It’s easy to be disappointed with the corny romantic comedies that seem to be growing in popularity in recent years, but there are still plenty of movies from the 2000s that put a realistic and inspiring love story front and center. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or complicated, here are 10 romantic movie couples to make you believe in love again.
Mary and Tim from About time
At the beginning of About timeTim (Domhnall Gleeson) experiences repeated love blunders, until his father (Bill Nighy) tells him that the males in their family can time travel, and he uses this gift to fix his clumsy mistakes. It wasn’t until he moved to London from the British rural seaside that he met Mary (Rachel McAdams), a bright-eyed American with “perfect” bangs, whom Tim falls head over heels for. When Tim plays with time and erases his first date with Mary, he spends the whole day in a Kate Moss exhibition hoping that he will meet her. From there, the couple’s love blossoms into a beautiful marriage, as we watch them buy their first home, have their first baby, and experience loss together. Mary and Tim’s humorous yet unwavering love story is sure to warm your frozen February heart.
Ally and Jackson from A star is born
Although A star is born is ultimately a tragic love story, the moments between Ally (Lady Gaga) and Jackson (bradley cooper) as they fall in love and create music together is undeniably captivating. Songs like “Always Remember Us This Way” and “I Don’t Know What Love Is” will touch you deep inside, even when the couple has his disagreements, you will support them. Ally’s unwavering love for Jackson as he struggles with addiction, and the way her eyes light up when she performs, demonstrates a fervent devotion never seen in kitsch rom-coms that find their way to through streaming services. If you’re looking for a heartache that will require tissues, A star is born will surely deliver.
Tish and Fonny from If Beale Street Could Talk
According to the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk around Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James): two lovers who have been best friends since childhood. Tish is carrying Fonny’s child while Fonny is in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and Tish’s family tries to get him out. But Tish and Fonny’s love for each other goes beyond the limits of the system trying to hold them back, and it’s evident in the very first scene of the film. With the help of poetic dialogues and a beautiful score by Nicholas Britel, If Beale Street Could Talk is a poignant reflection on the black experience in America, and how it affects two people who just want to love each other freely.
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice (2005)
The love story between Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) is a century-old classic, but that doesn’t make the 2005 adaptation any less touching. Knightley’s Elizabeth is just as headstrong and independent as her literary counterpart, and Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy is mysterious and disturbing in all the right ways. What makes their story so captivating is that it defies the expectations of their time: a “disobedient” woman from a poor family wins the affection of one of the wealthiest and most sought-after bachelors through to his wit and fearlessness. Set amongst the breathtaking scenery of the English countryside, this period piece will have you swooning in no time.
Heloise and Marianne from Portrait of a lady on fire
Portrait of a lady on fire is a story of forbidden love and adoration. Marianne (Noemie Merlant) was a French painter of the 1700s who was hired to paint the wedding portrait of Héloise (Adele Haenel), a reluctant bride-to-be who repeatedly refused to pose for the painting. Héloise thinks that Marianne is there to be her companion, and Marianne must observe her throughout the day in order to paint her at night. Eventually, however, the two develop a fondness that goes beyond friendship. With beautiful cinematography and artful expressions of women’s passionate connection, Portrait of a lady on fire will force you to meditate on Héloise’s question to Marianne: “Do all lovers have the impression of inventing something?
Mildred and Richard of Magnet
Magnet, based on the true story behind the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Love against Virginie, celebrates being able to love whoever you want. When the state of Virginia forces Mildred (Ruth Nega) and Richard (Joel Edgerton) Loving to leave their home to be an interracial married couple, their world is turned upside down. The couple are to stay in DC, where they are raising their three young children, until an ACLU attorney (Nick Kroll) is willing to take their case to the Supreme Court. Magnet exemplifies a quiet type of love: one that manifests in acts of service and a need to protect one another. Despite their fears, Mildred and Richard eventually win their case and can live out the rest of their time together in the house in Virginia that Richard has built.
Ellis and Tony from brooklyn
Ultimately, a coming-of-age story for Ellis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irishwoman who moved to New York, brooklyn depicts young love in its purest form. Ellis meets Tony (Emory Cohen) at a ball, and from there, against the poetic backdrop of 1950s New York, Tony shows Ellis parts of herself she didn’t seem to know existed. As she grapples with the choice between Tony and those who await her in Ireland, Ellis learns the importance of trusting the new life she has created for herself. With heartfelt performances from Ronan and Cohen, the vertigo of Ellis and Tony’s first romantic bliss marks brooklyn a must-watch before Valentine’s Day.
Juliet and Dawsey from Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society
Set in 1946, Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society (a film that deserves far more attention than it has received), focuses on Juliet (Lily James), a young London writer blown away by the bravery and camaraderie of a group of friends from the German-occupied island of Guernsey during World War II. Charming pig farmer and society member, Dawsey (Michael Huisman), begins a letter of correspondence with Juliette detailing the events they experienced under German rule, urging her to visit the island. Despite her engagement to a wealthy, fun-loving American, Juliet can’t help but fall in love with members of society, especially Dawsey. If the stories of society’s lovable misfits don’t weaken you, the palpable chemistry between James and Huisman will.
Kumail and Emily from The big sick
Based on the true story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, The big sick combines humor and honesty to tell the story of the health scare that brought the couple together. When Kumail and Emily (Zoe Kazan) are falling out after only a few months of dating, it looks like things are done for good. But when Emily is in a coma from an illness, Kumail spends most of the time by her side and by her side. As Emily lies unconscious, Kumail realizes that she means more to him than he thought. Despite Kumail’s family’s objections to an unarranged relationship with a non-Pakistani woman, the two make amends after Emily recovers. The big sick details a modern romance, with realistic obstacles and expectations, and a willingness to make things work even when family and dreams get in the way.
Johnny and Ghoerghe from God’s country
Johnny (Josh O’Connor), a discouraged Yorkshire farmer living with his father and grandmother, drinks his troubles and avoids a meaningful connection until Romanian migrant Ghoerghe (Alec Secareau) comes to work on his father’s farm. Johnny’s outlook on life changes and his fears of intimacy are overcome as the two spend time together in the vast Yorkshire countryside. A deeper, more refreshing take on gay love than Brokeback Mountain, God’s country suggests that the love between two men is just as natural as nature and the animals that Johnny and Ghoerghe are surrounded by. Ghoerghe brings happiness into Johnny’s life, which ultimately makes him a better person, and creates a love story that’s sure to rekindle the spark in your belly urging you to give love – and the movies – another chance. romantics.
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