It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day can be unlikeable for many people. If you aren’t in a relationship, it seems as if the holiday is pointless. On the other hand, a lot of people enjoy the celebration of love and the feelings it evokes. The consensus is certainly up in the air. Rom-coms can be cheesy and overplayed, but that’s not to say people don’t enjoy a good love story. With that in mind, here are some non-traditional love stories that are in better taste than the run-of-the-mill rom-com:
Good Will Hunting
This is a perfect feel-good movie. The story centers around Will (Matt Damon), a custodian at M.I.T that is gifted in mathematics. As he tries to navigate life and make it out of his hometown of Boston, the love story aspect is shoved to the back burner. In its place, Will embarks on a journey of self-discovery. It’s a great movie to watch if you want something uplifting to get you out of a slump.
10 Things I Hate About You
This is an ageless, all-time 90s classic. The movie accurately details the confusing journey of finding love in high school without being too cliche or tongue-in-cheek. The innocence of the film is key to the film’s aesthetic. It’s just cheesy enough to laugh at, but not unbearable. If you want a rom-com that won’t make your eyes roll, this movie is for you.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This is a story centered on heartbreak and confusion surrounding the end of a relationship. Initially, viewers may not find the film’s characters lovable, but as the plot progresses, viewers will fall in love with the playful nature of the actors and root for the love they once shared. It’s a story of love and toxicity. This film is sure to make you forget your lovesickness.
Little Women (2019)
Another timeless love story, this remake will warm your heart. The acting is impeccable and the actors are incredibly loveable. They portray the classic characters in such a familiar and warm light that it becomes impossible not to feel enveloped in the story. This movie perfectly encapsulates nostalgia and creates a cherishable viewing experience for any viewer.
Love Story (1970)
This bittersweet film walks viewers through the journey of two people that are not at all similar, but who find a way to love each other through their differences. A certain admirable aura fills the movie, making it that much more enjoyable to watch. The film surrounds viewers with a sense of warmth and it will make you want to romanticize your college experience. If you do watch this movie, bring tissues: it’s sure to make you tear up.
The Graduate (1967)
This is another classic that perfectly encapsulates the time period. The film’s nostalgic atmosphere is created through different settings and costume designs, and paired with an era-appropriate soundtrack featuring Simon & Garfunkel. The overall love story is shrouded by the confusing love affair between Ben (Dustin Hoffman) and Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), but the film ultimately has a very fulfilling ending.
A Knight’s Tale
The plot in this film doesn’t necessarily follow a traditional love story. It tells the story of a peasant who passes as a knight so he can duel in his master’s place; this story conveys the feelings that are necessary in any love story. This is by far one of Heath Ledger’s best roles and the story is sure to entertain viewers and make many hearts warm with happy thoughts.
Call Me By Your Name
This film centers itself on the purest and most innocent form of love. The innocence of Elio (Timotheé Chalamet) is portrayed through his uncorrupted adoration of Oliver (Armie Hammer). The movie itself reminds of a cool summer breeze and vacation, things that bring about happiness for most. The overall feeling that is evoked throughout the film is warmth and happiness. This movie is perfect if you're in a winter slump, especially one laid on by heartbreak.
La La Land
La La Land is the quintessential modern love story. A shared love of music creates a close bond between the two main characters, fueling the overall story. A great movie for music lovers, this is a classic love story that goes beyond all understanding.
Romeo & Juliet (1996)
This is an era-defining film. Similar to 10 Things I Hate About You, this film has the charisma of the '90s that is playful and auspicious, yet it's more serious in nature. The overall love story is nothing new, but the way it’s told is quite refreshing. The film is sure to send you back to a time in life before everything felt complicated.