10 Of The Best Romance Movies Guaranteed To Make You Ugly Cry

The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours…).The Notebook

GIPHY/New Line Cinema

GIPHY/New Line Cinema

Romantic because: They’re polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they’d be anything for each other: “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn’t recognize him (most days).

Titanic

GIPHY/20th Century Fox

GIPHY/20th Century Fox

Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It’s a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie — the boat sinking.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to “Never let go.”

Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90’s and they’re young again. We’re all still sobbing through the pain.

Sleepless In Seattle

GIPHY/TriStar Pictures

GIPHY/TriStar Pictures

Romantic because: You know why it’s romantic – finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he’d do anything to make sure he’s happy again, which leads to a new relationship.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).

A Walk To Remember

GIPHY/Warner Bros.

GIPHY/Warner Bros.

Romantic because: What isn’t lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she’s told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend’s tame bucket list.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon’s wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn’t handle things.

Dirty Dancing

GIPHY/Vestron Pictures

GIPHY/Vestron Pictures

Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don’t understand, an older boy…it’s all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny’s dancing also makes everyone’s lives a littler steamier.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: “Nobody puts baby in a corner.”

When Harry Met Sally

GIPHY/Columbia Pictures

GIPHY/Columbia Pictures

Romantic because: Who doesn’t want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it’s kind of ideal if you’ve got a best friend who is of the sex you’re attracted to.

The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it’s not weird.

Love Actually

GIPHY/Universal Pictures

GiPHY/Universal Pictures

Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it’s a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don’t have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln’s poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).

You’ve Got Mail

GIPHY/Warner Bros.

GIPHY/Warner Bros.

Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It’s a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it’s time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren’t all bad.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: “I wanted it you be you.”  PASS THE TISSUES!

Pretty Woman

GIPHY/Touchstone Pictures

GIPHY/Touchstone Pictures

Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she’s immoral. It’s also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor:  When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.

P.S. I Love You

GIPHY/Warner Bros.

GIPHY/Warner Bros.

Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.

The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren’t a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.

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