77 Sad Romantic Movies You Need to Watch
1. The Fountain
A medical researcher (Hugh Jackman), looks for a cure that’ll save his dying wife (Rachel Weisz). This movie is a beautiful testament to love and the cycle of life. ‘The Fountain’ is the movie that needs to be seen more than once.
“Death frees every soul.”
Trailer: The Fountain
Year: 2006, Runtime: 96 min
2. The Notebook
This movie is a brilliantly written story about two young lovers. No, this isn’t another typical romantic movie. While watching it, you’ll feel like you’re part of the character’s life’s and found yourself relating to each of them. One of the main characters are Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
“Behind every great love is a great story. “
Trailer: The Notebook
Year: 2004, Runtime: 123 min
3. P.S. I Love You
“Her life ended. Now, a new one will begin. “
Trailer: P.S. I Love You
Year: 2007, Runtime: 126 min
4. Remember Me
‘Remember Me’ is a story about seriously flawed individuals trying to deal with life, loss and love. Tyler (Robert Pattinson) and Ally (Emilie de Ravin) both experienced family tragedies. This romantic drama will touch your heart.
“Live in the moments.”
Trailer: Remember Me
Year: 2010, Runtime: 113 min
5. Dear John
While John (Channing Tatum) is on leave in his hometown, he meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfried), a medical college student, and they fall in love. After September 11 attacks, John refuses to leave the army and they try to keep their romance through letters.
“Is Duty enough reason to live a lie? “
Trailer: Dear John
Year: 2010, Runtime: 108 min
6. The Vow
Paige and Leo (Channing Tatum) are newly weds. Unfortunately,a car accident puts Paige (Rachel McAdams) in coma. When she wakes up, she doesn’t remember Leo. Her husband tries everything to win her heart and love again.
“I need to make my wife fall in love with me again. “
Trailer: The Vow
Year: 2012, Runtime: 104 min
7. My Sister’s Keeper
Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) has leukemia and needs sister’s kidney to stay alive. This story isn’t only about fighting the cancer, it’s also about first love. Will Kate experience love and touch despite her serious health condition?
“I was engineered. Born to save my sister’s life. “
Trailer: My Sister’s Keeper
Year: 2009, Runtime: 109 min
8. The Time Traveler’s Wife
Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) has gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel. He falls in love with Clare (Rachel McAdams) and marries her. Time travelling brings some complications in their marriage… This heart-warming love story will keep you entertained through whole movie.
“I wouldn’t change one second of our life together. “
Trailer: The Time Traveler’s Wife
Year: 2009, Runtime:107 min
9. The Lucky One
After serving three tours in Iraq, Logan (Zac Efron), travels to Louisiana to find the unknown woman from a photo he found. He believes she was keeping him alive during his serving. He discovers that the woman’s name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and becomes close to her family.
“Why did you come here? To find you. “
Trailer: The Lucky One
Year: 2012, Runtime: 101 min
10. A Walk to Remember
Landon (Shane West) and Jamie (Mandy Moore) are two North Carolina teens. They fall in love but Jamie is keeping a secret from Landon and her schoolmates. This heart-breaking secret will put their relationship to the test.
“There’s more to attraction than meets the eye.”
Trailer: A Walk To Remember
Year: 2002, Runtime: 101 min
11. Love & Other Drugs
Anne Hathaway plays a role of a young woman (Maggie Murdock) who won’t let anyone to tie her down. After she meets handsome Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), she will find herself under the influence of the ultimate drug – love. The plot-line in the movie is kind of unique.
“Addicted to one-night stands or dependent on one another?”
Trailer: Love & Other Drugs
Year: 2010, Runtime: 112 min
12. Never let me Go
This love story is adapted from bestselling novel by K. Ishiguro. Ruth (Keira Knightley), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Katty (Carey Mulligan) are best friends from their childhood. As they grow into young adults, a love triangle develops between them.
“We didn’t have the Gallery in order to look into your souls. We had the Gallery in order to see if you had souls at all.”
Trailer: Never Let me Go
Year: 2010, Runtime: 103 min
Ratings: IMDB & Rotten Tomatoes
13. The Painted Veil
This love story is about young English couple – Walter (Edward Norton) & Kitty (Naomi Watts). He is a doctor and she’s a society girl. They relocate to a small village in China due to cholera outbreak. There they betray each other easily. Story is set in the 1920s.
“Forgiveness comes at a price. “
Trailer: The Painted Veil
Year: 2006, Runtime: 125 min
14. One Day
‘One Day’ is a beautiful love story of two people – Dex (Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway). They meet on the night of their university graduation. In the movie, we are taken on a journey into their lives. They are shown each year on July 15th to see where they are in their lives.
“Twenty years. Two people.”
Trailer: One Day
Year: 2011, Runtime: 107 min
15. What Dreams may Come
Hope, comedy, joy, sadness, despair, elation – they are all present in this emotional movie. After dying in a car crash, Robin Williams (Chris Nielsen), will take us on an amazing journey through afterlife, searching for his wife (Annabella Sciorra).
“After life there is more. The end is just the beginning.”
Trailer: What Dreams may Come
Year: 1998, Runtime: 113 min
“I never loved anyone the way I loved you.”
Year: 2013, Runtime: 126 min
17. Now is Good
Tessa (Dakota Fanning) is only 17 but already passionate about life. Diagnosed with leukemia, she determines to use every moment. She complies a list of things she’d like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to take drugs and lose her virginity.
“Live every moment, love every minute.”
Trailer: Now is Good
Year: 2012, Runtime: 103 min
18. A Little bit of Heaven
“Life starts now.”
Trailer: A Little bit of Heaven
Year: 2011, Runtime: 106 min
19. The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a mysterious, party-giving millionaire. Gatsby’s first neighbor is Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who’s cousin is Daisy (Carey Mulligan). Throughout whole movie, relationship between those three characters becomes deeper and deeper. This movie is another glorious performance of L. DiCaprio.
“Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope… I come to the admission that it has a limit.”
Trailer: The Great Gatsby
Year: 2013, Runtime: 143 min
20. The Lost Valentine
“Love can stand the test of time.”
Trailer: The Lost Valentine
Year: 2011, Runtime: 100 min
21. The Last Song
“A story about family, first loves, second chances and the moments of life that lead you back home.”
Trailer: The Last Song
Year: 2010, Runtime: 107 min
22. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“We accept the love we thin we deserve.”
Trailer: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Year: 2012 , Runtime:103 min
“Nothing on Earth could come between them.”
Year: 1997, Runtime: 194 min
24. Friends with Benefits
“Some friends come with a happy ending.”
Trailer: Friends with Benefits
Year: 2011, Runtime: 109 min
25. The Wedding Planner
Jennifer Lopez is San Francisco’s most successful wedding planner. She knows all the rules and tricks. Her life will be turned upside down when she falls in love with the – groom (Matthew McConaughey).
“His big day is her big problem.”
Trailer: The Wedding Planner
Year: 2001, Runtime: 103 min
When Joe’s (Kevin Costner) wife dies in a tragic accident, he is devastated. He’s a doctor who’s treating a sick children. He began to believe that his dead wife (Susanna Thompson) wants to communicate with him.
“When someone you love dies… are they gone forever?”
Year: 2002, Runtime: 104 min
27. Love Story
A boy (Ryan O’Neal) and a girl (Ali MacGraw) fall in love despite their opposite backgrounds. They marry and continue to build their life together… but then tragedy strikes.
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Trailer: Love Story
Year: 1970, Runtime: 99 min
28. If Only
Ian’s girlfriend Samantha (Jennifer Love Hewitt) dies in an accident after they had their first major argument. This British businessman will get a chance to relive that fateful day all over again. Will he lose the love of his life once and for all?
“His love for her forced fate to change.”
Trailer: If Only
Year: 2004, Runtime: 92 min
Under unexpected circumstances, romance blooms between a young woman Claire (Kirsten Dunst) and man Drew (Orlando Bloom). This movie has a unique and personal story, surprising humor and very touching moments.
“The best place to find yourself.”
Year: 2005, Runtime: 123 min
30. About Time
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time. He isn’t able to change the history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life. Tim meets a beautiful girl (Rachel McAdams) and they fall in love. But one Tim’s time-travel incident changes everything…
“A new funny film about love. With a bit of time travel.”
Trailer: About Time
Year: 20013, Runtime: 123 min
31. Mr. Nobody
The film tells the life story of Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto). It’s year 2092 and human race has achieved quasi-immortality. Nemo is 118 years old and he’s the last mortal man on Earth.
“If you never make a choice, anything is possible.”
Trailer: Mr. Nobody
Year: 2009, Runtime: 141 min
Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is a 15-year-old boy with two objectives – to extinguish the flame between his mother (Yasmin Paige) and an ex-lover who moved in next door, and to lose his virginity before his next birthday.
“A comedy that doesn’t let principles stand in the way of progress.”
Year: 2010, Runtime: 97 min
33. Brokeback Mountain
“Love is a force of nature.”
Trailer: Brokeback Mountain
Year: 2005, Runtime: 134 min
34. Slumdog Millionaire
Jamal Malik is an 18 year-old orphan who grew up in the slums of Mumbai. He becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who want to be a millionaire?”. Show breaks for the night and he is arrested under suspicion of cheating.
“The boy who had the answer to every question.”
Trailer: Slumdog Millionaire
Year: 2008, Runtime: 120 min
35. Up in the Air
Ryan (George Clooney) is a travelling “firing-man”. He is completely void of emotion and human connection but seems completely content with his choice of living. As a corporate hatchet man, his life is on the road. His life changes when his company downsizes its travel budget and he is required to spend more time in his lonely apartment.
Trailer: Up in the Air
Year: 2009, Runtime: 109 min
36. Letters to Juliet
“What if you had a second chance to find true love?”
Trailer: Letters to Juliet
Year: 2010, Runtime: 105 min
37. Definitely, Maybe
A political consultant, Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds), tries to explain his past relationships to his curious 11-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin). She’s heartbroken to see her parents splitting up and won’t stop asking questions until she is satisfied with all the answers.
“For Will Hayes, a second look at the past will give him a second chance at the future.”
Trailer: Definitely, Maybe
Year: 2008, Runtime: 112 min
38. Blue Valentine
This film tells the story of young married couple – Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams). Both of them come from a broken home. Unfortunately, they are at an impasse in their relationship. “Blue Valentine” is the unflinching, honest portrayal of a real relationship.
“A Love Story”
Trailer: Blue Valentine
Year: 2010, Runtime: 112 min
39. Like Crazy
Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and Anna (Felicity Jones) falls instantly in love when they meet as students at an American university. She’s a British college student who violated her student visa and got banned from the USA for that.
“I want you – I need you – I love you – I miss you”
Trailer: Like Crazy
Year: 2011, Runtime: 90 min
Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman with a lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. A great adventure begins when he meets Russell – a 70 years younger wilderness explorer.
“A wilderness explorer is a friend to all, be a plant or fish or tiny mole!”
Year: 2009, Runtime: 96 min
41. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) is a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) had underwent an experimental procedure to erase him from her memory. Joel decides to do the same. He realizes that he still loves her, as he watches his memories of her fade away…
“This Spring, clear your mind”
Year: 2004, Runtime: 108 min
42. Love Actually
“Love Actually” follows the lives of 8 very different couples during a frantic month before Christmas in England (London).
“Love actually is all around.”
Trailer: Love Actually
Year: 2003, Runtime: 135 min
43. (500) Days of Summer
“Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.”
Trailer: (500) Days of Summer
Year: 2009, Runtime: 95 min
Dan (Heath Ledger) is an Australian man who falls in love with a woman named Candy (Abbie Cornish) and heroin. Their intoxicating romance alternates between states of self-destruction, despair, and oblivion.
“Love is a high you can never come down from.”
Year: 2006, Runtime: 108 min
45. Before Sunrise
“Can the greatest romance of your life last only one night?”
Trailer: Before Sunrise
Year: 1995, Runtime: 105 min
46. In the Land of Blood and Honey
Movie directed and written by Angelina Jolie. “In the Land of Blood and Honey” tells a story of Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) and Danijel (Goran Kostic) – young people who fall for each other during the Bosnian war. Danijel is a soldier fighting for the Serbs while Ajla is a Bosnian who’s a captive in his camp.
“Would she kill me if she had the chance?”
Trailer: In the Land of Blood and Honey
Year: 2011, Runtime: 127 min
47. The Duchess
“The Duchess” is the story of an extraordinary woman, Georgiana (Keira Knightley), who was reviled for her extravagant personal and political life. She’s Duchess of Devonshire in the 18th century.
“The scandal that shocked a nation. The courage that defined a woman.”
Trailer: The Duchess
Year: 2008, Runtime: 110 min
Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cusack) met while shopping in New York. They fall victim to a mutual attraction. Jonathan suggests an exchange of phone numbers but Sara has another idea – if they’re meant to be together, they’ll find their way back into one another’s life. Will destiny bring them back together?
“When love feels like magic, it’s called destiny. When destiny has a sense of humor, it’s called serendipity.”
Year: 2001, Runtime: 90 min
49. Seven Pounds
Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is a man with a fateful secret. He looks for redemption by forever changing the lives of 7 strangers. We’ll he succeed?
” Seven names. Seven Strangers. One secret.”
Trailer: Seven Pounds
Year: 2008, Runtime: 123 min
50. The Bridges of Madison County
“I don’t want to need you, ’cause I can’t have you.”
Trailer: The Bridges of Madison County
Year: 1995, Runtime: 135 min
51. When a Man Loves a Woman
“What love built a secret could destroy…”
Trailer: When a Man Loves a Woman
Year: 1994, Runtime: 126 min
13-year-old writer, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), irrevocably changes several lives when she accuses Robbie (her sister’s lover) of a crime he didn’t commit.
“You can only imagine the truth.”
Year: 2007, Runtime: 123 min
53. Sweet November
While taking a driving test at the DMV, Nelson (Keanu Reeves) meets Sara (Charlize Theron). She’s a free woman who takes a new lover every month. Sara convinces Nelson to spend a month (November) with her and they end up living together.
“She just needed a month to change his life forever.”
Trailer: Sweet November
Year: 2001, Runtime: 119 min
54. Coyote Ugly
Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) is an aspiring songwriter who starts working at a women-run NYC bar – “Coyote Bar”. Coyote Bar isn’t just the regular bar – attractive girls dance on the bar, sing along with the jukebox and flirt with their customers. She becomes one of the most famous bartenders but her dream is to become a singer.
“Tonight, they’re calling the shots.”
Trailer: Coyote Ugly
Year: 2000, Runtime: 100 min
55. The Holiday
“Iris, if you were a melody… I used only the good notes.”
Trailer: The Holiday
Year: 2006, Runtime: 138 min
56. The Phantom of the Opera
“Her voice became his passion. Her love became his obsession. Her refusal became his rage…”
Trailer: The Phantom of the Opera
Year: 2004, Runtime: 143 min
57. Memoirs of a Geisha
Nitta Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang) is torn from her penniless family in the years before World War II. She was sent to work as a maid in a geisha house and blossomed into the one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.
“The heart dies a slow death. Shedding each hope like leaves, until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”
Trailer: Memoirs of a Geisha
Year: 2005, Runtime: 145 min
58. The Reader
15-year-old Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes) falls ill on his way home from school. He is rescued by Hanna (Kate Winslet), a stranger twice his age. After his recovery, he seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two begin an passionate, secretive and unexpected affair.
“How far would you go to protect a secret?”
Trailer: The Reader
Year: 2008, Runtime: 124 min
59. Message in a Bottle
Theresa (Robin Wright) finds a romantic letter in a bottle. Captivated by the author’s words of love, she tracks him down. The mystery writer is Garret (Kevin Costner) who hasn’t been the same since his wife Catherine died tragically.
“A story of love lost and found.”
Trailer: Message in a Bottle
Year: 1999, Runtime: 131 min
60. I Am Love
Emma Recchi (Tilda Swinton) is a member of a powerful industrial Milanese family and mother of three. Her existence is shaken when she enters a passionate love affair with the sensuous young man, her son’s friend, Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini).
“Happy is a word that makes one sad.”
Trailer: I am Love
Year: 2009, Runtime: 120 min
61. When Harry Met Sally
Can men and women be ‘just friends’? Sally (Meg Ryan) and Harry (Billy Crystal) have known each other for years. They both like having a friend of opposite sex but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
“Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?”
Trailer: When Harry Met Sally
Year: 1989, Runtime: 96 min
62. Revolutionary Road
It’s 1955. Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) are young couple married for seven years. But they are not happy. Frank hates his job, and April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress. Adapted from the novel by Richard Yates.
“If being crazy means living life as it matters, then I don’t mind being completely insane.”
Trailer: Revolutionary Road
Year: 2008, Runtime: 119 min
63. The Barber of Siberia
Douglas (Richard Harris) is a foreign entrepreneur, who is trying to perfect and sell a machine “The Barber of Siberia” in Russia. Jane is his assistant who meets a friendly Russian soldier Andrei (Oleg Menshikov) and falls in love. She spent the next 10 years in pursuing her love and perfecting the machine.
“He’s Russian. That explains a lot.”
Trailer: The Barber of Siberia
Year: 1998, Runtime: 180 min
64. Romeo + Juliet
The classic and famous Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated in “Romeo + Juliet” by Baz Luhrmann.
“The classic love story set in our time.”
Trailer: Romeo + Juliet
Year: 1996, Runtime: 120 min
65. Forrest Gump
Forest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) is a simple man with sub-normal IQ. He has accidentally been present at many historic moments – meets John F. Kennedy, teaches Elvis Presley to dance, meets Lyndon Johnson, etc. There is special girl in his life Jenny (Robin Wright) who he lived as a boy. Unfortunately, she eludes him…
“The world will never be the same once you’ve seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump.”
Trailer: Forrest Gump
Year: 1994, Runtime: 142 min
66. Nights in Rodanthe
Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) is a doctor who’s travelling to see his estranged son. Almost as soon as he gets to Rodanthe, he meets Adrienne (Diane Lane). She is unhappily married woman who is currently considering divorce. They turn to each other and start a passionate affair.
“It’s never too late for a second chance.”
Trailer: Nights in Rodanthe
Year: 2008, Runtime: 97 min
“Australia” is a historical and romantic film directed by B. Luhrmann. Set between 1939 and 1942 (before World War II). This film has a real sense of adventure and romance between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
“Just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be.”
Year: 2008, Runtime: 165 min
68. Safe Haven
An suspenseful and affirming story about a young woman (Julianne Hough) with a mysterious past. Film is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks. If you liked ‘Dear John’ and ‘The Notebook’ then you’ll surely enjoy in this story, too.
“You know it when you find it.”
Trailer: Safe Haven
Year: 2013, Runtime: 115 min
Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is an naive and innocent girl in Paris. She decides to change to the world by changing the lives of the people she knows. This romantic and charming comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, brings us the world of Amelie with few special effects, masterful camera work and many colors.
“She’ll change your life.”
Year: 2001, Runtime: 122 min
70. Away from Her
Fiona (Julie Christie) and Grant (Gordon Pinsent) have been married for almost 50 years. The struggle begins when Fiona has been admitted to care facility because she’s being consumed by Alzheimer’s disease.
“Sometimes you have to let go of what you can’t live without.”
Trailer: Away from Her
Year: 2006, Runtime: 110 min
Molly (Demi Moore) and Sam (Patrick Swayze) are deeply in love and happy with their lives. One evening they are confronted by a mugger, and Sam is murdered. Sam’s love for Molly, enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.
“A love that will last forever.”
Year: 1990, Runtime: 127 min
72. My Girl
Vada (Anna Chlumsky) is obsessed with death – her father runs a funeral parlor and her mother’s dead. Her mother died during a birth to her so she feels responsible for her death. Her only friend is boy named Thomas (Macaulay Culkin) who sticks with her despite her hangups.
“When your Dad’s an undertaker, your Mom’s in heaven, and your Grandma’s got a screw loose… it’s good to have a friend who understands you. Even if he is a boy.”
Trailer: My Girl
Year: 1991, Runtime: 102 min
73. Becoming Jane
“Becoming a woman. Becoming a legend.”
Trailer: Becoming Jane
Year: 2007, Runtime: 120 min
74. The Fault in Our Stars
“They don’t have forever, they have each other.”
Trailer: The Fault in Our Stars
Year: 2014, Runtime: 126 min
75. Lars and the Real Girl
Lars (Ryan Gosling) is a delusional young guy. After years of loneliness, he starts unconventional relationship with a doll he bought on the Internet.
“The search for true love begins outside the box.”
Trailer: Lars and the Real Girl
Year: 2007, Runtime: 106 min
76. Blue Is the Warmest Color
Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) is a 15-year-old girl who’s life is changed when she meets Emma (Lea Seydoux), a young woman with blue hair. Adele’s relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends…
“I miss you. I miss not touching each other. Not seeing each other, not breathing in each other. I want you. All the time. No one else.”
Trailer: Blue is the Warmest Color
Year: 2013, Runtime: 179 min
77. Boys Don’t Cry
“A true story about finding the courage to be yourself.”
Trailer: Boys Don’t Cry
Year: 1999, Runtime: 118 min