Jump to content

Movies with no romance


Recommended Posts

I know this topic has been up before but I think there's room for another one. Share your recommendations of no-romo movies. Preferably also write why you recommend it.

 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
  • Malcolm.  An Australian movie from 1986.  A young man who has no idea why the girl next door keeps wanting to spend time with him.  He's also repulsed by the girlfriend of a man renting a room from him dressing too sexy.  The story is fiction, but the character is based on a real person.
  • The Accountant.  Ben Affleck does a good job portraying an autistic character.  He comes to notice that a woman is interested in him; he can't give her what she wants so he gives her an valuable painting instead.  (Violence warning.)
  • Muriel's Wedding.  Toni Collette thinks her unhappy life will improve if she just marries the right man; in the end she realizes she's happier with her best friend.
  • The Returner.  Japan 2002.  A teenager who is the last survivor of humanity travels to the present to stop an alien invasion before it happens, forcing an amoral bounty hunter to help her.  They learn trust & affection for each other, but aren't a couple.
Edited by 2 Spirit Cherokee Princess
  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, RepublicServicesVolunteer said:

Interstellar, because it's about space exploration and time travel. There's no romance (or sex), but it's about a close relationship between a father and a daughter, who are both interested in scientific topics.

And it is a really good, though-provoking movie besides that.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

The Help (movie and book are both very good).  It's not quite no-romance, as there are a couple of small romantic side-plotlines, but one of them doesn't go the way they usually do (can't say more without spoilers!) and other types of relationships are foregrounded, as are just general principles of being a good person.  One of the main characters is also fighting the cultural assumptions of being a woman in the 1950s, that you are just there to get married and have babies, so even though she isn't an aro character it's a nice one for anyone who also feels (though I'd hope less so in the modern world!) pressured by those ideas too.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Les Choristes, a French film set in the 40s. It's about music and one of my favourite movies. A teacher comes to a school for troubled boys and wants to help them by teaching them to sing, fighting against the strict headmaster. It's a great movie with beautiful music.

Edited by Nora_9
  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
22 hours ago, Nora_9 said:

Les Choristes, a French film set in the 40s. It's about music and one of my favourite movies. A teacher comes to a school for troubled boys and wants to help them by teaching them to sing, fighting against the strict headmaster. It's a great movie with beautiful music.

Don't the teacher ended up falling for the mother of one of the boys? I don't remember the romance part (it was very minor and barely there I think),  but I kinda remind the boy being upset with the relationship.

Oh, I should just watch that masterpiece again to be sure. 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, nonmerci said:

Don't the teacher ended up falling for the mother of one of the boys?

You're right, I completely forgot about that. But as you say it is really small part of the story and it's more the reaction of the boy that is important to the story. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...

Theres plenty of war based movies which as far as I remember have little romance, focusing instead on the relation between soldiers. for example Saving Private Ryan comes to mind, it ends with Ryan standing by his wife but it is not about romance but rather he asks her if his life was worthy of the sacrifice made to save him. When done well war based films are my favourite alternative to romance since rather than just not having romance they offer another form of relationship which is seen as at least as powerful and important.

On a completely different note, as far as I remember four lions doesn't have much in the way of romance, if i remember right someone gets squirted with water pistols for keeping his wife in a small room and that's about the closest it gets to acknowledging romance.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...
  • The King of Masks.  Hong Kong, 1996.  A man who never had any interest in marriage worries that his unique mask-making art will die out if he doesn't produce an heir; he decides to adopt.
  • Little Man Tate.  US, 1991  About a genius child of a single mother who's never had a long-term relationship with a man.  He also finds himself under the care of a woman who is devoted to her work, not dating.
  • Redemption.  US, 2004.  The true story of the friendship between Stan "Tookie" Williams--who regretted founding the Crips--& Barbara Becnel, an author who helped him dissuade children from joining gangs.
  • Secret Ballot.  Iran, 2001.  The story of an election official encouraging people on a rural island to vote, & the conservative soldier assigned to escort her.
  • The Wiz.  US, 1978.  A woman has reached middle age without getting married & her family thinks something is wrong with her.  She escapes to an Oz which is a fantasy version of New York City.
  • Zeiram.  Japan, 1991.  A genetically engineered monstrosity has landed on earth, followed by a bounty hunter who arrives just in time to rescue a couple humans.  While it inverts the usual damsel in distress story (a woman is protecting 2 men), she she doesn't get romantic with either of them; she lives for battle.
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

I love animation movies and many of my favorites happen to have little to no romance (by now I know why):

  • The Rescuers & The Rescuers Down Under - it's mainly about caring for others in a platonic and altruistic way. There is a bit romance between the protagonists but honestly, you can ignore it easily.
  • The Sword in the Stone - one of my all time favorite Disney movies. It's about the legend of King Arthur but kid-friendly, with the likeable wizard Merlin and his pet-owl who want to help young Arthur to learn important life lessons. It's a funny and rather light-hearted movie, there is only one small scene with a bit romance but it's not outstanding.
  • Mulan (1998) - the small romantic scene at the end doesn't tarnish the enjoyment of ancient, fictional China with brave Mulan and the funny supporting cast e.g. Mushu.
  • The Jungle Book (1967) - mostly about the human Mogli who wants to stay in the jungle, but his friends Bagheera and Baloo only want what's best for the young boy. Only little romance when Mogli meets a human girl at the end, but that's it.
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951) - the classical tale of Alice, interpreted by Disney. Zero romance.
  • The Great Mouse Detective - Basil, a mouse who happens to be a detective, and his friend Dawson try to solve the mystery around a kidnapping of the toymaker Mr. Flaversham. Based on Sherlock Holmes but with mice! No romance.
  • Oliver & Company - an emotional tale about family, friends and "home is where your heart is". Loved this movie as a kid.
  • Lilo & Stitch - a story about Lilo, her sister and her best friend Stitch who just happens to be a galactic experiment. There is a lot of humor but also very serious themes like coping with loss, staying strong when times are tough, and bullying. Only very little romance which can be ignored easily.
  • Brother Bear - about brotherly love, nature and finding your own way in life. No romance.
  • Treasure Planet - such a great movie with practically no romance. It's about the boy Jim who gets involved with space pirates and needs to safe his family and friends. Futuristic setting and animation which left me awestruck.
  • The Secret of NIMH - Mrs. Brisby, a mouse, sets out on a dangerous adventure to save her son Timmy who is very sick. It's mostly about motherly love and friendship.
  • Moana - finally a modern animated movie with absolutely no romance. It's about a girl who wants to save her island and her people while meeting colorful characters.
  • Castle in the Sky - a great adventure movie by Studio Ghibli. It follows the adventures of a young boy and girl in the late 19th century attempting to keep a magic crystal from a group of military agents, while searching for a legendary floating castle.
  • The Emporer's New Groove - heh, well I loved this movie as a kid. It's silly, funny and mostly about a great friendship. Not really any romance. Could give you a good laugh when everything seems dull.

    I could name many more but it should be good for now ;). I enjoy these movies because they are about life in general and having or finding connections that are (most of the time) not romantic. To fulfill your dream, see who you are and what you want, going on fun and great adventures. To see what is important in life. Character development. All the things I like in a good story or movie. AND they show you can have a good, engaging movie without (or only little) romance! Yay!
Edited by NotHeartless
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

The Final Days of Sophie Scholl. This movie is a very heavy film, as it deals with resisting Nazis, and the ending is quite depressing, but this movie does have platonic love for family and friends but not romantic love.

Home on the Range. This is an animated film that involves cows that are trying to save the farmland that they live on and attempt to do so by capturing a cowboy with excellent yodeling skills (who attempts to hypnotize the cows with his yodeling) because the reward for this outlaw cowboy is the same amount of money that they need to keep the farm from being sold or bidded.

 

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You are posting as a guest. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...