Top 10 Great Movies on Failed Marriages: In many movies, apart from commercial movies show the realistic picture of life. It is a great experience that we get from watching the movies which show the realistic portrayal of life. Marriage is a life-changer for a person that sets the standards for that individual’s sense of existence, identity and the promotional promise of a loving bond meant to last believably for a lifetime. But there can happen another life- change by the break- up of that marriage relation. The failed marriage had always been an interesting subject among many movie makers. There happens a lot of stressful and sarcastic moments between the two people and also around them. Some great movies had portrayed the psychological pain and suffering of a marital breakup in the most excellent way. Here is the list of 10 Great Movies on Failed Marriages.
10. Kramer v/s Kramer (1979)
Kramer v/s Kramer is a fantastic film directed by Robert Benton. It is 1979 American drama movie adapted from the novel by Avery Corman. The story is about the Kramers who get divorced and legally fight for the guardianship of their son. It has created an enormous cultural impact because it mainly focuses on the themes motherhood and fatherhood. The film gives equal importance to both Ted’s and Joanna’s point of view. It is one of the amazing movies on failed marriages.
9. 5×2 (2004)
Five times Two is a famous movie that shows the disintegration of the marriage life of Gilles and Marion a young married couple. It is a great piece of art by the French movie maker Francois Ozon. He has used many romantic Italian melodies to elevate the mood of the movie. It beautifully uncovers the story by presenting five key moments in their lives in reverse order. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Stephane Freiss are in the leading roles. The movie very realistically presents the lives of Gilles and Marion.
8. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
It is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The movie shows the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in Brooklyn dealing with their parents’ divorce in 1986. It was produced by the popular filmmaker Wes Anderson. The two children Walt and Frank deals the life of their troubled parents in their own ways. At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the film won awards for best dramatic direction and screenwriting and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
7. Blue Valentine (2010)
The film Blue Valentine portrays the complicated lives of, Dean Pereira and Cynthia “Cindy” Heller. Their performances of unusual depth and power are one of the dominant features of the movie. While Cindy has blossomed into a woman with opportunities and options, David is still the same person he was when they met, and he is unable to accept either Cindy’s growth. It shows the courtship and dissolution of the marriage life. This is one of the best movies that shows the lives of troubled marriages.
6. Husbands and Wives (1992)
The movie Husbands and Wives is shot in a documentary style by the film writer and director Woody Allen. The film stars Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow and the director himself. The movie revolves around two couples- Jack and Sally, and Gabe and Judy. It is a blistering, emotionally raw snapshot of two marriages self-destructing is presented to the audience. In the film, both the couples marriage reaches a tragic end.
5. The War of the Roses (1989)
The War of the Roses is one of the popular movie based on the 1981 novel The War of the Roses by Warren Adler. It is an American black comedy directed by Danny DeVito. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner give lives to the characters of Oliver and Barbara Rose. They were a happily married couple, and the movie shows the slow disintegration of their lives as they get rich. The director also plays a significant role in it. The title of the film is an allusion to the battles between the Houses of York and Lancaster at the end of the Middle Ages.
4. La Notte (1961)
The title of the film means The Night in English, and it stars Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau. The film presents the tragic married life of Giovanni Pontano, a writer, and his wife, Lidia. Through La Notte, the director presents the innermost feelings of the two and the alienation between the couple. Because of the movie’s explicit scenes, it was also slightly notorious at that time. The film shows a day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their deteriorating relationship.
3. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
This movie by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman presents the relation of Marianne, a lawyer and Johan, a professor. In the film a naturalist, hyper-realistic cinematic style, claustrophobic close-ups, and strings of rapid, eloquent monologs are used to explore the disintegration of the two characters. It was inspired by the life of the director himself, and he was a man who married five times. The tragic life of a married couple is presented in an excellent manner.
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2. A Separation (2011)
Starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, and Sarina Farhadi, this movie is directed by Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian drama movie. The story focuses on a middle-class couple Nader and Simin and the conflicts they face in their lives. The dispute in the film arose when Nader hires a lower-class care giver for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival and the Oscar and Golden Globe for the Best Foreign Film. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.
1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Directed by the famous director Mike Nichols, it is an American black comedy- drama film which stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was nominated for 13 Oscars and both the female characters got Oscars for their mind blowing performance. The movie is an adaptation of the play with the same title by Edward Albee. The film focuses on the volatile relationship of associate history professor George and his hard-drinking wife, Martha. They play hosts to a newly married couple, played by George Segal and Sandy Dennis. ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ is one of the most realistic movies that present the violence and anger between an unhappily married couple.