If you’ve ever battled with your beau over which movie to watch when you guys decided to stay in for a night of lazy viewing, chances are one of you was already snoring halfway through the winning film.
He wants his fix of explosions, crass comedy, and hot starlets, while you can’t wait to tickle your love bone by popping in a classic romance. Both of you should be able to enjoy a snuggle-ridden movie marathon. So instead of bugging your boo with ultra-cheesy, cringe-worthy watches, try these man-friendly romantic movies that will cover all bases–from music to sports to science fiction–while still keeping both parties in a chipper mood.
With these titles, you can school him with an upgraded knowledge of romantic flicks and still sate your craving for sap, while still keeping his full attention 'til the end credits, of course. Hopefully, they also help ignite some sparks afterwards.
FOR: The music maniac
“What came first? The music or the misery? Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” goes the most famous line from the ultimate rom-com for bros. Based on the acclaimed novel of Nick Hornby, it chronicles the romantic struggles of a music junkie named Rob (John Cusack) and his almost-clinical incapacity to comprehend the opposite sex. After his girlfriend dumps him, he goes on a whirlwind tour of his past, revisiting former flames in the hope of learning where he’s gone wrong.
Millennials will get a kick out of the numerous listicles that the movie forces its characters to play out (Top 5 Songs to Play on a Monday Morning, anyone?), while music fans will find solace in the kick-ass soundtrack which includes the likes of Belle and Sebastian, Elton John, and The Chemical Brothers, as well as a hilariously impressive rendition of Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get It On" as performed by Jack Black.
FOR: The neurotic ninny
Woody Allen’s rom-com masterpiece is an existential meditation–albeit a LOL-worthy one–on how seemingly perfect relationships eventually unravel. For comedian Alvy Singer (Allen), Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) is perfect. She’s accessibly pretty, a bit quirky, and impressionable enough for him to impose his intellectual ideals on. But then Annie suddenly breaks up with Alvy, forcing him to revisit integral moments in their relationship and come to the conclusion that most men don’t really know what they got 'til it’s gone.
FOR: Your grunged-up guy
It was the time of flannel, grunge music, and halter-tops. After graduating from college, four Gen X-ers navigate their way through financial misery, friendship follies, and the possibility of romance in the ’90s. Story goes: Lelaina (Winona Ryder) and Troy (Ethan Hawke) are best friends. They like each other, but are afraid to strain their already-complicated relationship. Simultaneously realistic and witty, it’s the love story that defined a whole generation. If you know that catchy Lisa Loeb song called “Stay,” you have this movie to blame for it.
FOR: The sports fan
When hotshot sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) leaves his job at a reputable firm to go rogue, a homely secretary named Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) follows him out the door. Together with Dorothy’s precocious son, they aim for professional success in the athletic industry while–you guessed it–not forgetting to fall in love in the process.
FOR: Your baby-fearing boy toy
What happens when a pot-smoking slacker gets a high-strung TV host pregnant after a one-night stand? Romance, of course. This brash comedy about the woes of pregnancy will easily scare those weary of morning sickness and changing diapers. But the true lesson here is: use condoms!
Natural Born Killers
FOR: Mr. Lights, Camera, Action!
The twisted fairy tale of Mickey and Mallory Knox (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) is a modern day Bonnie and Clyde story filled to the brim with pulpy action, R-rated violence, and disturbing dark humor. But at its core, all the criminal dysfunction is simply masking the grim fate of a damsel in distress and her misguided knight.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
FOR: The science geek
What if you could erase the memory of a former lover from your brain, and wipe clean your good and bad times as if nothing ever happened? In this visually stunning science fiction romance, that’s exactly what Joel (Jim Carrey) does when he finds out his ex girlfriend–the original manic-pixie-dream-girl Clementine (Kate Winslet)–underwent a treatment to banish him from her noggin. What follows is a trippy journey down the rabbit hole when Joel realizes some memories, whether triumphant or tragic, are best kept untouched.
As Good As It Gets
FOR: Your stubborn sweetheart
Jack Nicholson’s insulting bravado and annoying lack of finesse gives the traditional leading man a different layer of complexity, while the earnestness in Helen Hunt’s character is admirable. The unique love story of OCD-stricken Melvin Undall and struggling waitress Carol Connelly is hilariously frustrating. The fact that they constantly argue throughout the movie like a couple when they aren’t even together yet implies that, in the reality of intimate relationships, things aren’t always rainbows and unicorns.
There’s Something About Mary
FOR: Your clown of a BF
Watching numerous dudes with various personalities go madly in love for a very fit Cameron Diaz is a painfully funny experience. Not only will he want to watch it for the leggy blonde’s capacity to please the eyes, but also for the endless laughs the lovelorn men in this Farrelly Brothers classic are capable of inducing.
500 Days Of Summer
FOR: The emo hipster
Romantic boy meets pessimistic girl. They fall in love. Then, when all is said and done, they fall out of love. JGL and Zooey D quirk up the contemporary rom-com into a moody dramedy about elating romance’s capacity for failure. The (supposedly) leftfield element of this Millennial favorite: it’s told from the guy’s point-of-view.
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