‘Love’ has been the most commonly represented human emotion in all forms of art since the dawn of time. There is no single, universally acknowledged definition for the emotion of love despite every other piece of music, film, novel or lyric dealing with love as its fundamental premise. That’s probably why people are drawn to it in the first place – it’s like a difficult mathematical calculation. Because of its unpredictability, love is one of the most beautiful things in the world. The initial release of Oxycontin can be triggered by a wide range of inclinations, from sexual to emotional to comfort-seeking.
Maintaining the modernist attitude that love doesn’t have to be eternal, I risk insulting the “Romantics,” while taking a rigorous stand of “love at first sight,” “until death do us part,” will allow the derision of the more pragmatic thinkers. Furthermore, romantic love adds a further layer of complexity to what is already a confusing emotion. This technique has been used by Hollywood studios since their creation to make blockbuster films about unrequited love and its eventual reciprocation. ‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘Casablanca,’ and ‘Titanic’ are some of the best-known and highest-grossing American films.
Art after the ‘Industrial Revolution’ developed a more pragmatic, rational idea of love instead of the ‘romantic’ acceptance of the ‘love at first sight’ occurrence. As the globe entered a period of greater calculating understanding, the definition of love changed along with the times as well. Love was no longer an impulse, but rather an intentional decision made by the beholder of the object of one’s affection. Love blossomed more often than not when there was a relationship or acquaintance between participants.
Almost immediately, this modernized portrayal of love in the 20th century found its way into the new art form of the moment, cinema.. In the second part of the 20th century, several legendary love films were built on the notion of two friends falling in love, and they have proven to be an important formulaic addition to the romantic comedy genre. Having said that, here is a list of some of the best romantic movies in which best friends fall in love. These movies are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
15. Reality Bites (1994)
From ‘Edward Scissorhands’ to ‘Stranger Things,’ Winona Ryder has always been a treat to see on television. In ‘Reality Bites,’ she reprises her role as aspiring filmmaker Lelaine. Although the film received negative reviews upon its release, it has since become an enduring cult classic for its accurate portrayal of the early 1990s grunge era, as well as its discussion of socially important subjects including class, sexuality, and the spiritual awakenings of the youth.
Ethan Hawke (Troy Dryer) and Winona Ryder (Lelaine Pierce) star in the film, which tells the narrative of four friends who recently graduated from college in Houston, Texas, and embody the lost youth of contemporary America. Troy and Lelaine, despite their initial attraction, go through the motions of life before discovering the importance of each other in their individual lives. For the New York Times, Caryn James wrote: “Like the age it represents so appealingly, it doesn’t see any use in getting all bent out of shape and overambitious…. It’s a wonderful party animal, but it also knows how to have a good time. This is a wonderful picture that can be enjoyed again and again after a few initial viewings to connect with its characters. First-time filmmaker Ben Stiller and writer Helen Childress deserve a shout-out for their poignant portrayal of the early 1990s zeitgeist.
14. Juno (2007)
‘Juno’ is an Academy Award-winning, American independent coming-of-age teen comedy film that deals with the ever-present topic of teenage pregnancy. It was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman. Featuring a stellar cast including Ellen Page and Michael Cera, Juno MacGuff, a 16-year-old girl from Minnesota, discovers she is pregnant by her longtime lover Paulie Bleeker, whom she has known for years (Michael Cera). As a result, Juno decides to go through with her pregnancy and give up her child for adoption, despite initially considering an abortion. As Juno’s labor is juxtaposed with Bleeker’s final acceptance of love, the film’s crescendo is shown.
13. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Adam Brooks wrote and directed ‘Definitely, Maybe’, a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film. The film depicts the lives of an idealistic political consultant (Ryan Reynolds) in dialogue with his eleven-year-old daughter Maya, who recently attended her first sex-education class, resulting in an uplift of hitherto unknown questions in her mind.
In the midst of divorce proceedings, 38-year-old Will Hayes must now explain this to his daughter. By changing the names of the ladies he met, he tells his daughter the story of his own love life, which forms the film’s primary plot points. She accurately guessed that “Emily” in the narrative relates to her mother, and she also learned that she father is in love with another character named April during the course of reading the book. In the film’s climax, Maya helps her father come to terms with his feelings for April, resulting in a ‘happily ever after’ ending.
12. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
‘Pulp Fiction’ star Eric Stoltz played the artistic school outcast Keith Nelson who fell head over heels in love with his tomboyish childhood pal before he discovered the ‘little black medical book’ in the film. “Some Kind of Wonderful” was included on this list due of its strong 80s influence, which is the only reason it made the cut. It’s one of John Hughes’ most popular 1980s teen dramas, and it’s packed with every cliche in the book. Even yet, the movie never loses its appeal and quickly becomes a favorite of casual audiences.. It’s the perfect movie to rent on a Saturday afternoon!
11. Jab We Met (2007)
His second film, ‘Jab We Met,” is full of life thanks to Kareena Kapoor’s dazzling performance as the vivacious Punjabi girl ‘Geet’. Since then, the persona ‘Geet’ and the phrases he delivers have become ingrained in popular culture. Geet has been named as one of the most popular Hindi film characters of all time by Rediff users, according to reports. Leap Year, the 2010 Hollywood picture that claims to have been influenced by the film, denies this allegation. When Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor were cast in the lead parts of Aditya, their careers were elevated to new heights.
10. Friends With Benefits (2011)
‘Friends with Benefits,’ a romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, is exactly what it sounds like. The film’s plot, despite being somewhat predictable throughout, is kept intriguing by the vivid and dare I say, seductive, performances by Timberlake and Kunis. “Friends with Benefits” is a visually appealing film that is ideal for a date night with your significant other. It was a huge success when it was released, bringing in a total of 150 million dollars at the box office.
9. Jules et Jim (1962)
This is a prize for those of you who have worked hard enough! Like the concept of love itself, the storyline, emotions and relationship dynamics of ‘Jules Et Jim’ are hazy. ‘Jules Et Jim’, a film directed by Francois Truffaut, the first boy of the ‘French New Wave,’ tells the adventures of Jim (Henri Sierre), a French bohemian, and his American friend Jules (Oskar Werner), and the love triangle they make with Jules’ girlfriend and ultimately wife, Catherine (Jeanne Moureau). Films such as Vanilla Sky (2011), Amelie (2001), and The Nostradamus Kid (1992) have all referenced ‘Jules et Jim’; the pacy energy in Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker’s cut of Goodfellas is attributed to the influence of the film. It’s also supposedly Stephen Hawking’s favorite film, according to reports!
8. Forrest Gump (1994)
‘Forrest Gump’ didn’t make the cut for me since I didn’t like his love interest, ‘Jenny,’ enough. However, the focus of the show is not on whether or not I like her; it is all about Forrest. Forrest Gump, based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel of the same name, has won several Academy Awards for its unique narrative of a slow-witted, kind-hearted Forrest. Tom Hanks’ best performance is like a Mozart sonata, calming and comforting. Although he has grown apart from ‘Jenny’ over the years, Forrest still has a soft spot in his heart for her. Jenny is Forrest’s only love interest, albeit one-sided, and a continuous companion who appears and disappears as he progresses through life. A must-see if you haven’t seen it yet!
7. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Luca Gudagnino’s ‘Call me by Your Name’ is a 2017 comic-of-age romantic drama film that serves as the third installment of his ‘Desire’ trilogy, following ‘I am Love (2009) and ‘A Bigger Splash’ (2012). (2015). Elio Perlman (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver (Arnie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate student assistant to Elio’s father, a professor of archaeology, form a romantic relationship in the film. The 35mm picture was shot in Crema (Lombardi), a gorgeous town, and the film’s breezy editing further enhances the film’s spectacular visuals. Three tracks by American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens were selected by Guadagnino for the film’s soundtrack.
6. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
As a child of the 90s Indian generation, I grew up watching Shah Rukh Khan’s movies, hence I decided to include Kal Ho Naa Ho in the list. ‘KNKH’ gets a lot of things right about love and grief, even as it plays to the melodramatic Indian audience and often succumbs to the same. Naina (Preity Zinta) is an MBA student who falls in love with her neighbor Aman (Shah Rukh Khan), only to discover that he is dying of a fatal disease. For Naina, Aman’s final wish was to help her find love for herself in Rohit, a mutual acquaintance (Saif Ali Khan). An excellent cinematic experience is provided by the film, which smoothly blends humor and drama, with just the appropriate amount of ‘Bollywood’ tropes.
5. Fight Club (1999)
This is the list’s final wildcard entry. “Fight Club,” a 1999 cult masterpiece directed by David Fincher, doesn’t fit well into any one category. Edward Norton and Marla Singer have a unique dynamic in this film that makes it a worthy addition to this list of best movies (Helena Bonham Carter). In spite of the film’s anarcho-nihilist plot, the love (or hatred) between Carter and Norton binds it together. ‘Mischief, mayhem, chaos’ ensues as a result of their unstable personalities coming into close proximity.
4. Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (1965)
“Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors,” Sergei Parajanov’s first directorial effort, is based on the famous Ukrainian novel by Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky. To date, it has been hailed as one of the best depictions of pre-industrial Ukrainian culture by worldwide film critics. The story is set in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains in the Hutsul village of Ivan, a young guy. Throughout his life, Ivan is haunted by the death of his childhood friend Marichka. By taking us on a journey that is both remote and timeless, Parajanov proves once again that love and loss are both eternal. We all have a little bit of Ivan and Marichka lurking somewhere within us, no matter how different our backgrounds or timeframes are.
3. Harold and Maude (1971)
There are few films as well-known as Harold and Maude in the world of cult film pairings. Harold and Maude, a romantic comedy by Hal Ashby, has a cult following and is included on Roger Ebert’s exclusive yet eccentric list of outstanding movies he didn’t like (‘The Usual Suspects’ is another). Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) is a melancholy, young man who has a strange relationship with a 79-year-old woman, Maude, who thinks that life should be lived to the utmost extent possible. The result is a heartwarming, yet slightly melancholy, filmic portrait of a one-of-a-kind friendship.
2. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Please accept my apologies if my selections seem skewed toward ‘Bollywood.’ If you’re a kid in India in the ’90s, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie about two closest friends who fall in love. For Indians, “Pyaar Dosti Hai” has the same ring to it as the phrase “Frankly, my darling, I couldn’t care less.” “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” the most famous love triangle in Hindi cinema, stars Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and Kajol, and it has a special place in my heart, as well as the hearts of millions of other “Bollywood” fans around the world.
1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
What else is there to say? This had to be the last item on the list, as the more astute among you have probably already deduced. ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ directed by Rob Reiner, is a seminal film in the history of American rom-coms. A twelve-year journey through New York City is chronicled through the eyes of the titular characters, who first meet moments before embarking on a long-distance road trip. Roger Ebert dubbed Rob Reiner “one of Hollywood’s very best directors of humor” in his review of this film. Because of the film’s enduring popularity, its screenwriter, Nora Ephron, still gets fan mail. Many romantic comedies, such as “A Lot Like Love,” “Hum Tum,” and “Definitely, Maybe,” were inspired by it (on the list).