9 Movies To Watch On Netflix After A Breakup To Help You Feel Better Faster

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After a breakup, there is only one option: Order in enough Chinese food for an entire army of people, and binge-watch almost every movie on Netflix.

But when it comes to choosing films, there are two options.

You can lean into your sadness and watch things that will definitely make you miss your ex (and probably want to text him). OR you can watch movies that remind you that you're a badass queen who doesn't need that guy anyway.

Here are 10 movies to watch after a breakup for the perfect Netflix-and-get-over-him weekend.

Bridget Jones Diary

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Well this one is just obvious, isn't it? Bridget Jones is Breakup 101.

So get a tub of ice cream, put a blanket over your head, and start singing "All By Myself." Because if anyone can empathize with what you're going through, it's Bridget.

Plus, is anyone hotter than Darcy?

10 Things I Hate About You

But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all. — Katarina Stratford, 10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You is about a popular girl who can't go out on a date until her rebellious, super feminist, older sister does.

Right now, if you're feeling a little bit like the younger sister — in desperate in need of male attention — watch this film to remember what a badass feminist looks like. Plus, it stars Julia Stiles being wooed by a young Heath Ledger.

Sin City

Talk about a cast of girl bosses.

Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Alexis Bledel, Devon Aoki, and more are all kicking ass in this film, and they're all looking good while doing it.

Women are the heroes in this movie, and besides having an interesting plot, the movie is visually super cool to look at.

So if you're feeling insecure after your breakup, or if you've lost a bit of your confidence, this is the movie to watch to get you back in your power.


If you think your relationship was dysfunctional, then it's about time you check out Heathers, a movie about a murderous couple (Wynona Ryder and Christian Slater) who decide to kill off all the mean girls in school.

Their idea of a date night is a bit out of the ordinary:

J.D. (Christian Slater): Wanna go out tonight? Catch a movie? Miniature golf? Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder): I was thinking more along the lines of slitting Heather Duke's wrists open, making it look like suicide. J.D.: Ah, now you're talking. I can be up for that. I've already started underlining meaningful passages in her copy of Moby Dick, if you know what I mean.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Andie: True or False: All's fair in love and war. Ben: True. Andie: Great answer. Ben: Good question!

So maybe you lost your guy. At least now, you can laugh at Kate Hudson while she intentionally tries to lose hers.

Plus, this film is a good lesson in everything you shouldn't do in a relationship, so you can take notes for next time.

Mona Lisa Smile

Katherine Watson: It says here that you're pre-law. What law school are you going to go to? Joan Brandwyn: I hadn't really thought about that. After I graduate, I plan on getting married. Katherine Watson: And then? Joan Brandwyn: [confused] And then... I'll be married.

It's 1950, and a teacher, played by Julia Roberts, encourages the girls in her college classroom to aspire to more than traditional gender norms such as marriage.  It's a good reminder that there is more to life than relationships.

Why not take this time to focus on you and your career? (After you finish the movie, of course.)

Magic Mike

I mean, do I need to explain why you should watch Magic Mike? I don't, right? It's obvious.

Watch Magic Mike. Watch it over and over and over again.

Basic Instinct

A sexy Sharon Stone seduces men and then... kills them. If that doesn't help to empower your broken heart, then I don't know what will.

Plus, when you're sick of a bunch of weepy rom-coms, a murderous female lead is a pretty nice break.


Hung up on that guy? Don't be. He might be a psycho murderer — even if he is the hot Skeet Ulrich.

Horror movies are a great way to get you out of your own head. Plus, the shot of adrenaline might be the jolt of energy you need to get you out of your funk.

Do you have favorite movies that you like to watch after a breakup? Any food pairings that go well with your "Netflix and Get Over Him" chills? Let me know in the comments!