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The Best Movies About Unrequited Love

Updated July 17, 2020 10.2k votes 2.1k voters 205.9k views61 items

List RulesFims that tell the tragic love stories of one-sided relationships and unreciprocated romance.

There’s nothing better than an inspirational romance movie, and there’s nothing more heartbreaking than a dramatic film about a love that never quite made it. We love stories about all kinds of love, but especially the unrequited kind. What are the best movies about unrequited love? Vote up the best unrequited love movies below and see where your favorites rank! And if your heart still yearns, check out the best TV shows about unrequited love.

The movies featured on this list feature a theme of heartbreaking, gut wrenching unrequited love. Most of these films would fall under a romance category; however, there are a few other genres included on this list as well, such as tragic or terminal romances. Maybe we love stories about unrequited love because it makes us feel better about our current love life situations; no matter what your interest in this category is there is sure to be a flick here you’ll love!

This list features the best movies about unrequited love including, The Notebook, Romeo and Juliet, Like Crazy, Casablanca, West Side Story, Brokeback Mountain, The English Patient, and The Last of the Mohicans. Vote up the best films about unrequited love below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    (500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    My Best Friend's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    My Best Friend's Wedding

    Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney

    Released1997

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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    The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    The Great Gatsby

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire

    Released2013

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

    Released1990

    Directed byTim Burton

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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Mortal Instruments: City o is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

    Lena Headey, Lily Collins

    Released2013

    Directed byHarald Zwart

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    Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Romeo and Juliet

    Laurence Olivier, Michael York

    Released1968

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

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    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed bySofia Coppola

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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    City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    City of Angels

    Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan

    Released1998

    Directed byBrad Silberling

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    An Affair to Remember is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    An Affair to Remember

    Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr

    Released1957

    Directed byLeo McCarey

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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

    Released1995

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Against All Odds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    Against All Odds

    Jeff Bridges, James Woods

    Released1984

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Unrequited Love
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    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Ward

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