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 truest form: messy, imperfect and complicated. Today, we are listing down top realistic love stories that treat romance as they should be treated: with nuance and sensitivity. Here is the list of top realistic romantic movies ever. You can watch some of these best realistic movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
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.
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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?