Labor Day
Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, this drama focuses on the unlikely romance that blossoms between a depressed single mom and the fugitive who forces his way into her and her son's life and home. Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and Gattlin Griffith star; Jason Reitman directs. Read our review here.

There's something startling satisfying about watching a spectacularly sad romantic drama. For love stories that will have you in tears, check out this trio of titles about love gained, love lost, and love deferred.

Blue Valentine (2010) This indie drama was so steamy it earned the rare NC-17 rating from the MPAA, despite protest from the Weinstein Company. But none of that controversy prevented leading lady Michelle Williams from earning an Oscar nod for her brave performance. She and Ryan Gosling play a couple whose romance sees dizzying highs and sickening lows over their years together. Derek Cianfrance directs.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ang Lee won his first Academy Award for directing with this tender adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star as two cowboys who find unexpected love in the mountains while working a brutal sheepherding gig. But 1963 Wyoming isn't a place where two men can love each other openly, so societal pressures push both into marriages that spread heartbreak around. Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway and Randy Quaid co-star.

Terms of Endearment (1983) Perhaps one of the most beloved tearjerkers, this five-time Academy Award-winning drama stars Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as a mother and daughter who support each other through bad dates, big moments, and the many complications of love. Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels and John Lithgow co-star; James L. Brooks directs.

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