A juicy love triangle is a total movie cliche – it sort of feels like there are more movies about love triangles than there are movies not about them. For some reason, we just all really love watching a tortured person try to decide between two other people (usually one of them is bad, and one of them is good, but the choice is still SO HARD, and they always make the wrong one before they figure out the right thing to do). It’s so predictable, yet so good.
I think that a love triangle can really make or break a movie. For example, I loved everything about Love Actually besides the love triangle story. I thought it was the absolute worst, and it makes me mad at the movie a little bit. But unlike Love Actually, there are movies that really need their love triangles to make the story work. I mean, can you imagine something like Titanic without the love triangle element?
Here are the 10 best movie love triangles ever. Now let’s all have a movie marathon together!
Noah, Allie and Lon from The NotebookWhat I wouldn't give to be Rachel McAdams in this movie, getting to make out with both Ryan Gosling AND James Marsden. Must have been tough. The love triangle in The Notebook was sad, because Allie genuinely loved both of these guys, and both of them were pretty great. Lon wasn't a total jerk - in fact, he was a really nice guy! It made rooting against him difficult. But in the end, I mean, obviously Noah was perfect for her.
Katniss, Peeta and Gale from The Hunger GamesI have never read or watched The Hunger Games (I KNOW. I got the books for Christmas and I swear I am going to read them soon), but I know that a movie love triangle list wouldn't be complete without Katniss, Peeta and Gale. Everyone has a side: you're either Team Peeta or Team Gale. A movie this action-packed wouldn't be complete without some romantic drama happening, right?
Cady, Regina, and Aaron from Mean GirlsIn Mean Girls, Aaron Samuels is stuck between Cady and Regina, and he doesn't know who he likes more. It's seriously fun watching these two fight over him - Cady could not be more awkward, while Regina could not be more smooth. I'll admit, it was infuriating to watch Aaron be strung along by Regina while she cheated on him in the gym, but the end makes it all worth it.
Julianne, Michael and Kimberly from My Best Friend's WeddingThis is probably my favorite fictional love triangle ever because I love this movie. Watching Julianne fight for Michael in My Best Friend's Wedding is hilarious, even if it is mean and desperate. I mean, Kimmy was annoying, right? Until she wasn't, and then you just felt bad that Julianne was so conniving. But haven't we all felt that way at some point - suddenly you want the person that's always been there when you sense them slipping away.
Jay, Daisy and Tom from The Great GatsbyThis is another one of my favorite love triangles, although it's really sad and infuriating to watch. Daisy is stuck between Gatsby and Tom, and honestly, she makes the wrong choice. She's a horrible person. I am not a fan of Daisy, in case you haven't noticed.
Jack, Rose and Cal from TitanicObviously Titanic has one of the best love triangles ever. Rose has clearly made up her mind about who she really wants to be with - Jack - but she can't just leave Cal because of money (and her awful mother). This love story is epic, and it wouldn't be half as good if it didn't involve Jack fighting for Rose.
Robbie, Julia and Linda from The Wedding SingerUghhh, this love triangle is SO annoying. You just know that Robbie deserves a lot better than Linda, who is totally selfish and into herself. He deserves someone like Julia, who is so sweet and awesome and better for him. But of course, Robbie gets stuck in between the two of them, and he almost messes up everything for himself until he realizes he's been acting like an idiot. Good for you, Robbie!
Rafe, Danny and Evelyn from Pearl HarborWhat a heart-wrenching love triangle. If you've ever watched Pearl Harbor, then you know that the love story alone will make you cry (never mind all of the other horrible things that go on - that will make you bawl). Elizabeth gets caught in between Rafe and Danny after the most dramatic circumstances: she thinks Rafe dies, so she finds comfort in his best friend, Danny. But then Rafe comes back, and she's stuck in between the two. What's she supposed to do?!
Jack Sparrow, Will and Elizabeth from Pirates Of The CaribbeanI love this love triangle plotline because it's done so well. It's not overly dramatic, and a lot of the time it's just entertaining. That's probably because Johnny Depp is amazing as Jack Sparrow. But I also think this storyline makes Jack Sparrow more human and relatable - like, yeah, he's an awful pirate, but he has a heart, you know?
Mary-Jane, Peter Parker and Harry from SpiderManI'm still jealous of Kirsten Dunst for getting to take part in this fictional love triangle. Tobey Maguire and James Franco? I mean, have you seen how gorgeous James Franco is as Harry? It's amazing.
Which of these fictional love triangles is your favorite? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments.