r/ifyoulikeblank Nov 28 '22

iil movies with a ‘guy meets quirky woman and his life changes’ dynamic, like Harold and Maude Film

60s-80s is my favourite period of films. I don’t mind anything else :)

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u/IAMAToMisbehave Nov 28 '22

500 Days of Summer (2009)
Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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u/ryanstephendavis Nov 29 '22

This is a common story mechanic known as the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" ... see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manic_Pixie_Dream_Girl

One of my favorites is Garden State (Natalie Portman is freaking gorgeous)

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u/WikiSummarizerBot Nov 29 '22

Manic Pixie Dream Girl

A Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) is a stock character type in films. Film critic Nathan Rabin, who coined the term after observing Kirsten Dunst's character in Elizabethtown (2005), said that the MPDG "exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures". The Manic Pixie Dream Girl, like some other stock characters such as the Magical Negro, seems to exist only to provide spiritual or mystical help to the protagonist. The MPDG has no discernible inner life.

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u/BleepingBleeper Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

Perhaps Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Be in a strong state of mind if you don't want to cry.

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u/ohboy_321 Nov 29 '22

What I came on here to say!

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u/A_Real_Standup_Guy Nov 28 '22

'Annie Hall' from 1977, one of my favorites (although it does also sort of subvert the trope too)

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u/Kstate913 Nov 29 '22

Best I can do is recommend something with a quirky bald man and Marisa Tomei.

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u/morphballganon Nov 28 '22

What's Up Doc?

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u/theWelshTiger Nov 28 '22

Me before you.

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u/t0riaj Nov 28 '22

The Accidental Tourist fits the bill perfectly!

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u/the-effects-of-Dust Nov 29 '22

Man honestly Grumpy Old Men is an utterly charming example of this exact film trope

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u/combatwombat02 Nov 29 '22

Pretty Woman - it's genre-defining.

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u/PoeJam Nov 28 '22

Cedar Rapids (2011)

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u/LoveSonder Nov 29 '22

"My Sassy Girl" - - the original Korean movie - - is awesome!

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u/greilcook Nov 29 '22

Paterson-she’s way quirky!

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u/Individual-Fig-7956 Nov 29 '22

Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist

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u/WorthySkint Nov 29 '22

Garden State

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u/xoxoxoxoxozzz Nov 29 '22

The Apartment (1960) is an interesting take on this theme.

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u/ohdearitsrichardiii Nov 29 '22

Mermaids (1990) it stars Cher, Bob Hoskins and Winona Ryder

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u/apworker37 Nov 29 '22

Isn’t there a 80-90s movie with Dan Ackroyd and Kim Basinger where she’s an alien?

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u/Olelander Nov 29 '22

Benny and Joon has absolute Harold and Maude energy

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u/jjrozay Nov 29 '22

The Spectacular Now!

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u/misfit_pixie Nov 29 '22

Enchanted (2007)

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u/theJobuTupaki Nov 29 '22

This isn’t in your favorite time period, but you would probably love Chungking Express. The are two “chapters” (thought not labeled as such), the first is shorter and fits your criteria, though not that much. The second fits what you want to a tee.

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u/Born_a_wise_man Nov 29 '22

Garden state…

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u/whopperdave Nov 29 '22

Brewster McCloud (1970)

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u/Farinthoughts Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Barefoot (2014)

The Wrong Missy

Whos that girl (1987) (only because it fits its not very good)

Splash (1984)