Romantic films are a mainstay of cinema, and some of our greatest films are in that genre. Here are 10 of the best examples of it. Note: Conventions will be dashed!
10. There’s Something About Mary – A raunchier comedy than most on the list, Mary was a hilarious comedy about a perennial loser pursuing his high school crush in adulthood, leading to hilarity and physical comedy.
9. Beauty and the Beast – It’s hard to pick one Disney film to feature on this list, but to me, this is one of the best examples of a Disney romance. Diametrically opposed personalities of the Beast and Belle create for an interesting dynamic, and the villainous Gaston is such a great villain because his ego is so realistic. He thinks the world belongs to him, and when he is denied affection from Belle, he doesn’t hesitate to punish her.
8. (500) Days of Summer – An interesting take on the romance genre, (500) Days of Summer follows a couple (played by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt) as they go through several twists and turns that will keep you engaged and curious.
7. Groundhog Day – A less raunchy take on the romantic comedy, Bill Murray takes a hilarious sci-fi flick and makes us legitimately interested in him becoming a better person and winning the heart of his co-worker as he relives the same day over and over again.
6. Moonrise Kingdom – Fans of Wes Anderson’s work (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, etc.) will really enjoy this lovely piece about two teenagers who fall in love and must fight the wills of their parents and those around them to stay together.
5. The Princess Bride – A classic romance adventure with many quotable lines. It is inconceivable to not have seen this film yet!
4. Harold and Maude – An 18-year-old boy and an elderly woman? What a pair! This dark romantic comedy is a great film for everyone to enjoy.
3. Her – Her is the newest movie on this list, and it’s definitely one of the best. The unorthodox style – a man falling in love with his operating system – is not only unusual, but it feels authentic too.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – A bit of an off-the-wall movie to be sure. Starring Jim Carrey in his rare “very serious” flick, following a nasty breakup, he tries to have her erased with futuristic tech… but in his mind, he tries to fight her erasure.
1. Amelie – if you can get into a foreign film, Amelie is one of the best you could ask for. It’s sweet, it’s funny, it’s visually enchanting, and it’s got tons of charm. It’s very artful, and its style is unmatched by any move after many years. I can’t strongly recommend