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10 Indie Romantic Dramas You Have to Watch

Sometimes popular movies are widely known at the cost of less popular, more masterful films. These romantic dramas deserve to be seen by more people than a random film geek out there- I'm that random film geek passing my archival prowess down to anyone who'll have it. Read further for a list that most probably will change your perspective on love, for the better or worse.


1. Your Name (2016)

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High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other.

2. A Moment to Remember (2004)

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A young couple’s love is tested when Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Away We Go (2009)

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Verona and Burt (John Krasinski) have moved to Colorado to be close to Burt’s parents but, with Veronica expecting their first child, Burt’s parents decide to move to Belgium, now leaving them in a place they hate and without a support structure in place. They set off on a whirlwind tour of of disparate locations where they have friends or relatives, sampling not only different cities and climates but also different families. Along the way they realize that the journey is less about discovering where they want to live and more about figuring out what type of parents they want to be.

4. Amélie (2001)

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At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story?

5. Love of my Life (2006)

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Ichiko and Eri are two beautiful Japanese university students who are in a lesbian relationship. Ichiko comes out to her father who tells her he is also gay and her mother was a lesbian. Her best friend is gay too, though he has a female who is after him. Their liaison is very intense, but Eri suggests a temporary separation so she can concentrate on her law studies. The break from their affair is difficult for Ichiko to deal with. But Eri soon sorts out her priorities.

6. Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

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Celeste and Jesse (Andy Samberg) met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding novelist; he, a free spirit who keeps things from getting boring. Their only problem is that they have decided to get divorced. Can their perfect relationship withstand this minor setback?

7. More than Blue (2009)

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K, a radio producer who loves a woman named Cream, is told that he has only a few months left to live. Because he knows Cream’s biggest fear is to be left alone, he keeps his illness a secret and urges her to marry a guy named Ju-Hwan. One day, Cream announces that she is in love with Ju-Hwan.

8. Blue Gate Crossing (2002)

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An is-she-or-isn’t-she gay comedy focused on a Taiwanese teen, the boy she might like, and the girl she may love.

9. Never Let Me Go (2010)

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As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for the haunting reality awaiting them.

10. The One I Love (2014)

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On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

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