We see movies for many different reasons. It could be to escape reality, have a good laugh, or enjoy a thrill. Or, if you’re like the legions of fans who’ll flock to theaters this weekend to see the highly anticipated adaptation of John Green’s teen drama The Fault in Our Stars, you go to have your heart stomped on for a couple of hours. Hollywood has a long history of producing sob-inducing romances. Here are five of the most heartbreaking love stories to ever hit the big screen.
1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
This epic drama spans decades as a tale of unrequited love. Brokeback Mountain stars Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar and Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist. The two men choose to live in the closet after love blooms between them one ‘60s summer when they work together as cattle ranchers on Brokeback Mountain. And they can only live out their epic romance when they meet for “camping trips” once a year. It’s hard not to get emotionally invested in their affair – even though it destroys both their families and tears them up inside. And bigotry, unspoken sentiments and love lost make for a devastating ending.