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The Best Sad Romance Movies On Netflix

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List RulesVote up the saddest romance movies on Netflix that will leave a tear in your eye!

Sometimes, you just need a good cry. And what better way to let it all out than by watching a sad romance movie on Netflix? Maybe you're going through a breakup, or maybe you're just feeling a little #foreveralone. Either way, these sad romance movies on Netflix are here for you. Whether you're more in the mood for the best sad teen romance movies, or movies that focus more on adults, there's plenty for every taste. But just remember, even if you're not a teen yourself, teen romance movies can still surprisingly hit you in the feels. Some even manage to squeeze a little humor in there, so you'll be able to laugh away the tears. 

A few movies on this list, including Marriage Story and Happy Anniversary, are Netflix originals. Others are movies that we've come to know and love, including Nicholas Sparks favorites such as Dear John and A Walk to Remember. Keep reading this list to learn more about the best sad romance movies on Netflix. You should be able to find the perfect movie to accompany your pint of ice cream and glass of wine. So gather up your boo, or your best buds, or your cat, and let the movie night begin! 

  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sad Romance Movies On Netflix
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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is an LGBT romance film that was lauded for its performances by Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Seydoux plays the free-spirited painter Emma, who helps the introverted Adèle explore her sexuality over the course of their heated relationship. The connection between them is sensual and passionate, but ultimately results in volatile arguments. Although this love story doesn't have a traditionally happy ending, both characters keep their past romance close to their hearts as they move forward in life. 

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    All the Bright Places

    All the Bright Places is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sad Romance Movies On Netflix
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    Elle Fanning and Justice Smith star in this bittersweet young adult drama based off Jennifer Niven's novel of the same name. The movie follows the unlikely romance between Violet, who suffers from survivor's remorse, and Finch, who has undiagnosed bipolar disorder. The two of them learn from each other as they cope with their respective struggles. Eventually, Finch succumbs to his dark thoughts, resulting in a tragedy that will leave you tearing up. 

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  • One Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sad Romance Movies On Netflix
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    Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess' chemistry is palpable in One Day, a romantic drama that follows its characters Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley over the course of 18 years. The catch is, every time we see them, it's the same day — July 15th — one year later. We watch them make mistakes, overcome difficult struggles, grow in their careers, and regret their pasts. When a tragic accident leaves Dexter without Emma, he realizes what they really had together and vows to make it right. 

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sad Romance Movies On Netflix
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    Based on Stephen Chbosky's coming-of-age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a perfect example of how to successfully adapt a book to film. Logan Lerman stars as the socially awkward Charlie, who befriends the charismatic Sam (Emma Watson) as he learns the ropes of high school. But Sam has a boyfriend, and Charlie must keep his crush to himself. However, the two grow closer as they share their insecurities about who they are. Charlie is coping with childhood trauma, and Sam deals with the uncertainties of graduation. In the end, they both realize their feelings for each other. 

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