Anand Tucker’s 2010 romantic comedy Leap Year follows Anna’s efforts to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day. Her father tells her about the Irish tradition that if the woman proposes to her boyfriend on the leap day, the man must accept the proposal. Tired of the wait, Anna takes matters into her own hands by following Jeremy to Dublin. During her tumultuous journey, she seeks the help of Declan, a local bar owner.
Starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode and Adam Scott, the film explores the conflict and confusion one faces when a stranger begins to look attractive. Anna overcomes numerous challenges and conflicts on her way to Dublin. Her attraction to Declan becomes the biggest obstacle. If you want to see movies about a love triangle where the protagonists struggle with choosing their life partner, then the following suggestions are for you. You can watch most of these movies comparable to Leap Year on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
8. Center Stage (2000)
The romantic musical drama ‘Center Stage’ chronicles Jody’s experiences at one of America’s most prestigious ballet academies. She has to face training and fierce competition with her teammates. Despite this, Jody tries to be the best dancer while struggling with love, breakups and nasty fights. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this film features a love triangle between Jody, Charlie and Cooper, similar to Anna’s conflict in Leap Year. However, the protagonist’s confusion runs much deeper than just the date; she must also choose between the academy and the dance group she will be in.
7Made of Honor (2008)
In the 2008 romantic comedy Made of Honor, a man falls in love with his best friend. However, when Tom learns that Hannah is engaged, he realizes it’s too late. Despite this, he tries to win her over and spend more time with her. Hannah asks Tom to be her maid of honor, and he sees this as the perfect way to win her over. Directed by Paul Weiland, the film stars Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. As in Leap Year, Hannah must choose between her best friend and her fiancé. She must make a final decision that will affect the rest of her life.
6. Something Borrowed (2011)
‘Something Borrowed’ is a story about finding love in friendships. The film follows the lives of best friends Rachel and Darcy. Rachel meets Dex in college and the two bond immediately. However, when Darcy meets Dex, the two fall in love and become engaged. Rachel must choose between ruining her friend’s engagement or letting go of her feelings for Dex.
The film is based on Emily Giffin’s novel of the same name and will be directed by Luke Greenfield. It reflects how differently people perceive relationships and friendships. Rachel would do anything for her best friend, but would Darcy be willing to step down for her best friend’s happiness? Like Declan, Rachel is confused in the film as she doesn’t know whether to confess her feelings to Dex.
5. The Accidental Husband (2008)
In The Accidental Husband, Emma (Uma Thurman) is a successful radio host. She advises people on matters of the heart. When Patrick learns that his girlfriend broke up with him because of Emma’s advice, he decides to get revenge. Patrick changes the official records showing Emma is married to him. This prevents her from marrying her boyfriend Richard.
The chain of events intersects with Emma and Patrick’s lives, causing them to fall in love. Directed by Griffin Dunne, the romantic comedy has all the twists one would expect in such a film. Like Anna, Emma never expected such a change in her life. Both had planned their lives before fate took them down a different path.
4. While You Sleep (1995)
Lucy was lonely and single for most of her life. When she meets Peter, she falls in love at first sight. But an accident put him in a coma. Hospital staff and Peter’s family believe the two are engaged. But when Peter’s brother comes into play, Lucy falls in love with him.
In the romantic comedy While You Slept, Lucy must choose between the two people she thinks she likes. Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman star in the Jon Turteltaub directed work. Although Lucy and Peter aren’t engaged in the film, everyone else thinks so, and she falls in love with Jack as a result. A similar thing happens in Leap Year when Anna realizes her true feelings after becoming engaged to Jeremy.
3. Reality Bites (1994)
Starring including Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller, Reality Bites is a tale of finding love and success in the 1920’s. Directed by Stiller, the film follows Lelaina as she navigates life, career and love in Houston. The struggles of the other Generation X graduates are also depicted in the film. Ultimately, Lelaina falls in love with two opposite men at the same time. She must choose between the laid-back and creative Troy and the organized and wealthy Michael. Her confusion is similar to the situation of Anna, who is also attracted to two different men at the same time.
2. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
What would you do if your surrogate partner/best friend got engaged before you? Julianne and Michael make a pact to marry each other when they’re single by age 28. In the PJ Hogan film adaptation of My Best Friend’s Wedding, Julianne learns that her best friend is marrying Michael Kimberly. Eventually, she admits her feelings for him and aspires to make him her husband.
In the days leading up to the wedding, Julianne turns her back on all the craziness and drama imaginable techniques to make Michael fall in love with her. Unlike Declan in Leap Year, who eventually falls in love with Anna, Julianne knows her feelings and tries to break up Michael and Kimberly in My Best Friend’s Wedding.
1. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Directed by Andy Tennant, Sweet Home Alabama is a romantic comedy film starring Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas. Melanie and Jake married when they were young and are now separated. When Andrew proposes to her, she realizes that she must return home to divorce Jake. But when the old flame flares up again, Melanie must choose between her past and her present. Like Anna, she feels caught between two possibilities. Though she has feelings for both men, Melanie must make the ultimate, life-changing decision.