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10 Best Movies Which Portrayed DIVORCE

Divorce is a very stressful event in anybody’s life and has been dramatized in attempts to show its harsh consequences on the familial relationship and it has been hilariously made light of through screwball comedies and satirical pieces. The list is about 10 best movies about divorce.


Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Directed by Robert Benton
With Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

A Separation (2011)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
With Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

What Maisie Knew (2012)

Directed by Scott McGehee, David Siegel
With Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

The War of the Roses (1989)

Directed by Danny DeVito
With Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Marianne Sägebrecht

A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

Blue Valentine (2010)

Directed by Derek Cianfrance
With Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Faith Wladyka

The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Directed by Noah Baumbach
With Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Directed by George Cukor
With Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Take This Waltz (2011)

Directed by Sarah Polley
With Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Aaron Abrams

A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.

Divorce American Style (1967)

Directed by Bud Yorkin
With Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jason Robards, Jean Simmons

After 17 years, things have got too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they are re-united at a night club where they realize that their marriage was better than their divorce.

Husbands and Wives (1992)

Directed by Woody Allen
With Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis

When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their own marriage.