TOP TEN ROMANTIC INDIE MOVIES
Are you in the mood for some light hearted yet meaningful stories about love and romance? If you are a fan of independent movies or are thinking of foraying into this genre of movies, we have the perfect list for the 10 best romantic indie movies that our team has compiled. These are movies that we recommend for a lovely weekend watch, with or without your loved one and it’s sure to fill you with a warm fuzzy feeling. So let’s get started:
- Submarine (2010):
15 year old Oliver has great struggles in life which include being popular at school, keeping his parent’s marriage steady when his mother’s ex-boyfriend moves next door and handling his own passions when it comes to the fiery Jordana, who’s taken an interest in him. This movie will stay in your mind for all its little quirks, old-towney retro locations that feel almost nostalgic, awkwardly cute performances and a very stirring music score by Artic Monkey’s Alex Turner. Catch this super sweet film for some light hearted fuzzy.
2. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004):
Watch Jim Carrey be absolutely adorable when he plays Joel, a simple guy falling for the enigmatic Clementine, played effortlessly by Kate Winslet. The story shows him opting for a memory remover that will erase all his memories with Clementine after they break up, but it’s only then that he starts to realize what he’ll be losing on. The movie goes back and forth often blurring lines between reality and Joel’s memories but it’s sure to give you a warm experience as you go along on this weird journey.
3. Lars and the Real Girl (2007):
Lars, played by Ryan Gosling, is a delusional anti-social young man living in the converted garage of his brother and sister in law’s house. So it comes as a huge surprise when he announces he’s met his dream girl Bianca via the internet and she’s coming to live with him. The movie becomes incredibly poignant when the entire town turns up in support of Lars and his rather unusual decision. Watch this movie to fall in love with Mr. Gosling all over again. It’s the perfect movie when you want to watch something light yet meaningful.
4. Before Sunrise (1995):
This movie is a classic when it comes to romantic indie movies, and for all the right reasons! The movie starts when two strangers meet on a train in Europe, and have a day to spend in Vienna. But what will happen when the next day comes and they will have to part? This movie feels amazingly real and the lead characters played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy only add to its charm. The sequels, Before Sunset and Before Midnight are equally superb. Simple and clean performances, this movie is a must watch for all the romantics out there.
Juno played by Ellen Page, is an independent minded teenager that has to go through the ordeal of an unplanned pregnancy and its aftermath. This movie spans across four seasons that go along with Juno and her decision to give her baby up for adoption to an upscale childless couple. And did you know this movie was shot in just 31 days! A recommended watch for a lazy weekend afternoon.
6. 500 Days Of Summer (2009):
When Tom, played by puppy eyed Joseph Gordon Levitt, is devastated after a failed relationship with Summer, played by cute-as-a-button Zooey Deschanel, he makes up his mind to do everything he can to get her back. The story is told in a nonlinear narrative that keeps it interesting while not becoming too chaotic. The movie looks at modern relationships and how love and companionship can often be confused with each other. This is a very heartwarming movie that will take you on journey filled with love, pain and confusion with the quirkiest looking couple in town.
7. Falling Overnight (2011):
What happens when you find the girl of your dreams the night before your tumor removal surgery? Elliot Carson’s path crosses with Chloe’s one day and she takes him on an unexpected journey filled with love and friendship. But will this magic last or will reality devastate their happy little world. This movie is told very simply but the lead characters are assured to steal your heart away.
8. Seeking A Friend For the End Of The World (2012):
An asteroid is going to hit earth in a few days’ time and destroy the world as we know it. Amidst this chaos, Dodge (Steve Carell) decides to go on a road trip to meet his high school sweet heart one last time. But along with him joins his neighbor Penny (Kiera Knightly) and puts a dent in his plans. Considering the plot deals with a subject such as the end of the world, it’s still a moving tale without all the drudgery. Dealing with what is important in life and how the last few days need not be filled with grief, this movie is sure to lift your spirits.
9. Dear Frankie (2004):
Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) replies to her son’s letters in the guise of his father. But what happens when deaf and mute Frankie (Jack McElhone) demands to meet his father and there is no way out. Lizzie is forced to hire a stranger to fulfill her son’s wish and what happens next is a touching tale of love and sacrifice. This little tale is soul wrenching and will leave you with a heavy heart and warm contentment. Watch it with a loved one or family for a cozier experience.
10. Her (2013):
Set in futuristic Los Angeles, a lonely introverted writer played by Joaquin Phoenix, is attracted to the voice of the O.S that helps him with his work. A riveting tale about what it means to be in love and the loneliness surrounding us despite a plethora of options for interaction. Did you know most of the city backgrounds, especially the ones featuring skyscrapers, are actually filmed in Shanghai? There are even Chinese signs if you look carefully! In either case, this movie is a must watch.