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Top Five Greatest Movie Love Stories

Annlyel reveals her greatest love story couples of all time

I’ll say it. I’m a sucker for a good love story and movies are chock full of them. Some are bland and leave you feeling uninvested while others suck you in and clasp your heart with relentless intensity, leaving you utterly riveted and quite emotional. A love story can sometimes make or break a film. Take Attack of the Clones for example.

Attack of the Clones is the second Star Wars prequel after The Phantom Menace. It deals with Anakin’s festering crush over Padme which turns into an all-out romance once it becomes apparent that Padme likes Anakin as well. The story surrounding Anakin and Padme isn’t that bad actually. In fact, it’s kind of enjoyable, but Anakin and Padme’s love story ruins the experience.

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As a child, I would often watch Attack of the Clones and find myself skipping nearly all of the Anakin/Padme scenes and I discovered that when I did that the movie was ten times more enjoyable. Like I said, a bad love story can ruin a movie. But a good love story. Oh, it can make a movie unforgettable.

Whether we’re talking about classics like Casablanca or An American in Paris to newer hits like the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water or the surprisingly incredible Oscar-nominated film, The Phantom Thread. These are films that revolved around romance and really made it work. As someone who’s a fan of love stories here are my five favorite love stories, as of now.

Top Five Greatest Movie Love Stories

5. Anna and Elsa

One of the reasons why Frozen was such a standout Disney film was because it decided to do something different. In essence, it’s your classic Disney princess movie with your obvious elements like a young princess wanting to find love but what makes Frozen special is that the film chooses to highlight the love between sisters, Anna and Elsa, rather than the relationship Anna had with the men in her life.

Of course, there is Anna’s burgeoning relationship with her friend Cristoff but it isn’t true love’s kiss that thaws Anna when she’s an ice statue. It is her sister’s warm hug of true love that thaws Anna’s frozen heart and boy does it make me cry every time I see that part.

I love Anna and Elsa. 💗

Top Five Greatest Movie Love Stories

4. Tony Stark and Pepper Potts

Tony Stark and Pepper Potts have sometimes had a turbulent relationship but through every conflict, they were always there for one another. Tony and Pepper’s love story has evolved over eleven years of storytelling, culminating into an epic conclusion with both characters fighting back-to-back in that OUTSTANDING final battle in Avengers: Endgame.

Their relationship has been beautiful to watch and even though it ends sadly (😭) I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Top Five Greatest Movie Love Stories

3. Rocky Balboa and Adrian

After recently participating in a Rocky marathon it became very clear how important Rocky and Adrian’s love story is to the near-entirety of the franchise. Whenever Rocky faces an unexpected challenge Adrian is always there to help steer him on the right path. They’re like two peas in a pod and it’s just…so beautiful. Where are my tissues?

Rocky and Adrian

2. Cooper and Murph

The love between a father and daughter. It isn’t conveyed very often in movies but Interstellar does a FANTASTIC job bringing to life a beautiful story surrounding Cooper and his daughter, Murph. Their love for one another, even across time, would end up saving the world.

To say that Interstellar is a good movie is an understatement. Every time I’ve ever watched this movie I come away from the film soaked in tears and that is because of the relationship between Cooper and Murph. It’s well-written and so well-acted. 😭

Top Five Greatest Movie Love Stories

1. Han Solo and Princess Leia

Was this even a question? The Empire Strikes Back is the epitome of romance when it comes to movies, in my opinion, and Han and Leia‘s love story, of course, is the reason for this fact. George Lucas perfectly set up what could be a thing between Han and Leia in A New Hope but what came next was utter perfection.

Back and forth, Han and Leia spar with their words. Leia’s currently on the offense as she tries to convey over and over again how much she despises Han even though she knows deep down that he’s everything she wants. After that first kiss though, everything changes. Han and Leia’s romance has become the template for a great love story in a movie and honestly, nothing’s been better since. I mean, how many movies have you seen with romances that are fashioned after this one? The woman doesn’t like the man at first because he’s kind of annoying and then by the conclusion they’re boyfriend and girlfriend.

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I’ll give you a quick example from a movie that came out recently; Aquaman. Arthur Curry annoyed Princess Mera but it wasn’t long before she acquired feelings for the sometimes-annoying-but-super-heroic King of the Sea.

Arthur and Mera

Will there ever be a greater love story? Honestly, I don’t know. Then again, there may be a movie I haven’t seen yet with a love story that’ll knock my socks but until I see that movie Han and Leia’s romance still reigns supreme.

 

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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!

 

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