Pop-culture always has a craving for romantic movies. Romance is the most famous genre of films perhaps. Right from it's inception till date, romantic movies enjoy a favourable 'evergreen' status. Unfortunately, over the years, the quality of films made in this category has gone down. This list takes a look at some of the better romantic movies made in the 21st century.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a French Romantic movie directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The film extends over the life of Adele-starting from her high school days to her days as a nursery teacher. The film provides an interesting take on female sexuality. The film is a painful yet beautiful love story at it's core though it speaks of a lot about other things as well. The movie is unmistakenly real-at times you forget you are watching a movie and you get inside its complexities. The film is about love, the anxieties that come with it and the separation that awaits it. The film speaks of lesbian sexuality and it's intricacies. Most of the shots in the movie are zoomed in to give perfect detailing of the characters- to capture every emotion and every expression that entails it. The audience feels so close to the characters because of this reason.
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Sunset, directed by Richard Linklater is one of the finest romantic movies you'd ever see. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in the lead roles. The film takes off from where it's prequel 'Before Sunrise' has left-the duo has spent a passionate night together in Vienna. It's a simple yet intriguing take on love and the emotional aspects that come with it. More importantly, the movie focuses on separation, longing and the 'other side' of all the missed chances and opportunities in life. The movie is not just a romantic one-it offers us insights on matters of love and also offers a lot of reflection. It gives us the list of changes we would have made had we the second choice in our life- it makes us question all the choices we made in our life.
La La Land (2016)
La La Land is a musical-romantic drama directed by Damien Chazelle. Ryan Gosling stars as a jazz pianist alongside Emma Stone, who plays an aspiring actress. They meet and fall in love while following their dreams. The love story, with perfect doses of music, is something each one of us can relate to. The movie is an amazing story of aspirations in a world where success is one's truest friend and also the worst enemy. The movie is a get back to old-school Hollywood musicals though it speaks very much a modern story.
Certified Copy (2010)
Certified Copy is a 2010 art film made by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. The movie is majorly a French production and has French, English and Italian dialogues. The movie stars Julio Binoche and the British opera singer William Shimell. The film is highly original and spontaneous in nature- you don't get to see a movie like this every day. The idea on which the movie is made is riveting. We all pretend to be someone else in our lives depending on the situation and our desires. We make up vantage of reality around us, which could be real or not. It doesn't mean we stop being original, does it?? Watch the movie to find out whether we are just certified copies of ourselves most times in our lives.
In The Mood For Love (2000)
This is probably the best romantic movie in the list. It's a Hong Kong drama produced and directed by Wong Kar-Wai. It tells the story of 2 people, a man and a woman whose partners are in a secret affair. Gradually, they themselves find a relationship developing among each other. The film has breathtaking shots- the imagery used in the movie is mesmerizing. Another important factor in the film is the omnipotent background score- it pierces into you and places you inside the cinema. The movie leaves a lot of love underneath the surface-to completely understand it, it takes multiple viewings. The film questions the role of marriage. It advocates the significance of intimacy that develops spontaneously between two individuals out of nowhere.