For those spending Valentine’s Day alone, nothing feels better than watching pretty people open themselves up emotionally and then tear each others’ hearts to shreds. These modern breakup movies have all the right ingredients of lost love. Dashed idealistic hope? Yup. Public screaming matches? Oh yes. Throw in a couple mental breakdowns and some pathetic man-tears and you’ve got your lonesome a winning 2/14!
1. Before Sunrise (1995)
A scruffy American gen-X’er (Ethan Hawke) and a idealistic French woman (Julie Delpy) meet on a train in Europe and decide to hop off together in fairytale Vienna and have a perfect 24-hour relationship before time forces them to hastily part ways. Casting aside the convenience of exchanging phone numbers or addresses, the movie ends with the lovers promising each other they’ll meet again in exactly six months in the exact same spot. Do they or don’t they? Hate to spoil the ending but the sequel Before Sunset comes out nine years later to fill in the blanks.
Best “aww, how adorable” quote:
Jesse: You know what’s the worst thing about somebody breaking up with you? It’s when you remember how little you thought about the people you broke up with and you realize that is how little they’re thinking of you. You know, you’d like to think you’re both in all this pain but they’re just like “Hey, I’m glad you’re gone”.
Could have worked if:
The idiots actually exchanged phone numbers or addresses.
Why it’s an awesome breakup movie:
Ahh, the one that got away. Let this be a lesson that being practical means you might lose your soul mate. Now let’s laugh at the smart, pretty people who just did.