Looking For Movies With Love Triangle Plots
August 11, 2014 8:30 PM   Subscribe

Looking for movies that feature love triangles, any genre

Doing a bit of plot/script research - I'm looking for movies that feature a love triangle, mostly where someone wins over someone else who is in a relationship (that is in all sorts of states: good or bad). Example being Titanic, where Jack wins over Rose who was engaged to the awful Cal.

Any genres apply, including gay/lesbian, dramas, sci-fi, comedies, etc.

Anything you can think of! Even the obvious choices and obscure ones.
posted by christiehawk to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Against All Odds

The Empire Strikes Back
posted by 4ster at 8:32 PM on August 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Casablanca, obviously. Rick, Ilsa, and Victor.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:34 PM on August 11, 2014 [2 favorites]

I don't even know where to start.

IMDb has 2,573 films tagged with "love triangle," though, skimming the first page of results, some of those do seem to be a stretch.
posted by Shmuel510 at 8:36 PM on August 11, 2014

Response by poster: I feel like it's something I've seen a million times, but was having a very hard time coming up with movies.

I'm looking for more of a specific type of love triangle where there's already a relationship between two of the actors, not just a person picking between two people. This is hard to search the internet for, hence needing the help from the hive mind.
posted by christiehawk at 8:40 PM on August 11, 2014

Made of Honor with Patrick Dempsey
posted by Night_owl at 8:41 PM on August 11, 2014

posted by Dip Flash at 8:46 PM on August 11, 2014

The Kids Are All Right is a great example of this.
posted by sockermom at 9:04 PM on August 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Dr Zhivago
The Graduate
Vanilla Sky
The Other Woman
I Am Love
Lost in Translation
A Walk on the Moon
Minnie and Moscowitz
The Ice Storm
posted by marimeko at 9:05 PM on August 11, 2014

Closer (2004), though I suppose it is more of a love square.
posted by sacrifix at 9:06 PM on August 11, 2014 [3 favorites]

Breathe In
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Vanilla Sky (weird version of)

Taking a look at what links to "love triangle" on Wikipedia:

The Hunger (1983 film)
The Rules of Attraction
The Quiet American

posted by sylvanshine at 9:12 PM on August 11, 2014

My Best Friend's Wedding
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:24 PM on August 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Came here to say "love square". But also: Eternal Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Scott Pilgrim...
posted by pjenks at 9:44 PM on August 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

On the gay cinema front, Freier Fall, Contracorriente, Eyes Wide Open, and Snails in the Rain are all foreign-language films about married men who are won over by gay men, and while Sunday Bloody Sunday is a more traditional love triangle (in which a young man is involved with a man and a woman), it's one of the best examples of the theme.
posted by lunch at 9:53 PM on August 11, 2014

The Truth About Cats And Dogs
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 9:57 PM on August 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Something Borrowed is surprisingly good, and is exactly this story line.
posted by kjs4 at 10:04 PM on August 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Edward Scissorhands
The Sound of Music
Moulin Rouge!

posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:06 PM on August 11, 2014

I am pretty sure Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and most if not all Jane Austen adaptations contain love triangles of the sort you seek.
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:07 PM on August 11, 2014

Ah-hah, yet another opportunity to recommend my two favorite Ernst Lubitsch musicals! The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) and One Hour With You (1932). The former much more than the latter, but they both work.
posted by bubukaba at 10:17 PM on August 11, 2014

TVTropes: Love Triangle
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:18 PM on August 11, 2014

The Station Agent has a weird thing going on.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:19 PM on August 11, 2014

Reaching for the Moon
posted by Yma at 10:47 PM on August 11, 2014

Bar Girls
Chasing Amy
Jules et Jim
Three of Hearts
Pretty in Pink
Some Kind of Wonderful
The Wedding Singer
Bridget Jones (both)
Love Actually
How to Marry a Millionaire
French Kiss
Addicted to Love
posted by ApathyGirl at 11:11 PM on August 11, 2014

A Place in the Sun
The Age of Innocence
posted by brujita at 12:55 AM on August 12, 2014

Imagine Me and You is all about a love triangle.
posted by daisyk at 3:47 AM on August 12, 2014

Enemies, A Love Story (based on the even better book by Isaac Bashevis Singer) is actually a love quadrangle: It starts out about a man, the woman who hid him through the Holocaust and later married him, and his mistress. Then his wife returns from the concentration camps, not dead after all.
posted by Mchelly at 5:19 AM on August 12, 2014

posted by Flood at 6:41 AM on August 12, 2014

The very dark film, Damage, comes to mind.
posted by getyourlife at 6:48 AM on August 12, 2014

Sliding Doors (turns into a square of sorts)
posted by soelo at 8:22 AM on August 12, 2014

Response by poster: Thank you everyone!
posted by christiehawk at 7:36 PM on August 12, 2014

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