Top 10 Indie Romantic Movies

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We adore a good love story, a film so romantic that the end will bring tears to your eyes. Our top indie romances include Richard Linklater's two-part French-American slacker love story

Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Wild At Heart
Lost in Translation


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Before Sunset (2004)

The second part of Richard Linklater's long-term, long-distance romance between Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke is full of sorrow and regret, and the pitch-perfect ending is all the sweeter for it. Talky, improvised, and real, the film is a milestone for the aging Generation X.

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Wild At Heart (1990)

The better known

True Romance

is but a pale rip-off of David Lynch's larger-than-life love story of Sailor and Lula, the couple Nick Cage and Laura Dern were born to play. On their transcontinental escape from Lula's vicious mother (Diane Ladd), they run right into the arms of wicked Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe). In between, they get drunk in New Orleans, make love with colorful dissolves, and freak-dance in the desert.

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Lost in Translation (2003)

We still don't know what Bill Murray whispered into Scarlett Johansson's ear at the end of their comically surreal stay in Japan, but we're prepared to bet good money that it was absolutely perfect.

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Harold And Maude (1971)

Hal Ashby's romance between an eighty year old prankster and a morbid hearse driving teen proves that true love knows no boundaries. If you want to sing out, sing out!

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The Dreamers (2003)

Sex! Cinema! Revolution! Bernardo Bertolucchi gets to the heart of teenage passion; his gorgeous cast -- Eva Green, Louis Garrel and Michael Pitt -- experience first love in the bath tub and on the kitchen floor.

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Before Sunrise (1995)

How young they were, how innocent! The first part of Linklater's wondrous slacker romance seems all the more sweeter when you watch it again


the sequel.

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Manhattan (1989)

"You have to believe in people," Muriel Hemingway, wiser than her years, tells Woody Allen at the end of the beautiful black-and-white romance that is his best film and purest declaration of love to New York City.

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Trust (1990)

A pregnant teenager and a suicidal, intellectual TV repairman fall in love in Hal Hartley's 1991 oddball romance


. Young Adrienne Shelley, with her long blond ponytail and round glasses, gives a heartbreakingly smart and performance as addled Maria.

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Heights (2005)

One chaotic day in Manhattan: Elizabeth Banks makes peace with her mother, faces the truth about her gay fiance, and by night's end, she finds love. The romantic ending of


is breathtaking.

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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)

A walking suicide, Zia (Patrick Fugart) finally meets the girl of his dreams (Shannyn Sossaman). The only problem is they are both dead. The hipster girl expelled her last breath in an unintentional drug over dose. In Goran Dukic's dark comedy, these lost souls find each other -- and maybe with that find connection, try to find a way out of eternal limbo.