When you’re going through a breakup, sometimes you just need a tragic movie to help you cry out every single tear you’ve been bottling up while putting on a brave face during the day. These movies are perfect for that very thing!
1. “CHARLIE ST. CLOUD” (2010)
When Charlie, a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother Sam, realizes that he can interact with him in the woods by the cemetery, he gives up everything to stay in his hometown and play baseball with his brother’s ghost every day. But when a new girl comes into Charlie’s life by chance, the close bond he has with brother is threatened. He’ll have to choose between keeping the promise he made to Sam or going after the girl he’s falling for, which is a pretty awful choice to have to make. You’re in for all the brotherly love tears watching this sob fest.
2. “ANNA KARENINA” (2012)
Based on the 1877 classic of the same name, Anna Karenina tells the tragic story of a married Russian aristocrat and her love affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Even though Anna has fallen head over heals for the Count, she’s afraid to leave her husband because of Russian social norms. Still, unable to deny her feelings for the count and their passionate affair leads Anna down a path of destruction.
3. “ATONEMENT” (2007)
In 1935, a 13-year-old with a huge imagination and a crush on her servant’s son (and older sister’s lover) tells a terrible lie that changes the course of several lives and destroys a great love.
4. “THE GREAT GATSBY” (1974)
5. “REMEMBER ME” (2010)
Starring Robert Pattinson, Remember Me tells the story of two new lovers who are both dealing with a major loss. Tyler, whose parents split in the wake of his brother’s suicide, meets Ally, who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother’s murder. Even though Tyler and Ally are good for each other, there’s an outside force that stands to tragically tear them apart.
6. “BECOMING JANE” (2007)
Have you ever wondered why Jane Austen was able to write such amazing, universally relatable love stories? Well, she had one of her own. At least that’s what historians think. This movie tells the story of Jane Austen’s rumored real-life romance with the young Irishman Tom Lefroy. The ending will tear your heart into tiny little pieces.
7. “ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” (2007)
On paper, this love story about a poor artist from Liverpool named June and a rich American girl named Lucy at the height of the Vietnam war is your standard rich-girl-falls-for-a-cutie-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks story. But there’s one key difference: It’s told entirely through Beatles songs. Bring on all the tears.
8. “ONE DAY” (2011)
Dexter and Em spend the night of their college graduation together and decide that they’re just meant to be friends. One Day catches up with the pair on the same day over the course of their 20-year friendship, which is sometimes smooth, sometimes rocky, and always filled with major will-they-finally-realize-they’re-in-love tension. The ending will rock you to your core.
9. “FORREST GUMP” (1994)
This classic film originated the classic line, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Even though the story is about the life of Forrest Gump, a boy with a below average IQ, but an above average level of loyalty and the ability to love. Which is why even though Forrest’s love story with his childhood best friend Jenny isn’t the main focus of the film, it’ll still manage to break your heart AND put it back together again.
10. “MILLION DOLLAR BABY” (2004)
If you’re not in the mood for a romantic story, this love story isn’t of the romantic kind. In Million Dollar Baby, a determined woman, Maggie Fitzgerald, convinces a reluctant hardened boxing trainer named Frankie Dunn to be her trainer so she can become a professional boxer. Throughout their training and rise to the top of the boxing game together, Frankie and Maggie form the familial bond Frankie always wished he had with his own daughter — which makes the choice he has to make at the end of this movie even more devastating!