5 Tragic Love Story Movies Like “Titanic”

Updated on December 5, 2017
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Titanic (1997) is an international blockbuster portraying the story of Jack and Rose, two individuals from polar opposite backgrounds who find love and loss amidst a tragedy. This three-hour epic put Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the map as well-loved actors as well as educating generations about the real-life Titanic sinking, which left 1,503 people dead.

The mixture of history and romance charmed audiences worldwide and remains one of the highest grossest movies of all time.


The romance genre tells powerful stories that make us laugh, cry, and fall in love, and stories often stay with us. Here are five fantastic tear-jerking and heartbreaking tragic romance movies that you will enjoy if you liked Titanic.

1. The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook portrays an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease and an elderly man who comes to read to her. She doesn't always remember him, but every day he reads the story of Noah and Allie, two young people who fall in love but are separated by social differences. Every day, she hopes he will remember him.

I cried my eyes out when I first watched this movie. It stars one of my favourite actresses, Rachel McAdams, as well as Ryan Gosling, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands. The Notebook won a number of awards and nominations which are well deserved.

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2. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The Fault in Our Stars is about two young but terminally ill people named Grace and Gus who, despite Grace's desire to push him away because she doesn't want to hurt him, fall deeply in love and go on a life-affirming journey to meet their favourite author.

I haven't seen this movie yet, but as it's often paired with The Notebook on recommended movies, I plan to see it as soon as possible.

3. The Time Traveller's Wife (2009)

Another great movie starring Rachel McAdams is The Time Traveller's Wife, a romance about a man named Henry (Eric Bana) who can involuntarily and spontaneously shift through time.


As a child, he first travelled outside of his mother's crashing car. As an adult, he's repeatedly taken to a meadow where he meets Clare Abshire, and when she grows up, she already loves him.

Tragedy and misfortune, as well as his unfortunate and unexpected time travelling, takes its toll on their marriage and their effort to have a child of their own.

I really believe that the trailer doesn't do the movie justice. I first went to see this movie with my mother and we both cried in the cinema. Rachel McAdams does another flawless job and the storyline keeps a hold on you. I strongly recommend this for romance and adventure lovers.

4. Ghost (1990)

Most people have seen the classic romantic movie Ghost, but it wouldn't have been right not to include it in this list. Molly (Demi Moore)'s life is turned upside-down when her boyfriend, Sam (Patrick Swayze), is fatally shot.


Sam is dead, but his spirit remains, and although no one can see or hear him, he has to find out who killed him and why, as well as protecting Molly from the remaining dangers that threaten them.

This movie's got humour, great acting, a gorgeous soundtrack, and a story you can't forget. I first watched this at a sleepover with my friends and had to hide the fact that I was sobbing. I still tear up a bit whenever I hear Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers.

5. P.S. I Love You (2007)

The final movie on this list is P.S. I Love You, the story of a young widow called Holly whose husband, Gerry, dies of a brain tumour. Gerry has left messages for her to receive after his death that help her get through the next year of his life.

Since it stars one of my favourite actors, Gerard Butler, my mother and I couldn't wait to go and see it at the cinema together. The film is both heartwarming and sad with a lot of "aww, that's so sweet!" moments, and definitely deserves a spot on this list.

Sometimes all you need is a warm blanket, a box of chocolates, maybe some wine, and a movie that you can cry to. Romantic tragedies are a gem among Hollywood and beyond, and can be great therapy or a nice escape! Have you seen any of these movies before? If not, which one will you watch first?

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      Poppy 4 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Awesome! Did you enjoy Titanic?

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      GregG 4 months ago

      I have seen all of these except the fault in our stars, I just watched Titanic for the first time 2 days ago. Honestly don't know how it took me so long to see it... Besides Last Love, Labor Day tells a wonderful story as well. Now I'm off to track down the fault in our stars.

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      Greg 4 months ago

      Last love is a beautifully told story.

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      Poppy 5 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you, Patricia. The Time Traveller’s Wife is my favourite on the list. Let me know what you think of The Fault in Our Stars ⭐️

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      Patricia Scott 5 months ago from sunny Florida

      O I have seen these except for the Fault in our Stars...and now I will be off to find it.

      Some of these I admit I have seen multiple times .....

      Angels are on the way this morning once again. ps

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      Poppy 5 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks, Flourish. I wonder if the movie did it any better?

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      I’ve seen Titanic and Ghost and read Fault in Our Stars. The book took odd turns towards the end that I didn’t like, as if an editor got hold of the book and said that certain unbelievable elements were missing. The first part was much better than the last.

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      Poppy 5 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      It’s a classic for sure!

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      Louise Powles 5 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Ohh, I love Ghost. It's one of my favourite films. I don't know how many times I've seen that film but still enjoy it.