Movies to Watch to Overcome the Loss of a Relationship

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The loss of a relationship can be traumatic and emotionally exhausting. In such cases people look forward to new avenues in life to overcome despair. It’s common to be in the blue for some time, but each one of us have a different reaction to such situations and need to cope in different ways. Following are some movies that can give you the much needed healing touch if you have just hit a rough road in your relationship:

  1. For those who need to move ahead of teenage heartbreaks- Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam (1999) (released as ‘Straight from the heart’ outside India)


This Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film was not only a smashing box-office hit with the film showcasing Bhansali’s cinematographic aesthetics, but also a keenly felt dramatic story of relationships and digging into the deeper meanings of the same. As Bhansali assembles the portrayal of the characters against a colourful Rajasthani background of glamorous settings and musical beats, the film plays upon the interesting direction that the relationships take on among the characters. This film is a perfect watch for those youngsters who take failure in their relationships too seriously and think that it’s the end of the world for them. Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) is on the verge of a complete breakdown when her sweet romance with Sameer (Salman Khan) comes to an abrupt stop with her father’s intervention. She reluctantly marries Vanraj (Ajay Devgan), with the latter soon discovering her love for another man. From here on, Bhansali takes his plot to Italy where Vanraj takes Nandini to meet her parted lover. Bhansali takes an interesting and a beautiful course into the storyline, where Nandini soon discovers that a relationship means much more than a short sensational romance with a beau who doesn’t last the sheen which appears at the beginning.

  1. Coping with the decease of the beloved- P.S. I love You (2007)


Death can be a huge blow in any relationship. P.S. I Love You exactly tread the effects that result from the death of a loved one. The film based on the Cecelia Ahern novel by the same name, features Hillary Swank as Holly and Gerald Butler as Gerry- the two leads of the plot. Holly and Gerry enjoy a married life filled with joyful moments and tiffs- things that are common to observe in a married couple. But their marital bliss is short lived as Gerry is struck by brain tumour and has to accept his impending death. Post Gerry’s death Holly heartbroken, completely withdraws from her life and her friends and her mother try their best to revive her spirit. Gerry sensing Holly’s breakdown had planned to post her a series of letters that she would receive after his death. The entire film develops on Holly receiving the posthumous letters and slowly learning to cope with the loss. The viewer will go through Holly’s journey as she learns to make new beginnings and realizes that time heals.

  1. When loss of relationship follows a contentious phase- Terms of endearment (1983)


Terms of Endearment is a wonderful film by James L. Brookes which got 11 Oscar nominations and won 5 of them. The movie is also based on a novel by Larry McMurtry and the major plot of the film runs on the mother daughter relationship of Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) and Emma (Debra winger). The viewer while watching can’t help but empathize with the series of events that make the most valuable relationships of our lives bitter, yet hiding the love that still exists in our hearts. Emma, a rebellious and rakish young woman makes wrong choices in her life much to her mother’s resentment, which starts off with her marrying just after high school. She soon starts facing the heat of reality struggling to meet expenses with three children while her husband commits adultery with a student in the college he teaches. Emma frustrated with Flap’s (her husband) infidelity pursues an affair with a clerk. Meanwhile the widowed Aurora soon finds interest in her next door neighbour. The plot takes a climactic turn when Emma relapses due to cancer. A phase of intense emotional turmoil follows as both Flap and Aurora discovers their lost love for Emma as she succumbs to the disease. A dramatic, touching and realistic tale, Terms of Endearment mellows your heart with a message that disagreements don’t necessarily account for the loss of love in a relationship, even if you need to move on from a broken relationship.

  1. When you start getting jealous with your ex’s new found love- My best friend’s wedding (1997)


This hilarious yet engaging movie is perfect if you are feeling green with the news of your ex’s new love interest. Julliane (Julia Roberts) discovers that she loves her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) once she comes to know that he is getting married. She had long refrained from engaging with him and when he decided to marry, she is envy-ridden and takes on a vow to jeopardise his marriage to a young girl Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). The film is replete with comic conspiracies by Julliane to call off the marriage, and some of them are pretty dangerous. You feel amused at Kimmy’s naivety while Julliane struggles to disenchant Michael about her. The film conveys a note to us about sometimes wanting to own things that aren’t meant for us. Though Julia Roberts plays a despicable role, you feel that her character comes into terms with the fact that the relationships we dream to have is not exactly meant for us. My Best Friend’s Wedding soothes breakup wounds with a comic relief.

Anyway, nothing is the end of the world until you meet your natural death. These films can help you out, as it’s never too late to make another start!


Abhishikta Dutta

Team StoryMirror


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