Getting through a breakup is hard. You want to get your mind off him, but everything reminds you of him. One of the most comforting things to do during this period of heartbreak is to curl up on the sofa and watch some of your favourite films. Not only are they a great distraction, but they also instill hope - things may be rough in the beginning, but they do get better at the end. Remember Shah Rukh Khan’s famous words? Humari filmon ki tarah, humari zindagi end mein bhi sab theek ho jata hai... So, get some popcorn, wipe your tears and ensconce yourself in a cosy blankie to watch these movies that will bring a smile to your face. We have specially curated 45 heart broken movies list - a mix of comedy, romance and animated - that will cheer you up and make you realise that you’re not alone in this.
1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Directed by Nicholas Stoller (who has given us more hysterical comedies like the Neighbours franchise), Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a mad ride. After being dumped by his girlfriend Sarah (Kristen Bell), the adorable Peter (Jason Segel) flies to Hawaii to see if he can move on...only to find out that his ex is vacationing at the same hotel with her new beau! This movie is hilarious and will make you laugh through the perils of heartbreak! Watch it here.
2. A Walk To Remember
This Is Us star Mandy Moore gave one of the finest performances of her life as a teenager who wants to fall in love and does - but life had other plans in store for her. Based on the eponymous book by popular author Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember will make your heart melt. Here come the tears... If you need to just cry it out - this should be your go-to! This is one of the best movies to watch after a breakup. Watch it here.
3. Jab We Met
Jab We Met is hands down Imtiaz Ali’s finest film and Shahid and Kareena’s greatest performances. It’s a story of two strangers who meet on a train, one heartbroken and the other full of love, life and laughter... Together they manage to combat old flames and realise how awesome life can be when you start anew! Bebo will give you some pretty awesome tips on how to get over your old beau! Watch it here.
4. Love Actually
Set predominantly in London at Christmas-time, the film is a multi-starrer directed by Richard Curtis. This movie features eight couples dealing with the angst that is love! This is a really feel-good kinda film that reminds you that you can never give up on love! Buy the DVD here.
5. Finding Nemo
A story of a father's unconditional love for his child! This, or anything by Pixar really, will be sure to get you feeling good inside and believing that love can conquer all! Watch it here.
6. Maid In Manhattan
A real Cinderella story set in modern-day New York! It is a romantic comedy film directed by Wayne Wang. The film stars Jennifer Lopez who essays the role of a domestic help mistaken for a socialite. She will show you that over everything else, believing in yourself is the way to move forward in life. Watch it here.
7. Dil Chahta Hai
This Bollywood hit is all about friendship, love, heartbreak and well, happy endings. It stars Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khanna and Preity Zinta in titular roles. It's a classic bound to get you smiling... And planning that road trip with your besties, of course! Watch it here.
8. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
If you are feeling down in the dumps, then this movie will make you realise that life is worth living to the fullest! A beautiful film directed by Zoya Akhtar, it stars Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol in the lead roles. It will give you that kick you need to get back up again... You can totally judge this movie by its name! And watch it a zillion times. Watch it here.
9. Silver Linings Playbook
What happens when opposites cross paths? What happens when you have to, without any choice of your own, move on from your past love? Excelsior - watch it and you'll know what we mean! The film is a classic that stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro in the lead. Watch it here.
10. Legally Blonde
Trust Reese Witherspoon to breathe you back to life if you’re heartbroken. This is one of the good breakup movies every girl should watch. If Elle Woods can channel her heartbreak into getting into a law school, you can achieve whatever it is that you set your heart on! The sequel is a fun watch, too! Your takeaway from this movie has to be in Elle’s words, “Forget it, I have spent too much time crying over you!” Watch it here.
11. Pretty Woman
An unlikely love story that shows Julia Roberts as the sassy working girl who wins Richard Gere's heart! Sometimes, you need to rid yourself of all expected to run into something amazing. You deserve all the happiness in the world, girl - man or no man! Watch it here.
12. My Best Friend's Wedding
Okay, so Julia Roberts doesn't get the guy. But that doesn't mean that she gave up trying? She fought for love, lost, and moved on. The film will make you cry and also motivate to get up and get going. Watch it for the most iconic music number of the 90s - Say A Little Prayer For You! Watch it here.
13. Eat, Pray, Love
Your world can come shattering down after a relationship, but by no means does that mean you are broken. The film is directed by Ryan Murphy and stars the luminous Julia Roberts. Watch this movie to feel inspired about rediscovering each and every aspect of yourself! Plus, make some travel plans to find yourself again. Watch it here.
14. Notting Hill
Notting Hill is the masterpiece written by Richard Curtis, the author of Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hugh Grant (and his hilarious flatmate) will have you laughing out loud through this movie! You'll see that after every ending there are only new beginnings! Watch it here.
15. Erin Brockovich
Okay, so basically anything with Julia Roberts in it! The girl knows how to bring out every emotion and make you feel better about any situation! Erin Brockovich is based on the real-life story of a lawyer and environmental activist, who took down big shots in the government. Watch it here.
16. The First Wives’ Club
This should be definitely in your checklist of good movies to watch after a breakup. An oldie, but a goodie! Watch three women (Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn) pick themselves back up after their husbands dump them. They come back stronger, better and more fabulous - reminding you that all you need is a bit of faith and your girlfriends. Watch it here.
17. Harry Potter Series
Films one through eight, thank you very much. If nothing else, the magical world of wizardry and witchcraft will have you engrossed for a good amount of time and help take your mind off other woes! Based on the novels written by JK Rowling, the Harry Potter series will have you glued to your screens. Buy the DVD here.
18. American Pie
If you're looking for some sex flicks, then the American Pie series is going to be a fun watch. A giggle every minute is bound to have you back to normal and laughing in no time! Buy the DVD here.
19. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
SRK proves that pyaar ek baar nahi hota hai… If finds true love again and so will you.It’s one of Karan Johar’s best films. Watch it for the iconic and celebrated trio - SRK, Rani Mukherji and Kajol. Watch it here.
20. Dil Toh Paagal Hai
Dance your way through this classic and let it remind you that the heart wants what it wants! And that may be the right guy is the one who has been under your nose this whole time. It is a Yashraj production that stars Karisma Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit Nene and well the King of romance- SRK. Can’t get any better! Watch it here.
21. Begin Again
If you’re a Mark Ruffalo fan, then you’re going to love this movie. It beautifully captures how Keira Knightley's character emerges strong post her breakup with her boyfriend. She starts blooming again after she gets appreciated for her work by a noted record label executive. Watch it here.
Post your break-up if you’re feeling low and going through the “Mera life itna kharaab hogaya hai” phase, then you must watch Queen to know that God has his own plans. Kangana’s acting in the film is par excellence and she’ll make you laugh and at the same time motivate you to get up and move on. This should be one of the movies to watch when heartbroken. Watch it here.
23. An Unmarried Woman
An Unmarried Woman is the story of a woman whose world takes a 360 degree turn when her husband ends their marriage and leaves her for a younger woman. Her rage and how she comes out of it and re-evaluates her life is truly inspiring. Buy The DVD here.
24. Bride Wars
Want to watch a film that makes you get over the gloomy day? Watch Bride Wars! It’s the story of two childhood BFFs, who become arch rivals when their wedding date and venue clash. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathway are sure to make you laugh and spend more time with your bestie. Watch it here.
25. Love Aaj Kal
Love Aaj Kal is a story about a couple who believes they’re practical even when it comes to love. They decide to split up when work and opportunities arise. But have they completely fallen out of love? Will they be able to move on? Watch the film to know how Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) challenge their fate. Trust us when we say this, Imtiaz Ali knows life and relationships, so his movies always leave you with a thought. Watch it here.
26. Magic Mike And Magic Mike XXL
All right queens, are you ready to feast your eyes and let some hot male entertainers captivate you? Magic Mike and its sequel Magic Mike XXL are two of those feel-good movies that leave you smiling. Channing Tatum not only has washboard abs you’d drool over, but also some incredible moves you’d want to watch on loop. Get over your ex already, he's nowhere close to Tatum! Watch it here.
27. French Kiss
You know what you need? Some more Meg Ryan. In this movie, she flies off to France to get her cheating fiance back but finds herself wrapped up into another man, the charming Kevin Kline who is trying to smuggle a necklace and a vine cutting to Paris. Quick tip: Don’t go after your ex and definitely never get involved with a criminal. Watch it here.
28. 500 Days Of Summer
If you want to deal with your break-up well, 500 Days Of Summer should be your guidebook. The film is about a guy who sinks into depression every time he revisits his failed relationship with the woman he loved unconditionally, who didn’t feel sure about him. He comes out of the phase after he gets closure from her and becomes a successful architect. Watch it here.
29. Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Not copied from What Happens In Vegas, as Karan Johar says. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Imran Khan get married under the influence of alcohol in Las Vegas. Does that plot ring a bell? Nonetheless, the film is a fun watch and has peppy songs. If nothing else, just shake a leg on Aunty Ji and you’ll feel pumped. Watch it here.
30. The Break-Up
Sure, break-ups are hard to handle but do you know what’s harder? It’s when you’re in a live-in relationship and none of you wants to move out. Interestingly, this Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston starrer is a romantic comedy that starts where others end. After trying hard to get back at each and seeking revenge, the former flames decide to stick together as spiteful roommates until one of them decides to vacate the condo. This is a fun watch! Watch it here.
31. Mean Girls
Do we ever need a reason to watch Mean Girls? Guess not! This film written by Tina Fey will take you back to your high school days when there was always a clique of girls who knew exactly how to make the life hell of the newbie in school. You can channel all the inner hate and let Mean Girls be a cathartic activity. Watch it here.
32. John Tucker Must Die
Did he cheat on you? Did he lie to you? Did he lose interest in you while you guys were dating? Then John Tucker Must Die is going to pep you up. It is the story of a guy who plays with the hearts of three girls but gets trapped in their game plan when they decide to be his karma and bite him in the ass. And if you want, you can watch the Bollywood version of it, too. It’s called Luv Ka The End and stars Shraddha Kapoor. Watch it here.
33. Veere Di Wedding
When you’re going through a tough time, all you need is some downtime with your girls. The film stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania - childhood besties who always had each other’s back. Watch Veere Di Wedding with your Veeres and you will feel much better and lighter! Watch it here.
34. Tiny Furniture
The story is about a woman named Aura, who returns home with a pointless degree in film studies and a broken heart after her boyfriend dumps her. She starts working at a nearby restaurant and gets romantically involved with the chef and a local internet star. The film is refreshing and relatable. It has dark humour as it explores the story of a woman seeking her identity and building one. Watch it here.
This movie was shot after Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor had broken up. Again, an Imtiaz Ali film that you can relate to so hard. Ved (Ranbir) meets Tara in Corsica and they hit it off, but they never tell each other any truth about themselves, not even the name. But their hearts have other plans and they meet again. Why is this movie on the list? Watch it and you’ll understand! Watch it here.
36. La La Land
La La Land is an exuberant musical synonymous to magic. It is the story of a girl and a boy whose ambitions tear apart their relationship. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's powerful acting skills breathe life to an otherwise basic script. Sway to La La Land, you must! Watch it here.
Claimed to be the first ever chick flick in Bollywood, Aisha is a story about a girl played by Sonam Kapoor, who loves playing matchmaker to her friends but sometimes goes overboard by making decisions for them as per her whims and fancies. With a good storyline and great music, Aisha is that movie you can watch as you binge-eat ice cream from a tub. Not feeling it? Read Jane Austen’s Emma, the book it is based on. Watch it here.
38. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
If it’s meant to be, it’ll come to you. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a fun ride that takes you through the journey of four friends (Ranbir, Deepika, Kalki and Aditya Roy Kapoor) and how they all go into different directions when they grow up. The chemistry between Bunny and Naina is exciting, but also watch it for the friendships between the four characters. This flick will make you sway to its melodious songs and sob to some of the scenes that are very heartwarming and relatable. Watch it here.
The film will empower you to accept the hardships that life throws at you, put on some mascara and face the world while you look killer doing so like Deepika Padukone. In the movie, all three characters - Deepika, Saif Ali Khan and Diana Penty - suffer heartache and they find their way in life. Watch it here.
40. Dear Zindagi
Alia Bhatt has proved her acting prowess with her performance in Dear Zindagi. Not only is the film well-written, but also well-directed. Listen to the advice that Shah Rukh Khan (Alia’s therapist) gives her and make notes. It’s always recommended to go to a professional to seek help and you should do the same if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Watch it here.
41. Anjaana Anjaani
It’s okay to be disheartened when life throws a curveball at you. But what’s important is to find your ray of sunshine and live your life happily. Anjaana Anjaani has beautiful songs and the story makes you realise that a breakup is not the end of the world. Watch it here.
42. When Harry Met Sally...
The film poses a question most people don't have an answer to, 'Can a man and woman ever be friends?' The film is about Harry and Sally, two people who refuse to accept their feelings for each other as they share a great bond of friendship and don't want to ruin it by getting intimate with each other. Anything with Meg Ryan is a winner, but this one with Billy Crystal is a classic from the 80s and it will make you say, “I’ll have what she’s having.” *Wink wink* Watch it here.
43. He’s Just Not That Into You
He’s Just Not That Into You is a film that has parallel stories about love, relationships, breakups and heartbreaks. This is the perfect film for a girl to watch after she's broken up or has been broken up with. Also, Bradley Cooper is hot AF! Watch it here.
44. Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
You mustn’t play with the feeling of those who have truly loved you, right? Else they’d come and haunt you. And in this film, this happens literally. Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past is a film about a guy who’s frightened to his gut when the ghosts of his ex-girlfriends come to pay him a visit to change his opinions about love. Watch it here.
45. Music And Lyrics
Music And Lyrics as the title suggests is a film about the relationship that brews between a renowned lyricist and a washed-up musician as they start working on a song together. Drew Barrymore is a delight and well who isn't a fan of Hugh Grant? I bet you'll love this one.
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This story was updated in October 2019.