Our favorite divorce movies tackle a tough subject with style
By Mary Pols
Special to MSN Movies
In "The Big Wedding," opening April 26, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro play a divorced couple forced to
pretend to still be together for a family wedding. That's the funny side of
splitting up; next month's "What Maisie Knew" puts a new (but serious) spin on
Henry James' novella about a brutal custody battle between divorcing parents,
with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan playing parents
splitting up (although unlike the characters in James' original tale, these
characters aren't actually married). In their honor, MSN ranks divorce
movies -- a "never, ever getting back together" genre that should be a
downer but can sometimes be wickedly funny and even kind of romantic. We limited
the list to only American movies -- where the genre had its heyday in the
late '70s and early '80s. (Why isn't "The Way We Were" on here? Because only its
style holds up; those two never should have gotten married in the first place.)
We had so many contenders we extended the list to everyone's favorite unlucky
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"The Big Wedding" is out in theaters April 26.