Romantic movies are a genre of film that is often associated with Hollywood. A majority of them have a similar premise, the guy meets the girl, falls in love with her, and tries to pursue her, which makes up 90% of the movie. And of course, there is the antagonist that is already involved with the girl and tries to keep the potential pair apart. Everyone has seen at least three movies with this cliched plotline.
But some movies dodge this premise and give the audience something fresh. Some of these movies might not even fall under the romantic genre. Instead, these movies revolve around the protagonist’s first love while giving us much more than the usual romance cliches.
Here is a list of Hollywood movies about first love that are worth watching:
Pixar’s award-winning animated movie Up begins by showing the boredom in the life of Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old man living in his old-fashioned house in a developing city. The movie starts with a flashback of his life, coming across a girl named Ellie.
He instantly became friends with her as they shared a love for adventure. Fast forward to the death of his wife and him getting frustrated with his current life, Carl has embarked on a journey. He is accompanied by Russel, a child who is determined to help him earn a badge, and his faithful balloons.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump is a 1994 comedy-drama film starring Tom Hanks. The film is based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom.
The story follows Forrest Gump, a man with a low IQ. He was born in Greenbow, Alabama, in 1944 and grew up during the height of American involvement in World War II and the civil rights movement. He plays football for his high school team from an early age and leads them to victory as the quarterback. He then goes to college but has to drop out due to his low grades.
He then joins the army for a short time before being forced to leave after breaking both legs on a parachute jump. Soon after this, he meets Jenny Curran, who becomes his
The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Charlie is a socially awkward teenager who spends more time on the sidelines of life than in the game. However, his luck changes when he befriends Sam and Patrick, and they help him learn to make friends.
Sam is a free-spirited girl herself, and her brother Patrick is lively. His teacher in English class has helped him develop his writer’s voice. It’s not all smooth sailing, though, as he’ll have to struggle through the feelings of loneliness when his friends move off to college.
Love, Simon (2018)
Simon is just your average high school student. He loves hanging out with his friends and family – nothing unusual about that. There is only one problem- he is gay, and no one knows this secret.
He chats with an anonymous fellow student who declares that he is gay. The two start on shaky ground but become close as secrets are revealed. As this happens, the relationship starts breaking down for both Simon and his friends.
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
The Fault In Our Stars is based on the novel of the same name by John Green. This movie is about a 16-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and attends an adult cancer support group at her mother’s behest.
She meets a boy at the support group, and they share their thoughts on how to make life more meaningful before it ends.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons is a movie that follows the life of a man who was born in old age and then regressed to infancy, and so on. The film starts with Benjamin Button’s protagonist as an older man on his deathbed. His daughter Daisy comes to visit him every day after work.
One day she brings her new boyfriend along, who tells her that he can’t believe that she still visits her father every day. Daisy replies by saying, “He’s my dad.”
Benjamin’s wife died when he was young, and he had never remarried. He lives with his daughter in a large house they inherited from Daisy’s mother. When Daisy leaves for work each morning, Benjamin goes to the window and watches her walk down the street until she
My Girl (1991)
My Girl is a 1991 American drama film by Howard Zieff. The film follows Vada Sultenfuss, a young girl’s daughter of an undertaker and embalmer, and her friend Thomas.
The movie follows the life of Vada, a 10-year-old tomboy in Pittsburgh in 1962. She has an unusual relationship with her father because he never gets mad at her no matter what she does. Her father’s job is to prepare the dead for burial, and his work affects their relationship.
Little Manhattan (2005)
Gabe is going through an awkward phase of his life. His parents are about to get divorced, and their divorce will officially be finalized soon. Then, one day, Gabe meets Rosemary for the first time since.
He starts to bond and fall in love with her. Gabe experiences contradictory emotions in this film. He feels love, but at the same time, he shares the harsh reality that his parents are getting divorced.