Forget Titanic, This Underrated $214 Mil Period Drama is Way More Heartbreaking

Forget Titanic, This Underrated $214 Mil Period Drama is Way More Heartbreaking
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If you feel like you didn’t cry enough in your life.


  • Titanic is a legendary movie that is hard to top in terms of powerful writing and love story.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a wuxia movie with a deep storyline that many viewers consider the greatest film ever made.
  • The film is highly praised as the best in the genre of period romance.

There are things in this world that we rarely doubt. Once we've made up our minds about something, it's hard for us to change our opinion, and we just stick to what we know, never giving anything else a chance to prove its worth.

The same is true when we call a movie the number one in its genre or at all, as happened with Titanic. Don't get us wrong, the legendary 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is indeed worth praising.

It is a powerful love story that will leave you heartbroken and in tears, while giving you a chance to believe in true love among those who should never have experienced it under the given circumstances.

After it hit theaters, the movie became a hit and an ultimate litmus paper in order to evaluate all the other period romance dramas. But almost at the same time, just three years later, there was another movie released that should have gotten more attention than it got.

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We are talking about the phenomenal movie called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The director of the movie is a well known and acclaimed director Ang Lee.

The film is mainly about love. At the center of the story are two skilled warriors, Yu Shu Lien and Li Mu Bai, who find themselves in the agony of choosing between their desires and social norms. Sounds familiar?

Their romance was never really fulfilled, always interrupted by actions and society, always on the verge of explosion because of the high temperature tension between them. Finding a way to truly embrace yourself and the one you chose to love is hard, and doing it with so many dangers around makes it even less possible.

However, since this is a martial arts movie, we also get to see some impeccable fight scenes that add some spice to the relationship between the two.

“It builds on everything that came before it, while also having the technology to make the fight scenes look as fluid as possible. On top of that, it has a rich, compelling storyline. It really feels like the culmination of the genre to me,” Redditor No-Bumblebee4615 said.

While Titanic gives you a definite answer at the end, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon relies on its audience to choose the level of tragedy they want to face. It really depends on your emotional state at the time you're watching the movie: you may think there's hope, or you may be crying your eyes out at how devastating the ending seemed to you.

You can stream Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on Prime.