"Punch-Drunk Love," Barry and Lena
An unconventional love story if there ever was one, Paul Thomas Anderon's swooning and wonderfully bizarre love story "Punch Drunk Love" centers on Barry, a tormented and troubled novelty supplier (an revelatory Adam Sandler) who finds a kindred spirit in the soft-spoken and doe-eyed Lena, a co-worker of one of his heinous sisters. They meet after Lena asks Barry to look after her damaged car, then go out on a dinner date where Barry smashes up the bathroom in a blind fit of rage. Rather than recoil in terror, Lena gently observes "your hand is bleeding" and goes on as if nothing bad happened. In Lena, Barry finds a woman who can calm his volatile ways and in Barry, Lena finds a man willing to give himself over to her, mind, body and soul. [Nigel M. Smith]

"Silver Linings Playbook," Pat and Tiffany
A man suffering from bipolar disorder and a recovering sex form the inspired pairing at the heart of David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated juggernaut, "Silver Linings Playbook." Released from a mental facility and into the care of his sports-obsessed parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver), Pat (Bradley Cooper) is thrown for a loop after meeting Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a sexually forward young widow with her own set of issues. Each bereft of accepted social mores, Tiffany and Pat at first butt heads because of their combined tendency to say whatever comes to mind. But eventually, their brazen personalities unite them, nowhere more than on the dancefloor, where Russell stages a romantic climax that's one for the books.  [Nigel M. Smith]

"Something Wild," Charles and Lulu
Jonathan Demme may be best known for his more serious directorial efforts such as “Philadelphia” and “The Silence of the Lambs,” but one of his most accomplished, and beloved works, predated both of those in 1986’s “Something Wild.” Jeff Daniels plays a just-promoted Manhattan businessman “kidnapped” one afternoon by Melanie Griffith’s idiosyncratic Lulu and taken to a New Jersey hotel room. What first appears to be a good guy meets bad girl story quickly unravels into something much more unexpected, with the appearance of Lulu’s ex-husband (Ray Liotta). As his dignity and her eroticism are stripped away, Demme never loses the sense of excitement that brought them together in the first place. Taglines for the film promised “Something different, something daring, something dangerous,” and it’s hard to find a better encapsulation of the film’s, and the character’s, willingness to explore the frightening unknown. [Cameron Sinz]

"Wild at Heart," Sailor and Lula
While some on-screen relationships strike us with their honest sincerity, David Lynch's 1990 Palme d'or winner "Wild At Heart," instead chooses to assault the viewer with the ferocity of a jackhammer. Nicolas Cage effortlessly fits into the role of Elvis stand-in Sailor Riply, who after a stint-in jail is reunited with his snakeskin jacket ("a symbol of my individuality and my belief in personal freedom") and his hyper-sexualized lover Lula, played by Laura Dern at her most gleefully excessive. Fleeing Lula's Wicked Witch-esque mother, the two quickly ditch town, along the way encountering bank robberies, staged musical numbers, and a particularly vicious Willem Dafoe sporting one of the greatest pairs of dentures in cinematic history. But beneath the typical level of Lynchian parody and absurdism lies an honest-to-goodness sincerity lacking in much of his filmography. It's a story of love at its most untamed, and not even Lynch has the power to stomp it out. [Cameron Sinz]