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Millennial Must-Watch: Unconventional Romance Movies

Tired of the same old romantic movies? Give these a go!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Sana Dati/Cinemalaya Metric Films, (RIGHT) When We First Met/Netflix

We've seen enough romantic movies to know how it typically goes: boy meets girl, they might hate each other, they eventually fall in love, and the story is over. But every now and then, we stumble upon a gem that does things a little differently.

From time travel to even unhappy (but realistic) endings, we round up some unconventional romance movies that are perfect for your next binge-watch sesh.

When We First Met (2018)

Stream it on: Netflix

Noah (Pitch Perfect's Adam DeVine) meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario) at a Halloween party and fails to impress her even if they spend the perfect first date together. He spends the next few years wondering what went wrong until a photobooth gives him the chance to relive that first night over and over again until he can finally win her over.

Sana Dati (2013)

Stream it on: iflix

Written and directed by Jerrold Tarog, Sana Dati revolves around Andrea (Lovi Poe), a young woman who is set to marry Robert (TJ Trinidad). She suddenly gets cold feet on her wedding day when she meets Dennis (Paulo Avelino), who reminds her of a man from her past. Heartbreaking and emotional in the best (and most painful) way, Sana Dati is a refreshing take on Filipino romantic movies.

Seoul Mates (2014)

Stream it on: HOOQ

Korean heartthrob Ji Soo is best known for his role in 2017's Strong Girl Do Bong Soon, but in 2014, he starred in this Filipino romantic comedy set in Seoul! It tells the story of Alice (Mimi Juareza), a Filipino trans woman who flies to Korea to find her boyfriend only to find out that he's been cheating on her. Ji Soo, on the other hand, plays Joon, who is being pressured by his traditional parents to find a girlfriend.

Like Crazy (2011)

Stream it on: Netflix

In the mood for a serious cryfest? You'll be grabbing plenty of tissues with this drama. An American student named Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and a British exchange student named Anna (Felicity Jones) fall madly in love. They're torn apart when Anna violates the terms of her visa and is banned from re-entering the United States. Now, the young couple must struggle with maintaining a long-distance relationship while pursuing their own dreams.

Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa (2015)

Stream it on: iflix

In this quiet and understated romance, we watch Sam (Nicco Manolo) and Isa (Emmanuelle Vera) take the LRT every day. Slowly, we learn a bit more about them and their relationship: Sam is a filmmaker poised to take a scholarship in Berlin, Isa is still a film student, and things are far more complicated than they seem. If you needed more reason to see it, this Filipino indie movie was so popular upon release that a sequel is reportedly in the works!

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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

Stream it on: Netflix

Pinoys are no stranger to tear-jerking anime movies (hello, Kimi No Na Wa!), and this 2007 pick is just as heartfelt. Told in three interconnected parts, the movie follows Takaki and Akari, who are both immediately drawn to each other even in elementary school. Circumstances tear them apart and many years pass, but they still desperately long for each other. Cue the tears!

That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)

Stream it on: HOOQ

This 2014 movie kickstarted the hugot craze for a good reason and remains one of the most memorable Pinoy romance flicks to date. Blending a witty script, relatable laughs, and irresistible chemistry between its two leads (JM De Guzman and Angelica Panganiban), this road trip-themed charmer is still worth a rewatch today, especially if you're nursing a broken heart.

Newness (2017)

Stream it on: Netflix

If you're a single millennial struggling with dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, this movie is right up your alley! Two millennials, Martin (Nicholas Hoult) and Gabi (Laia Costa) are experts at social media's hookup culture but decide to start a relationship with each other. Everything seems fine at first until they get bored and try to experiment with their relationshipto devastating consequences.

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