Romance in movies gets a bad rep nowadays. After so many rom-coms, forced chemistry and predictable happy endings, the representation of love no longer seems based on reality.
While I try to stay away from the romantic comedies that bring nothing new to the table, there have been some incredible movie romances throughout history that have taught me some valid lessons about what it is to truly love someone. Some are about letting go of fear and following your heart while others are more about loving yourself more. Maybe you didn’t get the same message I did when watching these movies. After all, love is subjective. For better or for worse, these are ten love lessons I have learned over the years from some of my favorite movie couples of all time:
1- Clementine and Joe | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
It’s important that the person you love knows your worst side and you know theirs. Be with someone who will accept your weirdness and your darkness and loves you anyway.
2- Bob and Charlotte|Lost in Translation
Not all love is meant for marriage or to last a lifetime, but that does not mean it wasn’t real.
3- Celine and Jesse |The Before Trilogy
Be with someone you can talk to about anything, someone you can have great conversations with.
4- Noah and Allie |The Notebook
Love is for better or worse, through the pain and suffering of your significant other.
5- June and Johnny |Walk the Line
Just because you love someone doesn’t mean they are good for you. Learn when to walk away and when it’s worth staying.
6- Forrest and Jenny |Forrest Gump
Love is unconditional. It’s not about what the person makes you feel or what they do for you. It’s about being there for them when they need you without expecting anything in return.
7- Flor and John |Spanglish
You have a choice. Love is not a crazy passion you are obligated to follow. Choosing to be true to your principles is just as important.
8- Carrie and Big |Sex and the City
There is no guarantee the one you love won’t hurt you. People make mistakes. It is up to you to forgive or move on. What people think doesn't matter. You make your own rules in your relationship.
9- Rick and Ilsa |Casablanca
Sometimes you have to let go of what you want and follow your responsibilities or your duty, even if it means saying good bye to the one you love.
10- Gomez and Morticia |The Addams Family
Love passionately. Don’t settle for anyone who isn’t absolutely mad about you and work to maintain that fire.
Who is your favorite movie or TV couple of all time?
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