The following list includes the 10 best sad love movies. There is nothing quite like a good romantic film to escape from reality and immerse yourself into a tale of true love. These films are pleasurable because in spite of their sadness, they offer a generous helping of the romantic spirit.

  1. "Ghost." Although "Ghost" may be remembered most for its sensual pottery scene featuring the iconic oldie "Unchained Melody," the film is actually a heartbreaking tale of true love that manages to span the distance between life and the in-between.

  2. "The Notebook." This is a love story spanning a lifetime which shows an incredible amount of devotion. Rachel Mcadams and Ryan Gosling have such amazing chemistry it almost seems intrusive to watch this passionate romance.

  3. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." A bizarre mind-trip that results in the equally heartbreaking and uplifting realization that no matter how hard we try, sometimes we gravitate towards those who are completely wrong for us. Even after erasing their memory multiple times, Joel (Jim Carrey) and the unstable Clementine (Kate Winslet) manage to find each other time and time again.

  4. "Punch Drunk Love." The rage that eminates from Barry (Adam Sandler) seems to make him seem like he is incapable of finding anything resembling a normal relationship. What he finds in Lena (Emma Watson) is anything but normal, yet they find a wacky love that, after a series of obstacles, manages to fit them just fine.

  5. "Romeo + Juliet (1996)." The classic Shakespeare tragedy appears even sadder in the modern retelling thanks to the intense chemistry and acting abilities of the young Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

  6. "Chasing Amy." In a story of unrequited love that seems to almost work, Ben Affleck gives one of his best performances as a man who falls in love with a lesbian (the adorable Joey Lauren Adams) only to come to terms with the fact that he can't accept her seedy past.

  7. "Splendor in the Grass." Natalie Wood plays a teenage girl who is downright nutty for her hunk of a boyfriend (Warren Beatty). As we all know, young love can just destroy you, and in her case, it literally makes her crazy.

  8. "Brokeback Mountain." This is about a secret love that can never be fully realized due to the societal traditions of the time. Two cowboys (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) must continue their lives without perfect happiness, what could be sadder than that? Oh yeah, the death of Jack, thus ensuring no possible reunion.

  9. "A Walk to Remember." Young love once again proves to just end in heartache. "A Walk to Remember" is another film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel ("The Notebook") so of course there are attractive young actors portraying charming characters that find a love that is so perfect, it must be stopped. This is one that ends with a sweeter-than-pie teenage girl (Mandy Moore) who happens to succumb to her hidden illness.

  10. "Happy Accidents." A little-seen gem of a movie featuring Marisa Tomei as a woman who finally finds the love of her life (Vincent D'Onofrio) only to realize that everything is not what it seems. The ending is so bizarre that it shouldn't be spoiled.