Romantic comedies are supposed to take you out of your life and provide you with a temporary fairy-tale, where everything is peachy and the worst that could happen is an easily-corrected misunderstanding. Even if a movie has a happy ending, sometimes they flip the switch with some super sad moments, guaranteed to get you ugly cryin.' Here are seven rom-coms that make us weep.
'Sleepless in Seattle' (1993)
Just try to keep in together while Tom Hanks describes everything he loved about his late wife. Dr. Marsha Fieldstone asks him what was so special about her and at first he simply responds, "well, how long is your program?" Aaaand now we're weeping.
'Say Anything' (1989)
What we choose to remember from Frasier's" DAD, for crying out loud), who is an actual criminal for embezzling funds? This film is not without its gut-punches.
'Love Actually' (2003)
Yeah, we went there. The beloved "Love Actually" is the most feel-good Christmas movie ever, unless you are Laura Linney. Or Emma Thompson, for that matter. Can we take a second to realize that these two get the seriously short end of the candy cane here? While everyone gets a happy ending filled with holiday cheer, they get the emotional equivalent of coal in their stockings.
'As Good As It Gets' (1997)
There are more than enough funny moments to make you smile in James L. Brooks' Academy Award-winning "As Good As It Gets." Jack Nicholson plays a selfish, obsessive compulsive writer and spits out gems of comically sarcastic dialogue perfectly. But there's so much to cry about, too. Greg Kinnear forced to ask his estranged parents for money after being beaten and robbed? Helen Hunt struggling to care for her sick child? Not laughing now, are we?
While "Beginners" features a meet-cute romance between Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent, their quirky relationship is secondary to the story. Christopher Plummer plays McGregor's elderly father, who has recently come out in his '80s, and then reveals he has terminal cancer. In between all the (bitter) sweetness and glimmers of hope, there are bits of nostalgic sadness in almost every frame.
'About a Boy' (2002)
Watching Hugh Grant's transformation from sleazy, self-involved loafer to thoughtful father figure is enough to bring us to tears. His bond with awkward teen Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) is the heart of this rom-com-dram, even though he falls in love with Rachel Weisz and becomes a better man in the process. Toni Collette is absolutely heartbreaking as Marcus' depressed mother. Beware of waterworks.
'About Time' (2013)
Don't be fooled by this adorable laughing-in-the-rain moment. Time-traveling romance "About Time" is an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you sinking in a puddle of your own feelings.