Many of the best-told love stories feel at once unexpected and achingly familiar, capable of challenging the viewer's assumptions about love and resonating with their lived experiences all at the same time.
For this reason, it's no surprise that many popular movies are based on real love stories, romances that can be supplemented with memorable dialogue and touching moments (like the ever-quotable "if you're a bird I'm a bird") while still managing to keep the roots of its inspiration intact.
These 10 movies were all in some way inspired by - if not exactly true to - real-life romances.
"The Big Sick"
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon have made headlines for turning their whirlwind romance into an award-winning film. Gordon really was put into a medically induced coma after an unexplainable illness. The couple really did meet when Gordon heckled Nanjiani's stand-up set. Nanjiani's parents really did want him to be in an arranged marriage.
"I'm maybe a bit more private than Kumail so I was definitely like, 'Oh sh-t, if this all goes great, I'm gonna be on a red carpet being like, and yes, I was in a coma!'" Gordon told People. "That's kind of a weird thing."
"The way his eyes shined when he looked at her, the way he held her hand, the way he got her tea and took care of her," he recalled on his website. "I remember watching them together and thinking to myself that after sixty years of marriage, these two people were treating each other exactly the same as my wife and I were treating each other after 12 hours."
"Walk the Line"
Johnny and June's on-screen romance melted audiences' hearts in the Oscar-winning biopic "Walk the Line." June Carter Cash helped Johnny write "Ring of Fire" and "Jackson," and Johnny proposed to June on-stage in front of 7,000 strangers in Ontario - as is depicted in one of the more memorable scenes in the film.
"Reaching for the Moon"
This drama chronicles the love affair between Elizabeth Bishop and Carlota de Macedo Soares, a poet and a landscape architect, respectively. The two women had to grapple with Bishop's alcoholism and Soares' depression. In fact, their love story ended when Soares eventually committed suicide.
This 2001 drama is as much about the unexpected love story between mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia as it is about living with paranoid schizophrenia. The real-life couple were married for six years. They then divorced and married again decades later. They stayed together until their death in a car accident in 2015.
The 2008 Oscar-winning film depicts LGBT-rights activist and elected official Harvey Milk, and his real-life love story with partner Scott Smith. As The Guardian pointed out, the film wasn't perfectly true-to-life: Milk was known for being flirty and a proponent of open relationships throughout his life, though the movie implies that he was a "serially-monogamous chap on a quest for The One." His tragic death, unfortunately, was all-too-real.
"I'd like to paint you, but there are no colors, because there are so many, in my confusion, the tangible form of my great love," she once wrote in her famous diaries.
"Our worlds have never gone outside. Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain."
"Boys Don't Cry"
This film chronicles a real-life romance, but the story is anything but charming. Viewers will be horrified to know that though young trans man Brandon Teena really did fall for a girl in Nebraska, the character's stomach-churning death played out in real-life as well.
"Bonnie and Clyde"
The infamous Bonnie and Clyde made headlines stealing money, cars, and guns from gas stations and stores. Still, they weren't exactly the sympathetic duo portrayed in the adaptation on-screen. And their life wasn't nearly as glamorous.
"Nothing glamorous about it, period," Buddy Barrow Williams, Clyde's nephew told CBS. "Always looking over your shoulder. What money you're gonna get, where you gonna spend it? Where you gonna go? I mean, you're just like a hunted, you know, animal."