29 Romantic Movies That Ring True

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2009 2:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Romantic movies are often hard to believe, but every once in a while one makes love—or heartbreak—ring true. The Onion runs down 29 films that won’t leave you groaning.

  • Say Anything: John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler, a "kind, decent kid," meets cute Ione Skye in a perfect movie about the "exhilaration of falling in love for the first time."
  • Romeo and Juliet: Franco Zeffirelli's classic staging of the play ramps up the "heated sexual element" of teenage lust to a fever pitch.

  • Roman Holiday: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Rome, getting to know each other, is "profoundly charming," but also undeniably real.
  • Brokeback Mountain: The homosexuality between Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal is no big deal; it's more that the time they spend together is "so sacred and rare that it’s almost unreal."
  • Punch Drunk Love: What can you say about a movie where lines like "'I want to scoop out your eyes and I want to eat them' become tender and believable?"
  • Annie Hall: Woody Allen's epic of a failed relationship has more bitterness than joy, but "keeps suggesting that love is worth any chance of eventual heartbreak."
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