Another year, another lovey-dovey dalliance from writer Nicholas Sparks. His stories fulfill a serviceable but valid niche in the romantic drama film market, but as we spend more time within a globalized connected world, the stories we seek and tell have greatly diversified. With that in mind, here are 24 Certified Fresh romantic dramas from the last 24 years, some with rather unique perspectives.
Shaped by Todd Haynes’ deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.
Thanks to smart direction and a powerhouse performance from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights transcends its formulaic storyline to deliver thoroughly entertaining drama.