So I missed yesterday’s Thursday Movie Picks and I was going to use this very same approach to the broader prompt of “romance”. I took the missed opportunity, and added five more films to my initial picks. Two of the following movies are classics, while the others were made in the past decade. They all deal with a deep emotions and have the potential for some tear shedding. Some are depressingly sad, others too beautiful; some feel very real, others perfectly dreamy.
While very different, all ten of the following movies are outstanding films and personal favourites. And if you’re aiming for a good crying this Valentine’s, you’re sure to find the perfect fit amongst them. I’ll talk more about them in another romance list coming up next week, so for now I leave you with all the info you need for a devastating, beautiful Valentine’s Day.
Ten Romance Movies
For a Good Crying This Valentine’s Day
Brief Encounter, 1945
directed by David Lean
starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard and Stanley Holloway
Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.
Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1959
directed by Alain Resnais
starring Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada and Stella Dassas
Set in Hiroshima after the end of World War II, a French actress and a Japanese architect have a love affair. Over many hours, they recount previous romances and life experiences. The two intertwine their stories about the past, while pondering the devastation wrought by the atomic bomb dropped on the city.
In The Mood For Love, 2000
directed by Wong Kar-wai
starring Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Ping Lam Siu
A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they both don’t want to be lonely in their marriage.
Brokeback Mountain, 2005
directed by Ang Lee
starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams
Two modern day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. They share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship, conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Pride and Prejudice, 2005
directed by Joe Wright
starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Brenda Blethyn
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
directed by Joe Wright
starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Brenda Blethyn
As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit.
A Single Man, 2009
directed by Tom Ford
starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode
Adapted from a 1964 novel of the same name, the film follows a day in the life of George Falconer, a British college professor reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will to live as he seeks the console of close friend Charley who is struggling with her own questions about life.
Blue Valentine, 2010
directed by Derek Cianfrance
starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and Mike Vogel
Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in their marriage.
a story about falling out of love.
Last Night, 2010
directed by Massy Tadjedin
starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes
The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he’s attracted. While he’s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Jane Eyre, 2011
directed by Cary Fukunaga
starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell
After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester’s terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?
What are some of the saddest movie romances you’ve ever seen?