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Does every film and movie must include romance?

Name a single film and movie that does not have people falling in love and kissing. Bet you can't name even one. Is anyone tired of romance in movies?

by Anonymousreply 7906/04/2013

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Robe My Dinner with Andre

by Anonymousreply 104/25/2013

Sling Blade.

by Anonymousreply 204/25/2013

No romance in my movies

by Anonymousreply 304/25/2013

YOu mean, "Must every film include romance/"

by Anonymousreply 404/25/2013

I was gonna say Stand By Me, but careful observers know that the Gordie Lachance / Chris Chambers romance was one of the greatest in film history.

by Anonymousreply 504/25/2013

Why does you must say that?

by Anonymousreply 604/25/2013

They are in a very small minority but they certainly exist exist.

Wizard of Oz Terminator 2 Jaws The Shawshank Redemption

by Anonymousreply 704/25/2013

I don't remember much romance in The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.

by Anonymousreply 804/25/2013

I don't remember too much romance and sex in "Platoon", but maybe I missed that scene. "Alien", "Aliens", "Dirty Harry", to name a few. But you're right. Most do include romance.

Every movie has to feature alcohol too. I'm no prude, but it's just an observation.

Another observation: 99% of gay movies end with one of the lovers dying in a tragic way. I hate that. I think that's why so many people liked "Shelter." It didn't end with a murder, overdose or AIDS death.

by Anonymousreply 904/25/2013

OP, I completely agree. It's so cheesy. It's like 90% of movies have to have some stupid romance.

by Anonymousreply 1004/25/2013

[quote]I think that's why so many people liked "Shelter." It didn't end with a murder, overdose or AIDS death.

And the gay guys in it were like real gay guys, not the borderline trannies the media likes to link with "gay."

by Anonymousreply 1104/25/2013

Kiss, kiss, bang, bang, OP.

Kiss, kiss, bang, bang.

by Anonymousreply 1204/25/2013

Thank you OP, I thought I was the only one who felt annoyed by this. I'm always a little surprised when a movie doesn't try to put the leads together or throw a romance in - they act as if no one can watch a movie that doesn't have some kind of love angle and it's tiresome. I always think about this line from King Kong:

[quote]Denham: Holy Mackerel. Do you think I want to haul a woman around?...Because the Public, bless 'em, must have a pretty face to look at...Well, isn't there any romance or adventure in the world without having a flapper in it?...Makes me sore. I go out and sweat blood to make a swell picture and then the critics and the exhibitors all say, 'If this picture had love interest it would gross twice as much.

I don't want to see people falling in love in EVERY MOVIE, sometimes it's more interesting when that doesn't happen at all.

by Anonymousreply 1304/25/2013


Excuse me. There most certainly was a love scene in Shawhshank.

by Anonymousreply 1404/25/2013

Evil Dead?

by Anonymousreply 1504/25/2013

"Aliens" comes close. There's no kissing, even though there's a little bit of flirting.

by Anonymousreply 1604/25/2013

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

by Anonymousreply 1704/25/2013

[quote] "Aliens" comes close. There's no kissing, even though there's a little bit of flirting.

You missed the 25th director's cut. Ridley Scott includes 30 seconds of the Alien's little mouth going up into Michael Biehn.

by Anonymousreply 1804/25/2013

Maybe you`re frustrated because it`s only straight romance that`s featured.

by Anonymousreply 1904/25/2013

Oh for Christ's sake get an education, OP, there's are hundreds upon hundreds of films without romance in them, what a ridiculous thing to say.

by Anonymousreply 2004/25/2013

Reservoir Dogs

by Anonymousreply 2104/25/2013

And to think that fangirls can sneak romance (straight or gay) into every,even most romanceless movie...

by Anonymousreply 2204/25/2013

It wouldn't be so annoying if they weren't ALL heterosexual romances.

by Anonymousreply 2304/25/2013

Well never in my films.

by Anonymousreply 2404/25/2013

Star Wars, ET, Close Encounters, Aliens,

by Anonymousreply 2504/25/2013

OP have you seen Crash, starring Elias Koteas as a ruggedly virile sexual omnivore, with an impressive bulge in his pants, who stages re-enactments of celebrity car crashes.

by Anonymousreply 2604/25/2013

r25, you thought Luke & Princess L had buddy feelings?

by Anonymousreply 2704/25/2013

[quote]Close Encounters

This almost made it until Richard Dreyfus and Melinda Dillon HAD to kiss, they were doing fine without that.

by Anonymousreply 2804/25/2013

I seem to recall romance of a sort in Slingblade. The Billy Bob Thornton character got set up with a young woman who also had mental problems; I can only remember them taking a walk together. And the little boy's mother was for some reason besotted with that awful creep played by Dwight Yoakam.

It IT hard to think of a movie with no romance of any kind in it. It seems almost obligatory for a movie to have a love/sex scene in it, no matter what the movie is about.

by Anonymousreply 2904/25/2013

They kiss goodbye, r28. It isn't romantic.

Luke and Leia weren't romantic in Star Wars. There was a slight flirtation, that's all.

by Anonymousreply 3004/25/2013

Among recent Best Picture nominees, those without a romance:


Beasts of the Southern Wild

Lincoln (while it does portray Abraham and Mary's relationship, it's not a "romance")

Zero Dark Thirty


127 Hours

True Grit

The Hurt Locker


The Blind Side

by Anonymousreply 3104/25/2013



Elliot has a romance with Erika Eleniak.

by Anonymousreply 3204/25/2013

R30, they didn't need to KISS to say goodbye, they barely knew each other.

by Anonymousreply 3304/25/2013

r32, he is out of his mind in that scene. Besides, he wouldn't have cheated on his big brother.

by Anonymousreply 3404/25/2013

R18 God, what I would have given to have gone up into Michael Biehn in 1986. I would have fucked that man so hard and so long that he would not walk or shit right for months. Damn! He was a babe.

by Anonymousreply 3504/25/2013

"Does every film and movie must include romance?"

Well. Yes. Butt.

by Anonymousreply 3604/25/2013

The Road Warrior (just a brief clip of a couple fucking, as seen through binoculars)

Escape From Alcatraz (well, there was ALMOST some romance in the shower scene)

The Song Remains The Same (though I could have romanced Robert Plant's bulge)

by Anonymousreply 3704/25/2013

r18 James Cameron directed Aliens, not Ridley Scott.

r31 127 Hours spends several painful minutes on a hallucination wherein the character pines for and fucks some girl. And Argo tacks romantic reunion on to the very end of the film, for no apparent reason.

by Anonymousreply 3804/25/2013

Bridge on the River Kwai

To Hell and Back

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

The Singing Nun

The Trouble With Angels

The Bells of St. Mary's

The Wizzard of Oz

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Anonymousreply 3904/25/2013

[quote]Escape From Alcatraz (well, there was ALMOST some romance in the shower scene)

There were scenes with the prisoners wives coming to visit them that added nothing and could've been left out.

by Anonymousreply 4004/25/2013

Schindler's List, A couple of Die Hard, one of the Rambos.

Million Dollar Baby, True Grit, Gran Torino, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly , Dirty Harry ---almost all Clint Eastwood action movies

Man on Fire, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Exorcist, E.T., Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Reervoir Dogs, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, 12 Angry Men, My Dinner with André, Lawrence of Arabia, One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest, Usual Suspects etc

Most of the Harry Potters, almost all family movies and lots of animated movies like Bolt.

by Anonymousreply 4104/25/2013

Texas chainsaw massacre The Grey Zone

by Anonymousreply 4204/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 4304/25/2013

OP I think you lost your bet.

by Anonymousreply 4404/25/2013

The Accused

by Anonymousreply 4504/25/2013

I love how this thread already has two instances of the word "bulge".

by Anonymousreply 4604/25/2013

Was it Woody Allen who said the only two things people were interested in were sex and death?

by Anonymousreply 4704/25/2013

[quote]Most of the Harry Potters

The sexual tension between Harry and Ron was obvious from day one.

by Anonymousreply 4804/25/2013

zero dark thirty

by Anonymousreply 4904/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 5004/25/2013

OP forgets John Waters.

Well, I guess there is Mama and the Egg Man.

by Anonymousreply 5104/25/2013

No romance at all in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! How dare you suggest such a thing!

by Anonymousreply 5204/25/2013

The Usual Suspects was the first one that came to mind.

by Anonymousreply 5304/25/2013

The Wizard of Oz

by Anonymousreply 5404/25/2013

Actually, r39, The Bridge on the River Kwai has two romances as subplots: one between William Holden and Anne Sears as a nurse in Ceylon after he's escaped from the prison camp; and another between Geoffrey Horne and one of the Burmese native girls who helps them across the jungle.

by Anonymousreply 5504/25/2013

I wish there were more films about the beauty and complexities of FRIENDSHIP vs. lame romances between boring white people :(

by Anonymousreply 5604/26/2013

Lawrence of Arabia

2001 A space odyssey

Dark Star

Silent Running

The Wizard of Oz

by Anonymousreply 5704/26/2013

[quote]2001 A space odyssey

I knew there was another reason why I love this movie so much. No romance.

by Anonymousreply 5804/26/2013

r56 I agree. But audiences would always try to sexualize friendships in these movies without explicit romantic subplots.

I do agree that a lot of time romantic sub-plots are unnecessary and tact on.

by Anonymousreply 5904/26/2013

Been a long time since I saw it -- was there a romantic subplot in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS?

by Anonymousreply 6004/26/2013

The vast majority of them do, and it's annoying.

by Anonymousreply 6104/26/2013


I guess you missed the passion and longing in her eyes when she grabbed that bucket of fried chicken.

by Anonymousreply 6204/26/2013

I've noticed this plot line in a lot of disaster type movies like Armageddon. One character has estranged wife/gf who won't speak to him or see him until he's on tv saving the world or town and all of a sudden she forgives him for everything.

by Anonymousreply 6304/26/2013

Cries and Whispers

Through a Glass Darkly


The Silence

Winter Light


Glengarry Glen Ross (Much of Mamet is romance free.)

The Miracle Worker

by Anonymousreply 6404/26/2013

The romance between Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard is pretty central to the story of Inception.

by Anonymousreply 6504/26/2013

The Trouble With Angels

by Anonymousreply 6604/26/2013

How dare they show romance.

Why are these actors inconveniencing me by BREATHING??!!!????

by Anonymousreply 6704/26/2013

Yes, it does seem that most romantic sub-plots are unnecessary. This is especially true in action films. I wish more films dealt with friendship and family rather than romantic love/sex. Especially if the sex/romance is added on as an after thought or out of a sense of obligation to appeal to the female demographic.

by Anonymousreply 6804/29/2013

Silence of the Lambs lacks romance in my mind. There is coveting (Buffalo Bill for the girls), but I think it would be difficult to posit that Clarice and Hannibal have any romantic connection.

by Anonymousreply 6904/29/2013

There have been plenty, OP, you half-wit.

by Anonymousreply 7004/29/2013

[quote]I've noticed this plot line in a lot of disaster type movies like Armageddon. One character has estranged wife/gf who won't speak to him or see him until he's on tv saving the world or town and all of a sudden she forgives him for everything.

Same with 2012. John Cusack gets back with his ex after her current boyfriend does all the hard work and then gets ground up in some giant gears.

I read an interview with a director once, but I forget who, who explained why so many movies have couples getting back together. It's because so many of the young kids who go to these Spielberg type action movies are children of divorce and they long for their parents to get back together, so it's fulfilling that fantasy for them.

by Anonymousreply 7104/29/2013

Pretty much any recent Jodie Foster movie:

Safe Room Flight Plan

by Anonymousreply 7204/29/2013

The Great Escape, 1963 - though there does seem to be something going on between Charles Bronson and blonde younger John Leyton.....

by Anonymousreply 7304/29/2013

Claire Dolan

by Anonymousreply 7404/29/2013

Last Tango in Paris

by Anonymousreply 7504/29/2013

Carpenter's "The Thing"

by Anonymousreply 7604/29/2013

What what we do without R49...

by Anonymousreply 7704/29/2013

I can't get past "does every film and movie must...."

by Anonymousreply 7804/29/2013

Given OP's grammar, why is anyone distressed by his analysis of film?

by Anonymousreply 7906/04/2013
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