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The second chance at romance is a popular trope, and I have to admit, one of my favorites as well. It’s pretty straightforward, a couple either missed their first opportunity or blew it because something came between them. When they get a second chance, they have to not only confront what tore them apart but find a way to repair the damage. In some ways, a second chance at romance is even more romantic to me than the first–because they have to accept the flaws and overcome the obstacles that tore them apart in order to not only achieve happiness, but stay together.

Some of my favorite romantic films feature these second chances at romance. Though they don’t always work out, there’s an emotional satisfaction to the choices the heroes and heroines make. Do you have a favorite?


Hands down one of my favorite films. Rick and Ilsa loved each other, lost each other, then found each other again. Loving someone enough to let them go–it was a second chance and I swoon every time Rick takes the high road.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This movie blew my mind. How does a couple truly forget what they have? By focusing on everything that went wrong. These two erase each other, yet as the memories fade, Jim Carrey’s character tries valiantly to cling to those good times. When they find each other again? Magic.

Sweet Home Alabama

They were young, they were in love, and they broke up because they both seemed to want different things. She moved away and tried to build a different life, going so far as to get engaged to another man. They’re reunited when she needs a divorce and he refuses. The anger and passion between these two is so real–so is the love of childhood sweethearts reuniting.

Do you have a favorite second chance at romance?

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