What would cinema be without love stories? Even since filmmakers put their stories on celluloid, the vast majority revolve around love between two people. Or maybe three.
Which makes sense. If a movie was just about two people who meet, fall in love, get married and live happily ever after, the results would be a bit boring. Movies need action and conflict, and what better way to spice things up than with a good old-fashioned love triangle? (These are the best love stories in movie history..)
To find the most memorable love triangles in Hollywood history, 24/7 Tempo combed through plot synopses from sources including IMDb, an online movie and TV database owned by Amazon; Weekly entertainment; and other entertainment and general interest media sources.
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In most of the movies on our list, love conquers all and the two people meant to be together end up in each other’s arms, leaving the third side of the triangle out in the cold. In some stories, a person kindly steps aside despite being heartbroken. Perhaps the most famous example is Rick nobly giving up his love, Ilsa, at the end of the classic “Casablanca.”
Not all of these movies are light-hearted romantic comedies. A participant in Woody Allen’s “Match Point” love triangle comes to a tragic end. “The Hunger Games” deals with darker themes, but still manages to weave a complex love triangle. Marvel’s “X-Men” centers on a woman and the two men who love her, proving that even in action movies, a good love triangle can draw audiences. (These are the best Marvel movies of all time.)
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