The Top 12 Movie Romances of Summer 2013
9. Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett's disgraced trophy wife doesn't deserve a happily-ever-after, but her adopted sister Sally Hawkins -- a chirpy, bow-legged grocery bagger -- definitely does. Woody Allen gives her two blue collar Prince Charmings: a straight-shooting mechanic (Bobby Cannavale) and a goofy stereo installer (Louis C.K.), and then forces her into a tough decision. Blanchett thinks both men are too broke to bother with, but Hawkins wants to believe that true love is priceless. --Amy Nicholson
8. I Give It a Year
Besides its dozen or so big laughs, and its winning streak of middle-upper-crust romantic jadedness, Dan Mazer's I Give It a Year has going for it a trait you might have thought had been bred entirely out of audience-pleasing romantic comedies by now: suspense about who its leads will happily-ever-after with. --Alan Scherstuhl
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7. The Grandmaster
The unrequited love between Ip Man and the fictional Gong Er is just a slender arc of the movie, but it's a potent one. The two are separated through much of the story, which makes their reconnections that much more tender. Wong Kar-wai can turn a plain coat button into a symbol of chaste and enduring love. --Stephanie Zacharek