10 Movie Love Stories Women & Men Can Enjoy

Published 6 months ago by , Updated February 17th, 2014 at 10:38 pm,

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The Princess Bride

Men and Women Love Stories Princess Bride 10 Movie Love Stories Women & Men Can Enjoy

Rob Reiner’s genre-blending cult hit may not be the first film that comes to mind when you think of great movie love stories, but The Princess Bride cracked the American Film’s “100 Years, 100 Passions” list for a reason. The romance between Westley and Buttercup is only a single cog in this great wheel, but fighting for the noble cause of true love is ultimately what fuels this swashbuckling adventure to its riveting conclusion.

William Goldman’s screenplay is what makes The Princess Bride a treat for anyone to watch – not just couples. The movie has a witty comedic edge and several laugh-out-loud sequences, including “Chatty Duelists” and “Miracle Max.” Working as pure escapist entertainment, the film’s sense of fantasy and fun gives it a cross-generational appeal that many love stories wish it could have.

It’s a testament to The Princess Bride’s strength as a film (and not just a “love story”) that its most famous scene doesn’t even involve Westley or Buttercup. Inigo Montoya’s quest for revenge satisfies the cravings of action junkies by giving the movie another substantial plot line to follow. We may all want the two lovers to get together, but it’s also fun to root for the good-natured Inigo to accomplish his mission.

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Warm Bodies

Men and Women Love Stories Warm Bodies 10 Movie Love Stories Women & Men Can Enjoy

Set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, 50/50 director Jonathan Levine offers viewers an unusual spin on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet by using young lovers R and Julie as the catalysts for bringing two worlds together. Using deadpan humor and amusing performances, Levine draws the audience in from the film’s funny opening minutes and allows them to remain invested throughout this heartwarming tale.

In zombie films, the undead are usually the villains, but Warm Bodies is told from R’s perspective and paints him as a victim of his situation; someone who aspires for more, but is a little directionless. By saying things like he’s “conflicted” about feasting on human brains, it’s safe to root for R. Giving audiences a new riff on a classic trope, Nicholas Hoult’s well-meaning, kind-hearted character helps change our perception of the monsters and we want to see him “live” happily ever after.

Also adding to the film’s appeal is the extensive world building and mythos established. The inclusion of the Boneys not only adds an interesting component to an already fascinating film, it also gives the audience more reason to hope R succeeds since they exist as a warning for what our hero could become if he gives up all hope.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Men and Women Love Stories Scott Pilgrim 10 Movie Love Stories Women & Men Can Enjoy

Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation may not be a couple’s first pick for movie night, but the Ant-Man director crafted a film that’s certainly worth your time. With stunning visuals, self-referential humor, and great comedic performances, this story of one man’s battle against seven evil exes is sure to win over the hearts of all.

Usually, the only source of drama in a romantic movie is whether or not the would-be lovers will end up together. Scott Pilgrim ups the stakes in a major way by making our hero battle to the death against his beloved Ramona’s former partners. Not only does this make the film work as a terrific action movie, it also is an extreme way of illustrating how far someone will go for true love.

Wright’s directorial flair also makes this a worthwhile option since it is one of the more unique films ever made. The film’s world is designed like a video game (complete with graphics and experience points) and Wright uses this element to infuse some style in with the substance, making this tale of self-respect and romance a blast to watch.

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  1. I probably would have included Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the Genre Mixing category.

    • Good choice!

  2. No mention of GROSSE POINTE BLANK?!? How dare you, that’s the perfect date movie! It’s an action/chick flick!

  3. Back when we were still dating, my then-girlfriend and me went to see Sabrina ( the Harrison Ford version ).
    It was a rare movie where we didn’t argue afterwards.

  4. negative on the titanic. have not watched it and will not watch it.

  5. Not a fan of Jerry Maguire, or Sleepless in Seattle.
    Other love stories I enjoy:
    - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    - Her
    - Crazy Stupid Love

  6. Nope to Titanic, Scott Pilgrim or Silver Linings, for me.
    Shakespeare In Love I think could’ve got on the list.

  7. True Romance, anyone?

  8. Meet Joe Black

  9. High Fidelity
    (500) Days of Summer – despite the initial disclaimer “this is not a love story”

  10. The Rules of the Game

  11. Maybe not as well known, but 7 Pounds to me was a great balance with excellent story telling. It has mystery and intrigue right until the climax and honestly I haven’t met a guy or girl who left it dry eyed.

  12. Correction– the line from Sleepless in Seattle is, “Didn’t you see Fatal Attraction?” :)

  13. you forgot Fanboys

  14. I’m sure Ghost should be on this list..it is actually an enjoyable movie, even though it is a chick flick

  15. A Knight’s Tale
    10 Things I hate about you (sort of, maybe)

    You can’t deny Heath Ledger is always a win

  16. crazy, stupid, love, 10 things I hate About You and How to Lose A Guy in 10 days.

  17. I thought the Notebook, Love Actually, Noting Hill, and Edwards Scissorhands were pretty good. I even liked Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

  18. thanks for your efforts to upload ll these movies.

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