Movies on dating and relationships

To mark the opening of “Take This Waltz” (and again, we can’t emphasize enough that you should go and see it), we’ve pulled together a selection of our favorite films revolving around the end of love affairs, relationships and marriages.

Of course, it’s a subjective and somewhat random selection, and certainly not definitive, so if we’ve missed your favorite, you can speak your piece in the comments section below.

It’s one of the most incisive and powerful films about marriage in recent memory, and deserves entirely to sit alongside Bergman, Fassbinder, Nichols et al.

“An Unmarried Woman” (1978) Less the depiction of a crumbling relationship, like most of the films in this piece, than a portrait of what happens in the aftermath.

Pugach was then sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

The entire time he continually wrote to Riss, and upon his release the two dated again and this time got married.

Williams and Gosling are unforgettable and “Blue Valentine” a simple story masterfully told.

“Carnal Knowledge” (1971) Oddly, “Carnal Knowledge” was marketed as a comedy upon release, but to this writer it’s more of an incisive drama of modern day struggles with sex, relationships and coming of age from resident romantic cynic and director Mike Nichols.

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With the R-rating restored, the picture was free to open in theaters – a premiere that was a long time coming, and immensely bolstered the reputations of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.

While the former received an Academy Award nomination, the latter was inexplicably shut out, but not to worry, “Blue Valentine” is hardly an awards-driven picture, opting instead for an emotionally hectic, complex and naturalistically acted record of spouses fighting to reignite a passion that has tragically eluded them.

Cutting between the youthful past of promise and possibility and a crushing present where even the air feels hesitant to intrude on some of the conversations, Cianfrance lays bare all the things people choose not to talk about until you beg him to stop.

It’s like the Two-Face story from “The Dark Knight,” done in a twisted romantic comedy style.

As fucked up as the romance at the heart of “Crazy Love” might sound, it’s also oddly uplifting, in the weirdest way possible.

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