentine-Ryan-Gosling/dp/B00503B9XE/ref=sr_1_1_dvt_1?s=movies-tv&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1448415882&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Blue+Valentine">Rent it on Amazon here.</a></p>

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    Blue Valentine (2010)
    No, stop it. You’ve got to pull yourself out of this. Crying till you die won’t bring them back. Eating under the blankets won’t cure the pain. Star Ryan Gosling wrote and performed all his own music in this indie weeper, while Grizzly Bear provided the soundtrack. Rent it on Amazon here.

    <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong><em>6 Years</em> (2015)<br /></strong></span>And maybe this is all for the best. Better to find out it was all a lie now then find out later, right? But all that love, was it any of it real? Where did it go? The two leads, Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield, turn in the best performances of their young careers.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/80045922">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    6 Years (2015)
    And maybe this is all for the best. Better to find out it was all a lie now then find out later, right? But all that love, was it any of it real? Where did it go? The two leads, Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield, turn in the best performances of their young careers. Add it to your Netflix queue here.

    <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong><em>Poetic Justice </em>(1993)<br /></strong></span>You have to love yourself, take care of&nbsp;yourself, respect yourself, even if they never did. You've already wasted too much time trying to&nbsp;make them happy. Musicians Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur both legitimize themselves as true actors as they take their&nbsp;characters go from hate to acceptance, to love.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Justice-Janet-Jackson/dp/B0018Q91Y6/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1448417163&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=poetic+justice">Rent it on Amazon here.</a></p>

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    Poetic Justice (1993)
    You have to love yourself, take care of yourself, respect yourself, even if they never did. You've already wasted too much time trying to make them happy. Musicians Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur both legitimize themselves as true actors as they take their characters go from hate to acceptance, to love. Rent it on Amazon here.

    <p class="p1"><em><span class="s1"><strong>Am&eacute;lie </strong></span></em><span class="s1"><strong>(2001)</strong></span><em><span class="s1"><br /></span></em>There is hope. There <em>must </em>be. After all, it is all they left you with. Ebert called <em>Am&eacute;lie, </em>&ldquo;a delicious pastry of a movie, a lighthearted fantasy in which a winsome heroine overcomes a sad childhood and grows up to bring cheer to the needful and joy to herself.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.netflix.com/title/60022048">Add it to your Netflix queue here.</a></p>

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    Amélie (2001)
    There is hope. There must be. After all, it is all they left you with. Ebert called Amélie, “a delicious pastry of a movie, a lighthearted fantasy in which a winsome heroine overcomes a sad childhood and grows up to bring cheer to the needful and joy to herself.” Add it to your Netflix queue here.

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