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15 unique romantic films that you must watch

15 unique romantic films that you must watch

Tired of watching romantic movies with cliché, cheesy, predictable storylines? altair has a guide for you in the form of a list of unique romantic films that you must watch! The following films have an unusual story, and some of them can evoke the emotion and hopeless romantic side of you. Enjoy!

1. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)


IMDb: 8.3 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

"What a loss to spend that much time with someone, only to find out that she's a stranger."

After breaking up, a heartbroken Clementine (Kate Winslet) goes through a memory erasure procedure to forget the memories with her ex, Joel (Jim Carrey). When he learns of his actions, Joel follows the same procedure… until the two of them meet again on a train and fall in love again. The film, directed by Michel Gondry, won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and Kate was also nominated for Best Actress.


2. Amélie (2001)


IMDb: 8.3 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

“You don't have bones of glass. You can take life's knocks. "

Romantic comedy with a touch of fantasy? Yes, please! The French film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet tells the story of a young woman, Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tatou), who secretly likes helping others in various imaginative ways. Her kindness and fate lead her to a mysterious man, and the audience is invited to explore the beautiful city of Paris from the eyes of an Amélie.


3.Blue Valentine (2010)

IMDb: 7.4 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

"You always hurt the one you love ... the one you shouldn't hurt at all."

Blue Valentine shatters the "happily ever after" illusion that romantic movies often present. Welcome to the incredibly realistic relationship of Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), where they have marital problems and endless conflicts. It is heartbreaking, but director Derek Cianfrance does not want to deceive the audience with true love stories.


4. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

IMDb: 7.7 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

"Some people are meant to fall in love with each other, but not meant to be together."

This is a story about boy meets girl, but it's not a cliché romantic story - Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls in love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel), and the film tells of their relationship that lasts 500 days from the man's perspective. If you're looking for a film with a more realistic love story, this is a must-watch. Plus, the film's soundtrack is filled with indie songs that you can add to a playlist!


5. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

IMDb: 7.8 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

"I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about."

Ah, young love. Directors Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola present an innocent and refreshing love story between two children: Sam (Jared Gilman) is an orphan who escapes from a scout camp to meet his pen friend, Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward), a fierce rebellious girl who do not feel at home. They fled to a remote island ignoring their family and police who were looking for them.


6.In the Mood for Love (2000)

IMDb: 8.1 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

"Feelings can creep up just like that. I thought I was in control."

Here comes the masterpiece film by legendary director Wong Kar-wai! In 1962, journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and his neighbor, Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) become close when they discover that their wives and husbands are having an affair with each other. However, this movie is not about revenge - the two main characters try to deny the growing feelings of love so that they don't make the same mistake. This film has won 12 film awards from Hong Kong, France, England, Germany, and Europe, you know.


7. Closer (2004)

IMDb: 7.3 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 68%

"Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off."

Tired of love triangle stories? This is next-level. The film, which won 8 film awards including 2 Golden Globe Awards, illustrates a complex and dysfunctional love rectangle. Unlike the story of In the Mood for Love, this film, starring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, and Clive Owen, is more toxic, violent, and unrealistic. It's full of lies and mind games - are you up for it?


8. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

IMDb: 7.7 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

“I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I'm sorry it took so long for me to catch up, I just got stuck. "

After separating from his wife and undergoing treatment at a mental health facility for bipolar disorder, Patrizio Solitano Jr. (Bradley Cooper) returns to everyday life and makes plans to reconcile with his ex-wife. Everything changes when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who rocked his life. This romantic film is different from the others and managed to get 20 film award nominations. Wow!


9. Lost in Translation (2003)

IMDb: 7.8 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you."

In the mood for tender romance? Director Sofia Coppola creates a sweet story in the middle of busy Tokyo. Bob Harris (Bill Murray), an aging film actor, meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) who is accompanying his partner to work. As two strangers in a new land, they find comfort in each other and develop meaningful relationships.


10. Before Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013)

IMDb: 8.1 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

"One of the most exciting things that happened to me is to meet somebody, make that connection."

The film trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight focuses on the relationship between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) which has gone through various stages over a period of 18 years. You will feel the difference between love, passion and commitment while seeing the beauty of Vienna, Paris and Greece. What's not to love?


11. Her (2013)


IMDb: 8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

“The heart is not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love. "


Heartbroken after separating from her lover, writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) lives her daily life with a lonely heart. The story begins when he buys a new operating software that can speak with artificial intelligence - after talking every day to a sophisticated system called Samantha which has a female voice, Theodore becomes even more fascinated by an illusion that is not real.


12. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)


IMDb: 7.4 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 78%

"When you find the one, you never give up."

The family harmony of Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) collapses when his wife (Julianne Moore) admits to having an affair and wants a divorce. Suddenly single in his 40s, Cal is thrown back into the world of singles where he meets Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a playboy man who has always succeeded in capturing the attention of any woman. Jacob becomes friends with Cal and changes his lifestyle completely, until Jacob himself meets Hannah (Emma Stone) who shakes up his perception of dating. This rom-com will make you laugh all night!


13. The Shape of Water (2017)

IMDb: 7.3 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

“The way he looks at me, he does not know what I lack or how I am incomplete. He sees me for what I am. "

Interested in witnessing the bizarre love story between a speechless woman and a sea monster? This movie is not for everyone, but director Guillermo del Toro has won 18 film awards and 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for this fantasy film.


14. The Big Sick (2017)

IMDb: 7.6 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

"Loving somebody this much sucks."

This is a true love story. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani portrayed himself in the film The Big Sick, in which he tells his love story with Emily V. Gordon (now his wife). Kumail brings up a topic that is relatable to many couples out there, namely racial differences - she comes from a traditional Islamic family, while Emily is from America. Remarkably, the film received dozens of awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay!


15.Edward Scissorhands (1990)


IMDb: 7.9 / 10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

"People are afraid of me because I am different."

Pure and sweet. Like Frankenstein and Pinocchio, Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) is no ordinary human, but he has feelings - and his soft heart melts when he meets the sweet and kind Kim (Winona Ryder). Unfortunately, his fingers were made of sharp objects such as knives, scissors and razors, so he couldn't function as a normal man. Fun fact: Johnny's relationship with Winona stems from the chemistry they felt while playing in this film!


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