10 Best Indie Romance Movies

Thursday, July 21 by Jason Cuthbert

Theses are the 10 best indie romance movies because they all highlight romance's many painful interruptions. Each of these romantic indie movies embraces the struggle to be embraced in unique and imaginative ways. Enjoy the laughter and discomfort that make the perfect love worthwhile with the very best indie romance movies.

  1. "Amélie" This gorgeous French "comic book that moves" depicts how beautiful life can be when you strive to make it better. Amélie is an introvert who discovers love through helping everyone around her. This sweet indie romance movie has enough comedy to entertain the most rigid viewers with this fantastical trip to Paris.
  2. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" This insanely creative indie romance movie answers the question: "What if you could surgically remove your ex-girlfriend from your memory?" Michel Gondry directs Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunset and Mark Ruffalo in this quirky journey through memories. This original screenplay, written by Charlie Kaufman, will be remembered for the Academy Award that it won.
  3. "She's Gotta Have It" Director Spike Lee makes an impressive debut with this romantic comedy that launched his character Mars Blackmon into Nike commercials with Michael Jordan. This electric indie romance movie from 1986 was shot in black and white on an estimated budget of $20,000. It also went on to win awards from the Los Angels Film Critics Association, Independent Spirit Awards, and the Cannes Film Festival.
  4. "Lost in Translation"  Sofia Coppola earned the Academy Award for Best Original screenplay for this charming 2003 indie romance movie that was successful at the box office and with critics. She directed this delightful story as well, about a married movie star and a lonely newlywed, played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson respectively. They are not just lost in translation during their trip to Japan, but also in their unfulfilling relationships
  5. "Juno" Rarely does a screenwriter become a part of pop culture like Diablo Cody did with "Juno". She won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, was parodied on the television series "Saturday Night Live", and started writing for "Entertainment Weekly". "Juno" was an indie romance hit movie about teeneage pregnancy, grossing over $143 million domestically.
  6. "(500) Days of Summer" This romance movie is extremely well written. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is anxiously pursing a girl named Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel,. Their core problem can be summed up with this dialogue exchange: "Tom: What happens if you fall in love?; Summer: "Well, you don't believe that, do you?"; Tom: It's love. It's not Santa Claus."
  7. "Sideways" Approaching middle age with more disappointment than success might lead anyone to drink Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church play two friends who do just that on a trip to a California wine vineyard. Their love lives are then confronted by two beautiful challenges in this brilliant Indie romance movie directed and co-written by Alexander Payne.
  8. "The Science of Sleep" The fantasy and romance genres merge well together because of the dream-like quality of escapism that relationships can provide us. But when your dream life and your waking life are mixed-up, this could add very unwanted obstacles to building a bond. Miche Gondry. wrote and directed this zany, yet bitter-sweet exploration of that place where imagination and reality intersect.
  9. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Nia Vardalos wrote and starred in this hilarious indie romance movie about Toula, a Greek-American struggling to gain the acceptance of her family for dating  a non-Greek man, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, who is on Greek heritage, produced this labor of love. This film went on to be a very successful wedding – grossing over $241 million on a budget of roughly $5 million.
  10.  "Garden State" Actor Zach Braff wrote, directed, and starred in this indie romantic comedy named after his home state of New Jersey. If that wasn't enough work, Braff also appears in every single scene in the film. His character's love interest Sam is played by Natalie Portman.   
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