We’ve learned a lot of love’s toughest lessons from iconic on-screen duos, so we decided to research our favorite movies about dating and relationships on this topic. Hopefully, these title win pique your interest!

If you are still finding painfully realistic movies about relationships, movies about relationship problems, or movies about healthy relationships, this topic will give the answer to your questions.

500 Days of Summer

It’s easy to get your heartbroken when you fall in love with the idea of a person rather than who that person actually is. And just because you’re both interested in the same things doesn’t mean you’re a match made in heaven.

The Notebook

If anything can turn a jaded heart into a mushy one, it’s Allie and Noah. And while there are many, many lessons to learn from this movie (and date ideas to steal), our biggest takeaway is that true love requires patience, because it doesn’t always work out right away.

Romeo and Juliet

Destiny can be a cold-hearted piece of work, can’t it? Were these two star-crossed lovers meant to be no matter how tragic? Or was it the opposite in that they fought fate and forced something that wasn’t meant to be, thus dying tragically? We’ve been asking ourselves that one since the seventh grade, and honestly, we still aren’t quite sure.

Cruel Intentions

Even if Annette can forgive Sebastian in the end, we sure don’t. Spoiler alert: Not even death exonerates Sebastian of his lifelong dedication to predatory behavior. The lesson? A creep in love is still a creep.

Hidden Figures

Mary is a hard-working and independent trailblazer with a stellar sense of humor. And the support her husband Levi shows her is seriously heart-warming. We think this is what an ideal relationship looks like: You don’t always have to agree, but you should always support and respect one another’s individuality and personal pursuits.

The Danish Girl

The only thing more inspiring than this film is the true relationship it was based on between Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb. They each discover things about themselves, growing as individuals. The film completely contests the accepted notion of a “successful” marriage as they ultimately find other partners, all the while loving one another unconditionally.

Her

Not only does this film force us to wrestle with the ever-evolving notions of personhood and love, but it also teaches the trickiness of a partnership that’s analogous to an owner/object dynamic. If we think that technology mediates the way we live in today’s world, we wonder what it has in store for us down the road. Their relationship is great until Samantha matures past the intentions of the programmers, developing a capacity to exist outside of Theodore’s needs.

Dirty Dancing

Even though Baby says she’s afraid of everything, she doesn’t let that fear dictate her life. She teaches us that you never know what kind of magical moments you’ll experience until you get outside your comfort zone. But if we’re being completely honest, our biggest lessons from this movie are that nobody puts Baby in a corner, and you shouldn’t try her dance moves at home.

Brokeback Mountain

To Jack and Ennis, Brokeback Mountain may as well have been a place where bluebirds sang and whiskey came from a natural spring because it was the only place in the world they felt safe enough to actually love each other. So even though the secrecy sometimes made them feel trapped, it also provided a means for them to be true to themselves. When Jack tells Ennis, “I wish I could quit you,” it’s clear we cannot choose who we love.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The list of movies about dating and relationships couldn’t be complete without this flick. No matter how much grief you feel in the aftermath of a breakup, you can’t just will away the memory of an ex-lover. And even if you could erase the memories with a medical procedure à la Dr. Mierzwiak and Mary (Kirsten Dunst), you’d probably regret it. When Clementine and Joel try to erase theirs, they not only forget about each other, but they also lose parts of themselves that grew out of the relationship.

Plus, when Joel and Clementine meet again post-erasure procedure, they begin their relationship all over again. So despite a messy demise, the relationship is an essential experience for their individual growth. Love can be real and still burn out fast.