5 Heart-Wrenching Films and Shows to Watch on Netflix if You Liked “20th Century Girl”

by Nicole Lindsay Ramos   |  Dec 1, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Us and Them/Netflix, Happy Old Year/Netflix
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Admit it or not, heart-wrenching romance films and shows will always have an everlasting impact on us. While their tragic tales might send us into a slump, we just couldn’t help but enjoy films that depict the history between two lovers from falling in love to coping with heartbreak or loss later on. No wonder why 20th Century Girl, a film starring Kim Yoo Jung, Byeon Woo Seok, Roh Yoon Seo, and Park Jung Woo, is one of the most-loved South Korean films these days. 

The film tells the story of Na Bo Ra (Kim Yoo Jung) and her trip down memory lane when her father receives a parcel for her containing a VHS tape and an invitation to an art exhibit. It reminded her of youth and her willingness to do anything for the sake of her terminally ill best friend, Kim Yeon Du (Roh Yoon Seo)–she even suppresses her feelings for Poong Won Ho (Byeon Woo Seok) upon learning that he’s the guy her best friend likes. Despite both of their best friends’ efforts, Na Bo Ra and Poong Wo Ho’s love story left us with a bitter pill to swallow: some good things come to an end.

If you’re in search for films and shows that are as heart-wrenching as 20th Century Girl, below we’ve listed five titles that will definitely make you burst into tears:

First Love

THE CAST: Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Satoh, Rikako Yagi, Taisei Kido, Kayo, Minami

THE SYNOPSIS: Inspired by the works of Japanese singer Hikaru Utada, this series tells the story of two high school sweethearts who met in the late 1990s and each long for a missing piece of their lives in the present time.


Our Blues

THE CAST: Lee Byung Hun, Shin Min A, Kim Woo Bin, Han Ji Min, Lee Jeong Eun, Seung Won Cha

THE SYNOPSIS: An omnibus-style K-drama that tells the bitter and sweet stories of people whose lives are interconnected as they live and work on the beautiful island of Jeju.

Us and Them

THE CAST: Boran Jing, Dongyu Zhou, Zhuangzhuang Tian, Zheming Qu

THE PLOT: Two ex-lovers meet again on a plane that’s supposed to depart for Beijing. Due to a flight delay, the two were able to reflect back on the years they spent together and to reconcile with it.

Twenty Five Twenty One

THE CAST: Nam Joo Hyuk, Kim Tae Ri, Kim Ji Yeon, Choi Hyun Wook

THE PLOT: After witnessing another girl’s ballet performance, a young girl suddenly decides to quit. However, her stay at her grandmother’s place allowed her to learn about her mother’s first love and how she pursued her dreams as a fencer through her teenage diary.

Happy Old Year

THE CAST: Chutimon Cheungcharoensukying, Sunny, Suwanmethanont, Sarika Sartsilpsupa, Thirawat Ngosawang, Patcha Kitchaicharoen

THE PLOT: A woman wants to renovate her family house into a home office which requires her to declutter. However, she, later on, learns that decluttering isn’t easy as she thought it was when she uncovered some of her ex-boyfriend’s belongings.

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