Unimaginable sorrow, memory loss, taking the elevator to the wrong floor—all of these things may make a good romance complicated. Romantic movies flourish with genuine, authentic themes and people rather than sensationalized star-crossed lovers, whether they are genre-crossing dramas, comedies, or action movies. Okay, so there are a few star-crossed lovers on our list, but what makes them the best in the category are the particular difficulties they face and how they overcome them.
And there’s always a fantastic movie to watch where there’s conflict. These love stories have lasted the test of time, earning the titles of masterpieces, favorites, Oscar nominees, and more. The viewers can draw inspiration from imperfect love tales on television when they are dealing with similar issues in their own relationships (within reason, not a historic ocean liner sinking). These are the most complex yet excellent romances in our opinion for these reasons.
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which won an Oscar for best original story, is an example of how far some people would go to get over a breakup. Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) go through a medical treatment that removes their fundamental memories of one another and their love after a turbulent relationship. When things don’t go as planned, viewers are taken on a wild ride through their history, present, and future as a couple.
Joel and Clementine are the kind of couple that, in theory, balances each other out by having one partner who is more outgoing and the other who is more introverted. Their tale is one of understanding, acceptance, communication, and optimism. The renowned comedian impresses in this somber part as Joel and persuades the audience to support him. You can enjoy this masterpiece of movie on Peacock and Amazon Prime.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Having disagreements with your in-laws might complicate your relationship. Based on the Kevin Kwan novel, Crazy Rich Asians depicts Rachel’s (Constance Wu) tumultuous trip to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) for a wedding, where they first meet Nick’s high-class family.
There will be difficulties; we understood that from the start. Because of her upbringing and middle-class status, Rachel finds it difficult to live up to the high expectations Nick’s family and society have for her. The conflict between Rachel and Nick’s family over Rachel’s perceived position in their eyes starts to distance the two, leading Rachel to doubt not only the marriage but also herself. Rental options for Crazy Rich Asians include Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and YouTube.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Don’t fall in love with the adversary is rule number one in the romance genre. The reverse strategy is used in You’ve Got Mail. The romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan follows bookshop owner Kathleen (Ryan) as she unwittingly starts an online relationship with Joe (Hanks), the proprietor of a corporate bookstore chain who is attempting to drive her out of business. Joe is a man Kathleen despises.
One of the best romantic comedies ever made, the movie was made even better by the undeniable chemistry between Hanks and Ryan. A humorous reminder of what online dating was like before smartphones and swiping is provided by the film’s age and charm. This classic is one of the streaming options accessible to Hulu subscribers; alternatively, Amazon Prime subscribers can rent it.
Serendipity, which puts fate to the test, is still remembered as a romantic comedy decades later. When Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) first met on a charismatic night, Jonathan thought they were meant to be together; however, Sara believes in fate and lets fate decide if they should be together. They each make a desperate attempt to find the other again ten years later, just as they are about to commit to someone else.
Serendipity brings out the believer in all of us who thinks fate will bring us together with “the one” at the proper time. It is simultaneously corny and enchanting. The film’s tempo engages viewers as inconsequential obstacles and detours keep Jonathan and Sara apart without their knowledge. With a membership to several services including Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Paramount+, and others, you may see this early 2000s romance.
La La Land (2016)
La La Land, a contemporary version of a classic Hollywood movie, is first and foremost a love story. Emma Stone’s character Mia and Ryan Gosling’s character Sebastian are just two lost souls attempting to succeed in contemporary Hollywood. Mia is still working hard to establish her acting career as Sebastian’s music career takes off. For better, worse, and a good ugly cry, their worlds intersect.
While this Academy Award-winning movie is about a relationship between two people, it also deals with Hollywood, celebrity, and pursuing your passion. Mia and Sebastian are navigating their relationship as well as the romance of acting and music in the city of dreams. It is available to stream on Amazon Prime and Hulu for viewers who skipped the movie or waited for the buzz to die down. It is a musical, drama, comedy, romance, and everything in between.
The Big Sick (2017)
The Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick, which is based on a true love story, stars Kumail Nanjiani as himself and Emily V. Gordon as Emily V. Gordon. Gordon is played by Zoe Kazan. The relationship between Kumail (Nanjiani) and Emily (Kazan) is put to the test when they start dating since Kumail’s traditional Pakistani family keeps trying to pair him up with a woman of their choosing. After a heated argument, Emily gets sick and is hospitalized; Kumail is forced to work alongside her parents to try to figure out what happened.
The Big Sick is a superb example of a convoluted love tale with many twists and turns to negotiate. It is a blend of humor, romance, and drama. The movie, which was written by Nanjiani and Gordon, is genuine and honest, letting audiences experience the unfiltered feelings that come with an unexpected journey like this. With a current Amazon Prime membership, The Big Sick can be streamed.
A Star Is Born (2018)
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga brought this adaptation to life with emotionally flawless performances, propelling a love story marred by addiction and stardom toward critical praise. A Star Is Born follows the romance that develops between renowned rocker Jackson “Jack” Maine (Cooper) and Allie (Gaga), when he meets her and realizes how talented she is at both singing and songwriting. As Allie soars to fame, Jack starts to heavily rely on his vices, which sends his career into a tailspin.
The connection between Jack and Allie is problematic in many ways as one rises and the other falls, leading Jack to fight with his identity while Allie gradually loses her identity in front of him. A Star Is Born, a tragic love story, became one of the few successful remakes. The movie may be rented via several platforms, including Apple TV, YouTube, and Amazon Prime.
The Bodyguard (1992)
The Bodyguard is a romance movie that we will always enjoy, just as its theme song, which has remained on our playlists. Whitney Houston plays fictitious R&B artist Rachel Marron in the movie, and she develops an odd bond with her bodyguard, former Secret Service member Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner). This multi-genre film features a complicated love story with a blend of romance, action, and suspense.
Even though critics don’t particularly like this movie, its clichés are what make it a memorable and watchable romance. It is unclear whether Rachel and Frank will truly end up together because there are conflicting opinions on their budding relationship. Some people think they won’t, while others see evidence that they will. You can watch The Bodyguard for free on Tubi or rent it from Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Apple TV.
Just make sure to measure the size of any doors in your home if you haven’t seen this movie yet before you watch it with your significant other. Titanic, a movie that is iconic for many reasons, shows the difficulties of falling in love and coming to terms with one’s identity. Young aristocratic Rose (Kate Winslet), who meets Jack (a nice but poor artist), aboard the R.S.M. Titanic, learns more about her goals as she befriends and falls in love with him (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Titanic focuses on the cultural gap between the two against the backdrop of the tragic sinking of the opulent ship, similar to any love story with characters from different cultures. The film’s themes also demonstrate how, with the right partner, love may endure forever. You can rent this box office sensation on services like Apple TV and Amazon Prime.
The Notebook (2004)
Regardless of your opinion, The Notebook (a couple of actual star-crossed lovers) deserves to be listed among the best because of the romance legacy it has upheld for years. Although Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) are intended to be together, their social class inequalities and other uncontrollable factors have kept them apart all their lives. The Notebook, arguably the most well-known Nicholas Sparks novel and its movie adaptation, continues to set the bar for romance novels.
This narrative deals with the typical problems of the genre, such as family, social standing, terror, and time. Two protagonists, Noah and Allie, go up against each element, sometimes together and sometimes separately. Their tale serves as a reminder to viewers that true love, like theirs, necessitates sacrifice and poses the issue of what you would be ready to give up for the one you love. Netflix presently has The Notebook accessible.