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50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way

Updated April 11, 2021 2.8k votes 406 voters 26.8k views76 items

List RulesVote up the love stories that are oh-so-twee.

All romantic comedies show people falling in love, but the best quirky romance movies are each unique in their own way. The top quirky romance movies unite the one-of-a-kind personalities of their often very different characters through unlikely love stories. This is a list of movies about quirky love stories featuring everything from Garden State to (500) Days of Summer to Lars and the Real Girl.

What films will you find on this list of the best quirky romance flicks? Fans of unconventional storytelling made Michel Gondry's 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind an unlikely hit. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet shine as a couple reuniting after an attempt at erasing the past. Lost In Translation, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is another enjoyable quirky romances. Perhaps the original film of the genre is the unconventional romance film Harold and Maude. Other popular movies featured on this quirky romance movie list include Annie Hall, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and Before Sunrise.

Do you have a favorite quirky love story? Give the best movies a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

  • 1

    Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder


    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 2

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst


    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie...  more

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  • 3

    Warm Bodies

    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich


    Directed byJonathan Levine

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  • 4


    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy


    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

    Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It...  more

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  • 5

    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly


    Directed byMarc Webb

    (500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his boss's...  more

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  • 6


    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page


    Directed byJason Reitman

    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Elliot Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager girl confronting an...  more

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  • 7

    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt


    Directed byHal Ashby

    Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot that...  more

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  • 8

    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer


    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but socially awkward young man (Ryan Gosling) develops a romantic yet platonic relationship with a doll....  more

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  • 9

    Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray


    Directed bySofia Coppola

    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The film...  more

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  • 10


    Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader


    Directed bySteven Shainberg

    Secretary is a 2002 romance film directed by Steven Shainberg and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad Behavior...  more

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  • 11

    Ruby Sparks

    Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll


    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, Ruby...  more
  • 12

    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor


    Directed byTim Burton

    Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup,...  more

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  • 13

    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray


    Directed byWes Anderson

    Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara...  more

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  • 14

    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

    Kat Dennings, Michael Cera


    Directed byPeter Sollett

    Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peter Sollett and starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Written by Lorene Scafaria and based on the novel of the...  more

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  • 15

    Before Sunrise

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy


    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse, a young American man, and Céline, a young French...  more

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  • 16

    Safety Not Guaranteed

    Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza


    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Safety Not Guaranteed is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Colin Trevorrow and inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad—itself written as a joke filler by Backwoods employee...  more
  • 17


    Ben Stiller, Paddy Constantine


    Directed byRichard Ayoade

    Submarine is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The film was written and directed by Richard Ayoade, and starred Craig Roberts,...  more

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  • 18

    Moulin Rouge

    Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer


    Directed byJohn Huston

    Moulin Rouge is a 1952 British drama film directed by John Huston, produced by John and James Woolf for their Romulus Films company and released by United Artists. The film is set in Paris in the...  more

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  • 19

    Eagle vs Shark

    Jemaine Clement, Joel Tobeck


    Directed byTaika Waititi

    Eagle vs Shark is a 2007 New Zealand romantic comedy film directed by Taika Waititi and financed by the New Zealand Film Commission. The screenplay was also written by Waititi, based on the character...  more
  • 20

    Chungking Express

    Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong


    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    Chungking Express is a 1994 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his...  more

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  • 21

    The First Time

    Victoria Justice, Molly Quinn


    Directed byJon Kasdan

    The First Time is a 2012 teen romantic comedy film written and directed by Jon Kasdan and stars Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, James Frecheville and Victoria Justice. Dave Hodgman is a high school...  more
  • 22

    What If

    Daniel Radcliffe, Oona Chaplin


    Directed byMichael Dowse

    What If is a 2014 romantic comedy film written by Elan Mastai and directed by Michael Dowse....  more

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  • 23

    Life After Beth

    Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza


    Directed byJeff Baena

    Life After Beth is a 2014 American zombie comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew...  more
  • 24


    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen


    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two men in...  more

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  • 25

    The Shape of Water

    Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon


    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    The Shape of Water is a 2017 Spanish-American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation until she discovers a...  more