Sad to tears: 20 films about unrequited teenage love

“There is no sadder story in the world” – the famous classic phrase is ideally suited to the theme of teenage relationships. Parting is perceived as the end of the world, because youthful maximalism makes it difficult to realistically assess prospects. The first feelings are subsequently remembered with warmth, and films about the love of teenagers move viewers of all ages to tears.

Rooftop Music (2021)

The novelty of the movie begins with a radio program where DJ Alex performs the musical requests of the listeners. Masha’s call breaks the morning broadcast with a shocking confession – the girl is standing on the edge of the roof and is ready to take a fatal step. The reason for settling accounts with life was parting with a guy who put an end to the relationship. Masha wants to finally listen to her favorite song, and Alex is trying to do everything possible to protect the stranger from a rash act.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Melodrama, drama

Actors:
Ilya Korobko, Tatyana Struzhenkova, Anton Mamin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Heaven Can Wait (2020)

A sad film about teenage love is an interesting  road movie with an unpredictable ending. Young Steffi dreams of a trip to France and the profession of a policeman , but a fatal diagnosis puts an end to the future. A girl is diagnosed with an oncological disease, but it is not in the rules of a schoolgirl to give up without a fight. Steffi wants to spend the last months of his life in such a way that on the verge of death he does not regret the wasted time.

Original title:
Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Signe Irslinger, Max Hubacher, Til Schweiger …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Life in a Year (2020)

The top films continue with a foreign drama about a guy in love who does incredible things for his dying girlfriend. Isabelle is diagnosed with a fatal disease, and the doctors give the patient no more than a year. There is no chance of recovery, so Derin fills every day of the chosen one with bright and memorable events. The guy wants his beloved to fully live the remaining months, because time plays against them.

Original title:
Life in a Year

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Jaden Smith, Cara Delevingne, Cuba Gooding ml….

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


One meter apart (2019)

Our selection was replenished with a sad film about teenage love against the background of medical therapy. Stella is sick with cystic fibrosis, so any infection can be fatal for her. The girl is serious about treatment and fulfills all the prescriptions of doctors. Meeting the rebel Will makes Stella look at reality from a new angle. The guy also suffers from a genetic disease, but intends to live to the fullest.

Original title:
Five Feet Apart

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Hayley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
16+


So close to the horizon (2019)

The list of the best was a sad story, which takes place in the late 90s of the last century. Danny Taylor is a handsome athlete working in the modeling business . The guy is able to turn the head of any girl, but a long-standing psychological trauma makes the young man avoid relationships. When Jessica falls in love with Danny, he confesses that he has HIV. His own father infected him with a deadly virus, having raped him in childhood, but the girl is not afraid of danger and possible difficulties.

Original title:
Dem Horizont so nah

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Luna Wedler, Yannick Schumann, Louise Befort …

Country:
Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Milk teeth (2019)

A touching melodrama about the love of teenagers is worth watching to cry and at the same time rejoice for an unusual couple. The family couple Henry and Anna managed to face a difficult test – the fatal illness of their daughter. However, their worst nightmare suddenly comes true in the form of Milla’s unlucky chosen one. The daughter falls in love with drug addict Moses, and the parents are ready to endure a strange romantic relationship so as not to deprive the girl of the joy of the first relationship.

Original title:
Babyteeth

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy, music

Actors:
Eliza Scanlen, Michelle Lotters, Toby Wallace …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Where Hands Touch (2018)

The plot of a sad film about a teenager’s first love develops in 1944, when Germany was under the rule of the Third Reich. A lonely German woman arrives in Berlin with her mulatto son and daughter Leina. The family immediately becomes the object of everyone’s attention because of the girl’s skin color. However, the real problem arises after Leina meets the son of an SS officer, because the leading military personnel stand up for the purity of the nation and relations.

Original title:
Where Hands Touch

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military

Actors:
Abbie Cornish, Amandla Stenberg, Christopher Eccleston …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Midnight Sun (2017)

One of the saddest melodramas about teenage love tells the incredible story of Katie Price, who loves music and her hometown very much, but is forced to hide in her house during the day: the delicate skin of the main character is not able to endure daylight. One day, walking through the streets at night, she meets a charming and cheerful guy Charlie. This meeting completely changes Katie’s usual everyday life: she plunges headlong into new incredible feelings. And yet, Katie’s illness leaves its mark on the relationship of lovers.

Original title:
Midnight Sun

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

A sad American film is useful for modern teenagers who talk too lightly about love. Greg and Earl go to school, and devote their free time to filming parodies of famous films. Guys do not get along well with peers, but find an outlet in film productions. At the request of his mother, Gray visits a classmate who has been diagnosed with leukemia. The story of a sick schoolgirl touched the guy so much that he decides to make a movie about her.

Original title:
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Thomas Mann, RJ Siler, Olivia Cooke…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


The Fault in the Stars (2014)

Perhaps it is difficult to find a more touching and sad film about the love of teenagers, capable of bringing even the most callous viewers to tears. In the story, Hazel is forced to fight cancer. The disease has temporarily receded, but the girl does not feel inspired. She has to attend a support group regularly, and there she meets Augustus. Strong feelings instantly flare up between young people, and against all odds, the heroes decide to go on a bright and exciting journey .

Original title:
The Fault in Our Stars

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Romeo and Juliet (2013)

Speaking about the best and saddest films about love to tears for teenagers, such a list is impossible to imagine without a world-famous story. Another film adaptation of the great work of Shakespeare did without free interpretations. Melodrama almost unchanged represents one of the most tragic and beautiful love stories that unfolded in Verona in the era of the Early Renaissance. In the center of events is a young man and a girl from warring families. For the sake of their feelings, lovers boldly go against the odds.

Original title:
Romeo & Juliet

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis…

Country:
UK, Italy, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
12+


Good Children Don’t Cry (2012)

Football -loving sixth grader Ekki gets cancer. More recently, she was the soul of the whole class and has already planned the future, but gradually her strength goes out, and faith in healing becomes more and more illusory. Everyone who knows her tries to hold Ekki, except for the bully Joel, who has been competing with her for a long time and cannot stop even in such a difficult period. Gradually, the boy begins to realize what a tragedy happened to a classmate.

Original title:
Achtste-groepers huilen niet

Genre:
Drama, family

Actors:
Hanna Obbeck, Niels Verkoohen, Fiona Livingston…

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
12+


It’s good to be quiet (2012)

Charlie is a closed and unsociable schoolboy, who practically does not arouse interest among others. The teenager devotes almost all his time to his favorite hobby – science , without showing anyone his feelings from the recently experienced tragedy. Unexpectedly, the quiet man has new friends who help him take a fresh look at the world. Patrick and Sam are half-brothers and sisters who do not want to put up with the usual stereotypes, and no one realizes that behind their frivolity they also hide a lot of personal dramas.

Original title:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Now is the Time (2012)

Tessa is only 17 years old and has already faced the harsh reality of her terminal diagnosis. Parents constantly discuss the illness and the imminent departure of their daughter from life, so the girl tries to be at home less often. Tess dreams of fulfilling a list of desires, among which love is in the first place. A wonderful feeling soon settles in the girl’s heart, but it is difficult for the chosen one to come to terms with the sad prospect.

Original title:
Now Is Good

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irwin, Paddy Considine …

Country:
UK, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Red Bracelets (2011)

The protagonist of this sad mini-series faced a serious illness, and is now forced to spend days and nights in a hospital. During regular procedures, a fourteen-year-old teenager hears an interesting theory that a group consisting of six people is considered the most optimal: a leader, smart, beautiful, irreplaceable, a girl and a second leader. He shares what he has heard with a newly-minted roommate, and they soon assemble a team of several teenagers according to this template. The guys are ready to stand together against serious and fatal illnesses, as well as the difficulties that suddenly hit them.

Original title:
Polseres vermelles

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Alex Monner, Joana Vilapuz, Igor Shpakovsky …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
12+


The Double Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

Charlie Sun Cloud is a high school graduate who loves sailing and has big plans for the future. One day, he gets into a serious accident with his younger brother Sam, and as a result, the boy dies. Unable to cope with the pain of loss, Charlie discards the idea of ​​attending Stanford University. Realizing that he can see the spirit of Sam, he stays at home and, having got a job as a caretaker at the cemetery, meets with him every day at sunset. Soon a former classmate of San Cloud arrives in the city, and feelings arise between young people, but getting closer to the girl, the main character feels that he is losing touch with his brother.

original name :
Charlie St. Cloud

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Don’t Let Me Go (2010)

Dystopian Great Britain, late 20th century. Hailsham is a boarding school isolated from the outside world, in which young clones live, called in the future to become donors for organ transplants. The film shows the growing up of the trinity of the main characters – Katie, Tommy and Ruth. Gradually, they become participants in an intricate love triangle, and get a chance to live a couple of years longer: just such a reprieve is given to those who are able to love. The further development of the plot is able to bring anyone to tears, making this sad film about love among teenagers one of the best representatives on the list.

Original title:
Never Let Me Go

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, drama, romance

Actors:
Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Unrequited love (2010)

Perhaps this is one of the most dramatic and sad films about love to tears, and, for sure, its plot will be interesting not only for teenagers. Ben Jacobs spent several months improving his mental health in an orphanage. Recently, he survived the suicide of his father and can not return to his former life. The only thing that consoles him is the thought of his beloved, who promised to wait for him. After the onset of his 18th birthday, the key character returns home and is disappointed to learn that Jessica did not keep her promise and started dating another guy. To get the girl back, Ben is ready to go to the craziest things.

Original title:
Unrequited

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Justin Baldoni, Michael Welsh, David Keith…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


The Story of the Weird Teen (2009)

The story of the first tragic love, overshadowed by indecision, innuendo and oppression of social prejudices. Amber Ling is a popular and outgoing high school student who seeks peer attention and worries about the impression she makes. Thayer Mangeris is a reserved and strange guy who is considered the main outcast in the class. Amber tries not to contact the suspicious youngster, but everything changes when the teenagers find themselves in a creative writing class together.

Original title:
Teenage Dirtbag

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Scott Michael Foster, Noah Higesh, Chris Ellis…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
12+


Hurry to Love (2002)

Landon Carter is an independent and handsome guy who is considered the most popular student in the school. Jamie is a modest straight-A student who prefers to spend her free time reading books. After another rowdy prank, Landon is given a role in a school play, and he is forced to resort to the help of an exemplary student. Jamie agrees to work with Carter on the condition that he doesn’t fall in love with her, but fate has other plans for the couple.

Original title:
A Walk to Remember

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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