It’s an exciting time to fall in love and an incredible time to make movies about it, and that’s why this Valentine’s Day we’re taking a good, long look at all the wonderful, sappy, thrilling, tragic, feel good and erotic films so far this decade.
The best romance movies since 2010 are an impressively varied bunch, with action movies, horror movies, musicals, dramas, thrillers and films that are nearly impossible to quantify other than that they are, at their heart, about love.
(Jake Johnson also has his own terrific mini-rom-com as a B plot.) Duplass plays a guys who puts an ad in the paper searching for a partner to help him travel back in time.
Thanks to the title and the star (Ben Stiller), Greenberg was presented as a character portrait, but story-wise, it's a romantic comedy (as New Yorker's Richard Brody pointed out when it was released). Though the movie is about Lake Bell trying to make it in the male-dominated field of voice-over artists, there is a cute, awkward courtship between her and Demetri Martin. candidate who meets Abby (Jennifer Westfeldt, who also wrote the movie), an intuitive, free-spirited receptionist at the gym Messina signs up for. By starting with them married, the film is able to look at the relationship between marriage and love. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)A man with some issues starts dating an unusual woman, which his family and friends don't approve of at first.
Greta Gerwig perfectly plays a Greta Gerwig type, a romantic but somewhat-spacey young woman just trying to figure out what she should do with her life. Bell also directed the film and wrote the super-funny script that won her the Best Screenplay honor at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Ira & Abby (2006)Through many solid indie-film performances, Chris Messina had some practice for his romantic-comedy lead role on The Mindy Project. Eventually, they come around when they see how much the man has grown as a result of the relationship. No, an actual doll.) Lars and the Real Girl, which features what I still consider to be Ryan Gosling's best performance, is an honest, sweet movie, which plays Lars's love — well — real. Liberal Arts (2012)On How I Met Your Mother, Ted Mosby always seemed like the type of guy who thought himself a rom-com protagonist, so Josh Radnor was more than prepared to star in Liberal Arts (which he also wrote and directed).
The era of lily white romantic comedies about affluent yuppies finding each other is, largely, gone.
In its place are a wide variety of new and exploratory romance films – comedies, dramas and beyond – that seek to repackage old storytelling tropes or invent entirely new ones.