As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re inundated with images of all things romantic. This may induce mild nausea among those who don’t have a sweetheart — and even those who do.
The last thing you may want over Valentine’s Day weekend is to watch a romantic comedy, and for good reason: Most of them suck. During the past 20 years, the genre has been reduced to formula fare that plays to the romantic fantasies of heterosexual women — or, at least, the studios’ ideas of those fantasies.
Low-budget gay rom-coms offer little solace, since many of them are simply not very good. But a few cinematic gems offer a fresh spin on romance, with characters that are imperfect and complex — just like the rest of us. They also feature elements that are sure to resonate with LGBT film fans.
10. As Good as It Gets (1997) Jack Nicholson is a cranky, bigoted writer, Helen Hunt is a waitress with a sick kid, and Greg Kinnear is a gay artist. The hapless trio are thrown together on a road trip that leads to unexpected understanding. Nicholson and Hunt both won Oscars for their prickly performances, and Kinnear's sympathetic gay turn earned him a well-deserved nomination.
9. When Harry Met Sally (1989) Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan play longtime buddies who worry that sex will ruin their friendship. If you’ve ever wondered if your platonic BFF may actually be your one and only, you’re sure to identify. Ryan’s fake orgasm in Katz’s Deli has become an iconic moment in movie comedy.