Why do people like to watch melodramas? And not only representatives of the beautiful half of humanity, but also men. Why is this happening? Usually melodramas are loved by people who lack real emotions in their lives. Cinema gives us a different reality, with bright events, with emotions that overflow. Since women are more emotional than men, they often watch melodramas.
Every year there are many films of this genre. However, there are not so many really interesting films. The key to the success of a film about love is an interesting script, good camera work, and, of course, the acting. We have prepared for you a list that includes the best melodramas of 2014-2015. The list of films about love is compiled on the basis of reviews from critics, as well as audience ratings, and is as objective as possible.
10 Age of Adaline
This melodrama tells about a girl who has reached the age of thirty and has stopped growing up. She was in a car accident that affected her in such an unusual way. Adalyn was born at the beginning of the last century, but even now she looks the same as she did fifty years ago. Because of her unusualness, Adalyn is forced to hide and live on fake documents. She has a daughter who is more like her grandmother.
Her whole life is a series of losses. The people she becomes intimate with gradually age and die. Adalyn tries not to start a serious relationship and is limited to short-lived novels. But one day she meets an extraordinary man who starts courting her and confesses his love. But the biggest surprise for the girl is the father of this man, with whom she had an affair in the mid-sixties. He became a famous astronomer and even named a comet after Adalyn.
However, this movie has a happy ending. The girl tells about her unusualness to her lover, and he accepts her.
This is a classic theme for any melodrama. The story of a poor girl who meets a handsome prince and then lives happily ever after with him cannot but excite impressionable women’s hearts.
The story, in general, is standard and differs little from the previous ones. The father, after the death of his beloved wife, having grieved for a short time, remarry. The stepmother turns Cinderella’s life into a living hell. One day, a girl accidentally meets a handsome young man, not even suspecting that he is a prince. Soon the ball is announced, the good fairy helps Cinderella get there and meet the prince. Well, then – the question of technology.
This story has a happy ending.
8. Battle for Sevastopol
This picture cannot be called a melodrama in its classical sense. This is a war movie. In the center of the story is the story of a female sniper, Lyudmila Pavlyuchenko. This is a woman of unusual fate. On her account more than three hundred destroyed Nazis. The director tried to reveal the identity of Lyudmila and he succeeded.
A very important part of the film is the woman’s personal life. In the war, she could not develop happily. Three men loved her and all three died. Lyudmila was a real symbol for the Soviet soldiers who defended Sevastopol, with her name the soldiers went on the attack, the Nazis wanted to destroy the girl at any cost.
7. Blame the stars
Another romantic story that hit the big screen in 2014. This film will give you a reason to think about eternal questions: about the meaning of our existence, about the fact that our life is just one moment that needs to be treasured.
A girl mortally ill with cancer falls in love with a guy, he was able to overcome this disease, and they go on a desperate journey full of love and romance. They will enjoy every minute spent together. The girl knows that her days are numbered, but love illuminates her life.
This is a romantic comedy about a very unusual couple. He is an experienced and seasoned swindler, a very attractive young lady who takes only the first steps in the criminal field gets to him for an “internship”.
Real passion flares up between the main characters, but after a while their relationship becomes a problem for their business. The film was released at the end of 2014, two directors worked on it at once: Glen Ficarra and John Requa. The picture turned out to be very funny, we can note the excellent play of the actors.
This Russian film can hardly be called a melodrama in the full sense of the word. The events described in the film take place in 1917. The First World War is on. Emperor Nicholas has already abdicated. A special women’s battalion is being formed in the country, in which female volunteers who want to fight at the front are recorded.
A young girl Nina Krylova, a student of a St. Petersburg gymnasium, falls in love with a young officer, Alexander. After that, the girl enrolls in the battalion of Maria Bochkareva, in which girls of different ages, classes and destinies serve. For a month, the girls are prepared, and then sent to the front.
Men no longer want to fight at the front, fraternization with the enemy is constantly taking place, the soldiers are throwing their weapons. And against this background, Bochkareva’s battalion shows miracles of courage, stamina and discipline. Despite this, the men do not take the women’s battalion seriously. It is the fighters of Bochkareva who will defend the Winter Palace from the Bolsheviks.
This film was released at the end of 2014. It can be called a historical melodrama. This is the love story of the gladiator Milo and the Roman woman Cassia, which takes place in the city of Pompeii, on the eve of the eruption of Vesuvius.
Milo has a very difficult fate: his native tribe was slaughtered by the Romans, and he himself was sold into slavery. He accidentally meets Cassia and a deep feeling flares up between the young people. A Roman senator arrives in the city, who commanded the troops that exterminated the Milo tribe. He wants to marry Cassia. At this time, the mighty Vesuvius wakes up, which allegedly decides to destroy the city, rich and mired in sins.
Milo rescues his lover, but they can’t escape their fate.
The film perfectly shows the catastrophe of the city, excellent special effects, actors play well. Although there are enough historical inaccuracies in the film, the footage of the death of a huge city is fascinating.
This is a Russian film, which should be attributed to the genre of historical melodrama. It describes the events of the Patriotic War of 1812. Against the backdrop of these fateful historical events for the country, the love of a simple serf peasant woman and a landowner unfolds. Under normal circumstances, they would have had no chance of happiness, but the war intervened.
The war changes the whole habitual way of life, class prejudices are thrown aside. Fate moves lovers towards each other.
This film was directed by Anton Sievers, and the budget of the picture was 7 million dollars.
2. Beauty and the Beast
This is another adaptation of an old fairy tale. The film was shot by the joint efforts of filmmakers from Germany and France. Film directed by Christopher Gans. The film’s budget is quite high (as for the European Union) and amounts to 33 million euros.
The plot of the film is also classic. The father of the family, whose beautiful daughter is growing up, finds herself in an enchanted castle near a terrible monster. His daughter goes to save him and finds daddy in good health, safe and sound. She stays in the castle with the monster, who turns out to be quite kind and even cute.
The sincere love of the girl for the unfortunate creature helps to destroy the spell and return him to his human form. But before that, lovers have to overcome many obstacles.
The film is well shot, the cast is well chosen, the special effects are pleasing.
1. 50 оттенков серого
This film was released in early 2015 and has already managed to make a lot of noise. It is based on the cult book by British writer E. L. James.
The film tells about the connection between a young student girl Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey. The girl is studying to be a journalist and, at the request of her friend, goes to interview a billionaire. The interview is not very successful and the girl thinks that she will never see Gray again in her life, but he finds her himself.
Almost immediately, a passionate romance flares up between the young people, but the further, the more Anastasia learns about the sexual tastes of her lover, and they are very exotic.
This novel immediately became extremely popular in the UK and the US. It contains many explicit erotic scenes, including scenes of violence. Children under the age of eighteen are not recommended to watch this film.
This is only the first part of the trilogy, a continuation is ahead of us.