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5 Movies like Love, Rosie: When Fate Is Being Difficult

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Nadia Ghazali itcherIt is easy to not love romantic movies because of their sappiness. However, movies like ‘Love, Rosie’, ‘Serendipity’ and ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ are great ones within the genre. ~ Nadia Ghazali

Missed Opportunities

“I’ve realised, no matter where you are, I will always love you…”

Despite its light-heartedness, ‘Love, Rosie’ had my emotions doing somersaults throughout the movie. We know fate loves throwing curve balls at us, but having the two lead characters constantly missing each other is just frustrating. It is even more frustrating due to the fact that they obviously love each other and would have had a “happily ever after” if they had sat down and been honest with each other.

Small grievances like this make me think twice before watching a romantic film, but I end up watching them anyways because I can’t help myself. Here are some of the movies similar to ‘Love, Rosie’ that I have grown to love.


Movies Similar to ‘Love, Rosie’…

‘Serendipity’ (Peter Chelsom, 2001)

“You don’t have to understand. You just have to have faith…”

The title of the movie says it all: an fortunate accident. ‘Serendipity’ relies heavily on the power of fate as the two leads sets out to find each other after meeting by chance while Christmas shopping at Bloomingdales. The movie is sugary sweet and charming – a reliable light movie to watch while you are stuck in bed for a sick day. Plus, if you have always wanted the chance to see New York, this movie has several New York landmarks.

Similarity Match: 90%
Despite their attraction towards each other, Jon and Sara remains involved with other people – much like ‘Rosie and Alex’, where one of them would be in a relationship when the other is ready to profess his/her love.

‘The Adjustment Bureau’ (George Nolfi, 2011)

“Most people live life on the path we set for them, too afraid to explore any other…”

‘The Adjustment Bureau’ is a romantic thriller that attempts to explore how fate works. A young congressman is predestined to have a positive impact for the future of many people. This will not happen if his life path runs parallel with that of an up-and-coming ballet dance; this is why a group of man keeps on interrupting their paths at their meeting points. Marrying sci-fi and romance beautifully, this movie is so intellectually stimulating that it will have you debating with your partner on movie night.

Similarity Match: 90%
Both sets of characters in ‘Love, Rosie’ and ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ plays around the idea that fate plays a role in every aspect of our lives – sometimes, there is a reason why you are not meant to be with the person that you love.

‘The Notebook’ (Nick Cassavetes, 2004)

“That’s my sweetheart in there. Wherever she is, that’s where my home is…”

While this is a typical story of love at first sight between two teenagers from different social standings, the performances and the chemistry between the two leads make ‘The Notebook’ unforgettable (click here for some great similar films!).

Many claim that the male lead’s actions are charming, some argue that he’s borderline fanatical towards the leading lady. But really, isn’t that what love is about – being your other half’s biggest fan?

Similarity Match: 70%
Just like the film ‘Love, Rosie’, ‘The Notebook’ has many missed-chance moments; however, they do not raise your hopes for a happy reunion only to then force the characters to go their separate ways.


If You Like ‘Love, Rosie’, You Will Like…

Here’s an age old question: can boys and girls just be friends? The movie explores this through its storyline, so if you like that here are some films like ‘Love, Rosie’.

‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (Karan Johar, 1998)

“If she can’t be my best friend, I can’t be in love with her. Without friendship, there is no love…”

If you must watch a Bollywood movie, you might as well watch ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ – it is both amusingly entertaining and devastatingly heartbreaking. It is essential two different movies (it is almost three hours long). The first is about a tactless college playboy who attempts to woo the new exchange student. However, by the second part of the movie, he turns into a loving, widowed father whose daughter attempts to reconcile his father with his “true” first love.

Like ‘Rosie and Alex’, Rahul and Anjali are best friends that are in love with each other, but does not realise it until it is too late.

‘When Harry Met Sally’ (Rob Reiner, 1989)

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible…”

The chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan made ‘When Harry Met Sally’ one of the best friends-turned-lovers movies. It is a funny and charming movie that sets the bar for all its romantic comedy predecessors. Follow Harry and Sally, best friends since college whose relationship took a turn after a drunken night of sex.

Think of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ as the adult version of ‘Love, Rosie’ – the two couples essentially go through the same path of realising and denying their love for one another, but the former has a more mature take on it.


Love Is There, If It Is Meant to Be…

As the old saying goes, “love is patient”. However, films like ‘Love, Rosie’ shows that it earns patience that rewards those who are willing to wait.

By the way, I think you will also enjoy ‘Stuck in Love’ (also starring Lily Collins) and these other movies.

Can you think of more movies about missed connections?

If you do, let everyone know in the comment box below!

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