Sometimes you see a movie that touches so profoundly that changes a bit of how you think and perceive the world. A good movie will do that to you. There are many great movies out there and the ones that touch us the most are the ones about human relationships. Be it in love or in friendship, people are complicated and not many movies manage to capture the true essence of some basic human feelings and explain why people behave the way they sometimes. There’s a life lesson to be learned from every good movie. We’ve compiled a list of the best 10 movies about human relationships – we urge you to see them, they are exquisite!
10. Thelma & Louise (1991)
The friendship that Thelma and Louise had is like nothing we’ve ever seen. It still sends shivers down our backs thinking about that amazing ending. If you haven’t seen Thelma & Louise then you should feel some shame, followed by an intense sense of urgency to see it. Now! Besides, it’s Brad Pitt’s first decent appearance on the big screen and those abs will forever stay on your retina.
9. Blue Valentine (2010)
Ryan Gosling. Oh, were we supposed to write something here that would make you want to watch this movie? But we did just that: Ryan Gosling. OK, here’s more: it’s a really intense movie about what it means to be in an amorous relationship, about falling in love and falling out of love. It’ll break your heart, people!
8. American Beauty (1999)
We’ve all got a bit of Lester Burnham inside of us. At one point in our lives, we’ve all experienced boredom, we’ve all wanted to completely change our lives, to do something exciting, to live more and work less. This movie is about a man who did just that and we’re telling you that you must see this one!
7. Revolutionary Road (2008)
Do you know how you always tell yourself that you’re going to take that year off from work and you’re going to go to a monastery in Tibet and teach English to the monks? Or that you’re going to live a while in Italy and eat pasta and drink wine until you’re fat from experience and love? Well, this movie is about a couple who never did that. It’s a sad reminder that people are basically full of crap.
6. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
A controversial movie (controversial because people are bigots) that will melt your heart and add sorrow to the mix. This movie is absolutely heart breaking and we recommend you see it if you’re in a good place. If you’ve just broken up with your girlfriend/boyfriend, then you should wait a while before giving it a try.
5. Unfaithful (2002)
Have you ever wondered why people cheat when they’ve got a good thing going on at home? This movie doesn’t offer the answer to that question, because it knows that there is no definite answer to that, it simply tells the story of one unfaithful person. And what a person! And what a story! You’ll simply fall in love with Diane Lane, we know we did!
4. Fatal Attraction (1987)
From all the movies about human relationships this one is one of the freakiest. It’s something we would not wish upon our biggest enemy. Men (and women), see this movie and we’ll assure you that you’re going to think twice about having a meaningless fling. And one more thing: don’t leave your bunny unattended.
3. Lolita (1997)
The amount of love which transpires from this movie’s every pore is at times unbearable. Humbert Humbert is a beautifully sick individual and Lolita is in every way perfect. Ennio Morricone’s music adds magic to it and you’d be a fool not to see it! Again and again and again. For those who think that the original adaptation from 1962 we’ve got this to say: ARE YOU INSANE?! If we only have to offer one reason for why the 1997 version is better, then Dominique Swain is it. Although both actresses were 16 at the time they starred in the movie, Sue Lyon looked 28 and she simply didn’t fit.
2. Love Actually (2003)
This is the first lines of the movie, enough to make you want to see it, we hope: “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”
1. Closer (2004)
This is by bar one of the most complicated and complex movies about interpersonal relationships. It’s got it all: love, hate, betrayal, suspicion and sex. Actually, it’s got much more than that, so give it a try and you won’t regret it.
Have you seen any of these movies about human relationships? What are your thoughts on them? Did you learn anything about yourself after seeing them? Also, we’re open to more recommendations!