No matter how cynical we are, we’ve all, at some point in our lives, have been forced face the brutal realities of the most vulnerable human emotional called love. We may come across at least a dozen of clichéd quotes about love and longing everyday and as much as we love to dismiss them, deep down, we know they are true. As human beings, we all fear distance and we freak out when we are forced to deal with the situation of having to be far away from our loved ones. Remember Woody Allen’s face when his lover left him and decided to leave the country for 6 months in ‘Manhattan’? There are many complicated angles to a long distance relationship, but the issues, at their core, are always the simplest, but the truth is, we don’t see them; perhaps we don’t to.
To make a film about a long distance relationship could be extremely challenging and very few films have managed to capture the awkwardness, the insecurities, the anxiety, the longing that couples have to go through while they’re far away from their lovers. And I must admit that it was a really difficult task to come up with this list, but I genuinely hope that I’ve not disappointed my beloved cinephiles out there. Here is a list of top long distance relationship movies ever. You can watch some of these best movies about long distance relationships on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Cast Away (2000)
Perhaps I’m a bit too biased here, but in my opinion, ‘Cast Away’ is a film that says love transcends distance, time and boundaries. Under the guise of a survival film, ‘Cast Away’ manages to capture the true essence of love in a way very few romantic films could ever do, which is what made this Robert Zemeckis classic a film for the ages. Tom Hanks plays a Fed Ex engineer who is extremely busy with his work schedule and is planning to get engaged to his long-time girlfriend after an official trip to Malaysia. His flight, however, gets marooned on an isolated island after a crash and he is stranded in the middle of nowhere, with no food and water to survive. With no one to talk to except a volleyball, and living in the most miserable condition, the only thing that keeps him going and gives him hope is love. Tom Hanks’ Chuck Noland continues to live in our memories and though he may have delivered more dramatic performances in his career, this one remains his most honest, emotionally draining one.
9. Going the Distance (2010)