Some of the most famous and beloved romance movies have some creepy underlying themes. Although all the male leads in these films have seemingly good intentions, their “romantic” gestures could also be seen as stalker-ish, however, the female leads never seem to have too much of a problem with their actions. Are these movies really displaying the epitome of romance? Or do they promote stalker-like and controlling behavior?
50 First Dates (2004)
A man meets a woman at a local diner where she invites him to meet her there again the next day. On arriving at their date, he quickly discovers that she has amnesia and uses this to his advantage to stage multiple run-ins.
Hitch the “date doctor” does extensive research into his love interest’s past in order to learn how to “win” her over. He uses this information to his advantage and plans an elaborate date to Ellis Island because of her family history.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Gatsby, obsessed with his ex-girlfriend Daisy, throws extravagant parties just in hopes that one day she will show up to one. He even recruits the help of Daisy’s cousin Nick to help set up meet ups.
A vampire named Edward falls in love with a teenage girl named Bella and literally follows her everywhere. In one scene, he follows her around in his car which proves helpful when he saves her from almost being raped by a gang of guys downtown, but still nonetheless creepy on Edward’s part. In another scene, Bella wakes up to Edward in her room watching her sleep where he admits he does this quite often.
50 Shades Darker (2017)
Loosely based off of the Twilight series, it’s no wonder 50 Shades would also make this list. In the second film of the series, Christian Grey shows up at an art gallery and buys every picture on display of his ex-girlfriend Anastasia “Ana” Steele. He is relentless in his quest to get Ana back and when she finally gives in, his stalking behavior gets even worse. Later in the film, he forbids her from going to New York for business unless he accompanies her and eventually buys the publishing firm she works for.