As crazy as it sounds, the most memorable romance movies are not the ones where the main characters get together, but the ones where they don’t. The whole time, audiences are led to root for the love birds, only to find their hopes and dreams for them absolutely crushed by a tragic, heart-wrenching ending.
Those types of endings leave audiences wondering about what could have been. What if the lovers had only spoken to clear up the misunderstanding? What if the war had not torn the lovers apart? What if, what if, what if… The possibilities are endless. Perhaps those hit harder because, in a way, they are more realistic. They reflect our own stories better because unfortunately, fairy-tale happy endings aren’t as common here in the real world.
Anyway, if you’re in need a good crying session today, why don’t you pick a movie from our top 10 ranking of romance movies with “tragic endings”? Grab a box of tissue and some ice cream for the way!
The following list was based on Maimovie on May 03, 2022, under the “tragic ending” and “Romance” Keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
2007, 2h 3m
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.
2021, 1h 45m
Alma is a scientist at Berlin’s famous Pergamon Museum. In order to obtain research funds for her studies, she accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment. For three weeks, she must live with a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence designed to allow it to morph into that of her ideal life partner. Enter Tom, a machine in human form, created to make her happy.
2019, 1h 56m
Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.
1998, 2h 3m
Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, “Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter,” before it’s even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love — and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare’s comedy soon transforms into tragedy.
2019, 2h 16m
A controlling father’s attempts to ensure that his two children succeed in high school backfire after his son experiences a career-ending sports injury. Their familial bonds are eventually placed under severe strain by an unexpected tragedy.
2019, 2h 11m
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results.
On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.
2008, 2h 46m
I was born under unusual circumstances. And so begins The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans, from the end of World War I in 1918 into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be. Benjamin Button, is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
2000, 1h 39m
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-Wan and Su Li-Zhen move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them.
2005, 2h 14m
Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflict