It’s that time of year where love becomes the talk of town. But we understand that not everyone fathoms overly mushy and clichéd romantic notions. So here’s a list of romantic movies that are out of the rom-com norm, where you and your other half can cuddle to this Valentine’s Day.
True Romance (1993)
This American romantic crime film stars Christian Slater as Clarence, a comic-book lover who meets an enticing prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette). He marries her, confronts her vicious pimp (Gary Oldman) and the couple embark on an off-road odyssey with $5 million worth of cocaine.
What you can learn from it: As long as the guy doesn’t hit the girl (or vice versa) then aggressive love can be pretty romantic (and outrageous).
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Boy meets boy, boy falls in love with boy but boys don’t get together. Ang Lee’s film adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s short story, of the same name, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as young cowboys named Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. With a ‘star-crossed lovers’ theme, the film portrays the complex romantic and sexual relationship between the two men.
What you can learn from it: Love isn’t and will never be easy, especially when factors of sexual preferences or social norms come to play.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Johnny Depp plays Edward Scissorhands, a weird robotic dude with scissors for hands. Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) welcomes him into her home and, despite initial fear, Edward later falls in love with Bogg’s beautiful daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). Though, love is not easy when you have a clearly unusual trait and the whole town ostracises you.
What you can learn from it: True love goes beyond physical appearance, on looking stares or freaky scissor-hands.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
This romantic science fiction film is about an estranged couple who undergo a procedure to have each other erased from their memories when their relationship turns sour. The film primarily takes place in Joel’s mind, and as he watches his memories of her slowly erasing, he realizes what they had to begin with.
What you can learn from it: This melancholic piece portrays that yes, arguments and differences can have detrimental effects of a relationship but they teach you to appreciate and learn from mistakes.
The Lake House (2006)
Kate Forster is a lonely doctor who is in the midst of leaving her lakeside home. She begins exchanging love letters with the house’s former resident, a frustrated architect named Alex Wyler, through the mailbox. They begin to develop an unusual relationship that defies the logic of time and place in this romantic fantasy.
What you can learn from it: When you live in a pretty lakeside house and realise that your mailbox happens to be a loophole of the logic of time, don’t run. This may be a chance for you to meet the love of your life…or to discover some time-travelling truth.