Here are some films that will tug at your heartstrings and add to our unrealistic Hollywood-induced expectations.
The Notebook (2004)
True, taken out of context (or even discussed further than ˜but Ryan Gosling’s such a babe!’), this movie can easily be considered the worst. However, reality aside, the heart-wrenching, tear-filled story of Noah and Allie is the perfect counterpart to eating chocolate and curling up on the couch “ just don’t ask why neither of them chose to communicate like adults.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
If you didn’t spend your teen years quoting Shakespeare out of context and vying for guys in loose-fitting Hawaiian shirts, you’ve not only done a disservice to pop culture, but a disservice to your heart. The most tragic of all sagas, provided you forgot that they were teenagers with terrible timing; this movie likely shaped you in more ways than you’ll ever know. (At least in terms of Halloween costumes and long term feelings for Leonardo DiCaprio.)
Humphrey, Ingrid, the piano: nothing else matters when the love of one’s life boards a plane with a boring rich guy and leaves the person she’s meant to be with behind. (Sob.) Classic lines, well-fitted trench coats and the most famous lines in the history of cinema, most love stories now pale in comparison “ especially since they lack a certain, handsome, heavy-drinking Bogart.
Annie Hall (1977)
Now, before you hold your hands up in protest, remember this: Woody Allen knows relationships (provided they’re not his own), and if you’re in for a dose of reality, you can truly appreciate the Woody/Diane dynamic that’s successfully articulated most of our pivotal romance-related neuroses. After all, sometimes great relationships just don’t work out, and you fall out of love: and maybe that’s the greatest tragedy of all.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
While this movie may have forever damaged platonic male/female relationships (since we all secretly think they’ll evolve into decade-spanning love stories), it’s still impossible to resist the charms of Billy and Meg. Humour, conversation and the best I love you confession since, well, any movie released before it, Nancy Meyers proves that while drama breaks hearts, there are few things that beat reality.