Let’s face it: as much as it’s fun to watch romantic comedies, they’re often predictable, following the same tropes and wrapping up the story with a happy ending. But luckily, not every rom-com follows the same formula. There are plenty of rom-coms with twist endings that shake things up, whether it’s allowing the protagonist to finally realize they’re better off with someone else besides than the person they’ve been pining for, or having their relationship end with an unexpected, harrowing experience. Spoilers ahead!
But more often than not, these twists are best viewed with an introspective lens, making viewers question their own relationships and think about why the characters’ love stories didn’t go according to plan. We see this in 500 Days of Summer, where Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) doesn’t end up in a relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel), because he spends most of his time idealizing her instead of getting to know her. And then there are movies like Chasing Amy, where the couple tries so hard to make things work, yet ultimately realize they aren't a good fit for each other.
These twist endings aren't bombastic — they actually tend to feel more realistic, because, like in real life, anything can happen and things don’t always work out the way we want them to. If you’re looking for rom-coms that don’t follow the traditional formula, give one of these a try.