If your reaction to the typical romantic comedy is a gag reflex tinged with mild depression, rest assured there are some great rom-coms that don't end with two obstacle-overcoming lovers kissing in the rain. This Valentine's Day, we recommend watching a classic fairy tale with a less-than-perfect ending—so that your eyes can take a rest from all that rolling into the back of your head.
Harold and Maude
The dialogue is priceless. But these two age-inappropriate lovers never had a chance.
Daryl Hannah chowing down on a lobster will forever be classic. But after Tom Hanks gets the girl, he has to go live in the ocean. Forever.
Hannah and Her Sisters
Amazing movie, perfect script. But getting knocked up by Woody Allen isn't exactly a happy ending.
Pretty In Pink
Okay, so they actually got together in the end. But does anyone really believe that Andie and Blane lived happily ever after? He probably dropped out of Yale to work for his dad, she probably started a tacky fashion line and moved to Portland.
It's one of cinema's most timeless romances. But Rick (Humphrey Bogart) totally got the shaft.
Johnny Depp in one of his best weirdo performances (and he's delivered plenty). But instead of the girl, he ends up with a lifetime of desolate isolation.
— Rachel Rosenblit