Prepping for the swoon-worthy 'Me Before You' starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin? Then grab a box of tissues and sit down with these wonderful – and wonderfully heartbreaking – romantic dramas about young people in love.
The Fault in Our Stars
Try to forget that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort play siblings in the 'Divergent' series. They're perfectly matched as a cancer-ridden couple in this smart, emotional adaptation of John Green's best-selling novel.
A Walk to Remember
No rundown of romantic movies would be complete without a Nicholas Sparks entry or nine. But this North Carolina-set tearjerker is one of the best, with Mandy Moore and Shane West in their prime.
(500) Days of Summer
Not every doomed relationship involves a terminal illness. The saddest death can be that of the relationship itself. Case in point: the stylish, often very funny '(500) Days of Summer,' with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel dealing with a serious case of unrequited love.
The Spectacular Now
Miles Teller plays a teenage alcoholic in the making who exists in the hard-partying “now” – until Shailene Woodley’s Aimee, a “nice girl” who’d rather read a book than deal with boys, shows him there might be another way to look at life.
Romances are often ignored come Oscar time – but then, not every romance is as lovely as 'Brooklyn.' Saoirse Ronan shines as an Irish immigrant who comes to New York in 1951 and is quietly swept off her feet by local boy Emory Cohen.
Robert Pattinson was at peak 'Twilight' fame when he took on this New York-set weepie. No spoilers, but some might find the movie's finale off-putting. Others will bawl their eyes out. All can agree that Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin are charming.
The Man in the Moon
Let's go back a bit for this overlooked 1991 gem, Reese Witherspoon's auspicious debut. (She was 14 at the time.) We can all identify with her character's longing for her older sister's boyfriend (Jason London), and the movie's big twist still shatters us.
Romeo + Juliet
Shakespeare’s tragedy has been adapted many times for the screen – most recently in 2013. But you can’t beat Baz Luhrmann’s wild modern version, featuring a dreamy Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
Is there anything more romantic than the scene when Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) serenades Diane (Ione Skye) with his ghetto blaster? ‘Nuff said.
Picking from John Hughes’ great '80s movies is a tough call, but we’re going with this one because despite its many funny moments, that final scene with Molly Ringwald and her crush still takes our breath away.
After all that crying, you need a movie to lift you up where you belong. The only sad thing about 'Dirty Dancing' is that it makes us miss the irreplaceable Patrick Swayze. But we'll always have Kellerman's.