15 Best Movies About Lovers On the Run

We’ve all dreamt of running away from your family and the society with that one person who means the world to you. It feels almost dreamy and surreal to think of such a moment happening in your life. It has been a running theme in many of the films and while some direct its focus to the emotion of love, others use it as a background to tell more ambitious stories. It can be quite thrilling, exciting, emotional or perhaps even violent. Here is a list that compiles 15 of the best lovers on the run movies.


15. Monster (2003)

Few films have the power to devastate you in its emotional rawness and painful honesty. ‘Monster’ is one of those films. The film is based on the real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for murdering sex men and depicts her relationship with her girlfriend Selby Wall. They are deeply in love with each other and dream about having a life together and run away from the society but as the news of the murders she committed gets flashed across the newspapers, Selby begins to suspect her. Aileen tries to justify the murders as self-defense but their relationship is destroyed forever as Aileen is arrested on the charges and is later sentenced to death as Selby testifies against her.


14. The Sugarland Express (1974)

Many might not have seen the theatrical feature debut of the director who made ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Raiders’ of the Lost Ark’ and ‘Jurassic Park’. ‘The Sugarland Express’ was partially based on a real-life incident about a married couple who go beyond the law in order to retrieve their child. The husband is in prison and is only a few months away from release but the wife informs him about their child and together they hatch a plan to snatch their kid from his foster parents. For a Spielberg film, it may now seem pretty raw but it’s still a testament to his skills as a director and is amazing to see how he has come all the way, sharpening his skills and expanding his artistry to become one of cinema’s most iconic visionaries.


13. The Getaway (1972)

Sam Peckinpah’s  neo-noir crime thriller centres around an ex-con who is granted parole but is supposed to rob another bank as a favour for Sheriff Beynon. There is a whole lot of tension lurking in the atmosphere as Doc and his wife try to escape the mayhem they’ve just caused but there’s a kind of emotional detachment that Peckinpah creates from his characters that may tend to work against the film at times considering how exciting the storyline is. Feelings of betrayal run throughout the film which manages to keep us on the edge of our seats and the pay off at the end was quite memorable.


12. Kalifornia (1993)

Many of you might not have heard of this little gem starring Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis. ‘Kalifornia’ is about a couple who goes on a cross country drive for their research on serial killers but end up getting caught at the hands of one. The couple post a ride share ad as they were well short on money and they meet another couple, of whom one happens to be a psychopath. The film is a gripping road thriller, shockingly realistic and brutally powerful in its treatment. Brad Pitt’s performance here is undoubtedly one of the very best of his career as he elevates the movie to a level that simply wouldn’t have reached minus something truly exceptional on his part.


11. Sun Don’t Shine (2012)

A criminally overlooked indie gem, ‘Sun Don’t Shine’ deserves lot more love from the cinephile clubs. A woman murders her husband and flees with her lover. The couple then hide the body in the trunk of their car and are looking to ditch the body somewhere. It’s just a classic lovers on-the-run flick that is quite similar in its tone and atmosphere with some of the other films on the list. But Amy Seimetz’ characters here feel quite detached from their own realities and seem utterly vulnerable which make them a lot more distinctive and very human. It’s gripping, emotional and unflinching in its portrayal of a world so hopeless and dark yet too gorgeous to not look at.

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