Like many, I have a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. However, I don’t have a love-hate relationship with romance. And there’s all kinds of films I wind up watching and re-watching just because I love their (textually or subtextually) romantic content. They may not be great movies or deep movies, they may be comedies or action films, but something about the interpersonal relationships in these films never fails to get to me.
In fact, flipping channels and finding Romeo Must Die is what inspired this post. I love martial arts films and I love Jet Li, but it’s Han and Trish’s relationship that makes the film so memorable for me.
So, in no particular order, here are 10 films that hit the spot. (In two cases, the actors noted in parentheses are not those headlining the film but rather the ones whose onscreen relationship intrigues me.)
1. Terminator (1984, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn)
2. Chasing Liberty (2004, Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode)
3. Romeo Must Die (2000, Jet Li, Aaliyah)
4. The Replacement Killers (1998, Chow Yun Fat, Mira Sorvino)
5. Spaceballs (1987, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga)
6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992, Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry)
7. Stigmata (1999, Gabriel Byrne, Patricia Arquette)
8. Clueless (1995, Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd)
9. Can’t Hardly Wait (1998, Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose)
10. Saved! (2004, Macauley Culkin, Eva Amurri)