Bridget Jones’ Diary is a modern adaptation
of Jane Austen's famous novel Pride & Prejudice. Many adaptations were made
in the 2000s, but it was not as successful as this movie. Bridget Jones’s Diary
stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, a woman caught in a love triangle between the
dashing Daniel, played by Hugh Grant, and the seemingly disinterested Mr.
Darcy, played by Colin Firth (who played Mr. Darcy in a straightforward Pride
and Prejudice adaptation six years prior).
9. Before Sunset (2004)
A follow-up to
1995’s Before Sunrise, it catches up with Ethan Hawke’s Jesse
and Julie Delpy’s Celine nine years later for more walking, talking, and
romance. Written by the cast with their director, it feels like it emerged
organically instead of being forced into existence. And it’s warm, witty, and
real when dealing with affairs of the heart, for good and ill. In 2013, another
episode of the Before franchise, Before Midnight, also premiered.
8. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Set in Italy in the summer of 1983, the
film focuses on the relationship between the 17-year-old Elio played by
Timothée Chalemet and the 24-year-old American graduate student Oliver played
by Armie Hammer, who came to Italy to do research alongside his father, a
university professor. During their summer together, Elio discovers his feelings
for Oliver while getting to know himself.
7. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Jon M. Chu’s charming and funny adaptation
of Kevin Kwan’s novel stars Constance Wu as Rachel, a Chinese-American
professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family in Singapore, only to
discover they’re astonishingly wealthy. And so, begins a familiar tale of class
conflict, as a young woman from a working-class upbringing suddenly gets
immersed in fabulous privilege and glorious excess. Not to mention the constant
leers of disapproval.
6. What If?(2014)
Wallace, played by Daniel Radcliffe, is in
a mess with both his love and personal life. He broke up with his girlfriend
and dropped out of medical school. Just when he decides to put his love life on
hold, he meets Chantry, played by Zoe Kazan. The two have an instant spark, but
unfortunately for Wallace, Chantry already has a boyfriend.
5. Deadpool (2016)
Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as a mercenary
who finds the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), a hilarious,
sensitive, intelligent, and sensual partner who makes his life worth living. But
when he finds out he’s dying of cancer, he flees to spare her the horror of
watching him die, and he runs headlong into a secret government program that
tortures him ruthlessly, in the hopes it will cure him and restore his
life. Yes, we know it’s a superhero
movie with lots of action and violence but we want to mention that it’s also
the story of a man whose insecurity nearly robs him of the relationship he
4. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Netflix is seriously investing in romantic
comedies, and it seems that it works. Always Be My Maybe starring Ali Wong and
Randall Park, also written by Park with a little help, is a more traditional
romantic comedy. It’s also really funny, tying together two childhood friends
who end up growing apart as teenagers only to reconnect as adults. And the
story begins and Keanu Reeves’ cameo made it a bit funnier.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
99% of romance
films would be better off with a few kung fu fights and bass guitar battles,
and Edgar Wright’s hyper-stylized graphic novel adaptation is packed with them.
The titular Canadian slacker literally fights
off the past lovers of new sweetheart Ramona Flowers, facing her seven evil
exes in Street Fighter-inspired brawls.
2. The Notebook (2004)
mark of Nicholas Sparks adaptations, this sweeping weepie aims firmly for the
tear-ducts. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are
the young lovers separated through the years by prejudice, World War II, and
eventually dementia in a film meticulously designed to leave viewers drowning
in a pool of their own tears.
1. Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love may forever be a part of pop culture history thanks to Ryan
Gosling’s shirtless scene and “Hey Girl” meme, but it’s also a good romantic movie.
This particular rom-com has an all-star ensemble cast: Ryan Gosling, Steve
Carell, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, and Julianne Moore. It also has
one of the most unexpected and refreshing climaxes in a movie in the last