Top Ten Tuesday: Doomed Epic Romances


brokeback_mountainThis article was originally going to start off being a top 10 films of 1997 piece before Robert gave me a great suggestion on Twitter that I should do epic romances in honor of that behemoth called Titanic. However, after going through all the movies it seems as though all of the on screen romances that we remember end depressingly. Therefore this shall be a list to remember and commiserate about the top 10 doomed epic romances.

*Spoilers Ahead…obviously*

  • jmlatinsir

    How about Messale and Ben-Hur
    Romeo and Juliet (1969)
    West Side Story (1961)
    Wuthering Heights (1939)
    The Great Gatsby (Redford and DiCaprio versions)

    • Terence Johnson

      West Side Story almost made the list but I took it out at the last minute to include Splendor in the Grass

  • Robert MacFarlane

    Wings of the Dove. That is all.

  • Joey Magidson

    Epic is a relative term, since the feelings in smaller indie flicks can often feel rather epic to me, like in the recent 5 to 7, for example.

    • That’s the tricky part about this list, isn’t it? Not only for what constitutes an “epic” but a “romance” for this particular subgenre. Take In the Mood for Love, for instance. Astonishing visual splendor plus aching (and doomed) romance would seem to make it a shoo-in for an epic romance…and yet it’s not really in the same company as The English Patient or Titanic. Most people would probably call a decades-long trilogy about an enduring love taking place in exotic locales the definition of an epic romance…until you tell them those films are Richard Linklater’s ‘Before…’ trilogy.

    • Terence Johnson

      yeah, I wanted to include smaller films but I tried to craft this list with a combination of scale, run time, and prestige

  • Ryan

    Just gonna list 10 films that weren’t mentioned. Great pick for Cloud Atlas though.

    Age of Innocence
    Out of Africa
    Forrest Gump
    Being John Malkovich
    The Terminator
    Edward Scissorhands
    American Graffiti

  • It doesn’t get more epic and doomed than Streep and Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County.