A warm, loving relationship can be the defining aspect of what makes life worth living. The relationship between two lovers often starts out with passion, excitement and wonder. It doesn’t always continue on that path. Here’s a look at five of the most dysfunctional relationships in movie history.
"Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)
This movie displays the relationship between nerdy professor George (Richard Burton) and his shrewish wife Martha (Elizabeth Taylor). Martha loves to belittle and embarrass George whenever she gets the opportunity and she has it when a young couple – Nick (George Segal) and Honey (Sandy Dennis) – come over for a dinner party. George and Martha allow the insults and the alcohol to flow as the evening continues and their dysfunctional relationship is dependent on their ability to put each other down.
"The War of the Roses" (1989)
Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) and his wife Barbara (Kathleen Turner) are college sweethearts who fall in love and get married. Oliver, a powerful lawyer, climbs the ranks and becomes super successful. Somewhere along the way, the bloom comes off the relationship and Barbara not only falls out of love with her husband, but she begins to hate him. Their subsequent disillusionment leads to the end of their relationship in a very definitive way.
"Fatal Attraction" (1987)
Married Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) meets sophisticated and sexy Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) at a business function. When circumstances throw them together later on, they decide to engage in a very adult affair. Gallagher enjoys it but is ready to go home to his wife Beth (Ann Archer) and family. Alex is not about to be dismissed. She resents being used and then ignored, and she will simply not have it. She’s going to get her point across to Dan and Beth in a very visceral way.
"Natural Born Killers" (1994)
Mickey Knox (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis) are young and in love. Mallory’s father, Ed Wilson (Rodney Dangerfield) has been abusing her and Mickey comes to her rescue by destroying her sick parent. The two then go off on a multi-state, murderous rage, showing no remorse for any of the awful things they do.
"The Shining" (1990)
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is hired to be the caretaker during the winter of an offseason hotel. Jack brings his wife, Wendy (Shelly Duvall), to spend the season with him and the experience starts off well but quickly goes off course. Jack develops intense cabin fever and goes completely insane. He becomes a murderous threat to his family. The only thing that will save Wendy and her child alive is an odd phenomenon known as "shining."