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5 Movies like The Lake House: A Romantic Fantasy

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Dale Barham itcherMovies like ‘The Lake House’, ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and ‘About Time’ all successfully combine strong elements of romance with a dash of fantasy, resulting in a rewarding and often touching cinema experience.

You don’t have to be a romantic at heart to enjoy these films; their original concepts and intriguing plots are enough to please even the most stone-hearted of viewers. ~ Dale Barham

Movies Similar to ‘The Lake House’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

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UNDERRATED

‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ (Robert Schwentke, 2009)

The first movie like ‘The Lake House’ on the list is the hugely underrated, ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.

Eric Bana stars as a man born with a bizarre condition that catapults him through time without a second’s notice. When he falls in love with a beautiful woman (Rachel McAdams), he knows their relationship will be a struggle but they vow to make it work in some way.

Of course, that’s easier said than done when the man you love can disappear in an instant and not be seen again for years.

While it may sound a little bleak based on the plot alone, this is actually a very touching and thoughtful picture that touches on some fundamental life lessons.

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Involuntary time travel doesn't sound too fun! 

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MUST-SEE

‘About Time’ (Richard Curtis, 2013)

Domhnall Gleeson stars as a man who discovers all the males in his family can travel through time – as long as they can find a quiet cupboard to do it in!

Predictably, he uses the power to make sure he ends up with the woman of his dreams, even though he keeps messing it up over and over again.

However, as he gets older and starts to settle down, he realises there are some things in life that can’t be fixed simply by going back in time to change it, which leads to plenty of soul-searching before the end.

Witty, bright and exceedingly original, this is a love story that you’ll find yourself revisiting time and time again.

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A charming tale which always puts its human elements before its sci-fi. 

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UNKNOWN

‘Happy Accidents’ (Brad Anderson, 2002)

Infectiously quirky and totally adorable, this romantic comedy stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Marisa Tomei as a couple on the right track to falling in love.

It’s not long before their fledgling romance is put to the test after it comes out that D’Onofrio is, in fact, a time taveler from the 2400s.

Well, I guess it’s a funny story to tell the kids one day!

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There's enough wit and wonder here to rise above others in the romantic comedy genre. 

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UNEXPECTED

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ (Michel Gondry, 2004)

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star as a couple in turmoil who each undergo a revolutionary procedure to remove each other from their memories and get on with their lives.

However, the process ends up catapulting them through a bizarre and abstract dreamstate in which they slowly discover what it is that made them fall in love in the first place.

You’ve never seen a film quite like this, which says a lot about the writing of master scribe Charlie Kaufman.

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Sci-fi is rarely as beautiful or moving as this. 

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If You Like ‘The Lake House’, You Will Like

‘City of Angels’ (Brad Silberling, 1998)

Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan star in this adorable romance about an angel who walks the Earth and helps people on their way to the afterlife, who finds himself at a crossroads when he falls in love with a heart surgeon.

His relationship with this beautiful but distraught individual inspires him to give up his life as a supernatural being and instead exist in this world as a mortal being.

The things you do for love, eh?

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I don't believe in angels, but if I did, I'd want them all to be Nic Cage! 

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What Would You Add?

What other romantic films like ‘The Lake House’ would you recommend?

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Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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