1. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice
At first, Mr. Darcy found Elizabeth to be merely “tolerable.”
2. Romeo and Juliet
Their feuding families caused an initial roadblock.
3. Rhett and Scarlett in Gone with the Wind
Ugh, these two. Rhett swooned over Scarlett for what seemed like forever.
4. Cathy and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights
In what is perhaps the most epic literary love triangle of all time, Cathy marries the socially prominent Edgar and forsakes her childhood love, Heathcliff, who’s like:
5. Oliver and Jenny in Love Story
Oliver and Jenny are two students from opposite sides of the tracks. They initially HATE each other but [SPOILER ALERT] soon they’re like:
Okay, it might not be a classic on the order of Romeo and Juliet. But if this tearjerker taught us anything, it’s …
6. Noah and Allie in The Notebook
If this break-up doesn’t make you weep, check your pulse.
But this rain-soaked reunion made all that heartache worth it. *sigh*
7. Daisy and Jay in The Great Gatsby
The ne plus ultra of unrequited love stories, Daisy shirks Jay for Tom Buchanan.
8. Jack and Ennis in Brokeback Mountain
That time Jack said this and your heart fell into your stomach when Ennis resisted:
But then, in the saddest moment ever, Ennis showed he knew they were meant to be all along.
9. Francesca and Robert in Bridges of Madison County
Her accent, his adventurism, both characters’ emotional unavailability—the tension!
Even though Robert says “This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime,” Francesca DOESN’T OPEN THE CAR DOOR!
10. Charles and Sebastian in Brideshead Revisited
Entering the University of Oxford, the middle-class Charles Ryder and the aristocratic Lord Sebastian Flyte fall in love.
However, Sebastian’s proclivity for drowning his sorrows in alcohol dooms the relationship and the men become estranged.
11. Emmeline and Richard in The Blue Lagoon
At first, the two teens, stranded on a desert island, interact like a couple of (naked) friends.