Classic Movies to Help You Survive Heartbreak
The agony of getting over a breakup is undeniable. You read inspiring pick-me-up articles that suggest you exercise, drown yourself in chocolate, and hang out with your gal pals. “Enjoy your independence!” they say.
Meanwhile, you are thinking of all the things you would rather experience than deal with your very-present heartbreak. You would rather fall into a river infested with bloodthirsty pirhanas. Get an unexpected phone call from the IRS. Live through a fiery armageddon.
Help is on the way! Movies can be an extremely therapeutic way to heal from a breakup. Psychiatrists even have a word for using movies to soothe an aching heart: cinematherapy. As Psychology Today puts it, “Movies can bring down psychic-emotional barriers, penetrate the wall of resistance, both conscious and unconscious, oftentimes very deftly and then open up the issues aroused for discussion in therapy.”
And with classic films, there is the added bonus that the feelings you are experiencing are not only shared, but have been throughout time.
Knowing this will help you get over your breakup. You will survive.
CLASSIC MOVIES WHERE THE LOVERS DON’T END UP TOGETHER (SPOILER ALERT!)
Classic Movies WHERE You Watch Others Go Crazy So You Don’t HAVE TO (View With Caution)
Gloria Swanson “Sunset Boulevard”
Before there was Fatal Attraction there was Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. This movie has some incredible jaw-dropping moments, and one can’t help but be fiercely loyal to Norma Desmond, in-spite of her… errrr…eccentricities.
Why is this a good “breakup” classic movie?
Because Norma Desmond. That is all.
A Classic Movie That Is Sure To Cheer You Up
You need at least one movie to remind you that being single is more than all right.
Movies, above all other things, cathartic. When done right, they give us a way to meditate, evaulate, and even relive the most important experiences in our lives.
I hope this classic films help you get through this tough time, and straight on to healing. Did I miss any gems from the Golden Age of Hollywood that should be included on this list? If so, please comment below!
In the meantine, whatever heartbreak you are facing — you got this!!!!