I do love a good movie break-up. Whether funny, weird or truly tragic, they’re the scenes that we just can’t forget – maybe because break-ups are so universal and so common. And because, well, misery loves company, and a rip-your-heart-out movie break-up scene can make you feel just a little less alone.
There are literally hundreds of movie break-up scenes out there, whether it’s Rhett telling Scarlett he doesn’t give a damn in Gone With The Wind, or Noah and Allie’s gut-wrenching split in The Notebook.
To get started, here’s a video of 10 of the saddest movie break-ups.
Blue Valentine – movie break-up scene
Blue Valentine, starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, documents the breakdown of a marriage over a number of years. It’s raw and real and probably one of the more gut-wrenching break-up movies of the past decade. In this scene, Cindy tells Dean she can’t do it anymore. He begs her to consider their little girl, Frankie. It’s just baaad. The silver lining to this YouTube version are the subtitles, enabling you to practice your Espanol while you watch.
Kramer vs Kramer – movie break-up scene
I must have watched Kramer vs Kramer 57 times at least (and always, but always, during a break-up). Meryl Streep plays Johanna Kramer, the mother whose struggle with depression and a loss of identity culminates in her leaving her husband and their little boy, Billy. A horrible scene, matched only by the one in which Ted is forced to tell Billy that his mum is coming back for him and Billy won’t be living with Ted anymore. Heart. Breaking.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – movie break-up scene
Tragedy and nudity go hand in hand in this hilariously funny split-up scene featuring the devastated Peter (Jason Segal) and Sarah (Kristen Bell). Because let’s face it, no guy wants to be offering his willy on a plate to a long-term partner who’s actually about to dump him. As break-up movies go, this is all shades of awesome, thanks to a brilliantly funny supporting cast that includes Russell Brand, Mila Kunis, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and many more.
What’s the movie break-up scene that always makes you want to cry your eyes out and eat a tub of ice-cream? Please share in the comments!