The most touching films about love

Love can be different: mutual, passionate, inaccessible, painful, happy, all-forgiving… You will see all these facets in the presented selection of the most touching love melodramas of the 2000s.

Barefoot on the pavement (2005)

After another dismissal, Nick, a typical loser, decides to at least temporarily work as a janitor in a psychiatric hospital. On the first day, the guy witnesses how one of the patients is trying to commit suicide. Nick rescues Lyla and learns that she has never seen real life because she has not left the house since birth due to her mother’s obsession. Left an orphan at the age of 19, the girl ended up in a psychiatric hospital.

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This story surprises Nick, but he does not attach much importance to it. Soon the heroine of the film escapes from the hospital to find a savior and stay with him forever. She succeeds, and Layla strongly resists the man’s desire to return the fugitive to the hospital.

Original title:
Barfuss

Cast:
Til Schweiger, Johanna Wokalek, Nadia Tiller

Country:
Germany

Age limit:
16+

Space Between Us (2017)

Among the most touching films about love there is a melodrama, the events of which unfold in the near future. The genesis corporation sends an expedition to Mars to an experimental colony, led by Sarah Elliot. On the way, the woman realizes that she is pregnant. Arriving on Mars, after some time, Sarah gives birth to a son, but she herself dies.

16 years pass. Gardner Elliot grew up on the red planet among the other colonized, but unlike them, the teenager cannot fly to Earth, because his body is dependent on Martian gravity. Technological advances allow a boy to communicate over the internet with Tulsa, an earth girl, and the boy can’t stand the thought that he might never be able to touch her.

Original title:
The Space Between Us

Starring:
Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino

Country:
USA

Age limit:
16+

500 Days of Summer (2009)

A touching film about Tom Hanson working for a postcard company. One day, a new employee appears in the company: the charming brunette Summer Finn, who arrived from Michigan. This meeting makes an incredible impression on Tom, who for the first time felt what love at first sight is, but Summer does not show mutual interest.

The guy’s perseverance is not in vain: a romance is struck up between colleagues. Gradually, Tom notices that Summer is not as serious about him as he is about her.

Original title:
(500) Days of Summer

Starring:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Country:
USA

Age limit:
12+

Love Happens (2009)

The protagonist of this touching melodrama about love takes the death of his wife hard. A man writes a book about his experiences and ways of dealing with suffering, which later became a bestseller.

Now Burke Ryan is a well-known writer, often traveling around the country and meeting with numerous admirers of his talent. Despite the changes, the widower’s longing does not subside. Suddenly, a bright and independent woman appears in the life of the hero, and Burke feels that his heart began to fill with new feelings.

Original title:
Love Happens

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Fogler

Country:
USA, Canada, UK

Age limit:
16+

Safe haven (2013)

For several years, Katie lived in a real nightmare, enduring the bullying of her tyrant husband. Realizing that one day her husband can simply kill her, the woman thinks out an escape plan. She soon finds peace in a small southern town, hidden from everyone who once knew her.

The heroine of this touching film does not even think about a new relationship, not believing that she will ever be able to become happy. After some time, Katie meets the young widower Whitley, who recently survived the death of his beloved wife. Meanwhile, the furious husband of the fugitive is trying to find her.

Original title:
Safe Haven

Starring:
Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons

Country:
USA

Age limit:
12+

Premonition (2007)

Among the very good, touching and sincere melodramas, one cannot fail to mention the story of Linda, a happy wife and an ordinary housewife. Suddenly, the main character of the film is seized with a sense of impending disaster, which she cannot cope with. Premonition does not fail the woman: the local sheriff informs her about the death of her husband.

Linda is beside herself with grief and does not want to believe that this could happen in her family. Closer to the night, the widow is forgotten in a restless sleep, but in the morning she notices that everything in the house is as before, while her husband is safe and sound.

Original title:
Premonition

Starring:
Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Shayne McClure

Country: 
USA

Age limit:
16+

Before we part (2014)

A touching film about Nick Vaughn, a young street musician. During the next performance, the young man notices a person at the station hurrying to the train. As she runs past, she drops her phone, but doesn’t even notice the loss.

Soon the musician sees this girl again and realizes that she failed to catch the train. Returning the phone, the young man gets to know her and finds out that the stranger’s name is Brooke and she urgently needs to be in Boston. Nick is trying to help the girl, whose thoughts are clearly focused on something serious and important.

Original title:
Before We Go

Starring:
Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick

Country:
USA

Age limit:
12+

Love without rules (2010)

One of the most touching Russian melodramas tells about the blockbuster star Artem Bolshakov, who has been on the radar of the public for several years. Fans regularly appear near the celebrity’s house, dreaming of taking the place of the fatal beauty, whom he periodically brings to the apartment.

Artyom himself has not been delighted with popularity for a long time, feeling an acute shortage in simple human joys and sincere love. Vera is a young concierge who works in the house where the stars live. The woman is married and has a child, but her life changes when she meets Bolshakov.

Cast: Alexander Domogarov, Polina Filonenko, Svetlana Pismichenko

Country:
Russia

Age limit:
16+

Three Steps Above Heaven. I want you (2012)

Continuation of the touching story of Ache. After a two-year stay in London, he again finds himself in his hometown. The hero of the melodrama is afraid of meeting Babi, realizing that feelings are not forgotten. Returning to Barcelona, ​​the man tries to start everything from scratch, struggling with memories of the past.

At the same time, he meets the eccentric and independent Ginevra. A relationship is established between young people, and gradually Hache realizes that the new lover is the one with whom he can become truly happy. Suddenly, Babi again appears on the path of the protagonist, and now the guy does not know what to do.

Original title:
Tengo ganas de ti

Cast:
Mario Casas, Clara Lago, Maria Valverde

Country:
Spain

Age limit:
16+

My angel (2016)

Among the most touching films about love is an exciting story that happened to the blind girl Madeleine. She meets an extraordinary peer, Angel, who, according to him, lives with his mother nearby. Madeleine does not suspect that her new friend was born invisible and does not communicate with anyone but her.

Gradually, the children grow up and fall in love with each other. The girl finds out that her illness is curable and soon she will be able to gain sight. This news frightens the Angel, because there is a risk that his beloved will find out his secret.

Original title: Mon ange

Cast:
Hannah Boudreau, Maya Dory, Fleur Geoffrey

Country:
France, Belgium

Age limit:
18+

What touching melodramas do you like? Add to the list of films in the comments!

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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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