Breakups are never easy. As teenagers and young adults, we were told that it gets easier when we grow up and mature. Apparently, adults can handle heartbreaks better. Can we take a moment and laugh out loud at whoever gives you this advice? Because, breakups are never easy, no matter how grown-up or matured you are. Having your heart broken and not getting to talk to the person who was a constant in your life is going to suck big time for a long time. But instead of crying it out, there are so many better things to do. No, we are not asking you to dress up and go out and party, because you just don’t feel like doing it. But how about a night of movie marathon where you watch movies that have storylines equally as bad as your love life? Well, movies are always a fresh change and you get to see so many perspectives of so many characters dealing with their breakups in different ways. We just want to cheer you up. So, we came up with the list of 10 movies that you should definitely watch after a breakup to feel better about yourself and know that there is more to life than crappy relationships.
1. 500 Days of Summer
Do one thing. Ask 10 people who have watched the movie whether they liked it or not. I am pretty sure that at least 8 or 9 of them will go on telling you how much they loved the movie. Do you know why? This movie teaches us so many things that you might not realize it the first time you watch it. The most valuable thing to learn from this movie is how some people come into your life, change it completely and change the way you look at your life and then they leave to live their own lives. This movie tells us that even though there are some people who can change our lives, it does not mean that they are going to stay in it forever. Watching it might make you feel sad at first, forest with understanding what I am talking about, maybe you will find closure.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
How many times since your breakup did you actually feel like you wish you had to the superpower to delete your memory so that you could ease your pain? It would have been a great power to have, for sure. But do you really think that is a solution? All the memories we have made in our lives and the ones which have stayed back with us, all of them are there for a reason. The memories of certain incidents remind you who you are and how far you have come since that incident. Deleting memories is the easy way out, but getting over them is the real deal.
3. The Break-Up
Haha, the movie of the moment, right? This light-hearted comedy is just what you need to lighten up things and to take a breathe and calm the F down. Be prepared to go LOL as you see these two fightings like hooligans. I am sure you will be glad that you broke up instead of being sad. Laugh out your break up with this movie.
4. He’s Just Not That Into You
Let’s just say that this movie shows you not one storyline which has a screwed up relationship, but plenty of parallel storylines that all cultivate on the different aspects of human relationships, only to make us realize that all of them are screwed up. All these #couplegoals pictures that you will find on social media mean nothing until you see the real chemistry between the couple. In all the story Lines between all the characters that are there in this movie, you will surely find the one that is like you and ride along with the character through your journey of heartbreak.
5. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
This movie did not become the cult that it is for no reason. Three friends set out on a road trip to for one of them get married is not ideally a movie to watch after a breakup. But when you watch it from the perspective of someone who has a broken heart, you will find new things about the movie that you might not have noticed in the previous times with you watched it. It has so many layers to it that you can get on to them one by one every time you watch it. Even though this movie is about friendship, it also teaches you the most important thing in life, that is, to place your own happiness above everything else. Your happiness and your state of being should be the topmost priority of your life. And that happiness will come only when you surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.
Remember how empowered all of us women felt after watching this movie? Also, do you remember how many awards this movie won the year it was released? It was not because of the top not acting by the actors or great direction by the director, it was simply because of the idea behind the movie. Queen shows us that when we are in love, we stop thinking of ourselves as an individual and merge all our interests with the other person’s because love makes us do crazy things, right? It is only after your heart breaks that you understand what are you capable of doing by your own, and what a strong individual you are. Sometimes you just need inspiration from anywhere to realize that you are way smarter to be defined by just a relationship. Let this movie be that inspiration for now.
7. Jab We Met
Wondering why we are suggesting a love story when you just came out of one? Well, right after your heartbreak your friends will say all sorts of things like staying away from love for a while, doing your own thing, rediscovering yourself, ticking off items on your bucket list and so on. We are not discouraging you or demotivating you from doing that. But, even though you have just come out of a relationship, it does not mean you cannot find love again. Remember how this movie began with Shahid Kapoor having lost the love of his life and deciding to end his life by jumping off the running train? Or do you remember how Kareena lost all her bubbliness and sank into depression after Anshuman broke her heart? We don’t need to tell you how it ended for both of them. Matters of the heart are not in your hands. So, if you fall in love again, instead of shrugging it off, acknowledge it. That is what the movie teaches you to do.
8. Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani
Yet again another romantic movie with a love story to die for. But for the record, nothing is wrong with us. I don’t know how many times you have watched the movie, but being someone who watches this movie almost every week and finds something new every time that I watch this movie, I can tell you something. Even though it is a love story, it is not the conventional romantic flick that gives you unrealistic hopes. One of the most important things this movie focuses on is that you need to fall in love with yourself first to be able to love someone else fully. Remember how Naina discovers how beautiful she is on that trekking trip? It took her years to confess her love, but all those years were spent in becoming the amazing, fearless and confident self that she went on to become. That should be your key takeaway from the movie.
8. Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu
A pretty weird and unexpected entry in the list, some would say. Because most of the people have not even seen it. If you have you should really watch it. This is one of the most underrated movies of Bollywood. The movie beautifully traces the journey to complete strangers who somehow ends up getting married, and that is when their journey starts. If you are expecting the good old Bollywood love story, be ready for a surprise here. The two end up becoming friends, really great friends. But when one of them falls in love thinking the other one is leading them on, that’s when the most endearing part of the movie arrives. How beautifully the other one explains instead of just walking out because that is how much they valued the friendship. The very rare tale of the couple ending up with happily ever after, but as friends. It leaves such an important message that you need to see it fall in love with the vibe of the movie.
9. Pyaar ka Punchnama
Isn’t this the Holy Grail for all singles? Even the ones who are taken secretly enjoy this movie and find it so relatable. Chances are that you have already watched this movie a lot of times. But actually watching it after a breakup serves the entire purpose of this movie having been made. Watch it over and over again with a tub of your favorite ice cream to have a hearty laugh and remember all the stress that your ex gave you. By the way, #protip: Ice cream ALWAYS helps, especially if it is a blueberry cheesecake ice cream. There’s nothing that blueberry cheesecake ice cream cannot fix!
There is nothing that Anurag Kashyap cannot do and I mean it. Just go and watch the movie and you will know what I am talking about. There is no better movie that depicts the confusion of love, lust, and desire that millennials go through all the time. But since it is an Anurag Kashyap movie, expect grit and madness in both the love and the breakups. Every millennial will relate to it and for you, well, you will definitely feel better by the end of it.
Come on now, we gave you 10 movies to get over that broken heart and fix it back. Also, don’t forget the ice cream.