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10 Movies Like The Fault in Our Stars

Updated on October 3, 2019
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Alyssa is a lover of all movies and spends a lot of time watching both teenage and non-teenage romance movies - particularly sad ones.

My Sisters Keeper

Dir. Nick Cassavettes
Released: 2009 
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva

Based on the book by Jodi Picoult, this film follows the story of a family plagued with Leukemia. Their daughter, Kate, is diagnosed at a young age, and her parents make the decision to produce a test tube baby. A baby that will be the exact match, that will undergo multiple surgeries to help save Kate. Anna files for medical emancipation, sending this family places they never though they'd have to go. Their mother stubbornly tries to stop Anna so her other daughter Kate will survive. What the mother doesn't know, however, will force her to accept her eldest daughters wishes.

The Spectacular Now

Dir. James Ponsoldt 
Released: 2013 
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Brie Larson

From the writer, Scott Neustadter, who also wrote the screenplay for 500 Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars itself, comes this movie about quirky young love. Shailene Woodley, Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, plays the "nice girl" book-loving Aimee, while Miles Teller stars as the partying budding alcoholic Stutter. Aimee is able to tutor Stutter in geometry while Stutter helps Aimee with her paper route and introduces her to his lifestyle. The two are inexplicably drawn together despite their obvious differences and are able to learn valuable life lessons from each other.

A Walk to Remember

Dir. Adam Shankman 
Released: 2002
Starring: Mandy Moore, Shane West

Yet another tragic love story, this Nicholas Sparks film adaptation follows the unlikely pairing of the intelligent, talented, giving preachers daughter, Jamie, and troubled, bad-boy Landon. This high-school duo fall in love in unlikely circumstances as Landon is forced to participate in the same school activities as Jamie. Despite her warning, Landon falls in love with Jamie and convinces her father that he is suitable to date the girl. Landon helps Jamie complete her bucket-list as Jamie opens Landon up to a world of love. Jamie, however, has been hiding something from Landon - something that could cause their connection to come crashing down. The ending to this film will have all members of the family in tears.

Now is Good

Dir. Ol Parker
Released: 2012
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine

This British film, based upon Jenny Downham's Before I Die, tells the story of a girl, Tessa, living out the last months, weeks and finally days of her life as she spirals closer and closer to death from leukemia. This list includes: drugs, shoplifting and most importantly sex. Tessa gazes admiringly upon couples, hoping to fall in love before she passes. She unexpectedly meets Adam, the next-door neighbor who's tentative about a relationship with Tessa. As her condition worsens, Adam realizes that he cannot stay away and there is nothing that Tessa wants more than for him to be by her side. This movie will have you in tears in the beginning, middle and end, not unlike our recent The Fault in Our Stars.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Dir. Stephen Chbosky 
Released: 2012
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller

This book adaptation follows Charlie, the introverted English lover, who enters high school (mostly) friendless. Before he knows it he meets sibling duo Patrick and Sam. Charlie cannot help but fall for Sam, the wild eccentric girl who includes Charlie in her and her brothers escapades. At the same time, Charlie is quick to learn some startling news about Patrick, gaining his friend's trust and broadening his friend group. The introvert soon becomes more than his title of the "wallflower" as he gains acceptance with his peers and learns to stick up for not only himself but his friends.

My Life

Dir. Bruce Joel Rubin
Released: 1993
Starring: Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman

Bob and Gail are happily married, expecting their first child - a baby boy! But the happiness does not last when Bob discovers he has kidney cancer, a terminal illness. Soon, Bob begins to worry he will never meet his son; as a result, he proceeds to make a series of videos to put himself in the life of his unborn child. Teaching him how to cook, drive, shave and play sports. At the same time, Bob goes back to his childhood home to tie together any loose ends and say farewell to his family. This tragic movie tells of both love and loss and the ability to never be forgotten even when you are no longer living.

Stuck in Love

Dir. Josh Boone
Released: 2012
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins

Writer Bill has been divorced from his wife Erica for three years. Yet he cannot find the strength to move on, as he spies on her and obsesses over her leaving. At the same time, his daughter Sam can not seem to get close to her mother - the opposite problem of her father. She has shut out her mother, upset that she left her father for a younger man. While Sam is publishing her first novel and avoiding love at all costs, her brother, Rusty, his looking for "life experiences." The entire family must learn to forgive, move on, make amends and start new beginnings in this heart warming film.


Dir. Garry Marshall
Released: 1988

Starring: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey

Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star as childhood best friends who have grown up in two very different lifestyles in this 1988 film. Hilary is a privileged child who grows up to go to law school, and CC is a struggling performer living in New York. When Hilary leaves her life behind and joins CC in New York their friendship kicks begins right where it left off years before. That is, however, until they fall for the same man. A fight ensues and Hilary leaves to return home and CC ends up with the guy. Hilary finds love as well and the two friends lead their separate lives on opposite sides of the US. When both relationships fail the two friends join back up again. When Hilary becomes pregnant a series of tragic events forces CC to take on a role she never thought possible. This story of love and friendship will require a box of tissues as the characters are forced to deal with loss and new-found everlasting relationships.

Like Crazy

Dir. Drake Doremus
Released: 2011
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence

Anna and Jacob fall in love as students in the United States. The only problem? Anna is British and her student visa is now expired. Yet, she decides to violate her visa and stay with the love of her life. She cannot avoid the problem forever and is shortly stuck in England after making a trip home. This long-distance relationship is put to the test and the two must decide whether they can maintain their love when they live worlds apart.

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Dir. Michel Gondry
Released: 2004
Starring: Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Elijah Wood

This film will truly leave you speechless. It begins when Joel, a man of routine and work, meets Clementine, a quirky woman who works at the bookstore and changes her hair color regularly. As Joel unexpectedly decides to ditch work for a day at the beach he runs into Clementine, the two click on the bus on their way back home. The film then begins to jump through time, after the two breakup. Heartbroken, Clementine decides to erase her mind of Joel, who then decides to do the same of Clementine. Revolving through memories, Joel must try to hold onto Clementine as he realizes he no longer wants her to disappear.

Honorable Mentions

Several new movies have come out since The Fault in our Stars was released and these recent films deserve recognition:

Five Feet Apart: Released in 2019, the general plot revolves around two cystic fibrosis patients who are in love, but are forced to be apart.

Everything Everything: Not only is the movie about a love destined to not be (given that the girl is stuck inside her home due to her compromised immune system), but it's also about complicated family relationships between a mother and daughter.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before: This Netflix original isn't necessarily a tear-jerker, but the quirky romance rivals The Fault in Our Stars.

Paper Towns: Another John Greene movie adaptation, this teenage romance involves tracking down "paper towns" or those that are only found on a map.

Love, Simon: This quirky teenage drama features love in a digital age - again, not a tear-jerker, but incredibly sweet.


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    • Carol Morris profile image

      Carol Morris 

      4 years ago

      Beaches. The one's I've seen are all good, but nothing comes close to Beaches.

    • Laura335 profile image

      Laura Smith 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Yeah, some of these sound really interesting.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      You have some good choices here. I've seen some of them and they bring back memories.


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