20 best films about first love

First love is a feeling filled with joy, fear and the delight of a pioneer at the same time. It is a timid attempt that will eventually fail, but will never be forgotten. The mosaic of memories, filtered by memory and seen through the prism of experience, is especially reminiscent of film frames. And directors are able to subtly notice, to capture this graceful ephemerality and make it real for a while. We bring to your attention the twenty best films about first love.

Notebook (2004)

Nick Cassavetes made a film based on the novel of the same name by N. Sparks, which became a bestseller in the first week. The story of Noah and Ellie’s relationship begins before World War II. Lovers belong to different social strata. Their relationship is hindered by the heroine’s parents, and then the war. A few years later, on the eve of her own wedding, Ellie is looking for a former lover to dot the relationship.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Notebook

Cast:
Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+


Good Children Don’t Cry (2012)

A 12-year-old girl named Ekki does not study well, but she plays football very well. Her classmate Joep thinks she’s in an unwomanly business. At some point, a football tournament is planned at the school. Akki wants to participate, but suddenly finds out that she has leukemia.

Classmates support the girl, so she decides to continue training. On the eve of an important competition, Ekki climbs a tree and does not find the strength to climb down from it. Joep comes to the aid of the heroine, and a spark runs between the teenagers…

Original title:
Achtste-groepers huilen niet

Cast:
Hanna Obbeck, Niels Verkoochen, Fiona Livingston

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
12+


Hurry to Love (2002)

An interesting film about first love is also based on the novel by N. Sparks. In the center of the plot is the story of the relationship between the school idol Landon and the ugly Jamie, who is passionate about learning. The guy is forced to seek help from a modest honors student. The girl takes a promise from him that Jamie will not fall in love. The narcissistic playboy willingly agrees to such a condition. Soon the guy realizes that he cannot keep the oath.

Original title:
A Walk to Remember

Cast:
Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
12+


Jane Austen (2006)

The list of the best films about first love includes a picture about the relationship between an aspiring writer and a lawyer from Ireland, Thomas Lefroy. Jane’s parents dream of marrying off their daughter to a wealthy gentleman. The young writer is seriously passionate about the smart, daring Irishman. Relatives against unequal marriage. Therefore, Jane and Thomas decide to escape.

Original title:
Becoming Jane

Cast:
Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters

Country:
UK, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
12+


The Fault in the Stars (2014)

In the center of the plot of another film from the selection about first love is a girl named Hazel. She is only 17 years old, but she already suffers from an incurable disease, which gradually draws all her strength out of her. Fate presents her with a real gift – the disease recedes for a while. However, exhausted by long procedures, Hazel needs the help of a psychotherapist.

The heroine joins a support group, where she meets a young man who can change her whole life. Augustus has the same disease as Hazel, but the guy doesn’t seem to care about it. He is happy that he has found a kindred spirit and tries not to look into the ghostly future.

Original title:
The Fault in Our Stars

Cast:
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
12+


Keith (2008)

This is a classic film about the first high school love, in the center of the narrative of which is 17-year-old Natalie. The girl is going to go to college, but for now she spends all her free time with her friends. In one of the chemistry lessons, Keith is paired with the heroine for laboratory work. Young people begin to communicate, but they realize that their views on life are completely different.

Keith’s position irritates Natalie and forces her to get involved in an argument. She wants to change her partner, but nothing works. As students work together, they gradually become closer. Keith tells Natalie about his life, but is hiding something. The girl unexpectedly realizes that she is trying to spend more and more time with a new acquaintance to the detriment of her friends.

Original title:
Keith

Cast:
Jesse McCartney, Elizabeth Arnoy, Ignacio Serrichio

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
12+


Full Moon Kingdom (2012)

The film takes place in the 60s of the last century in one of the states in the northeastern United States. Teenagers in love decide to run away from adult custody. Sam Shikaski is an orphan who was abandoned by his adoptive parents due to his difficult nature. The young man is in a Boy Scout troop, but cannot make friends with anyone and becomes an outcast.

12-year-old Susie Bishop is an uncommunicative and unstable schoolgirl who is not understood by her parents or the environment. She lives in her dreams and has no plans to dive into the real world. After the heroes escape, the local sheriff begins to investigate. He comes to the aid of one of the activists of the Boy Scout movement.

Original title:
Moonrise Kingdom

Cast:
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+


Little Manhattan (2005)

This is one of the best films about first love, which centers around 10-year-old Gabe and 11-year-old Rosemary. The guys were always together – at first they played in the same sandbox, then they went to the same kindergarten, and later – to school. Gabe did not single out Rosemary, for him she was the same as other girls.

Perhaps this attitude would have continued further if it were not for sports. Teenagers start attending one section of karate. Physical contact in the struggle awakened in them hitherto unknown feelings. And it is not so easy for the heroes to understand them.

Original title:
Little Manhattan

Cast:
Josh Hutcherson, Charlie Ray, Bradley Whitford, Cynthia Nixon

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
12+


Now is the Time (2012)

One of the best foreign films about first love is based on the book by J. Downham “While I’m Alive”. The main character Tessa is terminally ill. Little girl left. Tessa writes a list of her cherished desires. The heroine begins to methodically carry it out. Suddenly flashed love confuses all her plans.

Original title:
Now Is Good

Starring :
Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine

Country:
UK, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Submarine (2010)

A young man named Oliver Tate lives in his own fantasy world. He differs from his peers beyond his years in his philosophical outlook on life. The student thinks a lot about what is happening, often thinks about parallel worlds and the afterlife. Oliver considers himself significant to others, but in reality the guy is not popular.

However, Tate has a girlfriend named Jordana who shares his views. With her, he plans to learn all the facets of adult love. However, a problem suddenly appears – the upcoming divorce of the parents, which the hero wants to prevent with all his might.

Original title:
Submarine

Cast:
Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


Juno (2007)

The plot of this film about the first love at school is the relationship between high school student Juno and boyfriend Paulie Bleecker. The 16-year-old girl from Minnesota is not like her peers who are interested in teenage issues. She is reasonable, ironic beyond her years, loves quality music and understands good feature films. One day, Juno realizes that she is pregnant, and this news turns her former world upside down.

At first, the girl plans to get rid of the child, but later makes an informed decision – to give the newborn up for adoption. A suitable couple is found, and even with the future parent, musician Mark, the heroine manages to get closer. However, thoughts about the biological father of the child haunt her.

Original title:
Juno

Cast:
Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
12+


Where Hands Touch (2018)

This film is one of the best films about the first teenage love that has been released recently. Germany during the Third Reich. Leina is a 16-year-old mulatto, the daughter of a German woman and an African American. The heroine arrives in Berlin, but she fails to “get lost in the crowd”. The girl does not know who her father is, except that he gave her a dark skin color. It is because of this that she becomes the object of ridicule and lives in constant fear.

Leina, like a dark spot, stands out from the crowd, she is looked at everywhere with disapproval. But this is not so bad, given that her situation worsens with the advent of first love. The heroine draws attention to the young German Lutz, the son of an SS officer. Their secret romance is doomed in a world where blood purity is paramount.

Original title:
Where Hands Touch

Cast:
Abbie Cornish, Amandla Stenberg, Christopher Eccleston

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
16+


One meter apart (2019)

The top melodramas about love include a sad film by J. Baldoni about teenagers with oncology. Because of the disease, lovers are forbidden to even touch, so as not to pick up a deadly infection. Gradually flared feelings become stronger. Soon, lovers want to break the taboos.

Original title:
Five Feet Apart

Cast:
Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
16+


Brooklyn (2015)

America in the 1950s. In the center of the story is the life of Eilis Lacey, a simple Irish girl. She, like many compatriots, goes to the USA for a better life. The heroine finds a good job and rents a room in Brooklyn. Gradually, Eilis gets used to the new place, makes friends and attends various events.

At one of the dance evenings, the heroine meets a young man with whom she falls in love. But one day the girl receives tragic news from Ireland and returns home for a while. There, Eilis meets a young compatriot and realizes that she will have to make a difficult choice.

Original title:
Brooklyn

Cast:
Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleason

Country:
UK, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Three meters above the sky (2010)

The famous film by the Spanish director Fernando Molina about first love and intimacy has collected more than $14 million during the rental. The picture tells the story of the relationship between the kind girl Babi from a wealthy family and the impulsive, rebellious Hache from a poor area. This meeting was predetermined by fate. Very quickly, mutual love arises between a boy and a girl.

Original title:
Tres metros sobre el cielo

Cast:
Mario Casas, Jhon Mejía, Maria Valverde

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Romeo and Juliet (2013)

A gripping film about first feelings – an adaptation of the famous tragedy by William Shakespeare. The action takes place during the Early Renaissance. Juliet and Romeo belong to two warring families. Clan differences do not prevent them from falling in love at first sight. Fate prevents love, but prohibitions only exacerbate the feelings of young lovers.

Original title:
Romeo & Juliet

Cast:
Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis

Country:
UK, Italy, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
12+


Midnight Sun (2018)

17-year-old Katie Price suffers from a rare disease – she has an intolerance to ultraviolet light. Since childhood, the heroine has been forced to live in a dark room and leave the house only after dark. All her life she has been watching a neighbor boy named Charlie.

And one day, when Kathy comes to the railway station to play the guitar, the guy pays attention to her. They are captured by love, but the girl is forced to hide her diagnosis from Charlie.

Original title:
Midnight Sun

Cast:
Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+


14+ (2015)

Among the best belongs to the Russian film by Andrei Zaitsev about first love. Modern Romeo and Juliet live in a residential area of ​​a huge metropolis. Their relationship is hindered by society, parents, their own complexes and self-doubt. But, despite all the difficulties and the cruel laws of the streets, true love wins.

Cast:
Gleb Kalyuzhny, Uliana Vaskovich, Olga Ozollapinya

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


All this world (2017)

American melodrama S. Magee deservedly included in the list of the best. After all, for the first weekend the picture has collected more than 8 million dollars. The main character Maddie is a girl with a rich imagination. Her whole world is limited by her own fantasies. Due to Maddie’s illness, it is forbidden to go out, but love breaks out between the girl and the boy next door. The lovers communicate only by correspondence, but one day they decide to meet for real.

Original title:
Everything, Everything

Starring :
Amandla Stenberg, Nick J. Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+


Kissing Booth (2018)

A hilarious comedy based on the novel of the same name by B. Rickles. The main character is a high school student El. The girl develops tender feelings for her best friend’s older brother, Noah. At the school party, Elle participates in the “kissing booth”. By coincidence, the heroine gives the first kiss to Noah. After this event, her life changes dramatically.

Original title:
The Kissing Booth

Starring :
Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
12+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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