The best break-up scene: High Fidelity

Chicago. Rob (John Cusack) sits in his apartment listening to The 13th Floor Elevators' You're Going To Miss Me very loudly indeed. His face is a vision of glumness. He turns to camera.

Chicago. Rob (John Cusack) sits in his apartment listening to The 13th Floor Elevators' You're Going To Miss Me very loudly indeed. His face is a vision of glumness. He turns to camera.

"What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns or watching violent videos, as if some kind of culture of violence will take them over, but nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs. Songs about heartbreak. Rejection. Pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable_ or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"

Rob's girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) appears from the bedroom. Laden with bags, headed for the front door, she's obviously leaving him. He tries to catch her eye as she walks past him.

"You don't have to go this second. You can stay until whenever."

Laura turns back.

"No, we've done the hard part. Now I might as well just ..."

Rob interrupts her.

"Just stay for tonight then."

She doesn't reply.

"Laura?" Laura walks out of the door. It slams behind her.

See also: Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Annie Hall

Don't see also: Fatal Attraction

Pointless trivia: John Cusack trained as an actor at the Piven Theatre Workshop, Illinois, run by the parents of Jeremy Piven, his co-star in Grosse Point Blank.

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