Why exactly would a divorce movie be good for you? How would a divorce movie help you get through a difficult time? Well, the answer can be summed up in one word: perspective.
When you experience the phenomenon of divorce vicariously through the lives of others, even if it is a contrived life portrayed by actors, you can gain a better perspective on your own situation and be able to understand it better. That is the real power of watching something that is similar to what you’re going through.
That said, some divorce movies are better than others, just like some movies, in general, are better than others. There are those that are full of award-winning actors, plots, and shots, and there are those that you would rather not watch a second time.
Here is a list of great divorce movies that you will greatly enjoy watching for their valuable content, if for nothing else. On the other hand, if you’re going through a divorce or separation, you might find some useful lessons to learn here.
10 Movies About Divorce
This Nancy Meyers movie is one of the classics. The cast is full of stars, being led by Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep in the main roles. The story revolves around a divorced couple who soon start having an affair with each other. It’s pretty cute and witty and is something you can watch and laugh to endlessly. I have watched it countless times myself and always notice something new every time I watch it again; it feels like I might be watching it for the first time.
The movie might give you some hope that your ex can come back into your life and your love can be reignited. However, remember that it’s Hollywood and don’t keep your expectations too high.
This is one of those movies that have you rolling around on the floor in laughter. The cast features the skilled comedian Steve Carell and the exceedingly handsome and well-loved actor Ryan Gosling.
The premise of the movie is quite interesting and gets you hooked even before the action starts. Cal, who is played by Steve Carell, has just been told by his wife, played by Julianne Moore, that she wants a divorce. In the meantime, he has a rather fortuitous meeting with Jake, played by Ryan Gosling. Jake is a handsome womanizer who takes it upon himself to give Cal a complete makeover and turn him into a babe magnet. That sounds exciting in itself but you will have your mind blown by the twist at the end.
I wouldn’t say you’re going to learn any major life lessons from this particular movie. However, you’re definitely going to have a lot of laughs and that’s going to make your days a little bit brighter.
What happens when a bunch of husbands decide to leave their wives for younger and supposedly more beautiful women? Why, the first wives take revenge, of course! That’s the premise of this absolutely hilarious movie that will have you howling in laughter and crying enough tears to exhaust your pack of Kleenex at the same time. It follows the adventures of Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton as they seek revenge on their husbands for leaving them for younger catches. It also stars a much younger Sarah Jessica Parker that is bound to mesmerize you. There is humor and life lessons in equal measure in this movie so make sure you’re ready for the emotional ride.
This is an oldie, but it’s also a goldie you have to put on your bucket list of movies to watch. The film stars Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. I would love to say that this was the height of Meryl Streep’s career because of how good her acting was but the thing about Meryl Streep is that her acting is good at pretty much all stages of her career. She wears all of her roles like a second skin and evolves into a new kind of actor at every stage, just as good as she was before.
This film is about a woman who leaves her husband and their child and goes on a journey to find herself. When she comes back a few years later she wants a divorce and custody of their child and the ensuing court battle is both funny and tearful at the same time. However you view it, you have to admit it is a brilliant movie.
This movie is about an electrician who has dreams of owning his own bowling alley. He can’t pay for it, however, unless he stops paying alimony to his ex-wife. In a bid to make this possible he starts to pair her off with different guys so she can find one to fall in love with and get married to. In the process, he himself begins to fall back in love with her. If you want a movie that gives you hope about the return of an ex, then it hardly gets better than this.
This movie follows the lives of three single dads who have to deal with their ex-wives, raising their children, work, and trying to get back into the dating game. It’s a hilarious movie that’s easy to relate to for men going through a divorce.
This movie follows the journey of a recently divorced woman, played by Diana Lane, who goes on a trip to Tuscany after her divorce. She ends up falling in love with the place and purchases a villa and decides to live there. There is a lot of emotion in this movie and it even arguably tries to show all the 5 stages of grief; something that can really help you get through your own grief.
If you love the late Robin Williams then you will love this legendary movie. It follows a recently divorced voice actor, played by Robin Williams, who puts on a disguise and works as a housekeeper to his ex-wife in order to be closer to his kids. Not only is it funny, but it also shows the lengths to which we will go to be with the ones we love.
This movie stars Sandra Bullock and really explores the depths of emotion that one goes through when they have to deal with their partner’s infidelity. A faithful housewife sees her life turned upside down when her husband reveals his infidelity on live television. If you are willing to go for an emotional rollercoaster and are ready to confront some of the emotions that come with divorce caused by infidelity, then this movie is a good place to start.
Here is another classic that you will appreciate. It stars Julia Robert and features a beautiful story based on an equally beautiful novel. It follows a newly divorced woman who finds herself at a crossroads and has to step out of her comfort zone in order to rediscover herself. It just might inspire you to rediscover yourself as well.
Ellie Chapman is an avid writer at brillassignment.co.uk who has a natural tendency to want to help others through their hardest times, even if she’s going through a hard time herself. She has a faithful dog to keep her company when she’s not near her computer.