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The Saddest Romance Movies That Will Make You Cry

Updated February 7, 2021 1.5k votes 145 voters 2.5k views53 items

List RulesOnly romantic movies that fill you with sorrow.

At first glance, the idea of the best sad romance movies would seem to be a paradox. People watch romantic films so that they can be inspired to find love in their own lives. Having the film end on a sad note often points to the all-too-poignant reality that romance is never as everlasting as we like to think it is. The protagonists in these movies may have been in love at one point, but their tragic love stories were doomed to fail. Or perhaps they stay together and the film is sad for an entirely different reason. When it comes to Hollywood, there's more than one way to make you cry. 

The best example of this would be Romeo + Juliet. The audience knows right from the beginning that these two star-crossed lovers will perish before they can truly be together. But sadness doesn't have to be synonymous with death. In La La Land, it seems as though Sebastian and Mia will end up together, but alas, their love story wasn't meant to be as they pursued their careers. 

There are many romantic movies with sad endings, middles, and sometimes even beginnings. Which ones do you put on when you want a good cry? Vote for your favorites below. 

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  • My Girl1
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

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  • Titanic2
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • The Notebook3
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    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • A Walk to Remember4
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    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

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  • Ghost5
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    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

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    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

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    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

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    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1999

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind10
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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

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    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Directed byThea Sharrock

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    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum

    Released2010

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    Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Sucsy

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    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

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  • Brokeback Mountain19
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    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • Blue Valentine20
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    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

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    Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden

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    Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith

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    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

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  • Romeo + Juliet24
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd

    Released1996

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Keira Knightley, Steve Carell

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    Directed byLorene Scafaria

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