Romance is often linked with comedy or drama. But nothing can be more than exciting and intoxicating than romance at its darkest and most morbid. Love can be a wildly fascinating theme to explore but very, very few films have peeled off the darkest layers of this tender most human emotion. It might be our voyeuristic pleasure as cinephiles but to watch something dark and disturbing that isn’t, in reality, happening to us is a peculiar nature ingrained in human beings. So with all that said now, let’s take a look at the list of top love movies ever that has darkness at their core.
15. Grosse Point Blank (1997)
This classic 80s themed comedy crime drama focuses on a professional assassin, Martin Blank, who finds himself growing increasingly tired of his work. Martin soon receives an invitation for a high school reunion but doesn’t seem interested in the same. However, his therapist and secretary convince him to attend the reunion and plans on coinciding his new assignment with the function. He happens to meet his high school sweetheart, Debi, with whom he tries to reconcile but things take a wild turn as Martin realises that someone is set out to kill him. Plot unfolds with wild twists and turns and Martin opens up to Debi about his past and how he ended up being the man he is today. It’s an absolute fun ride with a delectable mix of violence, comedy and romance.
14. Harold and Maude (1971)
Maybe a surprising pick because apparently there’s nothing dark about this film although a romance between a 20 year old and a woman in her 80s may seem quite strange and unusual. But it’s the dark, awkward tone that is present throughout the film that sealed its spot on the list. Harold is an emotionally disturbed, lonely man obsessed with death and frequently attends funerals. He meets an 80 year old woman at one of the funerals and the two begin a strange, awkward relationship that takes the form of a romance. Their contrasting views on life and death forms much of the film’s thematic aspects. It manages to blend elements of comedy, romance and existentialism.