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11 Indie Romance Films For Valentine’s Day

11. True Romance 

“True Romance” is an American crime film that tells the story of the lonely pop culture geek Clarence who meets a girl at the movies. They end up having sex and she confesses that she is a call girl hired by his boss as a birthday present. But she falls in love with him and they get married. Clarence then steals cocaine from her pimp and they want to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile the mob is looking for them and trying to reclaim the drugs.

Director: Tony Scott
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Patricia Arquette, Christian Slater, Dennis Hopper
Supporting Cast: Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken
Genre: Crime


10. Garden State 

The struggling young actor Andrew returns home for his mother’s funeral and is staying with his psychiatrist father who he didn’t see in years. At a doctor’s office he meets Sam who is a pathological liar. They begin to realize that they’re both messed up and they start hanging out together.

Director: Zach Braff
Writer: Zach Braff
Stars: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard
Genre: Comedy-Drama


9. Moonrise Kingdom 

The story is about the 12-year-old orphan Sam who attends a summer camp. On the island he meets Suzy who lives there with her family. After sending each other a lot of letters they meet and flee the New England Town. The camp members then form a search party and look for the young couple.

Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward
Supporting Cast: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray
Genre: Comedy


8. Before Sunrise 

The young American Jesse meets the French girl Céline in a train in Europe. They end up spending one evening together in Vienna. They realise that they can only be together until sunrise. The movie still has two sequels: “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”.

Director: Richard Linklater
Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
Stars: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawk
Genre: Drama


7. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night 

“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” is a vampire love western (if that exists) from Iran. A lonely vampire girl haunts the streets of a ghost town named Bad City. One night she meets the young man Arash and they fall in love. But can she keep her deadly secret?

Director: Any Lily Amirpour
Writer: Any Lily Amirpour
Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh
Genre: Vampire Western


6. Last Life In The Universe 

The story is about the lonely Japanese librarian Kenji who is suicidal. Because of his yakuza brother he is forced to lie low in Thailand with a woman named Noi who recently lost her sister. They have problems communicating because they don’t speak the same language but they grow fond of each other.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Writers: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Prabda Yoon
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike
Genre: Drama


5. Lars And The Real Girl 

Lars is a delusional young man who can not communicate well with his co-workers or his brother. He ends up buying a doll from the internet and presents her to his family as his girlfriend.

Director: Graig Gillespie
Writer: Nancy Oliver
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
Genre: Comedy-Drama


4. Only Lovers Left Alive 

“Only Lovers Left Alive” is the second vampire movie in this list, who knew. Two vampires are married for centuries and live in two different parts of the world. They reunite again but their relationship is disrupted by her unpredictable younger sister.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writers: Jim Jarmusch, Marion Bessay
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
Vampire Film, Comedy-Drama


3. Lost in Translation 

In Tokyo a young woman who is neglected by her husband and an aging movie star meet in a hotel. They bond and experience together the Japanese nightlife and culture. Their platonic relationship develops and they spend more time together.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Genre: Comedy-Drama


2. Submarine

“Submarine” is an adaption of a novel of the same name. 15-year-old Oliver Tate falls in love with a girl from his school. She is taking pictures of the two of them because she wants to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. Her plan doesn’t work but she falls in love with Oliver and becomes his girlfriend. They both then have to struggle with family problems.

Director: Richard Ayoade
Writers: Richard Ayoade, Joe Dunthorne (novel)
Stars: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige
Genre: Comedy-Drama


1. I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK 

A young woman is institutionalized because she thinks that she is a cyborg. In the mental hospital a young man starts noticing her. He himself is anti-social and thinks that he can steal other people’s souls. After the girl stops eating due to her illusions he tries to help her.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Writers: Chan-wook Park, Seo-kyeong Jeong
Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Hie-jin Choi
Genre: Comedy



2 Comments on 11 Indie Romance Films For Valentine’s Day

  1. That’s a great list for valentines day! Not just shallow rom-coms, but really good flicks.

    Liked by 1 person

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