Love stories make you smile, soothe your soul, cause you to dream and often make you cry! Look around there will certainly be a love story or two budding amidst two souls. It has been observed that there is an unmistakable and unfading appeal to stories of love but what is it which makes the entire world a sucker for a good love story? Is it the emotions involved or just the romanticism of the basic need of a person to feel wanted and adored? Well the reason could be any but the fact remains love stories are fodder for our soul. What is your favourite love story? What kind of tale fascinates you? Is it the one which throughout makes you smile or is it the one that brings out tears out of your eyes? Read below to have a sneak peek into some of the best moving chronicles of love that we have either read or seen enacted on the silver screen.
Remember Kamal Hasan and Sridevi’s Sadma? It was a movie which depicted love at its purest without the elements of lust and desires. It is the tale of how a teacher Somu played by Kamal Hassan falls in love with a woman Reshmi who had regressed to her childhood after an accident enacted by Sridevi. He takes care of her and the affection between them thrives as they spend months together. Unfortunately when the memories of the female protagonist returns she fails to recognise Somu in spite of its repeated attempts to remind her of the tender innocent moments together. If the last scene of this movie fails to make you cry; no love story ever will.
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9. The Classic:
It is a Korean movie which was released back in 2002. It is the love story of two generations told in parallel; one of a mother and the other of her daughter. Innocent unfulfilled love, sacrifice and heart ache makes this a must watch. You may not know the language but the story is portrayed whit such grace by the actors that the emotions are lucid and speak for themselves. Watch it if you haven’t; as this is one of the purest love stories that ever could be.
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8. Wuthering Heights:
Emily Bronte’s only published work, the Wuthering Heights has found its way in most list featuring love stories which have epitomised tragedy and emotional turmoil and has also been made into a movie. A tale of love and revenge; it truly deserves a mention in this list as well. The tale of Heathcliff and Cathy; it is definitely worth a read by the enthusiasts of tragic love stories and is sure to move you with its intricately woven heart rendering tale.
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7. Gone with the Wind:
This Pulitzer Prize winning book was written by Margaret Mitchell in 1936 which was later adapted into the silver screen. It is the story of star crossed lovers Rhett and Scarlet set in the backdrop of American Civil War. A different take from the usual love stories; it is the tale of love and passion between a calculating woman and a playful man. A tale of discovery of soul mate and confusion, Gone with the Wind is definitely one of the finest love stories ever written.
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6. Romeo and Juliet:
A catalogue of the greatest love stories that made you cry will be grossly incomplete and limited without the mention of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. A tragic tale of star crossed lovers; Romeo and Juliet, is a cult among young lovers. It is the story of uninhibited love which takes the lovers towards doom. Many movies have been based on it around the world touching the hearts of millions worldwide. Several hundred years and countless adaptations later; it still remains as among the highest rated and valued moving love story to have ever been written in black and white.
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5. Love Story:
A list of the top ten love stories cannot be complete without the epic ‘Love Story’ by Eric Segal. As any with any popular novel it too was adopted into a movie. It is a tragic yarn of two college graduates, Oliver and Jenny, who fight all odds at the behest of their love. But the cruel fate turns their perfect life towards misery and heart break when Jenny dies and leaves behind Oliver with heart ache and the feeling of emptiness to live with for the rest of his life. You cannot begin your journey into the genre of love stories without giving this love story its due!
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4. A Walk to Remember:
A Romance novel by none other than Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember is the story of two teens. It was later adapted into a motion picture as well. Landon and Jamie, who were like to opposite poles but eventually fall in love with each other. But the happiness is short lived when Jamie confesses that she has very few days to live being afflicted with leukaemia. How they go through the ailment and loss together and how Landon makes every effort to fulfil Jamie’s wishes is what touches the chord with the readers. Read it to sense the helplessness one feels at the knowledge of impending loss and to experience an eternal yet simple love story.
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3. The Gift of Magi:
O. Henry’s astounding short story, The Gift of Magi, is a living testament to the sacrifices one makes for true love. This has been adopted by many filmmakers across the world to give the audiences the message of the importance of selflessness in love. Jim and Della, the protagonists of the story part with their most precious possessions to gift each other the perfect Christmas Gift. The sad part being they give up the item which was supposed to complement the gift they were to receive from each other. This story is sure to melt your heart and moisten your eyes as you realise the depth of Jim and Della’s love for each other.
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2. The Notebook:
The novel by Nicholas Sparks and later a movie in the same name; The Notebook; is pregnant with emotions earning it a worth mention in every list of love stories to be ever compiled on this planet! Set over a period of time beginning in the 1940s, it is the tale of two lovers Noah and Allie. Their journey of lost and found throughout the course of their lives and how they keep coming back to each other due to the astounding force of their love makes this story a must read. More so as it ends with the lovers leaving the world together by virtue of the very intensity of their feelings for each other; if this story doesn’t make you shed a tear or two none ever will!
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1. A Moment to Remember:
Among the greatest love stories ever to be written, A Moment to Remember speaks of the loss of love when Alzheimer’s slowly creeps into the blissful life of a much in love couple. The sense of gain and loss; the feeling of helplessness at the mercy of destiny is so beautifully orchestrated in this movie perhaps one of the reasons for it being so successful. It breaks your heart when you know the fathomless love you have for each other fails to stop the cloak of impending doom in the form of a disease and that is what is the pinnacle of this movie.
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