There’s something uniquely cathartic about sad romance movies that make
me anyone feel deeply and even shed a few tears. Unrequited love, the tragedy of lost love, and the heartache of parting because of some trick of fate – these films are just. EVERYTHING.
I’m a sucker for tragic romance movies that can actually make me cry—I like them way better than just happy endings. I mean don’t get me wrong, I like romantic comedy movies, but, you know, sad ones are more realistic in a way.
My carefully curated selection of sad romance movies traverses various eras, backgrounds, and circumstances, each telling a unique story that promises to leave a lasting impact.
So if you’re having one of those days when you just need a sad romance movie to make you cry, I’ve picked a few of my favorites below. The good news is that they’re all on Amazon Prime.
This poignant film revolves around Emma and Dexter who meet on their graduation day and grow close. The movie cleverly captures snapshots of their lives on the same date, July 15th, over two decades, portraying how their relationship evolves and how they navigate the ups and downs of life.
It sounds quite lovely, right? But, you know, there’s always a twist.
Perhaps one of the most underrated sad romance movies, Comet presents an unconventional romance that unfolds like a dream, journeying through the six-year relationship of Dell and Kimberly, showcasing their chance meeting, love, separation, and possible reconciliation in a non-linear narrative.
I personally liked the whole cinematography of this film, not to mention the unforgettable lines, and of course, Kimberly’s It Must’ve Been Love car scene.
In this critically acclaimed trilogy—’Before Sunrise’, ‘Before Sunset’, and ‘Before Midnight’—director Richard Linklater captures the evolving relationship of Jesse and Celine, who meet on a train in Europe. The series unfolds as a collection of conversations, giving glimpses into their lives every nine years and painting a poignant, realistic portrayal of love and time.
It’s just so amazing how they followed up every 9 years (which reminds me of Bridget Jones’ gaps too), as if everything was happening in real life.
Set in a not-so-distant future, Her explores the unusual romantic relationship between a lonely writer and an intelligent operating system, named Samantha, created to meet his every need. The movie navigates themes of love, loneliness, and the human condition.
It might have been a little… impossible a decade ago, but I can see this happening in the future. I mean, AIs are getting more and more intelligent, too. It somehow reminds me of Black Mirror, a popular Netflix original series, but with a romantic twist.
A tragic and magical tale about a businessman who gets a second chance to save the love of his life, his girlfriend Samantha, from a fatal accident after he experiences a premonition in a dream.
You could say this is one of my favorite time travel romance movies, ish.
This charming film follows an American woman in Verona, Italy, who finds an unanswered “letter to Juliet” and decides to write back, sparking a quest to reunite two long-lost lovers.
My favorite movie of all time, I remember watching this as a teenager and rewatching it every year just to give my not so hopeless romantic side some boost. It may not be as sad-sad as you’d expect from other tearjerker romance movies on this list, but this movie gets me every time. I like how they also used Taylor Swift’s Love Story here.
Directed by Noah Baumbach, this critically acclaimed film offers an intimate and heart-wrenching look at a couple navigating their way through a grueling coast-to-coast divorce.
The movie presents a nuanced portrayal of a family’s shifting dynamics, blending humor with devastating reality. With such amazing performances by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Marriage Story lays bare the complexities of love, marriage, and familial bonds, making it a compelling watch.
This is what I was talking about when I said I liked sad yet realistic romance films. Except for their careers, the lines used here hit close to home.
A classic romantic film based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, The Notebook chronicles the deep and enduring love of Noah and Allie, from their passionate summer romance in their youth to the trials of aging and illness in their twilight years.
This one is such a classic for millennials. I remember growing up and this was like the goals.
Another adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ work, this touching film follows a rebellious teenager who falls in love with a terminally ill, kind-hearted girl, learning valuable life lessons through their journey together.
This one didn’t really make me cry as much as The Notebook did, but it’s still worth the watch.
A tear-jerking adaptation of John Green’s novel, this film focuses on Hazel and Gus, two teens who meet in a cancer patient support group and share a profound journey of love and loss.
I read the book before this was released, and it was hard not to compare too much.
A deeply emotional and thought-provoking film, it tells the story of a couple who, after a painful breakup, undergo a procedure to erase their memories of each other, only to realize what they have lost.
Another one of my favorite sad romance movies, this one is a tragic reminder that a lot of us would take the opportunity to erase our memories to try to forget someone.
This intense drama provides a stark, honest portrayal of a married couple as they navigate their relationship’s complexities and challenges, shifting between their courtship’s early days and their crumbling marriage’s present.
You always hurt the one you love, as they say.
A refreshing take on romantic comedy-dramas, the film follows Celeste and Jesse, a separated couple trying to maintain their friendship while pursuing other relationships, leading to a complex web of emotions and uncertainties.
You know the saying ‘marry your best friend’? Well, this is what happens when you marry them.
An innovative narrative, this movie takes viewers through the 500 days of Tom’s on-and-off relationship with Summer, exploring themes of love, fate, and heartbreak.
I don’t know about you, but up to now, there’s a fun ongoing debate of who was in the right or wrong. But this is probably one of the most relatable sad romance movies on this list—at some point we were either Tom or Summer. The lesson here is to properly discuss what to expect and what not to expect before starting anything.
An epic romantic disaster film, Titanic weaves the tragic love story of Jack, a lower-class artist, and Rose, an upper-class woman, set against the ill-fated voyage of the “unsinkable” ship.
This is such a classic that you’re missing out on a lot if you haven’t seen it.
The Vow is a romantic drama that explores a husband’s efforts to win back his wife’s heart after a car accident leaves her with severe memory loss, forgetting the past few years of her life, including their marriage.
This one is actually inspired by a true story, and it’s one that would make you want to hug your partner after.
Another Nicholas Sparks’ novel adaptation, Dear John tells the story of a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he’s home on leave. Their relationship is tested by his reenlistment post-9/11 and the regular exchange of love letters becomes their only link.
I mean, I’m a firm believer that love letters are one of the sweetest things ever. This movie brings back so many memories because it was released around the time I was sending letters to this boy from halfway across the world—we were teenagers—and he is now my husband 🙂 So I guess this isn’t that sad at all for me.
This movie tells the unique story of Adaline, a woman who ceases to age following an accident. As she lives through decades without growing old, she leads a solitary existence to keep her secret until she meets a man who may be worth revealing her truth.
This one is part sad and part feel-good (at least for me), and it’s definitely worth the watch.
Have any other sad romance movies in mind? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!
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