As usual, let’s ask Google the best ways of getting over a ‘breakup.’ The search results will guide you to numerous sites listing N number of ways to deal with the breakup. The advice varies from blocking him or her on all social media handles, or never get drunk alone, or maybe to start some intense workout routine. But the best advice anyone can give is to watch how our beloved characters deal with the trauma and afterlife. You may end up in tears by the end of such movies but never mind, you are just having your cathartic moment, which means a safety valve for your grief to vent out.
Watching someone going through the same ordeal as you also gives us a feeling of companionship. We can easily identify and empathize with them, which consoles our own wounded self. For those who’ve never gone through the breakup process, watching breakup movies will help to get a taste of the cherry without buying them, placing them intimately close and at a safe distance at the same time. People are splitting up ever since they invented the magical phenomenon called love. Netflix addressed this universal truth and compiled some of the best breakup movies for streaming. So, here’s the list of really good breakup movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
13. Her (2013)
Spike Jonze sets his fantasy-romance ‘Her’ somewhere in the future. The movie depicts the complex relationship formed between an introvert writer Theodore Twombly, played brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix, Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, an artificially intelligent virtual assistant. Theodore works for a letter writing firm as a personal letter writer. He writes intimate letters for those who can’t write or don’t have time. He is very lonely and depressed.
When Theodore buys an operating system upgrade with an artificial intelligence powered personal assistant, his life changes forever. He personifies the assistant with a female voice, Samantha, and starts his long conversations with her. Slowly they develop a very intense and emotional bond. But when Samantha announces the departure of her generation of AIs, Theodore is left with a broken heart. After Samantha left, he realizes that Samantha imbued new gratitude, acceptance and openness within him. In the last scene, we see Theodore reuniting with his estranged real-life lover.
12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)