Top 5 Movies for Divorcees

April 1, 2017

Divorce can be a devastating and isolating experience, especially when the people around you haven’t passed through it themselves. Watching a movie that you can relate to, and that leaves you with a positive message, can help you process your emotions and even look at your situation in a new light. We’ve made a list of the top 5 movies to watch when going through a divorce.

5. Stepmom (1998)

Along with divorce can come changes to the entire family. Starring Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts, Stepmom follows the story of a terminally ill mother who has to deal with the new woman in her ex-husband’s life. This movie is a good reminder that families are not always connected by blood, and that acceptance is an important part of moving on.

4. Waitress (2007)

In this movie, a pregnant, unhappily married waitress meets a new man in town. She enters into a relationship with him in a desperate attempt to find happiness. The protagonist, Jenna (Keri Russell) does what many people in unhappy marriages do: she finds love in the arms of another.

As the relationship progresses, she sees that the most frequently traveled road isn’t necessarily the most convenient one. The film gives the valuable lesson that getting to know oneself is a continuous process.

3. Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

In this movie, Daniel (Robin Wiliams) is divorced by his angry wife, who views him as unsuccessful and irresponsible. When his wife wins the custody battle, Daniel disguises himself as a female housekeeper so that he can continue to spend time with his children. The movie shows that things do not remain permanent. However, when care is taken, there is an immense potential for stability and healing.

2. War of the Roses (1989)

In War of the Roses, former lovers Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara (Kathleen Turner) war against each other in a nasty divorce battle. Each of them wants to keep the house, and they go to extreme lengths to try to force each other to abandon it. The message of the film is to move on rather than resort to destructive hostilities as the result of a crumbled marriage.

1. Kramer v. Kramer

Kramer v. Kramer is a great movie for anyone who has gone through or is currently going through a custody battle. After her divorce from Ted (Dustin Hoffman), Joanna (Maryl Streep) leaves her ex-husband and her son, Billy, to find a new life. One year later, she returns to fight for custody of her son. This movie reminds us that despite the emotional toll that comes with a custody battle, neither parent is a bad person. The parents are simply a couple that didn’t work out.

These movies are sure to touch your heart. Grab some popcorn and take some time to care for yourself and watch one of these phenomenal films. It just might make you feel a little bit better, or at least help you process your emotions.