“Really Love” is a love story that follows a whirlwind romance between a struggling artist and a promising law student. Their connection is undeniable, but real-world pressures and individual ambitions threaten to prematurely engulf their happy but delicate relationship. A measured and realistic look at the intricacies and evolution of a romantic relationship, the film rejects convention and organically develops to present an not often seen side of black relationships.
If you enjoyed the experience, we have a few more movie suggestions based on unique love stories and heartfelt experiences you can immerse yourself in. You can find most of these “Really Love” movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
5. The recourse to love (2021)
When struggling singer Erica takes a gig at a resort around the world, the last person she expects to see is her ex-fiance, Jason. To make matters worse, he’s there with his new-to-be bride, and Erica is expected to sing at their wedding. The unconventional love story begins to gain momentum when Jason’s brother Caleb makes an entry, and a real story of muddled emotions ensues. If you’ve enjoyed watching the ups and downs of Isaiah and Stevie’s relationship, then you’ll find Erica’s apparent love triangle just as entertaining.
4. The Wood (1999)
On her friend’s wedding day, a writer tries to reunite the gathered friends and family while the rest of the wedding looks for the groom who appears to have been cold-eyed and run away. As Mike recalls his youth with his friends, his stories serve as an enlightening and heartfelt account of the black coming of age experience. “The Wood” is commendable for its relatively realistic portrayal of black youth, as is “Really Love,” and those who enjoy watching insightful, unconventional movies will appreciate this one.
3. Brown sugar (2002)
An unexpected romance that blossoms between two childhood friends leaves them both at a crossroads. The dilemma is at the heart of this delicate tale, which finds the central characters separated by their individual relationships and yet unable to let go. Much like “Really Love,” Dre and Sidney in “Brown Sugar” can’t decide if their love and friendship is worth sacrificing everything else they’ve worked for, which makes the movie just as poignant.
2. Love and basketball (2000)
It’s a meandering film that tells a remarkably touching love story centered around basketball. Monica and Quincy grew up together and have always been at odds and equally competitive in basketball, which they both have big ambitions for. Much like “Really Love,” this love story also has its ups and downs, with the central characters meeting and parting a few times, but always deep in each other’s minds. Much like the conflict between Isaiah and Stevie’s love and ambitions, Monica and Quincy face a dilemma centered on their pro-basketball ambitions and their undeniable connection.
1. Love Jones (1997)
“Love Jones” is sort of a cult classic and tells an unconventional love story that isn’t entirely sweet and weaves into surprisingly realistic layers. What begins as an affair between a poet and a talented photographer soon leads them both to wonder how deep their feelings for each other are, and the two repeatedly test the waters, trying to decide whether they have to take the plunge or not. If “Really Love” is your thing, “Love Jones”, which in part inspired it, should definitely be at the top of your watch list.
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