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

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Updated January 23, 2020 1.7k votes 316 voters 20k views 75 items

List Rules Vote 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.

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tim Burton

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An artificial man (Johnny Depp), who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a ...more

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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel 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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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more

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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean-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 ...more

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But I'm a Cheerleader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jamie Babbit

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader ...more

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jason Reitman

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

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Three Colors: White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Jerzy Stuhr

Released: 1994

Directed by: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Three Colors: White is a 1994 French-Polish comedy-drama art film co-written, produced, and directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski. White is the second in The Three Colors Trilogy, themed on the ...more

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The Wedding Banquet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Michael Gaston, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ang Lee

The Wedding Banquet is a 1993 film about a gay Taiwanese immigrant man who marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents ...more
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Restoration is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan, Ian McKellen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

Restoration is a 1995 American historical drama film directed by Michael Hoffman. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a 17th-century medical student exploited by a debauched king. The film is based ...more
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Crossing Delancey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added David Hyde Pierce, Geroge Martin, Amy Irving

Released: 1988

Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver

Crossing Delancey is a romantic comedy film starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert that was released in 1988. It is directed by Joan Micklin Silver and was based on a play by Susan Sandler, who ...more

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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc 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 ...more

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Paint Your Wagon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg

Released: 1969

Directed by: Joshua Logan

Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 Western musical film starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg. The film was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon by Lerner and ...more

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Bringing Up Baby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1938

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film tells the story of a ...more

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Desk Set is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell

Released: 1957

Directed by: Walter Lang

Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the ...more

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Widows' Peak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Mia Farrow, Jim Broadbent, Natasha Richardson

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Irvin

Widows' Peak is a 1994 British-Irish film which stars Mia Farrow, Joan Plowright, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar and Jim Broadbent and was directed by John Irvin. The film is based on an ...more
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Truly, Madly, Deeply is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
lmoynihan92 added Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, Bill Paterson

Released: 1991

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Truly, Madly, Deeply is a 1990 British fantasy music drama film made for the BBC's Screen Two series. The film, written and directed by Anthony Minghella, stars Juliet Stevenson and Alan
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The Shop Around the Corn... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

Released: 1940

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Frank Morgan. The screenplay was ...more

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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

Released: 1971

Directed by: Hal 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 ...more

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The Last Five Years is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

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The Tomorrow Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil

Released: 2019

Directed by: Noble Jones

The Tomorrow Man is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Noble Jones. A man (John Lithgow) preparing for the apocalypse meets and falls in love with a woman (Blythe Danner) who is ...more
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Nobody's Fool is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Siersha 2 added Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Benton

Nobody's Fool is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Richard Russo. It stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, ...more

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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.

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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

Released: 2003

Directed by: Sofia 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 ...more

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
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Released: 1951

Directed by: John Huston

The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The ...more

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