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47 Great Break-Up Movies, from ‘Casablanca’ to ‘Gone Girl’

From "Blue Valentine" to "John Tucker Must Die," we've rounded up the best Valentine's Day movies to remind you why sometimes it's better to be single.

Break-Up Movies

47 Classic Break-Up Movies

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February 14 means something different for everyone. In a relationship? It could be the best day of your life. Happily married with kids? Perhaps Valentine’s Day is one of the few date nights you get a year.

Or, if you’re like a majority of the world’s population, you are single, and may or may not be looking to mingle. The worst possible scenario for any V-Day anti-celebration is wallowing in being alone, whether it’s a choice to be or not.

Thankfully, no one is truly alone alone in front of a TV screen. From classics like “Casablanca” to the well-worn comfort of re-watching “Bridget Jones’ Diary” for the millionth time, there sometimes is nothing better than cozying up with all by your lonesome and getting lost in a film.

We’ve rounded up the best break-up movies to heal your heart this Valentine’s Day — and even help you get over your former partner. Forget love, there is nothing more powerful than a blazingly painful, furiously electric heartbreak. So instead of texting your ex this Valentine’s Day (unless you really need their Netflix password), whip up a lovely meal for one and binge these classics.

Warning: There are some spoilers for films that have been readily available for decades, plus lots of Ryan Gosling because no other actor can simultaneously cheer us up while making us bawl. And, there will be no inclusions of “The Break-Up” (too on the nose) or “The Notebook” (too…we can’t even talk about it). 

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