Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily go as perfectly planned as everyone would like. People do find themselves starting the holiday in a relationship but going to bed single. Clearly not the best day for this to happen, but it still does. So, to help ease out of the Valentine’s Day blues, here is a list of the top 5 breakup movies:
What would a top 5 list be without High Fidelity? This film follows Rob Gordon (John Cusack), a music fanatic who conveniently works at a record store, and his attempt to cope with his most recent breakup by categorizing everything—and I mean everything—into a top 5 list, including his top 5 breakups.
As if the name isn’t enough justification, this 2006 film follows the lives of couple Gary Grobowski and Brooke Meyers (Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston), who live together but have grown apart. They play an escalating succession of childish games in their attempts to claim their valuable New York apartment and get the other person to cave first.
After going through an unbearable breakup, the couple in this movie, Joel Barish and Clementine Kruczynski (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet), decide that it would be better to continue their lives as though they had literally never known one another. So, they contract with Lacuna Corp. to erase the memories of ever having known each other. Though it doesn’t go nearly as smoothly as they had hoped, however; in the process of erasing the memories, Joel has to relive each and every one as he they disappear in real time. This process makes him subconsciously regret the decision and attempt to hold onto and hide the remaining memories of his estranged girlfriend any way he can.
This is a movie that touches on attempting to stay friends post breakup—well, post-divorce in this case. Celeste and Jesse were high school sweethearts who, like many such couples, ended up getting married. However, Celeste begins to chafe at Jesse refusing to grow up. It’s the classic situation of one person moving on, after which the other person realizes too late that he had also wanted things to work … but didn’t do anything about it.
In arguably the best breakup movie of all time, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt finds himself falling in love with Summer Finn, the new receptionist at the greeting card company where he works.Summer declares that she doesn’t believe in relationships. Despite this major red flag, Tom attempts to pursue a relationship with Summer. This movie details beautifully how we all fall victim to the perfect world in our head that doesn’t exactly pan out as planned in reality.
Just because that movie is awesome and everyone should watch it for any reason at all. I suppose Matt Damon technically breaks up with Minnie Driver in the movie as well.