The romantic genre of filmmaking is probably one of the most loved categories of cinema because it connects with the audiences on a personal level. Some relive their own stories through the tales told on the big screen, while others draw inspiration to start off with their own! Whatever it is, romantic films will always continue to lure audiences to the theatres as long as filmmakers continue to explore more angles in this genre.
But not all love stories end in ‘happily-ever-afters’. Some are stricken by separation and some others end in tragic deaths. And Hollywood filmmakers have gone the extra mile just to bring to life films that have deeply moved their viewers, with stories that have tugged at the heartstrings. From classics to the most recent ones, to films based on tragic books and ones with a happy plot but sad ending; Hollywood has done it all. Here is the list of sad love movies that end in deaths. Of course, it goes without saying that this article itself is a big spoiler if you haven’t seen these films. You can watch some of these best sad romantic movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
14. Boys’ Don’t Cry
It isn’t wrong to be different but sadly we humans have failed to grasp this basic concept of life and never fail to ridicule or even eliminate anyone who isn’t ‘normal’ is our opinion. The life of Brandon Teena, the American transgender who adopted a male identity in order to live and find love, and was brutally killed, is brought about convincingly in Kimberly Pierce’s ‘Boys’ Don’t Cry’. The film is so well made that the audience can actually feel every stab of pain in the life of Brandon as he seeks love and peace in his life. The movie chronicles the hypocrisy of the democratic society and the love between Brandon and Lana amidst the raging intolerance.
Hilary Swank honors the late Brandon Teena, taking his love above the social norms and the limitations of male/female. She was flawless in her portrayal, bringing out the desires and unconventional beauty of his soul. She was exceedingly natural and emotional, facing an uphill battle for love and a place in the society. This is truly Swank’s best performance till date and one of the films in recent history.
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