There’s just something about a good romantic movie that provokes a hearty cry, yet leaves us wanting more. There have been times when I have watched more than one favourite flick at one time just to torture myself. And to make matters worse, I have done that time and time again. A wonderful romantic movie can make us laugh so hard we nearly pee ourselves, or they can trigger enough tears to alarm our loved ones. But would we have it any other way? Hell no 😉
Some movie producers have chosen tragic historical events knowing we will all turn into a blubbering mess. Titanic is a classic example. Damn, I remember everyone entering the cinema on opening day looking fresh and happy, but by the end of the movie the women, even some of the guys had tears running down their cheeks. 2014’s Testament of Youth used the backdrop of the first world war to tell it’s romantic story. Even the least romantic movie of 2014 – Pompeii, used the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD to tell its story.
Apart from being incredibly drunk and emotional, we are given very few opportunities to cry in public. But nothing gives us more of a rush than letting those built up sobs escape all over those sitting near you at your local cinema. It can be a bonding experience, think about it, you have tears and other body fluids running down your face and you see the woman sitting beside you pull out a packet of tissues….Bingo! 🙂 It brings us all together as a group. One great big blabbering, emotional group.
The following is a list of My Romance Addiction’s 15 fabulous romantic movies we should have known would make us cry. Great bonding movies that are still ok for us to watch either by ourselves or with a group of friends who wont say no to a giant sob-fest. If I have forgotten a favourite, just add yours to the comment section below….and let us all know why you love it so much 🙂
No 15. 50 First Dates (2004): Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Not the most “romantic” of movies, but because it is so moving I thought I would add it to this list.
Premise – Playboy vet Henry sets his heart on romancing Lucy, but she has short-term memory loss; she can’t remember anything that happened the day before. So every morning, Henry has to woo her again. Her friends and family are very protective, and Henry must convince them that he’s in it for love.
No 14. The Way We Were (1973): Starring Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand.
One of those movies that doesn’t end the way you would hope or think it would. But it is still a great movie.
Premise – Opposites attract when, during their college days, Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand), a politically active Jew, meets Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford), a feckless WASP. Years later, in the wake of World War II, they meet again and, despite their obvious differences, marry. Hubbell wants to be a screenwriter, so the two move to California despite Katie’s objections. They prosper there, but as the Hollywood blacklist looms, Katie’s activism threatens her husband’s reputation.
No 13. Love Actually (2003) Starring Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.
I just wanted to whack Harry in his goods for flirting with his receptionist…..damn him. As for Sarah….come on girl, you have to live your life too.
Premise – A wonderful christmas movie filled with an all-star cast. Love Actually examines the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.
No 12. The Last of The Mohicans (1992): Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe.
I was so shocked when Alice jumped….it was one of those ‘oh sh** please no’ moments….
Premise – The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans — Uncas (Eric Schweig), his father Chingachgook (Russell Means), and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) — live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters (Madeleine Stowe, Jodhi May) of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War.
No 11. Sleepless in Seattle (1993); Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
When Sam and Annie finally meet on top of the Empire State Building……I was a blubbering mess.
Premise – After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.
No 10. Serendipity (2001): Starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
Just when you think fate wouldn’t play a role with this couple, a small little miracle happens in the form of a book 😉
Premise – On a magical night when they are in their 20s, Jonathan (John Cusack) meets Sara (Kate Beckinsale). He finds it love at first sight, but Sara believes in destiny. After 10 years the two — with 3,000 miles between them — must decide if fate wants them to be together again. When love feels like magic, it is called destiny; when destiny has a sense of humor, it is serendipity.
No 9. Dying Young (1991): Starring Campbell Scott and Julia Roberts
“I need a life….I have a life”……awww, you need more than a box of tissues for this emotional love story.
Premise – Answering an ad for an “attractive female” to care for a sick young man, Hilary (Julia Roberts) becomes the caretaker of smart, well-bred Victor (Campbell Scott), who is fighting leukemia. Their business relationship slowly develops into a romance, and as Victor educates Hilary about the finer things in life, she teaches him how to love and trust another person. Victor’s health continues to decline, yet the couple are determined to face his terminal prognosis together.
No 8. Titanic (1997): Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Jack, Jack…..come back Jack…..
Premise – James Cameron’s “Titanic” is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era — the “ship of dreams” — which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice-cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
No 7. City of Angels (1998): Starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan.
An ending I didn’t see coming. How could the producers do that to me?!!! I wanted a happily ever after – damn it….
Premise – This is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans. As the demise of an individual approaches, he spends time near them and becomes visible while acting as their traveling companion during their trip to the great hereafter. His discovery of distraught heart surgeon Maggie (Meg Ryan) inspires him to forego his immortality and exist on earth with her as a feeling and mortal entity.
No 6. The Vow (2012): Starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.
When Paige doesn’t remember her hubby….awww….
Premise – Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are happily married newlyweds, but their idyllic life together suddenly shatters when a car accident leaves her in a coma. When Paige awakes, she has severe memory loss and doesn’t know Leo. She also has a confusing relationship with her parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) and still harbors feelings for a former fiance (Scott Speedman). Despite these difficult obstacles, Leo is determined to renew their bond and rebuild their marriage.
No 5. Ghost (1990) : Starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
Oh god this is one hell of a tear jerker. When Sam looks up to heaven then back to Molly and knows it’s time to go….agghhh.
Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is a banker, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn) over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of Carl’s betrayal, Sam must seek the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to set things right and protect Molly from Carl and his goons.
No 4. The Age of Adaline (2015): Starring Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively.
When you see Adaline’s daughter all grown up and when Ellis’s dad discovers the truth – oh no….
Premise – Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline’s long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.
No 3. Safe Haven (2013): Starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough)
When we find out who the “ghost” really is! <sob-sob>….
Premise – Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town on the North Carolina coast, determined to make a new life for herself. She takes a job as a waitress and keeps a low profile, but she is soon won over by the warmth and caring of the close-knit community, especially that of widower Alex (Josh Duhamel). With the help of Alex and his children, Katie learns to love and trust again — but when a mysterious stranger arrives and starts asking questions, Katie’s dark past threatens to reclaim her.
No 2. The Notebook (2004): Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
When they pass away together…water works!!!
Premise – In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don’t approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.
No 1. P.S I Love You (2007): Starring Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank.
Oh boy, did this make me cry. Gerry’s love letters did me in every single time!.
Premise – When Gerry (Gerard Butler), the husband of Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank), dies from an illness, she loses the love of her life. Knowing how hard Holly will take his death, Gerry plans ahead. Beginning on her 30th birthday, she receives the first in a series of letters written by him, designed to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward to a new life.