If Hollywood has taught us anything it’s that love isn’t always easy, and there can be far too many obstacles standing in the way. These unconventional romances show us that emotions can wreak havoc with our lives, but at the same time, making everything totally worth it. Here are the big screen couples that we can’t forget…
It’s hard to get accidentally married, but Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) somehow does just that, to a corpse no less. Tim Burton’s beautiful stop-motion animation tells the story of Victor and Victoria’s (Emily Watson) impending arranged marriage, but before said marriage can take place, Victor manages to wed a corpse bride (Helena Bonham Carter) by mistake. Cue a brief stint in the Land of the Dead, confusion of the heart and a surprising love triangle.
The Lake House ticks a lot of boxes, and right at the top is the reunion of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. In 2006, Dr. Kate Forster (Bullock) is leaving the lake house she’s been renting and writes a note to the new tenant, which is picked up by Alex (Reeves). Fast forward through a series love letters and the two end up falling for each other in a big way, just as they realise that Alex is actually writing from the year 2004… two years in the past. It’s the ultimate missed connection, but if there’s any justice in this world, they just might change the way the stars align.
Age differences can sometimes be difficult in relationships in their own right, but what if you or the person you love is actually ageing backwards? That’s exactly what happens to Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) in this surprisingly epic romance.
Born with the mind of an infant and the body of an elderly man, instead of physically ageing with time, Benjamin gets younger. Needless to say, all of this makes his relationship with the conventionally ageing Daisy (Cate Blanchett) just a little bit more complicated.
All the magic and glitter of Paris in the 1920s – Hemingway and Fitzgerald included – makes its way to the modern world in Woody Allen’s gorgeously romantic Midnight in Paris.
Each night Gil (Owen Wilson) is transported back to Paris in the roaring twenties, where he parties with the superstars of the times and, somewhat inevitably, falls in love. But with his new attraction Adriana (Marion Cotillard) in the past and his modern day fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) in the present, Gil ends up being pulled in two very different directions.
Speaking of the roaring twenties, one of the era’s most famous exports is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - rife with passion, betrayal, greed and some very impressive parties. In Baz Luhrmann’s big budget retelling of the classic novel, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) has his heart set on his old flame Daisy (Carey Mulligan), who is now married to the macho Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Gatsby hosts extravagant parties in the hope that Daisy will attend and he will get the chance to finally reveal his true feelings. All we’ll say is, things get complicated…
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, this is the story of Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) who is hired to care for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), after a tragic accident left him paralysed two years ago. Will is less than enthusiastic about his new carer, but when Louisa learns Will’s intention to end his life, she makes it her mission to show him how much happiness there is in every day. A charming tale of unlikely friendship, make sure you have a box of tissues on standby.