Eat your heart out
, moviegoers. Everyone loves a good love story whether they admit it or not, and the 21st century has brought us more than a few couples worth rooting for: Clementine and Joel, Ennis and Jack, Joaquin and his computer. Often these unions are unconventional or hidden in the guise of something more high-concept — straightforward romances are so 20th century — but at the end of the day, we all want to see a happy ending for our smitten lovers.
Our list goes all over the map, from the mainstream maestro Nancy Meyers
to international masters like Wong Kar-Wai
. Some were blockbuster hits (“Twilight,” “The Proposal
”); others have hardly been seen stateside at all (Lee Chang-dong
’s 2002 “Oasis
”). However, all of them illustrate some essential element of love, from falling to longing and all the sticky bits in between.
While the zeitgeist has skewed toward the melancholy, that’s