10 Best Indie Romantic Dramas

Tuesday, March 22 by Amanda Ferguson

The 10 best indie romantic dramas are films that captivate the heart and challenge the minds of their viewers. Indie films are often times overlooked by mainstream filmmakers. However, when romantic dramas premiere, they are often the front runners for making the most waves with critics.

  1. "Lost In Translation" In 2003, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson starred as the offbeat romantic couple in this film. They play two travelers feeling lonelier than ever in one of the world's most populated cities. By meeting, they begin to understand one another and their circumstances. Loneliness disappears as they spend more time together, and the rest of the locals in the city evaporate in the streets. 
  2. "Wristcutters: A Love Story" Falling in love in limbo has never been thought of before. However, when a few people that have killed themselves get their afterlives intertwined, they find that being together in limbo is better than being apart in heaven or on Earth. This romantic film highlights what it takes to keep love "alive". It stars Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon.
  3. "Adventureland" Taking place during the summer of 1987, a lost youth gets a job at a theme park before heading off to college. Before this job, he was certain about life and the things he wanted. However, what he needed was to fall in love and learn some of the greatest lessons of them all. This film stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eissenberg.
  4. "Dakota Skye" Having a super power should be something fantastic. However, Dakota can find the truth in any lie. Its turned her into a bitter and uninvolved person. Her boyfriend's best friend Jonah comes into town and doesn't ever lie. She begins to see things in a brighter light, but she is now torn between the bitter life she already knows or unknown future that could be amazing. 
  5. "Good Dick" This indie romantic drama explores the exhaustion of desire from another human being. A store clerk falls in love with a shy girl and doesn't know what it will take to get her attention. Little does he know that their worlds will soon collide. Marianna Palka is lead character alongside Jason Ritter.
  6. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" This film takes the torn relationship of two people and breaks it down into moments; moments of sadness, moments of joy, and everything in between.  This indie romantic drama tells the story of a man named Joel, getting his memory erased of his ex-girlfriend, Clementine (who has done the same thing of him).
  7. "Garden State" Coming home is confusing and scary for most adults going through a rough patch in their lives. This film depicts what happens when a young man named Andrew, full of resentment and anger, comes home, falls in love, and reconnects with old friends. He meets his dream girl, Sam, and learns to become the true person that he is inside. 
  8. "Once" This indie romantic drama tells the story of two musicians who stumble upon each other. They both have shaded pasts that fill their heart with sadness. Once they begin to write and record music together, their love for one another grows. That love is reflected in the album they successfully create together and stands as a testament for love conquering all. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova play the two very talented musicians.
  9. "Wild At Heart" This indie film comes from the bizarre brain of David Lynch. When young lovers Sailor and Lula find themselves running away from many strange assassins, they fall in love with each other in the deepest sense of the word. The assassins have been hired by the Lula's mother to kill the love of her life.
  10. "Closer" Two couples get tangled up in each others' lives when the man from one gets involved with the woman from the other. They have an affair for a while until things get out of control. The two who were betrayed decide to have an exchange as well. This indie romantic drama explores what happens with people in an affair-torn relationship. The cast is full of big names such as Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen, and Natalie Portman.

COMMENTS

  1. March 22, 2011 8:48 pm

    Dina

    I love movie Advantureland :)