Narrowing down the best love stories in history, regardless of time period, may be a fruitless endeavour. Every movie has a romantic plotline in some form or another, after all. Whatever the genre, Hollywood can’t manage to tell a story that doesn’t have some sort of love in it, whether it’s a horror film, an action flick, or an old-fashioned romantic comedy.
Because of this, there is a lot of competition for the best romantic films of the 21st century.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
A love tale isn’t the only thing you’ll find in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Love and action are intertwined in this film. In addition, it’s a fantastic love story and an even better action film. In this martial arts film, Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-fat play as lovers who can’t be together because of a stroke of bad luck. Swordfights galore ensue when they come upon a young martial artist, played by Zhang Ziyi, who refuses to comply by the restrictions that had kept them apart.
A Merchant Ivory-esque film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon features a group of young people who, inevitably, make a mess of things by following their hearts. That Yuen Wo Ping’s incredible combat choreography unleashes such feelings only enhances Lee’s film. Love and war are danced out in magnificent harmony.
Love & Basketball (2000)
One of the best romantic comedies in recent memory, Gina Prince-directorial Bythewood’s debut surpasses the work of many seasoned professionals. Both Quincy and Monica, played by Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, had always dreamed of being professional basketball players. Even though they experience ups and downs in their love relationships, they always find a way back to one other no matter how far apart they are in their personal and professional endeavours.
In Love & Basketball, the romance never feels artificial or staged. Every character in this novel is well-drawn and richly textured, attracting and repelling one other in a way that never feels artificial. Lathan and Epps have a great chemistry on and off the court, and it’s evident in their performances on and off the court. There isn’t a false note in Gina Prince-film. Bythewood’s
Despite the fact that not everyone loves each other in the same way, very few romantic movies appear to be genuinely interested in actually exploring a lifestyle that involves sexual kink. The least we can say is that we have Steven Shainberg’s Secretary. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the role of a young lady who, via an unanticipated BDSM connection with her new boss, comes to the realisation that she is a submissive who longs for the perfect dominant figure in her life. Even James Spader, who plays her new lover, doesn’t appear to be completely at ease with who he is and what he truly desires. He is portrayed by James Spader.
A peculiar story about people looking for each other who have extremely precise requirements is told in the film Secretary. Their needs may be unique, but the ideal they have is shared by everyone: they want to find someone who loves them for who they are, who can give them what they require, and with whom they can enjoy each other’s company while also achieving their individual goals. That is not a dream that should be kept only for those who are repressed in terms of their sensual desires. The kinky are just as deserving of genuine love as anyone else, and Secretary is that uncommon love story. It acknowledges the fact that each person has their own set of requirements, and it weaves a charming tale that implies there is someone out there for everyone.
Before Sunset (2004)
Richard Linklater came back with his stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke to investigate what had become of Celine and Jesse in the nine years since the release of his captivating love story Before Sunrise, which had caused a stir when it was released. After having spent one lovely night together, during which they met and fell in love, and then parting ways, they would later see each other again for a few brief hours. Did they take their relationship to the next level when we weren’t looking? And if that’s not the case, is there any chance that they’ll get back together again, or will they just shrug off their gorgeous first film together as an innocent fling?
Before Sunset has this uncanny ability to make you feel both light on your feet and intense all at once. In front of the camera, Delpy and Hawke have the kind of connection that very few actors could ever hope to achieve; nevertheless, the amount of time they spend together is so limited, and they have nearly a decade’s worth of questions to answer to each other’s. The movie directed by Richard Linklater reminds us why we liked them and, possibly, why they should love one other. However, the solution to what happens next is not revealed until the very end of the movie, which may very well be the best finale to any romance story in this century. And who knows, maybe even the entire previous century.
The Holiday (2006)
When it comes to Nancy Meyers’s films, the lives of the bourgeoisie are often depicted as if they were from a fairy tale. After a string of disastrous romances, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet decide to move in with one other. As she settles into her new life in Los Angeles, Winslet begins to develop feelings for Jack Black’s character, a film composter, who plays a charming Golden Age of Hollywood scriptwriter. During this time, Diaz is living in Winslet’s posh, luxurious home with Jude Law, who is actually Winslet’s brother.
If the film’s title didn’t precisely frame it: this is an incredible holiday from everyday life, the excellence on exhibit in The Holiday would be questionable. The characters have the freedom to worry about their flaws without having to worry about anything more important than finances, for example, to divert them. You can’t help but feel happy for the cast because they are all so endearing. Just enjoy it, fall a little bit in love, and then regretfully return to your normal life. Similar to those ridiculous bills.
They Came Together (2014)
This type of romantic comedy isn’t done as often these days as it was in the 1990s, when it was a huge hit at the box office. Anyone who has seen movies like You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, and Notting Hill will recognise every gloriously hackneyed storytelling convention there is, and if they have the slightest sense of humour about it, David Wain’s brilliant parody They Came Together is just about the perfect comedy.
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler play as two people who, on the outside, have nothing in common but a love of “fiction literature,” which brings them together. But can their love be able to withstand artificial story lines, twee digressions, and strange characters? Is the city of New York going to have a personality of its own in the movie? To see Wain and his zany cast go through the motions in the craziest, most self-aware manner imaginable, you know the answers.
Despite this, the film They Came Together does not have a nasty or condescending tone to it at all. Only people who truly enjoy romantic comedies would understand all of these jokes about the genre’s shortcomings. A hilarious comic roast of the genre, Wain’s film makes fun of its flaws while still offering it a warm embrace at the conclusion.
Sleeping With Other People (2015)
In the 21st century alone, there haven’t been many terrific, wicked rom-coms, but Leslye Headland’s Sleeping With Other People stands out. They are two sexually hyperactive people who discover that their desires are harming their lives. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie play as Jake and Lainey. As a result, they have vowed never to have sex with each other, no matter how tempted they are. And they’re enraged, to say the least.
Sleeping With Other People features Sudeikis and Brie maintaining a simmering sexual chemistry throughout, and yes, we know what’s coming and yes, it’s only a matter of time. In spite of this, Headland’s spry writing and appealing sense of humour work wonders, and she regularly mines the solid set-up and delightful characters for laugh-out-loud comedy and true romance.
Southside With You (2016)
For those who enjoy romantic comedies, Richard Tanne’s intimate and compelling Southside With You is an excellent choice. Also, the fact that Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson’s first date is based on fact adds an extra layer of intrigue. It follows Tika Sumpter’s Robinson, a young lawyer who agrees to meet with the summer associate for a community meeting, as played by Obama’s supervisor. Hesitantly, she agrees to meet up early, but she has no intention of having an office romance.
As these two strong-willed men discuss their views on life, politics, and race, a bond begins to form between them in the course of the afternoon and early evening in Southside With You. It’s not a passionate love affair, and it’s not love at first sight. It’s a story of two people who, despite their differences, have huge ambitions and lofty goals who discover that they are capable of so much more. Only a few romance movies in recent memory have approached love and dating with the same assured maturity as Tanne’s film, no matter what the backdrop is.
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
In the exquisite love story Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a young man experiences his first real love, but it doesn’t last long. Elio, a young man whose father hires the dashing Oliver, played by Armie Hammer, as his research assistant for the summer, is portrayed by Timothée Chalamet in the film. Elio’s father is a scientist. It is a summer filled with wistful looks and the suspense of “will they or won’t they?” until it ultimately culminates in a fervent love affair that they won’t soon forget, even if fate has other plans for their future.
The movie “Call Me by Your Name” is a love letter to almost everything in the world. The music is seductive, and the cast has never been more ethereally captured on camera as they are in this picture, which takes place in a gorgeous Italian house that serves as the perfect location for a romantic drama.
Little Women (2019)
Aside from Greta Gerwig’s flawless adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about the March sisters, there have been numerous other outstanding adaptations of Little Women. Once again a group of young actresses, including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, and Timothée Chalamet, are taking us on a voyage through the late 19th century that is both romantic and pragmatic. Each character’s life and love stories are intertwined, with happy endings and heartbreaks, and the film is full of charismatic individuality. Little Women: The Movie is humorous, charming and sincere, just like the other Little Women films.
In contrast to the other film adaptations, which strictly follow the timeline of Alcott’s book, Gerwig cleverly reconfigures the plot, bringing romances that are usually pushed to their conclusion into the spotlight right away. Because of Gerwig’s cleverest change from Alcott’s novel, whether you’re an ardent romantic or if you dismiss the original novel’s finale as a feel-good artifice, you’ll find that the film’s characters’ paths feel unusually natural and satisfying.