The Best Movies About Marriage

The Best Movies About Marriage

1The Story of Us (1999)

"The Story of Us" (1999) earns its spot on the list for its honest portrayal of a couple navigating the complexities of a long-term marriage. Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer deliver compelling performances that capture the highs and lows of a relationship.

  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer

2Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) stands out for its unique narrative structure and exploration of memory, using a surreal premise to delve into the intricacies of love and companionship.

  • Director: Michel Gondry
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet

3Blue Valentine (2010)

"Blue Valentine" (2010) is a raw and heartbreaking portrayal of a marriage's disintegration, showcasing the tremendous acting prowess of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

  • Director: Derek Cianfrance
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

4The Notebook (2004)

"The Notebook" (2004) is celebrated for its timeless love story that spans decades, offering a poignant reflection on the enduring nature of true love.

  • Director: Nick Cassavetes
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams

5Marriage Story (2019)

"Marriage Story" (2019) provides a contemporary perspective on divorce, with Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson delivering powerhouse performances that capture the emotional toll of the process.

  • Director: Noah Baumbach
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson

6Scenes from a Marriage (1973)

"Scenes from a Marriage" (1973) by Ingmar Bergman is a masterclass in depicting the evolving dynamics of a relationship through time.

  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Cast: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

7Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Revolutionary Road" (2008) merits its place in the top list due to its searing examination of the disillusionment that can settle into a marriage. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the film vividly portrays the disintegration of the American Dream within the confines of a seemingly ideal suburban life.

  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

8Annie Hall (1977)

"Annie Hall" (1977) is a Woody Allen classic, celebrated for its innovative narrative style and witty dialogue, offering a comedic yet insightful exploration of the challenges and idiosyncrasies of modern relationships.

  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

9Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

"Crazy, Stupid, Love" (2011) stands out for its clever blend of humor and heart, featuring a stellar ensemble cast led by Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, as it explores the complexities of love and self-discovery.

  • Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

10Away From Her (2006)

"Away From Her" (2006) is a poignant exploration of the impact of Alzheimer's on a long-term marriage, with Julie Christie delivering a standout performance.

  • Director: Sarah Polley
  • Cast: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent

11The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

"The Bridges of Madison County" (1995) is a timeless romantic drama directed by Clint Eastwood, known for its powerful depiction of an intense, albeit brief, love affair.

  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

12The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"The Five-Year Engagement" (2012) directed by Nicholas Stoller is a romantic comedy that cleverly navigates the challenges of a prolonged engagement, featuring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in relatable and endearing roles.

  • Director: Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

13Ordinary People (1980)

"An Ordinary People" (1980) secures its place among the best movies about marriage for its poignant portrayal of a family in crisis. Directed by Robert Redford, the film skillfully examines the impact of tragedy on familial relationships, exploring themes of grief, guilt, and healing.

  • Director: Robert Redford
  • Cast: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton

14Hope Springs (2012)

"Hope Springs" (2012) earns its spot with the dynamic performances of Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, depicting a middle-aged couple seeking to revitalize their marriage through couples therapy, offering a blend of humor and heartfelt moments.

  • Director: David Frankel
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell

15Up in the Air (2009)

"Up in the Air" (2009), directed by Jason Reitman, incorporates themes of love and commitment into a narrative primarily focused on career and life choices. George Clooney's charismatic performance adds depth to this exploration of the complexities individuals face when balancing personal and professional aspirations.

  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick