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Top Ten Best Divorce Movies 

That painful divorce got you down?  Grab your buds and pop in a DVD that’ll make you laugh and cry.  Because sometimes the big screen can speak to your emotions better than you can.  Here are my Top 10 Best Divorce movies.

10.  Kramer Vs. Kramer

                Nothing says love like devoted father Dustin Hoffman, going through a nasty custody battle with Meryl Streep.  This may not make you chuckle, but it will give you a good cry, and sometimes tears can be therapeutic.

9.   The First Wives Club

                I freakin’ LOVE this movie.  Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler have all lost their idiot husbands to younger, perkier women.  So they decide not to get mad, but get even.  I heard they were supposed to turn this movie into a TV drama but I don’t think it ever went anywhere.

8.  Waiting To Exhale

                One of my favorite movies EVER!  Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett, and Lela Rochon play four best friends all struggling with their own divorce problems.  My favorite part in this whole movie is when Gregory Hines says to Loretta Devine’s character, Gloria, “I like a woman with a little meat on her bones.”  Love it!  And it has an awesome, albeit depressing, soundtrack. 

7.  Mrs. Doubtfire

                There is no devotion like Robin Williams dressing up in drag just so he can see his kids.  If you can watch this movie from beginning to end and not shed a tear then you’re made of stone.  My favorite scene is when they finally figure it out, and his wife realizes that he’s truly a good man.  In real life she’d probably get a restraining order, but that’s why we have movies.

6.  Liar Liar

                I love movies where there is a cute kid.  Jim Carrey and Maura Tierney play divorced couple Fletcher and Audrey Reede.  Fletcher is a typical self-serving lawyer who has been neglecting his son, Max.  Max makes a wish on his birthday candles that – for one day – his father could not tell a lie.  The wish comes true and antics ensue.  I love Cary Elwes as the dorky, uncool new boyfriend.  I love it.  And at the end, when the credits run, they show all the outtakes and it’s just a riot.

5.  Jerry Maguire

                Show me the money!  No seriously, can I have some money?  I love this movie because I love that little boy who plays Renèe Zellweger’s son.  Jonathan Lipnicki is just THE cutest kid who ever lived.  Renèe Zellweger is a divorced, single mom who is the only person to follow Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) out of his job as a sports agent after he recommends the company focus less on money and more on people.  I love Renèe Zellweger’s divorced woman’s club, and Bonnie Hunt as the bitter sister.  This is truly a great movie.  It had me at hello.

4.  Stepmom

                This one is a tearjerker, I won’t lie. But it’s very sweet, without being overly sentimental.  Susan Sarandon plays Jackie, a loving mother who doesn’t want Isabel (Julia Roberts), the new woman in her ex-husband’s life, to raise her children.  The family seems like it could fall apart at the seams until something happens to make them all realize that sometimes “family” can be found in odd places.

3.  War of the Roses

                This movie is like that Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston movie, The Break-Up, only good.  Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner play Oliver and and Barbara Rose (get it, War of the Roses?  I think that’s so clever).  After 17 years of marriage the couple can no longer find common ground and must split, but their house means the world to both of them, so, in the words of Daffy Duck, “This means war.”

2.  Along Came Polly

                I don’t usually like Ben Stiller, or Jennifer Aniston for that matter, but I love this movie.  I really think Ben Stiller is Reuben Feffer, and Jennifer Aniston is Polly Prince.  Reuben Feffer is a risk assessment guy, and after marrying the woman of his dreams (Debra Messing) the two go on a blissful honeymoon, only to have his wife of a few days cheat on him with her foreign scuba instructor (played perfectly by Hank Azaria).  Now on his own, a sad and dejected Reuben runs into an old classmate named Polly.  She’s spontaneous and quirky, while he’s a safe bet.  Right when Reuben thinks he may finally be able to bounce back from his awful wedding, his cheating wife calls and says she wants to make it work.  What’s a guy to do?  Excellent cast, including a hilarious Alec Baldwin as Reuben’s boss, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Sandy, Reuben’s child-star buddy.

1.  Life as a House

                I felt that this movie, one of my all-time favorites, went thoroughly unnoticed.  I also wouldn’t advise Googling it, as the plot summaries are all wrong.  It says on every website that it’s about a man who’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer, who tries to reconnect with his estranged son, but that’s really not the point.  Kevin Kline plays a divorced architect who gets fired from job desigining models.  He does find out he has cancer but keeps it from his family.  His ex-wife, believably played by Kristin Scott Thomas, as well as the family (and pretty much, the neighborhood) all come together to help him rebuild a house he’d inherited.  The major point of the movie is that he doesn’t tell his family what’s wrong with him.  I found the movie really beautiful, and there’s this one scene in the movie where this song plays in the background; I think it’s Both Sides Now, by Joni Mitchell.  I love movies like this, movies where it takes some tragedy to make people realize that they shouldn’t sweat the small stuff.

C’mon guys, I know I left out A LOT.  Where’re your lists?

by AndreaNostramo  173 Posts 

Posted on 2/24/2008 6:12 PM
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by topjerseyssite   8 Posts
Posted on 5/21/2012 7:05 AM

I’d like to add The Painted Veil to this list.  While the main characters (played by Ed Norton and Naomi Watts) don’t actually divorce, the movie’s central tension revolves around infidelity and the threat of divorce.  While there are some notions that are a little quaint for a modern marriage (it’s a period piece), it is a great expose of what how a marriage falls apart and what happens in ensuing cold and loveless partnership.
by CoyersecNuncio   75 Posts
Posted on 4/20/2011 12:00 PM

A must see, especially on the comical/whimsical side of relationships and divorce is the movie
'Intolerable Cruelty' starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

I'd also put this one in my top twenty list of best movies ever.
by JohnDivorce   2 Posts
Posted on 2/19/2011 11:41 PM

I'm sorry had to add this...guess what's on the tube right now....? "WHY DID I GET MARRIED?" pt.1
by Aziza   11 Posts
Posted on 11/14/2010 5:11 PM

Yes, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"....or any woman really. That was my movie to watch when all this began.
by Aziza   11 Posts
Posted on 11/14/2010 4:03 PM

The funniest divorce movie has to be "Seems Like Old Times"-Chevy Chase/Goldie Hawn.

The best how to end up divorced movie "Falling in Love"-- Robert deNiro/Meryl Streep
by ak7   640 Posts
Posted on 9/28/2010 12:38 PM

Hope Floats, Sex and The City (movie and series), Someone Like You, The Wedding Date, Prime, Teen Mom (yes, I know...but really they face the same relationship problems, theyre just a little younger, lol).

Yeah, Ive had to find ways to cope, lol.
by I_Hate_Him   146 Posts
Posted on 9/28/2010 12:11 PM

Must Love Dogs!!! Diane Lane, OMG, soooooo funny!!!
by I_Hate_Him   146 Posts
Posted on 9/28/2010 12:09 PM

I know this is an old thread, but I'd like to add Under the Tuscan Sun as a great chick divorce flick.  In it, you see the woman try to rebuild her life after divorce.  You see her pain and hurt, her rebound relationship, and finally her emergence as a strong woman.
by stCheshirecat   2624 Posts
Posted on 9/18/2010 8:03 PM

The movie "Story of Us"....good too
by letgo   54 Posts
Posted on 8/12/2010 3:22 AM

I enjoyed "It's Complicated," with Meryl Streep,  Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.  Lots of laughs and you gotta love the poetic justice that Alec Baldwin's character gets.  The grass ain't that greener, afterall!
by LJP4ever   5 Posts
Posted on 5/17/2010 10:30 PM

Have you not seen, 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'?  The best divorce and moved on movie!!
by girlcoulter   27 Posts
Posted on 3/3/2010 2:44 PM

Have you seen The Women?  I have watched that movie over and over again.  So much of Meg Ryan's character and situation reminds me of my own current situation....minus the money!  It's hilarious! A must:  When Harry Met Sally.  There are way too many excellent lines from that movie to quote!
by Summer42   2 Posts
Posted on 2/22/2010 7:24 PM

I'd add Under the Tuscan Sun and The Break-Up (even thought they weren't married this movie NAILS the passive aggressive relationship!)
Great list!
by ReEmerging   468 Posts
Posted on 11/28/2009 12:06 AM

You left out "The Way We Were" starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford as two people diametrically opposed in every conceivable way. Yet like many of us here--they ignore their differences and give it a go. Divorce is inevitable. Great Film! Favorite Line: "Your Girl is Lovely Hubble".
by tigger21   96 Posts
Posted on 10/5/2009 5:33 PM

Hey, thanks for this list, I shall check them out.
by Betrayedforaram   642 Posts
Posted on 8/28/2009 12:53 AM

Hands down the best divorce movie of all time - "When Harry Met Sally." More classic lines than you can count on two hands (You mean Mr. Zero knew you were getting divorced before you did? Mr. Zero knew.), great dialog and and a hopeful message that "second chances can happen" to anyone, combine to make this movie classic therapy for the recently divorced (I've watched it about thirty times so far). That we should all be so lucky to find our own Harry or Sally.
by noman   1 Post
Posted on 5/4/2009 10:29 PM

"...lists..." - I do not have a list but I did take "our" little girl to se "Definitly, Maybe" yesterday. I would not say that it was in a top ten list contender but it was nice to watch considering that it did relate to divorce, a dad, related history of the mother to the child; and, a feel-good ending that seems plausible.
by bp   1235 Posts
Posted on 2/24/2008 7:20 PM

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