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The Saddest Romance Movies That Will Make You Cry

Updated October 19, 2020 1.4k votes 129 voters 2.2k views52 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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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • The Notebook2
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • Titanic3
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • A Walk to Remember4
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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  • Ghost5
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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  • A Star Is Born6
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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

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  • Boys Don't Cry7
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    Boys Don't Cry

    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny

    Released1999

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind8
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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  • Me Before You9
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    Me Before You

    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Directed byThea Sharrock

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  • Call Me by Your Name10
    25
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Released2017

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife11
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    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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  • Life Is Beautiful12
    22
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    Life Is Beautiful

    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

    Released1997

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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  • Moonlight13
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    Moonlight

    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • Five Feet Apart14
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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

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    Dear John

    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum

    Released2010

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • The Fault in Our Stars16
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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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  • The Vow17
    17
    5

    The Vow

    Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Sucsy

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  • Brokeback Mountain18
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • If Beale Street Could Talk19
    21
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    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • Queen & Slim20
    20
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    Queen & Slim

    Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byMelina Matsoukas

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  • Her21
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    Her

    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde

    Released2013

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Romeo + Juliet22
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    Romeo + Juliet

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd

    Released1996

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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  • (500) Days of Summer23
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

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  • Blue Valentine24
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    Blue Valentine

    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

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  • Carol25
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    Carol

    Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

    Released2015

    Directed byTodd Haynes

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