6 Romance Films That You Have To Watch At Least Once
Whether you’re a fan of action, thriller, horror, fantasy or comedy films, you may agree that sometimes your inner romantic longs to be fed. Put aside the cringe-worthy or cliche scenes, romance films are not necessarily going to change the way you perceive love, fidelity and trust but instead teach you the love language you may need in life. Here are six romance films we think you absolutely HAVE to watch at least once:
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
If we tell you this movie screams classic on another level, you would not have believed us! While the film incorporated the legendary soundtrack, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by The Four Seasons which came out more than 30 years before the film release, it was also surprisingly loosely based on a Shakespeare comedy titled Taming of The Shrew written in the 1500s.
In the film, charming Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona *almost* made girls justify bad boy behaviour, but thank God he ended up a sweetheart after all! Also, angsty Kat Stratford? Wholesome representation of an emo girl.
The two just make so much sense. Easily one of our favourite on-screen pairs. This is a perfect movie for a night in with friends or a significant other, so grab some popcorn and go watch it if you haven’t!
Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%
Jeux d’enfants [Love Me If You Dare] (2003)
Starring Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard and her real-life beau, Guillaume Canet, this French movie follows the story of two childhood best friends on a lifelong journey of bold, realistic and savage dares.
Following the exchange of possession over a colourful cookie can with the shape of a carousel, the phrase “Are you game?”, “Game.” were religiously muttered by the two over the course of their preteens, adolescence and adulthood. However so, the dares got increasingly consequential over time as they each went through a fair share of heartbreaks caused by the other.
Although this grimly romance film may not be for everyone, it is still rather an unknown piece that deserves a watch.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%
About Time (2013)
Who doesn’t love a splash of time travelling goodness in films? We know we do. That science fiction bit merged with an adorable love story of how two people first lay eyes on each other (a few first(s), if you get what I mean) and pursue their life together, made the film pleasant.
Starring one of the finest actresses in the romance films scene, Rachel McAdams, the movie not only teaches you the value of time (as of any other films based on time travel) but also the significance of family relations especially with the parents and siblings. One can only dream of the father-son relationship in the film portrayed by actors Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson. Hands down an ideal choice for a chill movie night.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%
What If (2014)
Although this movie starred an exquisite list of cast namely Zoe Kazan, the Harry Potter man himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and Adam Driver, it is unquestionably underrated. Though the storyline is predictable, the film is still a flawless rom-com with high-quality script that came out 10000x more amusing with Daniel’s British accent (just kidding).
This is the movie that will make you smile and laugh while feeling all mushy and lovey-dovey. Zoe Kazan’s character in the film is an animator, so you may expect to see her doodles animated throughout the movie, they’re lovely.
Oh, and you may also need to prepare tissues for when you drool over the Fool’s Gold Loaf sandwich reference showcased in the film.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Ah yes, the film that made headlines for showcasing an all-asians cast, screaming Asians all around (the rich ones, of course) and living up to its title. When we say we screamed of joy after knowing the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan got a film adaptation deal, trust us, we screamed. The book was so good that the idea of its real-life version excites us that we had to watch it the day it premiered.
There are so many iconic scenes in the movie but the most notable one has to be Araminta and Colin’s wedding scene. We know a romance film is an amazing film when it will leave you daydreaming of living in it and this is exactly that. So if you haven’t watched CRA, do yourself a favor and watch it ASAP!
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
The Big Sick (2017)
Another masterpiece by Zoe Kazan (at this point you can tell that we’re a big fan of her works!) taking the role of Kumail Nanjiani’s wife, Emily, as the story set on their atypical, almost forbidden relationship due to cultural differences.
Based on Kumail’s real love story with the actual Emily (also the writer and producer of the film), their relationship made them face a strong hurdle when Emily got diagnosed with Still’s disease that put her in a coma.
The film is both funny yet emotional as we watch Kumail on his trials to keep himself together through the test that in no way mentioned in any relationship handbooks. You will find yourself fact-checking the movie after you’re done with it but our best advice is to take it as it is as Kumail and Emily themselves have commented on the movie saying; “We wanted everyone in the movie to be right and wrong, we wanted it to be messy.”
Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
p/s: Another Zoe Kazan’s movie, Ruby Sparks (2012) is also an amazing romance movie! Just putting this out here!
Written by: Fina Rapi
Fina is a struggling yet aspiring accounting student who doesn’t share her food, loves photography and music (all types of them, her Spotify playlists are a hot mess), swears that money should be free, overthinks a lot at Rex Orange County’s lyrics that says “every now and then I think about the fact that I'd become a legend if I died at 27”, and now has zero idea on what else to write here, so cheers!