1. Begin Again
Summary: After breaking up with long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine), songwriter Gretta (Keira Knightley) meets former record label executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo)—their collaboration an attempt to establish both their careers. In the process of moving forward, Gretta and Dave run into each other, where she finds the closure to their relationship.
Why it's good for you: A breakup is not the end of the world. Just like Gretta, you may always channel your feelings into the things you are passionate about. Consider it the chance to rediscover yourself and realize that you are so much better off without your douchebag ex.
2. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Summary: G-Girl's alter ego Jenny (Uma Thurman) and New Yorker Matt (Luke Wilson) immediately hit it off after meeting at the subway. But when Jenny becomes aggressive and manipulative, Matt decides to dump her. Left with a broken heart, Jenny gets back at Matt and makes his life miserable with the help of her powers.
Why it's good for you: Sans superpowers, you're just like Jenny who wants to seek revenge on your ex. This movie is enough to feed all your vengeful fantasies to make his life hell.
3. Starting Over Again
Summary: Years after a relationship that did not end well, former lovers Ginny (Toni Gonzaga) and Marco (Piolo Pascual) cross paths again through a project to restore an old house into a restaurant. Realizing that she still has feelings for Marco, Ginny tries to win him back.
Why it's good for you: Bad breakups always pose unresolved questions, like the regretful what-if, but this movie tells you that it's not always wise to chase for answers, because sometimes, not having closure is closure in itself.
4. High Fidelity
Summary: Record store owner Rob (John Cusack) does not understand women, and after being dumped by his latest girlfriend, he gets in touch with his former partners as he examines his failed relationships.
Why it's good for you: Sometimes, it's okay to look back at your past relationships especially if they're going to help you grow. Realizing where you went wrong and accepting your flaws as a partner teaches you to be better when the next relationship comes.
5. Love Actually
Summary: Set during the Christmas season, the movie tells loosely-interweaved stories of people looking for love and happiness.
Why it's good for you: At a time when you might be losing hope, this feel-good movie is a reminder that, actually, love is all around.
6. Celeste and Jesse Forever
Summary: Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) were best friends who dated in highschool, then tied the knot soon after. When Celeste decides to get a divorce, she promises to remain friends with Jesse even as they date other people. Despite still being in love with Celeste, he agrees to the arrangement in the hopes that she would come back.
Why it's good for you: The movie makes you realize that breakups do not always have to end sour. Letting go of someone you always thought of loving forever is only tough, but not impossible. Though love might have been lost, the most important thing you gained in your relationship is a friend.
7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Summary: Despite having different personalities, Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) fall in love while on a train from Montauk, New York. Little do they know, they were actually former lovers who separated after two years of being together. After their fight, Clementine and Joel had their memories of each other erased consecutively.
Why it's good for you: No matter how much you want to forget about your breakup, it's human nature to be stubborn about dealing with a lost relationship. In the process, just like Joel, you try so hard to still keep memories of it in mind, especially the wonderful ones, so you have something to revisit anytime. This movie reminds you that it takes forgetting everything to start a life anew.
8. He's Just Not That Into You
Summary: He's Just Not That Into You revolves around nine individuals in Baltimore who are in different love situations. But in the midst of all this is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), who always overthinks the behavior of every guy she goes out with, ultimately thinking that he is Mr. Right.
Why it's good for you: You are probably going to start dating in a few weeks and this movie is a refresher course on what not to do. Stop obsessing over every little detail when guys are not that into you. Being dumped is hard to deal with, but it is always good to remain rational.
9. That Thing Called Tadhana
Summary: Mace (Angelica Panganiban) just got her heart broken after finding out that her long-term boyfriend had been cheating on her. After a bit of trouble at the airport, she meets Anthony (JM De Guzman), who comes to her rescue. Upon arriving in Manila, she decides to visit a few places in an attempt to mend her broken heart, and all throughout, Anthony keeps her company.
Why it's good for you: Watching the movie might make you cry as it will vividly remind you of the pains of getting your heart broken. But it will strike your heartstrings' fancy just the same, as Mace's experience will inspire you to find ways to heal your heartache. Be hopeful, because in the most unexpected places, you might find new love.
Summary: Set in the future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a professional writer who becomes depressed because of the impending divorce from his childhood sweetheart. Theodore then purchases an operating system with an artificial intelligence named Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) and eventually develops an intimate relationship with her.
Why it's good for you: Loneliness should not be dealt with alone. With a character coming from a heavy place, this weird love story shows that there are infinite possibilities to love and joy.
SCREENCAP: Begin Again/The Weinstein Company (2013); My Super Ex-Girlfriend/20th Century Fox (2006); Starting Over Again/Star Cinema (2014); High Fidelity/Touchstone Pictures (2000); Love Actually/Universal Pictures (2003); Celeste and Jesse Forever/Sony Pictures Classics/Buena Vista International (2012); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/Focus Features (2004); He's Just Not That Into You/New Line Cinema (2009); That Thing Called Tadhana/Star Cinema (2014); Her/Warner Bros. Pictures (2013)