18 Tragic Romances to Watch After Five Feet Apart

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Brokeback Mountain

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The tragedy of Brokeback Mountain comes not from the romance at its center. That romance, between two cowboys who discover their feelings for each other, is tender and loving and entirely impossible in the rural countryside where this story is set. The tragic elements of gay love can feel overplayed these days, but in 2005, Brokeback Mountain felt like a breath of fresh air.

Its story is tragic in its outcome, but the love between these two men was real. Whatever the complications in their lives, for a few pure moments herding sheep on a mountain, they got to feel real love. That counts for something.

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