Here are ten movies with love stories that avoid all the typical romantic cliches. Love in extremis and other situations in the movies, detailed in ten chapters:
1984 (1984): Winston Smith (John Hurt) falls in platonic love with his torturer O’Brien (Richard Burton):
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (2013): Vampire Lovers Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston.
So basically, The Ancient One and Loki from the MCU get it on…
HAROLD & MAUDE (1971): Love knows no age barrier…apparently
KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005): Platonic buds Robert Downey Jr. and Kilmer. Sweet.
MAKING MR RIGHT (1987): PR guru Ann Magnuson falls for scientist John Malkovich’s android lookalike. Fair enough.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008): More tortured vampiric desire
SECRETARY (2002): Strict rules apply between boss James Spader and secretary Maggie Gyllenhaal:
MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969): Joe Buck and Ratzo’s unlikely bromance
RUSHMORE (1998): Max (Jason Schwartzman) is infatuated with teacher Miss Cross (Olivia Williams)
HUD (1963): Lonnie (Brandon deWilde) will always end up disappointed in his admiration for wastrel uncle Hud (Paul Newman)