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6 Movies that Portray the Meaning of True Love

In this list, you're not going to find movies that depict cheesy one-night stands, sadomasochism, or approval-seeking relationships.

These movies tell the tales of women (and men) who brave through thick and thin with their partners no matter how daunting or challenging their journeys get, which is what true and enduring love should be. 


1. The Notebook, 2004

In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their relationship.But when Noah returns to their small town years later, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

From Noah's chase for Allie, enduring their separation, to him retelling their romance to a dementia-stricken Allie every single daytrue love is something that is never given up on.


2. The Danish Girl, 2015

This unlikely love story is not fiction. The story centres around Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), struggling with his sexual identity. With support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), he prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations in the world.

Despite potentially losing the love of her life, Gerda stands by her husband's decision to undergo the operation and remains his pillar of strength.


3. Southpaw, 2015

Billy "The Great" Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house, and his manager. With his future on the line, Billy fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most.

Though he lost his wife in the tragedy, his motivation, to be on top of the boxing game, has always been his love for her and their daughter.


4. The Fault in Our Stars, 2014

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a similarly afflicted teen. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially a fictional one created in the book: An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

Even in a world of uncertainty and struggles, love can be patient, kind, never proud, always protecting, always trusting, and always persevering.


5. The Theory of Everything, 2014

The Theory of Everything is based on the true story of highly acclaimed physicist, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his first wife, Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). The biopic follows the pair as they meet in the 1960s, when Hawking was a student at Cambridge. At age 21, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Through her ceaseless support, Hawking begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. They defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.


6. A Beautiful Mind, 2001

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe) experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

Although Nash was gifted with a brilliant mathematical mind, he later develops paranoid schizophrenia, which he and his wife must overcome together.



Featured photo via New Line Cinema

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