According to a 2014 study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester, newlywed couples who watch and discuss movies that focus on long-term relationships are more likely to stay together than those who do not.
The study, which included 174 couples, is the first of its kind to study long-term relationships and compare different types of marriage intervention. It suggests that watching and discussing five movies per month could slash the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, going from 24 to 11 percent, according to YouBeauty.
Newlywed couples were given a list of popular relationship-based movies and asked to watch them once a week and then discuss them with each other. The movie list contained 47 options in all different genres that included, "Love Story," "Gone with the Wind," "Fatal Attraction" and "Nine Months."
The idea behind the study is to simply get couples to communicate and talk with each other about their own relationship by comparing it to the relationship in the movie they just watched.
A movie is the perfect avenue to start an open conversation without the pressure of being in a therapists office. This is a way to get couples to laugh and joke about a movie that may contain actions they do in their relationship, but talking about a character is less threatening than talking about themselves, according to the study.
The movie list included classic romantic comedies, tragedy, rollercoaster relationships, obsession, unfaithfulness, life-changing moments, emotionally unavailable and work movies. The list includes "Couples Retreat," "The Notebook," "The Five-Year Engagement," "Obsessed," "She's Having a Baby," "Something's Gotta Give," "Devil Wears Prada" and "Love and Other Drugs."