10 Movies to Binge Watch After a Break-Up

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Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones Diary (2001)

Going through a break-up? We have the best films to binge watch to get you through it. Booze and junk food is optional…

The Notebook (2004)

Don’t judge me for this (OK, judge me a little, but at least hear me out). Yes, it is cheesy. Yes, not everyone gets a love story like this. Yes, in real life this couple probably would have crashed and burned after the third date. But even for a cynic here is something uplifting about a story of love that truly does conquer all.

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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook (2004) Credit: New Line Cinema

Watch it on: Netflix

500 Days Of Summer (2009)

I once realised a relationship had run its course off the back of watching this film. A beautifully shotmovie about the duration of a couple’s courtship – from those heady first days where you can’t keep your hands off each other, the grim reality of the break-up, to the realisation that you will meet someone else and move on.

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer (2009)

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Before Sunrise (1995)

If you have ever had a holiday romance (or are reeling from a holiday romance gone wrong) this is the film for you. A young couple meet on a train while on holiday and romance blossoms.

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Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise (1995)

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Blue Valentine (2010)

This is a slugger of a film, I’m not going to lie, and you might not even make it through the whole thing. But if you were in a relationship that you knew wasn’t a goodun’, this tale of a couple who eventually come apart at the seams will make you realise that sometimes it is good to let a bad thing go.

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Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine (2010)

Watch it on: Google Play

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

This probably isn’t the best one to watch if you are in your 30s and single (I had a horrifying moment watching it recently when I realised I was now older that Bridget … ) but if you need a few laughs when dealing with a break up, then this provides it in droves. It is a bit dated now, none of us could ever afford her one-bed flat in Borough and a rich barrister probably won’t come along and sweep us off our feet, but we can still dream.

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Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Watch it on: Now TV

Fatal Attraction (1987)

This might seem like a weird choice but if any film will stop you obsessing and Facebook stalking your ex (don’t lie to yourself, you know you have already done it) this will be the one. Glenn Close plays a woman unable to get over the end of an affair with a married man. If you ever wondered where the term bunny boiler was coined – this is it.

Michael Douglas and Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction (1987)
Michael Douglas and Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction (1987)

Watch it on: Google Play

Sliding doors (1998)

After watching this film, missing a train by seconds will never seem that bad again. This flick will make you believe that love could be just around the corner and every decision we make has an impact on our lives.
The film follows a woman and the two very different ways her life goes/could have gone if she had/hadn’t caught a train.

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Sometimes you need a film that will help you to stop stressing about the paths you didn’t take and star focusing on the path you are on.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah in Sliding Doors (1998)

Watch it on: Google Play

Heathers (1988)

An 80s teen film had to feature on this list and this black comedy, featuring Winona Ryder and Christina Slater is a deliciously dark look at young love.

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Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in Heathers (1988)

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

The Way We Were (1973)

A classic starring Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford, who get together despite being complete opposites. If you can overlook the fact that two people who are clearly well into their 30s are playing students, then this film will win you over. The ending isn’t cookie-cutter Hollywood and it will make you cry. Who doesn’t need a good cry after a breakup?

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The Way We Were – Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford 1973

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)

Haven’t we all wished at some point that we could completely erase all memories of a failed relationship from our minds? This film explores just that. Funny, heart breaking and thoughtful, it shows that forgetting a relationship won’t necessarily mean that you’ll avoid the pain. A classic.

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

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

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