12 of the Most Heartbreaking Romantic Dramas Ever Made

If you’re in need of a good cry you’ve come to the right place: we’ve rounded up some of the most heartbreaking romantic dramas ever made.

Get the tissues ready because let’s be honest – anywhere you find love, you can also find loss, sorrow, and suffering too.

The Man in the Moon

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This was actually Reese Witherspoon’s first movie and she was absolutely amazing in it. It’s about young love, loss, and the bond between sisters – something that’s made even more profound by the characters’ young ages in the story.

“If you don’t cry, your heart is a shrivelled rock.” the person who suggested this movie said. The same goes for almost everything on this list!

Life Is Beautiful

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Despite the uplifting title, Life Is Beautiful comes up frequently as one of the saddest movies ever made. It starts off as a romance with the main character falling in love, opening a bookshop, and having a child with his wife but quickly turns tragic as father and son are taken away to a concentration camp.

Atonement

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If you want a movie that’s going to crush you emotionally, Atonement is it. One person described it as a movie that “hurts me so much I can literally only watch it once every ten years” while someone else warned anyone who checks it out to “prepare to be devastated for a few days.”

Manchester by the Sea

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Profoundly sad, Manchester by the Sea has been described by fans as “a masterclass in melancholy”. Although it’s not truly a romantic drama in the sense of a love story, it’s absolutely a film about love.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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How sad is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, exactly? Well one person who’s seen it said, “I have never cried harder in my life than the one time I saw this movie.”

Brokeback Mountain

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Definitely high on my own list of movies that crush me every time I watch them, Brokeback Mountain shares a rare love story; one of gay men in a time where there was no way they could be together.

My Girl

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On the surface My Girl is a coming of age story following an 11 year old girl as she explores her first romance but the story runs deeper as the main character gripes with trauma and loss several times over.

Rare for the genre, My Girl is a family romantic drama that will resonate emotionally with both adults and kids for different reasons.

What Dreams May Come

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One of the Robin Williams films many fans haven’t seen, What Dreams May Come tells the heartbreaking story of a man who’s killed in an accident and goes to heaven, only to find out his grief stricken wife has committed suicide and gone to hell.

In a truly Herculean story, he leaves paradise to find her.

Never Let Me Go

 

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Based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel of the same name, Never Let Me Go is a romantic tragedy set in an alternate history dystopian sci-fi world where some people get to live well beyond 100 years while others are destined to become organ donors and die young.

They don’t think the “donors” are real humans or can fall in love, but they do. And, given the circumstances of their short lives, it quickly becomes tragic.

P.S. I Love You

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This is a love story of the best (worst?) kind – the kind that deals with profound loss and bittersweet happiness. P.S. I Love You is about a woman who’s husband passed away from illness, but not before setting up a series of letters to remind his grieving wife of how much he loves her.

Steel Magnolias

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If you’re like me and Steel Magnolias had you bawling like a baby at least take comfort knowing you’re not alone. Although it does have romance (it opens with a wedding after all!), Steel Magnolias is definitely about love. Specifically, the love of a mother.

My Blue Valentine

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Sad and beautiful all at the same time, My Blue Valentine jumps between time to tell the story of a couple’s relationship at the beginning of their romance and several years later when they’re married.

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