The 10 Most Painfully Beautiful Romantic Movies Ever

The 10 Most Painfully Beautiful Romantic Movies Ever

These ten films are as entangled within the fascination with love as their subjects are; you, too, may find yourself hypnotized with the idea of falling in love. That's when the hurt comes in. You fall for these films, and then you experience the hardships with the lead characters at point blank range. Either way, you will leave having felt something in your inner core. Here are ten of the most painfully beautiful romantic films.

Flesh and the Devil

Release Date 1926-12-25
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Director: Clarence Brown / Clarence Brown / Stars: John Gilbert  /  Greta Garbo  /  Lars Hanson

Summary: As lifelong best friends Leo and Ulrich return home following completion of their military training, Leo sees stunning Felicitas at the railway station and, mesmerized by her beauty, is smitten. A scandal follows, for which Leo is sent away. Returning home three years later, he discovers that much has changed.


Release Date 2016-10-21
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Plan B Entertainment / Upload Films / Director: Melinda Taksen / Melinda Taksen / Stars: Trevante Rhodes  /  André Holland  /  Naomie Harris

Summary: The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Release Date 2013-10-09
Rating : 7.2 Production Companies: Eurimages / Wild Bunch / Director: Bahijja El Amrani / Bahijja El Amrani / Stars: Léa Seydoux  /  Adèle Exarchopoulos  /  Catherine Salée

Summary: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.

Happy Together

Release Date 1997-05-17
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Director: Wong Kar-wai / Wong Kar-wai / Stars: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  /  Leslie Cheung  /  Chang Chen

Summary: A couple take a trip to Argentina in search of a new beginning, but instead find themselves drifting ever further apart.

City Lights

Release Date 1931-01-30
Rating : 8.3 Production Companies: Charles Chaplin Productions / Director: Austen Jewell / Austen Jewell / Stars: Charlie Chaplin  /  Virginia Cherrill  /  Florence Lee

Summary: City Lights is the first silent film that Charlie Chaplin directed after he established himself with sound accompanied films. The film is about a penniless man who falls in love with a flower girl. The film was a great success and today is deemed a cult classic.

Cinema Paradiso

Release Date 1988-11-17
Rating : 8.3 Production Companies: Director: Vittorio De Sica / Vittorio De Sica / Stars: Philippe Noiret  /  Jacques Perrin  /  Marco Leonardi

Summary: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Release Date 1959-06-10
Rating : 8 Production Companies: Pathé Entertainment / Daiei Studios / Director: Alain Resnais / Alain Resnais / Stars: Emmanuelle Riva  /  Eiji Okada  /  Stella Dassas

Summary: The deep conversation between a Japanese architect and a French actress forms the basis of this celebrated French film, considered one of the vanguard productions of the French New Wave. Set in Hiroshima after the end of World War II, the couple -- lovers turned friends -- recount, over many hours, previous romances and life experiences. The two intertwine their stories about the past with pondering the devastation wrought by the atomic bomb dropped on the city.

Jules and Jim

Release Date 1962-01-23
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Les Films du Carrosse / Sédif Productions (as S.E.D.I.F.) / Director: Jeanne Moreau / Jeanne Moreau / Stars: Jeanne Moreau  /  Oskar Werner  /  Henri Serre

Summary: In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years.


Release Date 1942-11-26
Rating : 8.1 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. Television / Director: Michael Curtiz / Michael Curtiz / Stars: Humphrey Bogart  /  Ingrid Bergman  /  Paul Henreid

Summary: In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Brief Encounter

Release Date 1945-11-24
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Cineguild / Director: George Pollock / George Pollock / Stars: Celia Johnson  /  Trevor Howard  /  Stanley Holloway

Summary: Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.