Breaking Up? 14 Must-Watch Films for Anyone Dreading February 14

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Seemingly everyone is in love on Valentine’s Day, and you’re in the midst of a break-up. Now what? Order a pizza, put your phone on silent, and watch these 14 films to get through February 14 without losing it completely.


500 Days of Summer

“This is not a love story.” Not only does this deliciously offbeat romcom win our vote for the fact that it doesn’t move in chronological order, but it’s also perfect for hopeless romantics in need of a reality check – and a little assurance that true love will find you eventually.

Watch it here.


Eat Pray Love

Prompting women worldwide to drop their lives and travel the globe, Eat Pray Love remains a guilty pleasure. And if packing a suitcase in the midst of a break-up is not an option, you can always scoff enough pizza to make yourself sick as you watch Julia Roberts escape to Italy and make a pitstop at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in an attempt to recover from her divorce.

Watch it here.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Would you erase an ex from your memory entirely? Ponder this as you watch an ingenious romantic comedy that, ironically, kicks off on Valentine’s Day. Not only did the film illustrate how versatile Jim Carrey can be as an actor, but it’s also a masterpiece that challenges whether lost love is more pain or pleasure.

Watch it here.


Forgetting Sarah Marshall

We dare you not to laugh as Jason Segel’s wallows in misery, regardless of how miserable you are yourself. This hilarious comedy simultaneously depicts just how far someone is willing to go in order to forget their ex and features Russell Brand essentially playing himself through a vain and vulgar British rocker named Aldous Snow.

Watch it here.


High Fidelity

A truly iconic film in this genre, High Fidelity follows lovelorn record-store owner Rob Gordon revisit his top five break-ups, making you feel less alone in the process. You may not have healed by the time it’s over, but we guarantee you’ll have an official soundtrack to go with your #currentstate.

Watch it here.

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

We won’t tell you how Stella got her groove back – hint: there’s eye candy involved – but we will tell you this: between watching a Type A woman finally loosen up and Whoopi Goldberg playing the kind of friend we all deserve, you’ll feel better in no time.

Watch it here.


How to Be Single

If this raunchy comedy is to be believed, life in a big city is best lived single. Just take every single word that Rebel Wilson utters in this film as words of wisdom and watch it with your girlfriends in tow, and your break-up won’t seem so bad after all.

Watch it here.

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John Tucker Must Die

Revenge is a dish best served cold, right? Especially if you’re dealing with a two-timing jerk who thinks he’s God’s gift to women. Yes, we’ll say it – we’ll never outgrow this 2006 comedy set in high school and starring Brittany Snow, Sophia Bush, and Ashanti.

Watch it here.


Legally Blonde

You don’t have to be anything like Elle Woods to relate to that scene during which she’s lying in bed and ploughing through a box of chocolates in her post-break-up funk. If this comedy doesn’t inspire you to stay true to who you are during this new chapter of your life, we don’t know what will.

Watch it here.


Sliding Doors

Did Sliding Doors singlehandedly invent the concept of a getting drastic haircut after a break-up? We think so. Not only does this film explore how one single moment can change the entire course of your life, but it also triggers some interesting conversations about fate and what-ifs.

Watch it here.

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Someone Like You

Leave it to Someone Like You to tap an impossibly charming actor like Greg Kinnear to play the bad guy. It may be 19 years since this romcom was released, but it’s still a Savoir Flair favorite. Why? Because Ashley Judd’s character obsessively trying to understand the male mind after an untimely break-up is downright relatable.

Watch it here.


The Break-Up

As irony would have it, Jennifer Aniston starred in The Break-Up after her break-up with Brad Pitt, making her acting skills practically unnecessary. Arguably, what’s most refreshing about this classic romcom is that the couple in question doesn’t get back together in the end – or do they?

Watch it here.

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The First Wives Club

Female icons Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton collide in this iconic comedy about three friends plotting revenge on the ex-husbands who left them for younger women. We still can’t decide which aspect we enjoy more: the heartwarming plot twist at the end or Sarah Jessica Parker playing a complete bimbo.

Watch it here.


Under the Tuscan Sun

Long before Elizabeth Gilbert headed to Rome to “marvel at something”, Frances Mayes impulsively bought a house in Tuscany after her divorce in San Francisco left her with terminal writer’s block and depression in this 2003 romcom. What follows is a series of culture shocks, rebounds gone wrong, and some of our favorite passages in film.

Watch it here.

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