20 films about love triangles

Two plus one doesn’t equal three when it comes to love, not math. The appearance of another person in a couple’s relationship leads to unpredictable results. An explosion of feelings entails devastating consequences, sometimes leaving no one and nothing behind. Movies about love triangles will show what a poisonous potion is obtained if seasoning of treason and betrayal is added to an intoxicating drink of passion or hot family borscht.

Firebird (2021)

A heartbreaking novelty in cinema is a melodrama about the forbidden triangle, drawn by an Estonian director together with British colleagues. At a Soviet military base in the Baltic States, a young soldier loses his head from a seductive lieutenant-pilot, who, in turn, dries his girlfriend Louise. The connection between Roman and Sergei is noticed by a KGB officer and reminds the lovers of the criminal code, where there is an article on sodomy. What will the military do and which of them will be shouted “Bitterly” at the wedding?

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

Original title:
Firebird

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Tom Pryor, Nicholas Woodeson, Oleg Zagorodny …

Country:
Estonia, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Three (2020)

The list of the best films about betrayal and love triangles continues with a lyrical story about heart and geographical throwing. Zlata is a successful Moscow psychologist and loving wife. A woman is confident in the strength of her own – ideal, in her opinion, marriage. But the husband has long been fascinated by the guide Veronika, who saved Alexander from the Neva. It is difficult for a popular TV presenter to make a final choice, so for now he lives in two capitals, torn between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Konstantin Khabensky, Victoria Isakova, Yulia Peresild, Timur Shamsutdinov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Web of Lies (2019)

The action of a foreign film in the thriller genre takes place in the 70s of the last century in Chile, where a coup d’état is being prepared with the help of the United States, and in modern times. Young Ines, her husband Augusto and family friend Gerardo, are involved in illegal actions, but the trinity is connected by much more than ultra-right views. After the military junta comes to power, the couple part with their lover, trying to forget about the political crime committed. Years later, their life paths will cross again – Gerardo will return to settle scores.

Original title:
Araña

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Mercedes Moran, Maria Valverde, Marcelo Alonso…

Country:
Chile, Argentina, Brazil

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Kuriosa (2019)

The plot of one of the best films about a love triangle will immerse viewers in the atmosphere of France at the end of the 19th century. Marie was given in marriage to the nobleman Henri by calculation, in order to strengthen the financial position of the family in high society. The husband is crazy about his young and passionate wife, but the heart of a beautiful French woman has long been occupied by the poet, photographer and traveler Pierre. The lover opened the sensual world of pleasure to his girlfriend, who became a model for bold erotic photo shoots.

Original title:
Curiosa

Genre:
Melodrama, history

Actors:
Noemi Merlan, Niels Schneider, Benjamin Laverne…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Ambivalence (2018)

Peter and Stas are studying to be psychiatrists, comprehending the secrets of the human soul. Young residents spend their free time together, but one day a turning point occurs in friendly relations. Peter falls in love with Stas’s mother, which makes the jealous son completely unhappy. When the secret connection is revealed, the guy is hard pressed by the double betrayal of loved ones, and all participants in the events find themselves in a web of dangerous emotions.

Genre:
Drama, thriller

Actors:
Danil Steklov, Egor Morozov, Olga Tsirsen …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Honest Man (2018)

French movie about a love triangle is an interesting comedy with an unusual plot. After several years of a romantic relationship, Marianne confesses to Abel of treason. The girl is pregnant by his best friend Paul, so she can no longer hide the truth. The guy accepts the bitter news, but fate gives the lover another chance. Paul dies under mysterious circumstances, and Marianne decides to return to her ex-boyfriend. However, happiness is hindered by the son of a young woman and the younger sister of the deceased, who has her own plans for the handsome Abel.

Original title:
L’homme fidele

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama, drama

Actors:
Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Friends (2015)

A little-known actor Clement works odd jobs and dreams of a great career. After another bad day, a guy walks into a bar where he meets the attractive Mona. During the day, the girl works at the railway station, and in the late afternoon disappears without a trace. Clement asks his best friend to help with the search for the mysterious beauty – and the friend manages to uncover the secret of the fugitive, but Mona also wins his heart.

Original title:
Les deux amis

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Golshifte Farahani, Vincent Macken, Louis Garrel …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Means War (2012)

The highly rated love triangle comedy melodrama has received excellent reviews from viewers thanks to its non-trivial script. After the failure of the operation, the best friends and agents of the CIA return to paper work in the department, but decide to use the temporary break to good use. Franklin adds to the list of love victories, and the divorced Duck is seriously determined to improve his personal life. Over time, it turns out that the guys managed to fall in love with one girl, and friends begin to fight for Lauren’s heart.

Original title:
This Means War

Genre:
Action, romance, comedy

Actors:
Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


The Price of Passion (2011)

Police officer Hollis Luchetti is worried about an unpleasant conversation with his wife, who does not want to name the father of their children. The news of the betrayal of his beloved drives the detective crazy, but now he is forced to focus on helping another person. A desperate man intends to jump off the roof of a skyscraper, and Hollis tries to dissuade the unfortunate man. However, the policeman does not suspect that a conversation with a suicidal person will forever change his own life.

Original title:
The Ledge

Genre:
Thriller, drama, romance

Actors:
Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson …

Country:
USA, Germany, Saudi Arabia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Dream Nation (2010)

A heartfelt Canadian drama with a love triangle will take viewers to a picturesque provincial town, where young people entertain themselves with parties with alcohol and drugs , and a maniac roams the area . Young Caroline is a new student at school , who needs to join the team by any means and become her own. An assertive high school student loves unusual experiments, so she starts an affair with a self-confident teacher and a timid classmate.

Original title:
Daydream Nation

Genre:
Drama, romance

Actors:
Kat Dennings, Rhys Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Threesome Love (2010)

Simon and Hanna have been living in a civil marriage for almost 20 years, and both are satisfied with this state of affairs. Everything changes when a woman meets the charming Adam and almost immediately finds herself in the arms of a man. Simon accidentally meets Hannah’s lover and spends the night with him, unaware of her partner’s betrayal. All participants in the unconventional triangle manage to hide the secret connection, but one day the truth breaks out.

Original title:
3

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Sophia Roiz, Sebastian Schipper, David Shtrisov …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Brothers (2009)

Sam goes to war in Afghanistan , entrusting his brother to take care of his wife Grace and children. Tommy diligently fulfills the request – and becomes the main support for the woman when the family receives news of the death of a soldier. Common grief and mutual understanding become the foundation for a new feeling. But one day a living Sam returns home, where no one is waiting for him.

Original title:
Brothers

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, military

Actors:
Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

The main characters of the comedy film are two friends with diametrically opposed life values. For Vika, family and a well-thought-out scenario for the future come first. The brunette is engaged to a reliable guy, graduates from the university, and after receiving her diploma she plans a wedding . Cristina is prone to spontaneous acts and romance, besides, the blonde has free views on love, but a trip to Barcelona will forever change the priorities of the girls.

Original title:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz

Country:
Spain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Forbidden Love (2008)

The British film is based on a real life drama that unfolded in the 40s of the last century. Dylan Thomas, a famous poet and exemplary family man, meets his childhood friend Vera. In his youth, the man was in love with a friend, and the girl reciprocated, but the couple’s life paths diverged. Now Dylan is married to Caitlin, but a chance meeting with a friend rekindled the former passion. The poet’s wife has to come to terms with her husband’s passion, but the situation is aggravated by Vera’s upcoming marriage.

Original title:
The Edge of Love

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military, biography

Actors:
Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Reese …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Another Boleyn Girl (2008)

King Henry VIII of England dreams of procreation, but his legal wife cannot give him an heir to the throne. The head of the Boleyn family decides to use the situation for selfish purposes and offers the monarch his daughter Anna as a mistress. The king accepts the offer with an unusual condition: the married sister of the concubine, Maria, who won the heart of Henry, should also move to the palace.

Original title:
The Other Boleyn Girl

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography, history

Actors:
Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Fall in love with brother’s bride (2007)

Dan Burns, a widower with three daughters, runs his own column for a popular publishing house. On Thanksgiving Day, a man and his children go to their parents for a traditional holiday dinner. The eldest daughter refuses the trip, because a few days ago she met a handsome man, whom she fell in love with at first sight. Practical Dan considers such love feelings to be stupid – until he himself meets his younger brother’s bride.

Original title:
Dan in Real Life

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Match point (2005)

Tennis player Chris Wilton leaves his dreams of a career in big sport and moves to London, where he meets the aristocrat Tom. At one of the family dinners, the guy meets his friend’s sister, the modest and sophisticated Chloe. The girl turns out to be a profitable match for Chris. An Irishman from a simple family, after the wedding, receives a profitable position in the company of his father-in-law. However, the guy’s thoughts are occupied by Tom’s fiancee, and the secret relationship becomes the cause of the film’s fatal denouement.

Original title:
Match Point

Genre:
Thriller, drama, romance

Actors:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Brian Cox

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004)

Hank and Jack are two old friends who work together at the university. While the men are busy with their careers, their wives, Edith and Terry, set up home life. Married couples often meet and spend time together, but spouses are connected not only by friendly relations. The meaningful and mysterious looks of Jack and Edith portend an impending catastrophe , in which no one will be able to survive.

Original title:
We Don’t Live Here Anymore

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Naomi Watts…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
16+


Closeness (2004)

Fate pushes the writer Dan with the stripper Alice, and the girl becomes a muse for the talented author. However, the man dreams of being in the arms of the photographer Anna, forgetting about his relationship. The plot of the film is even more confused with the appearance in the life of the heroes of a new acquaintance. Anna strikes up a relationship with Larry, who secretly meets with Alice – and the love triangle mutates into a more complex geometric figure.

Original title:
Closer

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Pearl Harbor (2001)

A war film about American pilots – childhood friends, who were called up for service in the early 1940s. Pilots Rafe and Danny meet a nurse at the training base before they leave , and Evelyn and Rafe develop mutual feelings. But the guy is sent to England to help the allies, and Danny and his friend’s lover are transferred to Pearl Harbor. Soon information about the death of Rafe arrives, and Evelyn finds solace in the arms of a friend. A year later, the nurse is already expecting a child from Danny – and at this moment, the former lover returns alive and unharmed.

Original title:
Pearl Harbor

Genre:
Military, drama, action, romance, history

Actors:
Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin…

Country :
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
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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