18 Tragic Romances to Watch After Five Feet Apart

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Tragic romance is everywhere in fiction. Some of the most successful movies ever made have been about two people who fall in love but don’t end up together. The tragedy that befalls them may be external or internal, but the result is always the same. We watch the movie, and then we go home and weep. Sometimes, the water works start before we even leave the theater. No shame.

Now, we have Five Feet Apart, the latest in a long cinematic tradition of movies that make us sob. It’s a swoony teenage romance between two people with cystic fibrosis who can’t come within five feet of each other. It’s bound to make audiences of all ages bemoan the tragedy of young love. The Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson flick is far from the first great tragic romance, though. It’s one in a long line of weepy movies about two people trying their best to live happily ever after.

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