In the spirit of the month of love, here’s our top 10 movies about realistic, non-movie-like love. This list is for those of us who roll our eyes at the soppy never-going-to-happen love stories that dominate the screens this time of year. Enough is enough.

We all know the drill. When February comes along you’ve got a couple of options: you can’t wait to spend some quality time with THAT special guy, you Skype date long distance, burn pictures of your ex with your besties or you completely rock being totally single. All you really need to complete any of these February rituals is a real movie or two – real, as in non-movie love stories just to restore your hope for real love in whatever scenario you find yourself in. So in no specific order, here they are:

  1. 500 Days of Summer
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Just image the combination of a complete cynic who doesn’t believe in love and a hopeless romantic. The result is an interesting ride… This one is for those of us who have gone through a relationship that started out amazing, but then ran dry somehow. This honest look at love and heartbreak is sure to make you remember (and get over) a has-been-love in real-time.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:86%

IMDBl: 7.8/10

 

2. About Time

About Time

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While a time traveller keeps reliving moments to make his life picture perfect, he soon realises that you don’t need to overthink things for them to work out. If a time travellers come to the conclusion that you should make the most of every moment (even if you could relive them again and again), then it’s some pretty sound life/love advice.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:70%

IMDBl: 7.8/10

 

 

3. Love Actually

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The original, and probably the only real successful multi-story-line movie ever, is really just a perfect movie for February. Why? It illustrates how all kinds of love can endure, fail, prevail and happen in the weirdest places in the weirdest ways for all kinds of people. This one will definitely entertain both the guys and the gals.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

IMDBl: 7.7/10

 

 

 

4. Bridget Jones’ Diary

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Real life is really awkward. It’s full of goofy and embarrassing moments and no one shows this better than dear Bridget Jones. She misjudges men, struggles with her self-image and tries to make her own way in the world. Thanks Bridget for making us feel a bit more normal.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:81%

IMDBl: 6.7/10

 

 

 

5. The Fault in our Stars

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If you don’t mind crying your eyes out, this movie is fantastic – it’s as real as it gets. Seeing someone at their best and then at their worst and loving them all the same is what real love is all about. This movie teaches you to look past the surface and to be okay with what you find.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:80%

IMDBl: 7.9/10

 

 

 

6. Like Crazy

 

We haven’t forgotten the long-distance peeps – we know it’s tough as nails to make it work. In this movie the leading girl is banned from entering her boyfriend’s country, while he literally has Jennifer Lawrence distracting him. Is it worth fighting for? You’ll have to watch it and see.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:72%

IMDBl: 6.7/10

 

 

7. 10 things I hate about you

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Clever and witty, this old-time teen classic is sure to warm any cynic’s heart. Watching a badass Heath Ledger pursue an equally hardcore lady will have you laughing all the way (and rooting for the underdog). Disclaimer: it’ll also give you the urge to listen to Frank Sinatra’s “I love you, baby” all week long.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:61%

IMDBl: 7.2/10

 

 

 

8. Shakespeare in Love

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For those of us who know love is messy and that it doesn’t always work out the way we planned, this is a good dose of reality dipped in some delicious sugar and spice. What better way to celebrate love than to watch the creator of Romeo and Juliet learn about love (absolutely no one has it figured out).

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:92%

IMDBl: 7.2/10

 

 

9. Moulin Rouge

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This movie is set in Bohemian France where a HOPELESS romantic is set out on a quest to understand love. This journey takes him into the burlesque underworld of the Moulin Rouge and teaches him a few heart-wrenching lessons along the way.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:76%

IMDBl: 7.6/10

 

 

 

10. Ever After: A Cinderella story

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This is no ordinary fairy-tale. There’s no faffy princesses. There’s no there-aren’t-such-men princes. And the action kicks off from the moment this fiery Cinderella throws the prince off his horse with an apple. This movie ticks all my boxes: funny, heart-warming and sometimes near-tragic. Oh and the glass slipper still makes its magical appearance.

Critics rating:

Rotten Tomatoes:91%

IMDBl: 7.0/10