From action films to romantic comedies, we've got you covered.
- Kathryn H. Cusimano, BettyConfidential.com
So your relationship is over. Whether you were the dumper or dumpee, the first weekend can be tough, and though your friends may want to show you a good time, you'd rather hide under the covers. Pass the Ben and Jerry's, because we have a list of post-breakup essentials to keep you company.
If you're angry about your breakup, you may get the urge to slash your ex's tires. Alas, that's probably not the best idea. Indulge those vengeful urges by watching Uma Thurman kick serious butt in Quentin Tarantino's assassin film. Rooting for The Bride will help you get some of that anger out of your system. And when it comes to the famous eyeball scene … just imagine it's his cheating little heart she's squishing!Iron Man
Think Marvel superheroes are only for your boyfriend? Think again. Combine Robert Downey, Jr.'s slick Tony Stark with just the right amount of explosive special effects and Downey's chemistry with Gwyneth Paltrow, and you have a recipe for a good time. Just try not to drool when RDJ takes his shirt off…
Girl Power Films
The First Wives Club
This classic female-driven film is a DVD-collection essential. The film's stars face their terrible breakups and vow to move on and up. The film is a testament to great friendships, and a definite perfect pick-me-up. It's a great reminder that sometimes the best cure for a broken heart is singing with your closest friends - preferably in a deserted street. Got that, girl? ON and UP!
Sex and the City
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Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda do spend a lot of time talking about men, but at the end of the day, nothing gets in the way of the ladies' friendship. When you're feeling down, invite your friends over for a SATC viewing party, and remember that no one takes care of you like your best girlfriends.
After a tough breakup, it's not easy to see the light. Popping in a film full of dresses both gorgeous and tragic will help a little. Sexy James Marsden will help even more. Top it off with a brilliant, drunken rendition of "Benny and the Jets" and you'll banish your breakup blues.
Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt: what more could you want? It's impossible not to laugh at Bullock's model-walk fail (we've all had those moments), and well, who could turn their nose up at sexy Benjamin Bratt? (Oh, except Julia Roberts.) However, we really love this film because it reminds us that no matter what, you should always stay true to yourself.
Meet the Parents
Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro and Owen Wilson are all at the top of their game in this funny film. Each awkward scene begets more comedy than the last, and it won't be hard to laugh away your post-breakup blues. To top it off, by the end of the film you'll be grateful for your single status - at least you won't have to endure dinners with hellish in-laws anytime soon!
Lindsay Lohan's crowning glory is a classic high school film - if only you and your friends were as witty as Tina Fey's characters. The comedy is insanely quotable, but the drama will make you glad you left high school behind long ago. If you had any doubt about the film's ability to banish your breakup woes, let us direct you to mean girl Gretchen Weiners' genius analysis of Julius Caesar.
Films to Make You Believe in Love
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
In this quirky film, we watch the full arc of a relationship as it is erased from Joel's (Jim Carrey) mind. We are made privy to the couple's sweet courtship, euphoric highs and nasty fights. But the shining moment of the film is the moment we realize that Joel and Clementine (Kate Winslet) are meant to be together, and that no matter how much you may want to change things sometimes, everything in life is always as it should be.Love Actually
According to this film, love takes many different forms. While relationships and romances may not always work out the way we hope, there is plenty of love to go around. As they say in the film, "love actually is all around" - look no further than your friends and family (and maybe that cute guy you always see at the coffee shop). If that isn't enough to cheer you up, there's always Hugh Grant's swinging hips.
Kathryn H. Cusimano is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.
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