The 5 best breakup movie scenes will break your heart as the romance between two characters fight hard to create a working relationship only to be struck with the harsh reality that it will never be. These breakup movie scenes show how a film can affect viewers as the characters go through the trials and tribulations and see heartbreak as they part ways. A breakup is one of the worst and tricky scenes to place in a movie as many people can relate to the pain of losing the promise of a life together or getting dumped by someone they love. Yet, movies can also educate a person on why a relationship doesn't work out between two characters and perhaps learn from this experience. Here are the five best break up movie scenes:
- "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995) Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this affair with a farmer's wife and a traveling photographer based on the famous novel of the same name. The scene where he stands in the rain with a longing look at her is the most gut-wrenching scene as no words are spoken, but her inaction to leave with him said everything.
- "The English Patient" (1996) Ralph Fiennes (Laszlo) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Katherine) play forbidden lovers during the formidable years of World War II. The scene after their breakup where Laszlo's jealousy boils over at a dance party in Cairo, Egypt as he sees Katherine dance with other men and demands she dance with him is truly master class in acting between the two.
- "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) This memorable movie is more than just a scene, but all about the breakup as Jim Carrey plays a man who goes through a procedure to forget his ex-girlfriend played by Kate Winslet. It is a touching story as despite his clean mind he still holds on to a distinct memory and somehow reconnects with the love he wanted to forget so much.
- "Gone with the Wind" (1939) A movie classic featuring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara who fall in love during the Civil War that blazed across the South. At the very end of the film, Rhett finally walks out the door on Scarlett and says the memorable line as she asks what would she do, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
- "(500) Days of Summer" (2009) This movie explores a particular romance between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel through a nonlinear point of view. Their breakup scene at the diner shows the complexity of such an action as Summer explains to Tom that this result was a long time coming for both.