14 Breakup Movies on Netflix Right Now


By Jessica Munoz

Settle in and get cozy because we’ve compiled our Netflix suggestions for what to watch after a breakup, from the funny ones to bittersweet to inspirational. Once you're done with these, check out our other roundup for 5 more movie recommendations. Pass the popcorn, please! (Note, this was true at the time of post, but Netflix availability changes often.)

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

In the midst of caring for her suicidal brother, Kristen Wiig's character is dealing with her own depression. And unbeknownst to her blue-collared husband who wants to start a family, she is battling with a sex addiction and secretly taking birth control. It's a dark, but heavy-hitting story about all the different kinds of love and what happens when family comes back together.

Mood: Bittersweet 

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

What happens when you are asked to be the best man/woman of your best friend’s wedding and you realize that you’re head over heels with that person? Julia Roberts brilliantly tries to come up with the perfect plan to ruin the wedding. And who can forget that classic line: "You're never gonna be JELL-O!"

Mood: Funny + Bittersweet

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Bradley Cooper finds himself estranged from his wife and unable to cope, and an unexpected relationship with a troubled stranger played by Jennifer Lawrence ends up being transformational in more ways than one. Epic dance sequence included.

Mood: Inspirational

Down To You (2000)

This Y2K rom com catalogs the rocky trajectory of a romance between Freddie Prinze and Julia Stiles, who fall in love at first sight in college and then find themselves going apart and coming back together over the years. A great watch for anyone dealing with on-again off-again.

Mood: Bittersweet

High Fidelity (2000)

When record shop owner Rob Gordon discovers his girlfriend is with another guy (remember Tim Robbin’s hilarious character?), he begins a quest to reconnect with five of his exes to figure out why all of his relationships end. A total classic for anyone feeling burned by a relationship.

Mood: Funny + Bittersweet

Grace and Frankie (2015)

This hilarious and heartfelt original Netflix series is about not just one, but TWO epic breakups. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda play the left-behind wives of two business partners who have fallen in love, and the series follows the two powerhouse women as they rediscover what it means to be on their own after decades of being wives and mothers.

Mood: Funny + Inspirational

Legally Blonde (2001) 

Reese Witherspoon plays a sorority girl who tags along her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School in hopes of impressing him and winning back his heart. Once there, she discovers she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined. She also shows us how to master her failproof attention-grabber The Bend and Snap!

Mood: Funny + Inspirational

Comet (2014)

This movie is a series of out of order flashbacks of Justin Long and Emmy Rossum's intricate six-year relationship. It is an artistic film that will leave you wanting to call all of your loved ones to tell them you love them. 

Mood: Bittersweet

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

The lovable and endearingly frank Renee Zellweger takes us along through her ridiculous dating mishaps. Guaranteed to lift anyone’s spirits! 

Mood: Funny 

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

In this sequel, we carry on where Bridget Jones's Diary left off. After snagging her perfect boyfriend (with a "gorgeous bottom"), Bridget still manages to flip her love life upside down. 

Mood: Funny

Frida (2002)

Salma Hayek vibrantly portrays Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The film highlights the incredible highs and bouts of depression she experiences throughout her passionate relationship with muralist and womanizer Diego Rivera. 

Mood: Inspirational + Bittersweet

Last Love (2013)

If you're up for a film sweeter than butterscotch, a little sad, and sure to make you smile, then Last Love has you covered. 

Mood: Bittersweet

Take this Waltz (2012)

This movie asks the question: What do long-term relationships do to our love and sex lives? It's a gritty and sometimes painful look at marriage, and what happens when two people love each other but grow apart.

Mood: Bittersweet

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Jessica Munoz

Jessica is a writer living in Venice Beach. Her guilty pleasure is food competition shows.

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