Alyssa is a lover of all movies and spends a lot of time watching both teenage and non-teenage romance movies - particularly sad ones.
My Sisters Keeper
Dir. Nick Cassavettes Released: 2009 Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva
Based on the book by Jodi Picoult, this film follows the story of a family plagued with Leukemia. Their daughter, Kate, is diagnosed at a young age, and her parents make the decision to produce a test tube baby. A baby that will be the exact match, that will undergo multiple surgeries to help save Kate. Anna files for medical emancipation, sending this family places they never though they'd have to go. Their mother stubbornly tries to stop Anna so her other daughter Kate will survive. What the mother doesn't know, however, will force her to accept her eldest daughters wishes.
The Spectacular Now
Dir. James Ponsoldt Released: 2013 Starring: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Brie Larson
From the writer, Scott Neustadter, who also wrote the screenplay for 500 Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars itself, comes this movie about quirky young love. Shailene Woodley, Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, plays the "nice girl" book-loving Aimee, while Miles Teller stars as the partying budding alcoholic Stutter. Aimee is able to tutor Stutter in geometry while Stutter helps Aimee with her paper route and introduces her to his lifestyle. The two are inexplicably drawn together despite their obvious differences and are able to learn valuable life lessons from each other.
A Walk to Remember
Dir. Adam Shankman Released: 2002 Starring: Mandy Moore, Shane West
Yet another tragic love story, this Nicholas Sparks film adaptation follows the unlikely pairing of the intelligent, talented, giving preachers daughter, Jamie, and troubled, bad-boy Landon. This high-school duo fall in love in unlikely circumstances as Landon is forced to participate in the same school activities as Jamie. Despite her warning, Landon falls in love with Jamie and convinces her father that he is suitable to date the girl. Landon helps Jamie complete her bucket-list as Jamie opens Landon up to a world of love. Jamie, however, has been hiding something from Landon - something that could cause their connection to come crashing down. The ending to this film will have all members of the family in tears.
Now is Good
Dir. Ol Parker Released: 2012 Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine
This British film, based upon Jenny Downham's Before I Die, tells the story of a girl, Tessa, living out the last months, weeks and finally days of her life as she spirals closer and closer to death from leukemia. This list includes: drugs, shoplifting and most importantly sex. Tessa gazes admiringly upon couples, hoping to fall in love before she passes. She unexpectedly meets Adam, the next-door neighbor who's tentative about a relationship with Tessa. As her condition worsens, Adam realizes that he cannot stay away and there is nothing that Tessa wants more than for him to be by her side. This movie will have you in tears in the beginning, middle and end, not unlike our recent The Fault in Our Stars.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Dir. Stephen Chbosky Released: 2012 Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
This book adaptation follows Charlie, the introverted English lover, who enters high school (mostly) friendless. Before he knows it he meets sibling duo Patrick and Sam. Charlie cannot help but fall for Sam, the wild eccentric girl who includes Charlie in her and her brothers escapades. At the same time, Charlie is quick to learn some startling news about Patrick, gaining his friend's trust and broadening his friend group. The introvert soon becomes more than his title of the "wallflower" as he gains acceptance with his peers and learns to stick up for not only himself but his friends.
Dir. Bruce Joel Rubin Released: 1993 Starring: Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman
Bob and Gail are happily married, expecting their first child - a baby boy! But the happiness does not last when Bob discovers he has kidney cancer, a terminal illness. Soon, Bob begins to worry he will never meet his son; as a result, he proceeds to make a series of videos to put himself in the life of his unborn child. Teaching him how to cook, drive, shave and play sports. At the same time, Bob goes back to his childhood home to tie together any loose ends and say farewell to his family. This tragic movie tells of both love and loss and the ability to never be forgotten even when you are no longer living.
Stuck in Love
Dir. Josh Boone Released: 2012 Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins
Writer Bill has been divorced from his wife Erica for three years. Yet he cannot find the strength to move on, as he spies on her and obsesses over her leaving. At the same time, his daughter Sam can not seem to get close to her mother - the opposite problem of her father. She has shut out her mother, upset that she left her father for a younger man. While Sam is publishing her first novel and avoiding love at all costs, her brother, Rusty, his looking for "life experiences." The entire family must learn to forgive, move on, make amends and start new beginnings in this heart warming film.
Dir. Garry Marshall Released: 1988
Starring: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey
Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star as childhood best friends who have grown up in two very different lifestyles in this 1988 film. Hilary is a privileged child who grows up to go to law school, and CC is a struggling performer living in New York. When Hilary leaves her life behind and joins CC in New York their friendship kicks begins right where it left off years before. That is, however, until they fall for the same man. A fight ensues and Hilary leaves to return home and CC ends up with the guy. Hilary finds love as well and the two friends lead their separate lives on opposite sides of the US. When both relationships fail the two friends join back up again. When Hilary becomes pregnant a series of tragic events forces CC to take on a role she never thought possible. This story of love and friendship will require a box of tissues as the characters are forced to deal with loss and new-found everlasting relationships.
Dir. Drake Doremus Released: 2011 Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence
Anna and Jacob fall in love as students in the United States. The only problem? Anna is British and her student visa is now expired. Yet, she decides to violate her visa and stay with the love of her life. She cannot avoid the problem forever and is shortly stuck in England after making a trip home. This long-distance relationship is put to the test and the two must decide whether they can maintain their love when they live worlds apart.
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Dir. Michel Gondry Released: 2004 Starring: Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Elijah Wood
This film will truly leave you speechless. It begins when Joel, a man of routine and work, meets Clementine, a quirky woman who works at the bookstore and changes her hair color regularly. As Joel unexpectedly decides to ditch work for a day at the beach he runs into Clementine, the two click on the bus on their way back home. The film then begins to jump through time, after the two breakup. Heartbroken, Clementine decides to erase her mind of Joel, who then decides to do the same of Clementine. Revolving through memories, Joel must try to hold onto Clementine as he realizes he no longer wants her to disappear.
Several new movies have come out since The Fault in our Stars was released and these recent films deserve recognition:
Five Feet Apart: Released in 2019, the general plot revolves around two cystic fibrosis patients who are in love, but are forced to be apart.
Everything Everything: Not only is the movie about a love destined to not be (given that the girl is stuck inside her home due to her compromised immune system), but it's also about complicated family relationships between a mother and daughter.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before: This Netflix original isn't necessarily a tear-jerker, but the quirky romance rivals The Fault in Our Stars.
Paper Towns: Another John Greene movie adaptation, this teenage romance involves tracking down "paper towns" or those that are only found on a map.
Love, Simon: This quirky teenage drama features love in a digital age - again, not a tear-jerker, but incredibly sweet.
Carol Morris on May 24, 2016:
Beaches. The one's I've seen are all good, but nothing comes close to Beaches.
Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on June 26, 2014:
Yeah, some of these sound really interesting.
FlourishAnyway from USA on June 10, 2014:
You have some good choices here. I've seen some of them and they bring back memories.