It’s human nature to love drama—even when you claim to loathe it—and getting your relationship drama fix is best done by living vicariously through films.
Love triangles are a classic and endlessly-entertaining genre of relationship drama, spanning centuries and always leaving viewers rooting for one, hating another, and on the edge of their seats. To help you organize your next evening of juicy, drama-filled fun, we have compiled a list of seven excellent love triangle movies that will make your chill night in stand out.
As a seemingly classic love triangle tale about a fiancé and best friend’s torrid affair, Something Borrowed subverts expectations by focusing on an unlikely protagonist, the cheating best friend.
This story relies on complex and longstanding interpersonal relationships as Rachel, the terminally single bookworm, struggles with a life in Darcy’s shadow before taking the power back and seducing her unlikely match, Darcy’s fiancé Dex. This love triangle story leaves your head spinning, not knowing who to root for, who to hate, and who to hope ends up together.
The Hunger Games
This classic YA dystopian screen adaptation of Susan Collins’s breakout hit novel is a lesson in love triangles, setting up an incredibly likable protagonist, and introducing dashing and charming men to compete for her attention.
The Hunger Games is an action-packed, heart-wrenching tale of caste, survival, and love, making for a thrilling watch for all ages. This love triangle epic will leave you picking sides, falling in love, and wanting more, which can luckily be satisfied with the three other films in the saga.
Sweet Home Alabama
This adorable Reese Witherspoon film follows Melanie Carmichael, an up-and-coming fashion designer in NYC who has recently bagged a sexy fiancé , the mayor’s bachelor son. However, Melanie has a secret past and travels home to Alabama to finalize her divorce with a clandestine ex-husband.
On her eventful trip, Melanie reconnects with the charming redneck of her checkered past, then struggles to decide whether to maintain her newly minted status or return to her roots. This love triangle story stars Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas as leading men, and both take your breath away with their contradictory but equally sexy charms.
The Great Gatsby
This classic love triangle story is set in the roaring 20s, focusing on illustrious mogul Jay Gatsby and his quest to reunite with his first love, married Daisy Buchanan. Their rekindling is complicated, messy, and possibly fatal, but the duo’s steamy chemistry is unrivaled.
The screen adaptation of the wildly successful F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is narrated by onlooker Nick Carraway, a curious midwesterner who becomes a neighbor and friend to Gatsby. This film is chock-full of lively music, stunning visuals, and a love triangle story for the ages, perfect for a moody evening and a glass of Cabernet.
Bridget Jones's Diary
This beloved rom-com stars Renée Zellweger as a quirky, homely publishing house employee who struggles with confidence, image, and finding a man. The eponymous Bridget resolves to keep a diary for a whole year, documenting her life with honesty and intending to embark on a self-improvement journey.
As she gains confidence, her playboy boss begins to give her extra attention, and an infuriating acquaintance keeps crossing her path. This love triangle stars British heartthrobs Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in a steamy competition for ordinary Bridget’s heart.
The Wedding Planner
This feel-good romcom follows wedding planner Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez) after a near-miss encounter with a handsome stranger becomes her worst nightmare. The charming doctor turns out to be Mary’s client—his bride is an internet tycoon who want a wedding that will make Mary’s career.
This love triangle forbidden love story is a cute, heartwarming, and somewhat stressful journey as type-A Mary struggles between her career and her heart.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Twilight saga is well-known as a love triangle story, and Eclipse is where the tensions come to a head. As Bella Swan (Kirsten Stewart) struggles with her feelings for best friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and recently-returned boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattinson), the gang is preparing for a newborn vampire army’s imminent attack.
Bella’s indecision threatens to put her in danger and exacerbates existing tensions between the vampire and werewolf clans. This love triangle film is a classic for a reason, and the Team Jacob vs. Team Edward loyalties stand the test of time. If you’re looking for a nostalgic teen drama love triangle complete with sexy supernaturals, this film and its saga are the way to go.