Stories, by their nature, are conflict. And is conflict without drama? And what is love without the need to see two hot people do it on screen? That's why the entire romantic comedy genre exists. Just endless wish fulfillment, selling you, the mark and rube viewer, on the idea that you're secretly Humphrey Bogart waiting for your Lauren Bacall or Will Smith waiting for your Eva Mendes. The thing about rom-coms is they really only show the first part of dating. Not the awkward middle section or the end. Then you're Rob from High Fidelity, and that movie gets filed under “Drama” at your local Blockbuster (Jesus, how old is this article?)

 

Our point is, that initial courtship (again with the old terminology, who wrote this? Was it you, Artemis?) contains some weird stuff. Hollywood provides unrealistic expectations for love...like constant stalking and manipulation. Read below for how 12 classic romantic movies in hindsight are just creepy.

NEVER BEEN KISSED TEACHER FALLS IN LOVE WITH STUDENT. Okay, it's less creepy because she's not actually underage, but he fell in love with her while b

THE NOTEBOOK MAN THREATENS SUICIDE TO MANIPULATEA WOMAN TO GO ON DATE WITH HIM. Also, Noah builds his whole life around a woman who he thought rejecte

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE ENGAGED WOMAN STALKS MAN UNTIL HIS CHILD CONVINCES HIM TO DATE HER. Annie hires a private investigator and travels all the way to

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS TWO PEOPLE UNKNOWINGLY MANIPULATE EACH OTHER INTO A RELATIONSHIP. Two wrongs don't make consent, and both characters are

Join the Cracked Movie Club

Expand your movie and TV brain--get the weekly Cracked Movie Club newsletter!

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA MURDERER LIVING IN WALLS GROOMS CHILD TO BEHIS BRIDE Maybe this one is cheating because Phantom isn't SUPPOSED to be romantic, bu

CRUEL INTENTIONS SEXUAL ASSAULTER FINDS NEW VICTIM. This movie is based on the premise that if someone dies, they suddenly become a redeemable person.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE BABYSITTER GIVES UNDERAGE CHILD NUDES OF HERSELF. A crazy abuse of power from a 17-year-old to a 14-year-old, that includes a teen

GROUNDHOG DAY OMNISCIENT MAN HAS UNLIMITED TIME TO LEARN HOW TO TRICK WOMAN INTO LOVING HIM. To her, he has only known her one day. For him, he has le

50 FIRST DATES MAN COERCES WOMAN DAILY INTO HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. Womanizer Henry takes advantage of a woman's memory disorder in order to m

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA A WOMAN QUITS HER JOB TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH HER BOYFRIEND WHO HATES THAT SHE HAS AJOB. Andy's boyfriend is constantly annoyed

CRAZYRICH ASIANS MAN LIES TO GIRLFRIEND ABOUT ENTIRE CHILDHOOD. How do you date someone for a year without revealing how many butlers you had growing

LOVE ACTUALLY TEN ISEPARATE STORIES, ALL OF THEM UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. So we're supposed to be rooting for a couple that can't communicate, a man w

Tags

Forgot Password?