If done well, breakups in movies can become almost as iconic as the film itself. From heartwrenching to hilarious to hopelessly awkward, check out the following 10 great movie breakups that (we hope) would trump any you'll experience in real life.
'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'
If this isn't the best naked breakup scene ever committed to film, we'll eat our hat ... and shirt ... and pants ... etc.
While sitting on his couch in his birthday suit, a freeloading composer (Jason Segel) gets the bad news that his TV star girlfriend (Kristen Bell) is breaking up with him
You read that right. She breaks up with him while he's naked. And then he refuses to put clothes on throughout the whole ordeal.
Sarah (Bell) asks him, "Would you like to put some clothes on?"To which Peter (Segel) replies in anguish, "Would you like to pick out the outfit that you break up with me in?"
'Gone With the Wind'
At the end of 'GWTW,' Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) swears that she's overcome her obsession with her best friend's husband, but Rhett (Clark Gable) isn't having any of it.
"You're such a child," Rhett says. He tells her he's leaving her and she chases him down the stairs, begging him not to go.
"I only know that I love you!" she pleads. "That's your misfortune," he responds.
In the most famous breakup line ever uttered, Rhett ultimately tells Scarlett, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
In this indie comedy about a martial arts expert in South Carolina, Danny McBride's unsupportive wife (Mary Jane Bostic) sits him down and says some pretty hurtful stuff about his dreams.
"You take a good look at that ring on your finger and you take a good look at me," she says after insulting his karate outfit. "Are you really ready to give this up?"
Not to worry. McBride has some of the greatest, cutting breakup lines ever uttered: "I hope your hair turns into dog [poop] one day."
Then, he caps it all off by peeing on his wedding ring.
'Wet Hot American Summer'
After a magical night where socially awkward Coop (Michael Showalter) finally gets his act together and wins over popular cutie Katie (Marguerite Moreau), it seems inevitable that these two crazy kids will end up together.
But in the morning, Katie, a fickle teenage girl, tells Coop she wants to get back with her cheating, oafish ex-boyfriend Andy (Paul Rudd).
"I've thought about it and my thing is this: Andy's really hot," Katie tells Coop before hopping into Andy's waiting ride. "And don't get me wrong, you're cute too, but Andy is like, cut from marble."
'Waiting to Exhale'
What do you do when you're a strong black woman whose husband of 11 years tells you he's leaving you for a white woman?
You light up a cigarette, grab all his fancy clothes, douse them in gasoline on the top of his car and light that stuff on fire.
That's exactly what Angela Bassett's character, Bernadine, does to end her marriage in 'Waiting to Exhale.' It might go down as one of the best reactions to a cheating spouse committed to film.
Take note, Carrie Underwood!
'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
When Holly Golightly's fiancé-to-be (George Peppard) has finally had enough of her stringing him along, he gives her a choice monologue as a parting gift.
Holly (Audrey Hepburn) has just gotten rid of her cat in a heartless manner (don't worry, she just leaves him outside in the rain, but still!) and Paul decides it's his time to abandon her, in a taxi cab in New York City. His parting words?
"You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, 'Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness.' You call yourself a free spirit, a 'wild thing,' and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself."
Then he throws the engagement ring into her lap. What can you say to that?
Woody Allen is a master of the break-up (See: 'Annie Hall,' 'Manhattan' -- man, what is up with Diane Keaton?). However, the best Allen break-up has to be in 'Bananas.'
"There's just something missing for me and I don't know what," Allen's girlfriend (Louise Lasser) tells him.
He then spends the rest of the scene trying to guess what it might be, only to learn that she doesn't find him attractive, doesn't laugh with him and doesn't love him -- but none of those are the reason she's breaking up with him.
The scene is hilarious and Allen resists the break-up as long as possible. Nice try, but no cigar (until later in the film!).
Though Jude Law and Natalie Portman have a major breakup in this dark story of modern romance between messed-up people, Clive Owen and Julia Roberts take the horrible breakup cake.
After Anna (Roberts) tells Larry (Owen) that she's been sleeping with someone else for over a year (even before they got married), Larry reacts with a barrage of questions about their sex life.
"Don't say, 'you're too good for me' ... .I am, but don't say it. You're making the mistake of your life," Larry says.
It's brutal and explicit and just painful to watch, but it remains one of the best movie break-ups because of the high caliber of acting. Oof.
'500 Days of Summer'
In this nonlinear romantic comedy, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), in love and naive, gets his heart broken by flighty co-worker Summer (Zooey Deschanel).
In their breakup scene at a diner, Summer tells Tom he must have seen it coming.
"We've been like Sid and Nancy for months now," she says.
"We've had some disagreements, but I hardly think I'm Sid Vicious," Tom argues.
"No, I'm Sid," Summer replies.
Note to Summer: When breaking up with a guy, maybe it's not wise to compare him to a lady.
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John Cusack in literally anything
If things were fair, John Cusack's 1980s movies would take up one-third of this list -- 'Better Off Dead,' 'High Fidelity,' and 'Say Anything' all rank pretty high on the breakup movie list.
He experiences a breakup in his car, provides the iconic "I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen" line, makes Top 5 lists about how much he misses his ex-girlfriend, and attempts the scariest of ski jumps in order to win back a shallow hussy.
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