After a breakup or a difficult week at work, there is nothing better than sitting down to a sad romantic movie. Sometimes, all you need is a tear jerker to remind you that your life is not so bad after all. The following ten sad, romantic movies are intended to bring you to tears and give you a few hours of enjoyment. If we missed any of your favorites, leave a comment at the bottom of the article.
From immortal lines like “Here’s looking at you, kid” to a classic romance, Casablanca tops the list. In it, Humphrey Bogart plays the jaded cafe running American, Rick. His former lover, Lund, is played by Ingrid Bergman. She shows up at the club with her husband and needs the help of Rick. Set amid the backdrop of World War II, this movie is romance at its finest. If you have never seen it, you need to.
2. A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember is quickly becoming a classic romance. It is based on the Nicholas Sparks book by the same name and tells the story of a high school couple. The bad boy of the school falls in love with the good girl, Jamie. He discovers that she is dying from leukemia and tries to help her complete all of the goals on her bucket list before she dies. What results is a touching story that will leave you reevaluating everything in your life and what it means to truly love someone.
3. Roman Holiday
If you love Audrey Hepburn, then you will love Roman Holiday. Although it is not as famous as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it is still one of Hepburn’s best movies. It shows the story of a princess unwilling to fulfill her expected role and a journalist who falls for her. The bittersweet ending will leave you in tears, and you will remember this film for long after it has been finished.
Another film by Audrey Hepburn is the story of a a daughter of a chauffeur. She falls for the son of her father’s employer and convinces him to skip out on his arranged marriage. A brother tries to warn him away from Sabrina, but nothing can keep the two lovers apart. You get to watch the ups and downs of their relationship, and the struggle to stay together no matter what. This is another one of those classic tear jerkers that you have to see during your lifetime, so put it on your bucket list.
5. Marley & Me
Marley & Me is great to watch because it offers an entirely different point of view. You follow the dog, Marley, for his entire life. From rolling around in the dirt to reaching old age, you get to see his life from his point of view. As you may have guessed, the end of his life is not going to be particularly enjoyable. This is another one of those movies that is sure to leave you teary eyed. If you are a dog lover, then make sure to pack along some tissue because the ending is unbelievably sad.
If you somehow managed to miss out on the Titanic craze during the 1990s, then you need to make time to watch this movie. Although it is over three hours long, it is certainly worth watching. Rose is an upper class young lady who is frustrated by the restraints placed on her in life. Chief among these restraints is the expectation that she will marry a wealthy, but horrible, man. Her mother and her are practically destitute, so the marriage is a necessity if they are to maintain their upper class lifestyle. Together, they get on the Titanic to go to America. At the same time, Jack (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young man who decides that getting on the Titanic is the best option left for him. He barely manages to make it to the steerage, and ends up meeting Rose while on board. The instant attraction between them is magnetic, and they defy others to be together. We won’t spoil the ending, but it will leave you crying.
7. My Sister’s Keeper
Although it is not strictly a romance movie, My Sister’s Keeper was included because it is one of those films that you have to watch. It was adapted from the Jodi Picoult novel of the same name. The story features around the story of an eleven-year old named Anna Fitzgerald. Before her birth, her older sister was diagnosed with leukemia. Unable to get a kidney match from anyone else in the family, the sister’s only option is Anna. Anna was born with the expectation that she will one day have to give her kidney to her dying sister. At some point, this expectation becomes too much and young Anna decides to hire the lawyer, Campbell Alexander. She wants to get a medical emancipation from her mother rather than be forced to give up one of her kidneys. If you have not cried for a long time—or want a reminder that other families are even more screwed up than your own–, this is a good film to watch.
8. The Notebook
If you love romances, then you have probably already seen the Notebook. If not, then you are in for a treat. This is another romance movie that is based upon a Nicholas Sparks novel. It covers two different stories. In one plot line, you watch the 1940s romance of a young couple as they brave all difficulties and struggle to stay together. The other portion of the plot line is an old woman and man fighting to stay together in a nursing home. What results is a timeless romance that makes you wish for a love just like the movies.
9. P.S. I Love You
Gerald Butler is the main star of this movie in a strange way. He dies at the beginning, but he is the entire focus of what will happen afterward. Holly Kennedy is the character married to Butler, and she is left to deal with the grief and tragedy of his death. After he dies, she realizes that he has left letters behind for her to read through. As she reads through the dated letters, she is guided through her grief and into a new world. If you ever needed a reminder that true love exists and lasts after death, then P.S. I Love You is the movie for you.
10. What Dreams May Come
What Dreams May Come has a concept that is similar to P.S. I Love You. It shows that love can continue even after death. IT focuses on the story of Chris and Annie. Within the film, you are introduced to a number of questions surrounding life, death and love. The romance in the story is touching, and the questions that it brings up will keep you thinking about the movie for days.
Whether you wanted a movie marathon or just a few good romances, these movies are the perfect fit. Designed to leave you in tears, each sad romantic movie on this list has been chosen for maximum tears. Cuddle up with a bottle of wine, a box of tissue and your favorite snacks because you are in for a treat.