Enemies to Lovers is a trope in fiction where two characters start out disliking or even hating each other. These less than amicable feelings can start due to misunderstandings, competition, unfavorable first impressions or advice from family or friends to steer clear of the opposite party. Think of the classical romance tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
The two can eventually overcome these tensions if they put aside their differences and discover that maybe, they were meant to be together all along. Below is a list of seven movies with enemies to lovers excellence.
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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
It’s a well-known fact that the Stratford sisters aren’t allowed to date. But when a loophole is suddenly added to this rule, hopeless romantic Cameron is willing to enlist the help of the notorious Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) just to get a chance with Bianca Stratford. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles), Bianca’s older sister, loves feminism, indie rock and independence—and no one is going to take that away.
Where to watch: Disney+, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video
Sterling Knight plays Christopher Wilde, a young and over-worked popstar in desperate need of a reality check. Jessica Day, an overall cynic and sister of a super-fan is more than happy to give it to him.
Where to watch: Disney+, Youtube, iTunes
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) never thought she would be anything other than ordinary, and just when she’s adjusted to the fact that she is a princess of Genovia; Parliament has declared that she will not be allowed to take the throne without marrying first. Enter Chris Pine, as a descendant of Genovian royalty, who is being manipulated by his Uncle to try and steal the throne.
Where to watch: Disney+, Youtube, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy could not come from more different backgrounds. However, as the two come into repeated encounters with each other due to shared acquaintances, they’re forced to acknowledge their growing curiosity for each other.
Where to watch: Peacock, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes
Cher Horowitz knows how to get what she wants; usually expensive clothes, higher grades and attractive boys. When her newest social project starts to steal her popularity out from under her, Cher has to confront what makes her who she is and what she believes in.
Where to watch: Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes
Palm Springs (2020)
Unintentionally pulled into a time loop, two wedding guests endure multiple trials while being forced to relive the same day over and over again.
Where to watch: Hulu
Orphan Anastasia doesn’t know how she lost her memories, but she’s willing to do anything to get them back. Two conmen and a necklace pointing to Paris might be the key.
Where to watch: Disney+, Youtube, iTunes, Apple TV