John Green embarks upon a mission to showcase the beauty of first love in his international bestseller, ‘The Fault in our Stars’. It tells the story of two cancer-plagued teenagers, Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), who find a common interest in an author, Peter Van Houten, played by Willian Dafoe. Their shared interest takes them to Amsterdam to meet the author, only to see their excitement gets extinguished by Van Houten’s alcoholic and crazy behavior. A visit to Anne Frank house inspires Hazel to confess her love for Augustus. But like all great tales, they are meant to sacrifice their love as well. Augustus reveals that his bone cancer has spread throughout his body. What makes the film painful is to know the fact that Augustus is going to die soon. And yet, the movie is a far cry from the book with the latter giving a more vivid picture of the rough and pathetic last days of Augustus. Josh Boone did a great job in presenting the story in a more compact and easily-acceptable way, but the essence of how bitterly painful it is to fatally lose your first love is better depicted in the book.
If you love a heartbreak only to get your heart-broken again, welcome to my club. Because there is something so intoxicating and beautiful about heart-wrenching plots that they cannot be kept at bay. Hollywood has in its credits a string of such movies. Hence, if you have long been a ‘Fault in Our Stars’ fan like me or have only recently watched the flick, and are now trying to recover from the tragedy, this list is for you. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Fault in Our Stars’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Sweet November (2001)
Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron came together in this 2001 movie to create a magic that sees no limit. Nelson (Reeves) and Sara (Theron) meet after the former causes Sara to fail her driving test. She fools him into believing that she can change his life for better only if she spends a month with her. Nelson soon becomes her ‘November’ much like other guys who had in the past become several ‘months’ of her life. However, what soon follows is a passionate love story that neither of them was prepared for. Just when you think it’s the perfect love story to have ever been told, the movie takes an unexpected turn. Sara reveals that she has terminal cancer and insists Nelson to leave to spare him from seeing her die. The film will engage you with every ounce of your mind and will fill you up with overwhelming love only to have you utterly shattered.
9. Remember Me (2010)
Calling out all Twihards, if you had had a mini heart attack seeing Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) almost die in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,’ we can confidently predict that you will bawl your eyes out while watching this flick. The movie stars Pattinson as Tyler, a young auditor at New York University and Emilie de Ravin as Ally, a student at the same university. They meet after Tyler’s friend Aidan asks the former to sleep with and later break up with Ally as revenge for Ally’s father Neil arresting Tyler. All goes according to the plan till both Tyler and Ally fall in love with each other. They both confide in each other and somewhat restore normalcy in their respective tragic lives. But the two lovers are struck with crude aftermath to deal with, following the September 11 attacks. Although the movie’s script and Pattinson’s acting received widespread negative reviews to the point that the actor earned a nomination for the worst actor at Golden Raspberry 2010, we leave it up to your discretion to decide for yourself if you love the movie.