What is there to say about the romantic comedy besides the fact that it is not my favorite genre. If you ask me out to see a movie, chances are I’m choosing to watch something scary. I have a great deal of appreciation for horror films and what real-life horrors they represent. I also like Oscar-bait films, sci-fi, musicals, and many more. It just takes more than a love story to grasp my attention. When movies (especially romance films) end unhappily, I leave the theater with something more to say. Since I end up enjoying those films more, feel free to read on and view a list of my romance films that leave you with a broken heart at the end.
Titanic (1997): Now viewed as a corny guilty-pleasure, upon its release James Cameron’s Titanic was Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster and referred to as “flawlessly crafted” by film critic Roger Ebert. Deserving of all its accolades, the film teaches us that love is not defined by social class, or anything else for that matter.
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004): I must love me some Kate Winslet because here’s another film with her in it. The screenplay is beautifully written by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation) and demonstrates what happens if we were able to erase the memories of the past. After all, it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Edward Scissorhands (1990): Following the success of Batman, Tim Burton combined Universal classic monsters, fairy tales, and German Expressionism to create the story and character of Edward. Burton showed that not all fairy tales end happily, albeit the main theme of the film dealt with self-acceptance and tolerance.
Brokeback Mountain (2005): Brokeback is acknowledged as being the vehicle for gay cinema into the mainstream. The sexuality of the characters is controversially debatable, however the film finds two men falling in love with each other but separating and building unhappy heterosexual relationships with women. It was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2006 but lost to Crash.
Moulin Rouge (2001): Take Romeo + Juliet (1996) and add song and dance. It is visually stunning and is energized by the dozens of love songs used as musical numbers. Director Baz Luhrmann creates arguably the most entertaining musical ever and ends it like a Greek tragedy.
Yes, I’ve left a lot of films off of this list and some good ones, too. Comment below and tell me some of your favorite broken heart films.