Ten Romance Movies For a Good Crying
This Valentine’s Day

Ten Movies For a Good Crying This Valentine's Day
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

in order of release // all synopsis adapted from letterboxd or imdb

Brief Encounter (1931)

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

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.

Imdb // Letterboxd

In The Mood For Love

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 Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger

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 Keira Knightley Matthew Macfayden

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?

Atonement James McAvoy and Keira Knightley

Atonement, 2007

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 Colin Firth Matthew Goode

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 Michelle Williams Ryan Gosling

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 Keira Knightley and Guillaume Canet

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 Michael Fassbender Mia Wasikowska

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?

Do you cry watching romance movies? *this is a safe place for criers*
What are some of the saddest movie romances you’ve ever seen?
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12 Comments

  1. February 9, 2018 / 9:27 PM

    Oh my God, Atonement absolutely broke me. I don’t think I could ever bring myself to see it again! Pride and Prejudice is something I’ve been meaning to watch for years, but never got round to it.

    • February 10, 2018 / 7:49 PM

      I know… it’s depressing me just thinking about it. How could you avoid seen Pride & Prejudice??? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it when you finally see it, it’s such a gem!

  2. February 9, 2018 / 10:42 PM

    With the exception of Last Night (never seen it), I can say yes to all of these films.

    • February 10, 2018 / 7:46 PM

      Last Night is little known, and in my opinion, an underrated one, too.

  3. February 10, 2018 / 3:38 PM

    I almost cried just by reading this list. The worst of the bunch for me is Atonement, which I didn’t finish watching because I saw the end coming, fast forwarded a bit, saw the horrors, stopped and never saw the ending. And I still can’t. In my world, they ended up in that beach house and remained there.

    Pride & Prejudice is probably the one I’ve seen the most in this list. I’ve seen it like over 10 times for sure. I was going through a time where I watched it every week. I might watch it again but I’m working the whole Valentine’s Day so I guess not this year, but maybe next year.

    • February 11, 2018 / 8:11 PM

      Atonement really is the worst because it’s such an injustice. Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre and the only ones with happy endings, so they’re the good kind of crying. 🙂

  4. February 12, 2018 / 12:38 PM

    Brokeback Mountain and Atonement made me ugly-cry for weeks! I bet if I re-watched them now, I’d STILL cry.

    • February 14, 2018 / 4:54 PM

      Same! They’re absolutely devastating

  5. February 14, 2018 / 12:43 AM

    Great list! These definitely tug on my heartstrings. I cry at romance movies, but it depends on which ones. Waterloo Bridge will turn on the waterworks. I caught P.S. I Love You on tv this morning, and that got me going. 😛

    • February 14, 2018 / 4:56 PM

      I’ve never see Waterloo Bridge! PS I Love You is another one to cry, that is so true. I swear I caught just the final moments (from when she kisses that other guy in the stadium, with Gerry’s letter), and just those couple of scenes made me cry!!

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