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Love Bites: Valentine's Day Movies for the Brokenhearted

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It's been said that more couples break up around February 14th than any other time of the year. And we all need a good movie to watch.

If you find yourself in that category, have no fear. The movies on this list make us laugh, console us through heartbreak, and remind us that yes, singleness is actually okay.

Whether your heart has been stomped, you're single and satisfied, or you and your SO are simply looking for something a little different to watch, be sure to add them to your V-Day play list.

And feel free to weigh in with your own suggestions in the comments below.

High Fidelity (2000)
High Fidelity (2000) Buena Vista Pictures

High Fidelity (2000)

Watch Rob Gordon (John Cusack) count down his Top 10 breakups and see how they compare to your own personal Top 10.

Bonus reason to watch: A rare appearance by Lisa Bonet aka Denise Huxtable, who also sings in the film. 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Focus Features

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Who doesn't wish they could wipe all memories of their ex from their mind? See Joel (Jim Carrey) get this opportunity, then get into all kinds of existential debates with your pals on whether he should have taken it. 

Bonus reason to watch: Jim Carrey in a rare dramatic role. He does a pretty solid job, too. 

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009) New Line Cinema

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

Because maybe, he's not. 

See the movie, then read the self-help book of the same name and perhaps you too can avoid all the mortifying relationship pitfalls that these characters face. 

Bonus reason to watch: Three, count em, three Jennifers! I'm pretty sure that can be parlayed into some kind of drinking game.

Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Waiting to Exhale (1995) Twentieth Century Fox

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

No matter how bad they get, the tragedies in your love life may never hold a candle to Robin, Gloria, Bernadine and Savannah. If they do, just know that you're not alone. 

Bonus reason to watch: Whitney Houston, obviously. 

The Way We Were (1973)
The Way We Were (1973) Columbia Pictures

The Way We Were (1973)

This doomed-but-epic love story about opposites that attract has been talked about for ages. In true odd couple fashion, star Barbra Streisand always wanted to do a sequel but Robert Redford refused. They really could never agree. 

Bonus reason to watch: So that you'll finally understand all the references that Carrie makes to the film in Sex and the City.

Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012) Sony Pictures Classics

Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)

Spoiler alert: They didn't last forever.

Watch this perfect marriage implode and ponder the question, is it possible to stay friends after it all goes sour?

Bonus reason to watch: The soundtrack! Rashida Jones clearly picked up a thing or two from her music mogul father, Quincy. 

Carmen Jones (1954)
Carmen Jones (1954) Twentieth Century Fox

Carmen Jones (1954)

Everyone remembers the hot and heavy love affair between saucy Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) and strapping Joe (Harry Belafonte). But most of us forget how she drove him to distraction and destruction. Watch and revisit. 

Bonus reason to watch: Dandridge has plenty of seduction tricks for you to learn and use when you find your next fish in the sea.

Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
Medicine for Melancholy (2008) IFC Films

Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

A 2008 indie gem, director Barry Jenkins' debut feature feature follows two strangers that spend the day exploring San Francisco the day after a one night stand. In the process of getting to know each other, all their issues come tumbling out. 

Bonus reason to watch: The sights, sounds and history of San Fran.

Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall (1977) United Artists

Annie Hall (1977)

See this Oscar-winning classic about a man even more neurotic about his relationships than you are.

Given Woody Allen's real-life relationship and family issues, this should make for ample post-film discussion. 

Bonus reason to watch: The fierce, mannish fashions of Diane Keaton. 

(500) Days of Summer (2009)
(500) Days of Summer (2009) Fox Searchlight Pictures

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Simply put, "This is not a love story." 

Their romance may have been doomed, but that didn't stop us all from falling in love with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. 

Bonus reason to watch: nonlinear storytelling, done well!


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