Movies Like Before Sunset: 20 Movies You Might Not Know but You Should

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I love movies. I am always looking for something new and interesting to watch, so when I came across the movie Before Sunset, it was a breath of fresh air. It’s been years since I’ve seen a romantic comedy that has actually made me feel. So now, as part of my blog series on movies like before sunset, here are 20 more great movies you might not know but should!


Before Sunrise (1995)

I loved the first movie, so I was excited to see that there is actually a prequel too. The two main characters of Before Sunrise are Jesse and Celine who meet on a train in Europe. They share an adventurous day together with no real set plans or destination but manage to have their own little love story anyway!


This one isn’t quite as good since it’s missing Hawke from the cast (Ethan doesn’t show up until the sequel), but if you like romantic movies then this series should be pretty high on your list! What makes them unique? Seems many romances today focus more on sex than romance these days, which is why these movies stand out – they take place over only 24 hours and don’t focus on anything other than just getting to know each other.


Before Midnight (2013)

If you are looking for more movies like before sunset, then how about another entry in the series? This one takes place a few years after the events of Before Sunrise and finds Jesse married to Celine’s best friend. They have two kids now but they still manage to spend an evening together when their paths cross unexpectedly! The third movie is definitely different from its predecessors as it focuses mainly on conversations between them rather than big adventures like seeing Elvis in concert or going skinny dipping. It might not be quite as good if you’re just watching out of curiosity, but I think fans will enjoy this new chapter all the same.


The Way He Looks  (2014)

This is a movie that has one of the most heartwarming stories I’ve ever seen in any film. It takes place at an all-boys’ boarding school and tells the story of Leo, who wakes up from his first sleepover with Gabriel, another boy whom he met during orientation week. The thing about this movie though is that seeing it posted online just doesn’t do justice to how good it actually is. So if you are looking for movies like before sunset then definitely check out this Brazilian gem!


I love movies but really hate when they have sappy endings or cheesy scenes where someone runs into their lover’s arms after being apart for years on end (it always makes me roll my eyes).


500 Days of Summer  (2009)

This one is a bit of an enigma, in that most people either love it or hate it. But if you are looking for movies like before sunset, then this might be good as well since the entire story takes place over only 500 days! The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel who play Tom and Summer respectively – two young professionals whose relationship ends up being more complicated than they planned on. I think what makes this movie so unique is that instead of showing us how everything went wrong at the end (as we usually see), it shows us scenes from their past to show why things didn’t work out between them…but still leaves enough open-ended questions about their future together to keep audiences guessing.


The Book of Life  (2014)

In my opinion, this was one of the most underrated movies to come out in 2014. The movie follows Manolo who is torn between his two loves: music and Maria (does that sound familiar? It should if you’ve seen West Side Story!).

Movies like before sunset are all about romantic comedies where we get to see protagonists meet each other for the first time and fall madly in love with them over a period of 24 hours or less. That’s why I think these kinds of films appeal so much – they focus on something real instead of contrived scenarios involving billionaires falling instantly in love at first sight! So here are 20 more great options for fans looking for some more movies like before sunset…


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

If you watched Before Sunset and thought it was a little slow-moving, then this movie might be more to your liking. For starters, I think the story is just as compelling – Jim Carrey plays Joel who tries to erase all memories of his ex (Kate Winslet) after she leaves him for another man. However, things don’t go quite according to plan when he starts having second thoughts about what he’s done…and even begins experiencing weird glitches involving her face on random people from around town! If you are looking for movies like before sunset that will really grab onto your heartstrings then definitely check out this film ASAP because although not everyone loves it, those who do seem to love it too much!


Lost in Translation (2003)

This is another one of those movies that I think most people either love or hate. It stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson who play Bob Harris and Charlotte respectively – two Americans who meet in Tokyo while both are there on business trips (he’s an aging movie star, she works for a fashion magazine). The thing about this film is although it has its funny moments, the overall tone seems to lean more towards melancholic than anything else…which might be why some viewers seem to find it boring. But if you want something different from your typical rom-com fare then definitely give this movie a shot because only those looking for movies like before sunset will truly appreciate what it offers!

Amelie (2001)

A young woman who lives a rather solitary life in Paris decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

The movie is absolutely beautiful and has some of the most interesting characters I’ve ever seen on screen. The cinematography is also stunning! It’s definitely worth checking out if you want movies like before sunset.


The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

A man time travels involuntarily, and he meets a woman who changes his life.

This movie is full of great actors (Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams), but what really makes it worth watching are the amazing special effects that feel very natural in their use. The story follows an interesting idea with some beautiful visuals to go along with it! Definitely give this one a watch if you want movies like before sunset or romantic comedies in general!


The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Three World War II vets return home to face the various challenges of adjusting back into their normal lives.

This is one of my favorite movies like before sunset, and I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long to write this post about all these great movies! It has a very interesting look at what happens when you come back from war with no other way for people to understand you but as heroes. Plus: Myrna Loy & Fredric March are amazing in it! Watch if you love things like before sunrise or romantic comedies!

High Fidelity (2000)

This is one of the more popular movies like before sunset. The story focuses on Rob, a record store owner who has just broken up with his latest girlfriend and compiled a top-five list of reasons she should have stayed. When he hears that an old girlfriend wants to speak to him, he becomes obsessed with finding her in order to find closure for their relationship which ended years ago without an explanation.


The movie explores themes about love and relationships through witty banter between characters played by John Cusack (Rob) and Jack Black (Dick). Notable quotes from this film would include “What did you do when you were my age? Well, I metamorphosized into someone so beyond your abilities it isn’t even funny.”

Slumdog Millionaire  (2008)

This is another one of the more popular movies like before sunset. The story begins with a young boy in an impoverished area who becomes a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. After he wins, police arrest him and accuse him of cheating, which forces flashbacks to his childhood that intertwines with how he ended up appearing on that show. This movie has been critically acclaimed for its acting as well as bringing attention to problems within India’s justice system.


One Day (2011)

I really enjoyed this movie and it’s one of my favorites on the list. The story centers around two college friends who meet every year on July 15th to celebrate their friendship, but also because each time they do so is the day that something significant happens with one or both of them. Both characters are portrayed by Anne Hathaway (Emma) and Jim Sturgess (Dexter). There have been mixed reviews about how well these actors portray their characters, but I personally didn’t think there was a problem. One Day has received generally positive reception for its chemistry between Sturgess and Hathaway as well as exploring themes such as life choices, love, relationships, growing up & letting go.


Blue Valentine (2010)

This movie is a little bit more depressing than the others on this list. The story focuses around Dean and Cindy, who are in their mid-thirties and living together as strangers to one another after being high school sweethearts. Much like other movies listed here, there’s plenty of dialogue between characters that gives viewers an insight into how each character feels about themselves or relates to the other. For example, when Dean says “I used to think you were my hero”  it really helps showcase just how broken down he has become since they first got married years ago. This film was directed by Derek Cianfrance (who also wrote & produced), so if you enjoy Blue Valentine I would definitely recommend his next project.


2 Days in Paris (2007)

This is one of the lesser-known movies on this list, but I feel it’s worth noting. The story focuses on Marion (Julie Delpy), an American photographer living in Paris with her French boyfriend who she plans to marry. One day while visiting New York for work purposes, she runs into Jack (Adam Goldberg), a man from whom she had previously caught feelings during their first trip together which took place two years prior and prompted them to break up since they were heading different directions at that time. This movie has been called “a perfect little gem” by Roger Ebert & Rottentomatoes as well as having some controversy surrounding its dialogue between characters played by Goldberg & Delpy.


Heights (2005)

This is another lesser-known movie on this list, but it’s one of my personal favorites. The story follows a group of New Yorkers who all have different relationships with each other as well as their own secrets they are hiding from the world. Each person also has tendencies to compare themselves to others in order to feel better about what they’re going through at that moment; for example when Alex (James Marsden) says “I’m not him.”  It was originally released under the title L’Auberge Espagnole which translates into “The Spanish Guesthouse”. This film received generally positive reviews overall and was mainly praised for its acting performances by several cast members including Isabella Rossellini & Elizabeth Banks.


Jack Goes Boating (2010)

I’m really not sure what this movie is about, but I watched it and thought it was good. This slower-paced film stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Jack), Amy Ryan (Lise), & Michelle Williams (Beatrice). It doesn’t seem like a feel-good type of story so if you’re looking for something lighthearted then probably don’t watch this one. However, the acting performances are great and critics have praised the realism portrayed in many scenes throughout. The directorial debut by John Krokidas has been considered a gem that brings “a deep intimacy” to its viewers according to Rotten Tomatoes reviews.


Le Week-End (2013)

This is a pretty recent film that was released in theaters on March 21, 2014. The story follows Nick (Jim Broadbent), an academic who has been married to his wife for over 30 years and decides with her to visit Paris where they originally honeymooned together. They are not necessarily the best of friends by this point but come across some interesting people along the way such as Zoe (Lindsay Duncan). Rotten Tomatoes have given it mostly positive reviews & Roger Ebert wrote “the movie’s charm comes from its well-developed characters”.


The Life of Fish (2014)

This film is still available in some theaters & I saw it with a friend of mine. The description on the official website reads “A young woman navigates her birthright, sexual identity and sense of purpose while traveling around the world.” As you can tell from that explanation alone, there’s not much to go by since this movie doesn’t really fit into any specific category or genre. It stars Kaya Scodelario (Cordelia), Ben Mendelsohn (Henry), & Imogen Poots (Vivian). While its critics were divided at first about whether they liked this type of storytelling or not, most seem to agree that it has an interesting set of characters that are easy for viewers to get invested in.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of movies like Before Sunset. Whether it’s a love story, drama, or comedy that captures your attention the most, there are several great options for you to choose from on Netflix and elsewhere. I want to write about movies similar to before sunset so check out our other blog post if that is what interests you more!


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