14 Epic Sci Fi & Fantasy Screen Romances For Valentine’s Day

As it’s 14 February, Valentine’s Day, here are 14 memorable sci-fi and fantasy romances to get you in the mood (in no particular order)…



14 Buttercup & Westley
From: The Princess Bride


Westley: “This is true love – you think this happens every day?”

“Is this a kissing book?” moans the young boy who’s being read a bedtime story by his granddad, a look of disgust on his face. But by the end of the film that young boy has been totally won over by the timeless tale of farm boy Westley and the beautiful Buttercup. And so has the audience. They are the consummate fairytale couple: they barely speak, they don’t act on their feelings until it’s too late and they spend most of their time apart. Yet their love endures continents and years, Westley finally rescuing Buttercup from an enforced marriage to the villain at the last second; she’s just about to plunge a dagger into the chest to escape her fate when he arrives, prompting him to remark: “There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.”Oh, he’s become a legendary pirate in the meantime which only enhances his sexiness.


13 Spike Spiegel & Julia, Cowboy Bebop

From: Cowboy Bebop


Julia: [Dying] “It’s all a dream.”
Spike: “Yeah, just a dream.”

Although Julia only appears in flashbacks until the very end of the series she is arguably the main driving force behind this classic anime series. Spike is ready to leave the dessert the Syndicate (which is punishable by death) to elope with her, but then she appeared to betray him. This turns Spike into the fatalist, listless, world-weary bounty hunter he becomes for the run of the series, but he could never get Julia out of his mind. In fact, she hadn’t betrayed him; she was forced into a situation where she had to go into hiding. They meet again at the series’ end when Spike learns the truth but she’s killed in an ambush. The universe really has it in for these two.


12 Beauty & The Beast

From: Various


Catherine: “He comes from a secret place, far below the city streets, hiding his face from strangers, safe from hate and harm. He brought me there to save my life… and now, wherever I go, he is with me, in spirit. For we have a bond stronger than friendship or love. And although we cannot be together, we will never, ever be apart.”

Not so much an entry referring to any particular version of Beauty & The Beast (and certainly not the latest one starring Kristin Kreuk and some bloke with a scar) but more of an acknowledgement of the enduring popularity of the original fairytale. The main problem with most versions, though, is that the Beast is far more interesting than the dopey prince he reverts to at the end. Certainly in Disney’s animated version you feel sorry for Belle that she has to marry some Jock and not the magnificently furry leonine beast he was beforehand (who’d be much better to snuggle up against under the duvet on cold winter nights, though your vacuum cleaner would get clogged up all the time).

A special mention, though, for the brilliant 1980s TV version, which reimagined the Beast (Ron Perlman) as the leader of a set of subterranean, mutant outcasts living in the sewers of New York, while Beauty became Catherine (Linda Hamilton), a district attorney who has a psychic bond with him.


11 Heather & Connor

From: Highlander


Heather: “You can do that to me forever if you like, my Lord.”
Connor MacLeod: “Aye! I will. ”
Who wants to live forever? Not Connor after he realises he will never age while he has to watch the love of his life grow old and die. It’s a theme returned to by many, many vampire shows afterwards but it’s rarely been done with such a sense of tragedy since.

10 Clare & Henry

From: The Time Traveler’s Wife

TTW-FP-00133 ERIC BANA as Henry and RACHEL McADAMS as Clare in New Line Cinema's romantic drama ÒThe Time Traveler's Wife,Ó a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Henry: “I never wanted to have anything in my life that I couldn’t stand losing. But it’s too late for that. It’s not because you’re beautiful and smart. I don’t feel alone any more. Will you marry me?”

The Doctor and River Song’s timey-wimey relationship may have been complicated, but it was peanuts compared to the romance between the two protagonists in  Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling novel and the subsequent film. Clare first meets Henry when she’s a little girl, but he’s a full-grown man. Then she keeps on meeting him periodically despite the fact that he’s a time traveller with no control over when and where he appears and disappears. This also means that they don’t meet in the same chronological order: each time Clare meets Henry he may be an earlier ot later version of himself. Somehow, despite all this, they have a relationship with a beginning, a marriage and a tragic ending, though not necessarily in the order.


9 Makoto and Chiaki

From: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


“Sometimes all it takes to fall in love is the guts to try.”

More time travelling romance, this time in one of the sweetest, prettiest and most-packed anime films ever. When Makoto discovers she can travel back in time and change events, she uses her powers for frivolous fun and schoolgirl concerns. So when she’s embarrassed by her best friend Chiaki telling her he loves her she rewrites the day to make sure he can never make the confession. But then things take a turn for the worse, with Makoto using her last leap before she can save anther friend from a fatal accident. Luckily it turns out that Chiaki is a time traveller too with just one leap left. He had come back in time to see a painting that no longer exists in his time and stayed longer than he meant to. He uses his last leap to save Makato’s friend. At which point… ah, but that would be giving away a major twist if you haven’t seen the film. Let’s just say Makato realises she is in love with Chiaki but things might not turn out the way you expect.


8 Joel Barish & Clementine Kruczynski

From: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind


Joel: “I loved you on this day. I love this memory.’

Even though they’ve both has their memories wiped of their former affair, the listless Joel and the free-spirited Clementine managed to find their way back to each other in writer Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry’s wonderfully quirky romance. Now that’s true love.

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