It is always a challenge to bring unconventional romantic films to the big screen. This is likely because not everyone is ready to depart from those movies based on Nicholas Sparks‘s novels or those starring Jennifer Aniston, which all have have predictable plots and two-dimensional characters. But before The Notebook and He’s Just Not That into You, cult romance movies like True Romance were the thing. And here’s why.
Love, as many of us already know, is a remotely vast topic. And it’s a challenge to try to tackle everything that comes with it through an hour-long feature. But the cult romance movies you will find on this list, old and recent releases alike, not only challenged the standard rom-com and drama genres but also managed to carve an everlasting impact on audiences with the stories they tell. So without further ado, check out the top cult romance movies that you definitely need to see brought to you by Explore Talent.
Cult Romance Movies to Watch Before You Die
1. Harold and Maude (1971)
This 1971 dark comedy is a cult favorite. Harold (Bud Cort) is a young boy obsessed with the idea of death. As fate would have it, he runs into free-spirited geriatric Maude (Ruth Gordon) at a funeral. The two form a close bond, which later develops into an unconventional romance, much to the dismay of his family and friends.
Don’t let the May-December romance scare you from watching this movie as the humor and Maude’s heartwarming penchant for life makes the film truly worth your time.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind succeeds in delivering one of the most heartbreaking and thought-provoking stories of all time. Its ensemble cast includes the talented Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet like you’ve never seen them before.
The premise alone is enough to lure you in: what if we could completely forget the people who broke us? A fictional company in the film offers such services. The catch is that the person who undergoes the treatment will have to relive all their moments in reverse. Smart, imaginative, and a certified tearjerker, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is definitely one of the best cult romance films of all time.
3. The Lobster (2015)
Sticking to the sci-fi theme is the 2015 Cannes favorite The Lobster. Imagine having to live in a dystopian world where loneliness could literally turn you into an animal? It may sound absurd, but that is exactly what the film is all about. Colin Farrell plays a man who has 45 days to find a partner, but he chooses to escape from the system instead.
The Lobster is a perfect film for those who are not in a rush to find a relationship. Both Farrell and co-star Rachel Weisz are both incredible in this film, which went on to win the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
4. Pretty in Pink (1986)
Molly Ringwald will always be the queen of teenage rom-coms. The actress plays the role of Andie Walsh, a teen from “the wrong side of the tracks.” In true teen movie fashion, there’s an upcoming prom, a best friend who is secretly in love with the film’s heroine, and a reformed bad boy. Pretty in Pink also boasts one of the best soundtracks in movie history, and it happens to include a sax-heavy version of the title song by The Psychedelic Furs.
5. True Romance (1993)
There won’t be a list of cult romance movies without Quentin Tarantino‘s black comedy True Romance. The movie stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as one of the most iconic crime duos since Bonnie and Clyde.
From the talented cast to Tarantino’s witty script, almost everything about True Romance makes it worth the watch. The movie was also ranked the 157th greatest film of all time by Empire.