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

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Updated January 23, 2020 1.9k votes 349 voters 21.9k views 75 items

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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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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Juno is listed (or ranked) 4 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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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Moonrise Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Wes 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 ...more

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Nick & Norah's Infin... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Kat Dennings, Michael Cera, Mimi Imfurst

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more

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Lars and the Real Girl ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Craig 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.

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Before Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

Released: 1995

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Submarine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Ben Stiller, Paddy Constantine, Sally Hawkins

Released: 2010

Directed by: Richard 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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Safety Not Guaranteed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Garlin

Released: 2012

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

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Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim 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 ...more

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Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis ...more

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Moulin Rouge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer, Peter Cushing

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Huston

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Ruby Sparks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Humphrey Bogart

Released: 2012

Directed by: Valerie 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, ...more
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The First Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Angelababy, Mark Chao, Cindy Yen

Released: 2012

Directed by: Han Yan

The First Time is a 2012 Chinese romance film written and directed by Han Yan. It is a remake of the 2003 South Korean film ...ing.
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Obvious Child is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann

Released: 2014

Directed by: Gillian Robespierre

Obvious Child is a 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Gillian Robespierre. After a drunken one-night stand, stand-up comedian Donna (Jenny Slate) finds out she is pregnant and ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Alexander 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 ...more

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The Pretty One is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Ron Livingston, Zoe Kazan, John Carroll Lynch

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jenée LaMarque

The Pretty One is a 2013 comedy drama film directed and written by Jenée LaMarque. The film stars Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, Sterling Beaumon and John Carroll Lynch.
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Always Be My Maybe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves

Released: 2019

Directed by: Nahnatchka Khan

Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic ...more
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What If is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way
Daniel Radcliffe, Oona Chaplin, Adam Driver

Released: 2013

Directed by: Michael Dowse

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

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