10 Most Realistic Romantic Movies Worth Your Time

Romance is one of the most popular genre of movies. And yet, when you think about it, “romance” and “action” are possibly two of the most escapist genres in films. For some reason, audiences don’t like seeing too much realism in romance. I guess, realism in romance makes them aware of their own not-so-perfect romantic life. So, they like romantic movies that are fluffy, comedic, escapist, and .. yes, unrealistic. Rarely, a film comes along that shows romance in its trues form: messy, imperfect and complicated. Today, we are listing down 10 such films that treat romance as they should be treated: with nuance and sensitivity. Here are the 10 most realistic romantic movies.

Warning: Don’t expect happy endings in the below films.


10. Once (2007)

Set in Dublin, ‘Once’ tells us about a repairman, who has been waiting for his break in music industry, and a female immigrant, who earns by selling flowers, collaborating together to live their dreams of making it big in music and how they slowly fall in love with each other. The film does not even name its characters, still gives us a piece which is too magical — and painful — to be forgotten. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are superb as the lead pair and John Carney makes a film that’s both realistic and sweet.


9. Last Night (2010)

The film centers on Joanna and Michael Reed, a successful and happy couple. They are moving along in their lives together until Joanna meets Laura, the stunningly beautiful colleague whom Michael never mentioned. While Michael is away with Laura on a business trip, Joanna runs into an old but never quite forgotten love, Alex. As the night progresses and temptation increases, each must confront who they really are. ‘Last Night’ is beautiful in the way it explores the dynamics of relationships: old and new. It asks you tough moral questions that have no clear or easy answers. Is cheating only physical? Or is it emotional as well?


8. Blue Valentine (2010)

Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, ‘Blue Valentine’ is a story about a couple, who the world sees as a perfect relationship, but are actually in a downward spiral caught up between lack of ambition and retreat into self-ambition, hence slowly resulting into a failed marriage. One of the best movies about marriage, ‘Blue Valentine’ is so honest in its rendering that it is not easy to sit through the film. But if you do, you will realize what a truly exceptional film this is.


7. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

A remarkably powerful and moving love story of two cowboys may not have won the Best Picture Oscar, but it surely did win hearts. Never bending down to cliches of a homosexual love story, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ plays more like romance of two humans. Its fable-like-and-yet-grounded-in-realism quality only adds to its charm so much so that it will linger onto your minds long after the film is over. Easily, the best film of Ang Lee.


6. Before Sunrise (1995)

The idea of romance usually presented in movies is not just unreal but also very cliched. What Richard Linklater did with Before Sunrise is path-breaking: he presented romance in its most realistically believable beauty. Linklater assumes intelligence on both the part of his characters and his audience (important!); he also believes that idle conversation between a man and a woman is more of a turn-on than sex. ‘Before Sunrise’ flirtatiously and funnily courts with the idea of romance, but its actual genius lies in the true deeper meanings of the conversations that the two lead characters have.

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