Break ups are never pretty but these 6 movies about divorce show the funny and sad sides of situation with wit and poignancy. Heartbreak may bring out the worst in people, but that very quality also creates a perfect recipe for movie moments. In these six films, characters must face the best and worst of their family lives in order to find something new and more satisfying. Sometimes, the story makes something old new again. In every case, the mixture of both light and dark moments creates the perfect recipe for a movie about divorce.
Kramer vs. Kramer.
This 1979 tearjerker won five Academy Awards, including Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep’s first trophies, for its pitch perfect portrait of a child custody battle. Workaholic Ted (Hoffman) gets dumped by emotionally confused wife, Joanna (Streep), and she leaves him to care for their 5-year cutie-pie kid. The Kleenex moments come from the battle between the parents over the son. Luckily, Dustin’s bumbling attempts at running the house, dating and parenting provide plenty of human comedy to balance the tears.