If I Stay is a 2014 romance drama film based on Gayle Forman’s novel. Directed by R.J. Cutler and features Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos and Jamie Blackley, the movie tells the story of Mia Hall. She is a young girl who believes that the hardest decision she could ever face is to select between following her dream of becoming a musician, or obeying the dictates of her heart – that is to be with Adam, her love. A supposedly happy family trip turns into a tragedy. All of a sudden, everything in Mia’s life is about to change. Now Mia is left with only one choice – a choice that will mean her future and shape her destiny.
The following are movies like “If I Stay” that will surely bring you to tears and make you realize that true love really exists.
1. The Fault In Our Stars
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Based on John Green’s young adult novel, The Fault In Our Stars is a love story of two teenagers who both have cancer. 17-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster has lung cancer who brings an oxygen tank everywhere, while 18-year-old Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters used to have cancer and wears a leg prosthesis. They met in a cancer support group, become friends, and fall in love. Hazel introduces her favorite novel to Gus, written by Peter Van Houten. She dreams of having a conversation with the Amsterdam-based author, so Gus makes a way for that to happen. They fly to The Netherlands, meet with Peter, and were disappointed. They have a great time there, though. Until Gus’ cancer returns…
2. A Walk To Remember
Release Date: January 25, 2002
Director: Adam Shankman
Cast: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote
A film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel, the movie is about two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who cross paths after Landon is obliged to engage in community service. He is a school jock with no plans for the future, while she is a noble man’s daughter with great ambitions. During the service, they spend most of their time together, until Landon unexpectedly falls for her. Their relationship is put to test when a heart-breaking secret is revealed. It is then that they realize what true love really means.
3. The Time Traveler's Wife
Release Date: August 14, 2009
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston
Henry De Tamble and Clare Abshire meet at a library in Chicago. Clare is a librarian, while Henry is a traveler… a time traveler, that is. Clare knows about that, and loves him despite that. Time traveling is in Henry’s gene, that’s why he cannot control his roving ability. Henry falls for Clare and they get married. After each travel through time, the husband goes home to his wife and brings with him new knowledge on their future. But his constant and uncontrollable absences start to complicate their relationship.
4. One Day
Release Date: August 19, 2011
Director: Lone Scherfig
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson
Dexter and Emma spend time together on the night of their college graduation. Every year, they visit their meeting place when the anniversary of that date comes. Emma is a brilliant woman, but success doesn't find her easily. On the other hand, achievement and girls come to Dexter effortlessly. They take different paths, meet other people, and grow apart through the years. But while it seems that they are traveling opposite directions, Emma and Dexter realize that their paths actually lead to each other.
5. It's Kind of A Funny Story
Release Date: October 8, 2010
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts
When high school junior Craig Gilner once attempted suicide but failed, he confines himself in a psychiatric ward. He believes that the hospital personnel will observe him, help him, and release him the next day. However, he is required to stay for seven days. Since the juvenile ward is under renovation, he is brought instead into the adult’s room with some youths. There, Craig meets an adult man named Bobby, who immediately becomes his friend. Then, he meets Noelle, who is about his age, and is confined because of self-mutilation. They get close. They sing and paint at the psychiatric room… and love starts to bloom.
6. Love, Rosie
Release Date: January 8, 2015
Directors: Christian Ditter
Cast: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke
Since age 5, Rosie and Alex have been best friends. They appear to be a good fit for each other, although when it comes to making choices, love and life, they are each other’s worst enemies. When they were 18, certain situations lead them into separate ways. But through time, across diverse space and different places, they always have a feeling that the knot that binds them together remains and is there to stay. Will these two ever find a way back in each other’s arms before it’s too late?
7. The Spectacular Now
Release Date: September 13, 2013
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler
High school senior, party buff Sutter Keely is the kind of person who lives in the now and has no goals in life. When his girlfriend ditched him, Sutter tries to find comfort by drinking alcohol. When he wakes up the next day, he finds himself on a lawn with Aimee Finecky, a typical nice girl who loves to read sci-fi and doesn't have a boyfriend - totally different from any other girl Sutter has met. They have so many differences, but those didn’t stop them to get close.