Romance film  

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"Romance movies with highly incongruous partners—Harold and Maude (1971) and Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), for example—while they strain our willingness to resolve their incongruities, enable in us creative insights that more unified narratives do not, insights that logic, scrutiny, and the practicalities of the real world inhibit."--Psychocinematics: Exploring Cognition at the Movies (2014) by Arthur P. Shimamura

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Romance films are love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on television that focus on passion, emotion, and the affectionate involvement of the main characters and the journey that their love takes through courtship or marriage. Romance films make the love story or the search for love the main plot focus. Occasionally, lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love. As in all romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life, temptations (of infidelity), and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films.

Romantic films often explore the essential themes of love at first sight, young with older love, unrequited love, obsessive love, sentimental love, spiritual love, forbidden love, sexual and passionate love, sacrificial love explosive and destructive love, and tragic love. Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers, especially if the two people finally overcome their difficulties, declare their love, and experience life "happily ever after", implied by a reunion and final kiss. In romantic television series, the development of such relationships may play out over many episodes, and different characters may become intertwined in different romantic arcs.



Note: Not all romance films are about heterosexual couples. There is a history of romance films about same sex couples going back to 1919 with Anders als die Andern (a.k.a. Different from the Others).

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