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Look Who's Stalking: Creepy "Romantic" Interests on Screen

More and more often as I watch films about relationships, I find myself thinking, "if someone did this in real life, it'd be completely inappropriate and creepy".

Following someone home without them realising is generally not cute. Watching people sleep without them knowing you're actually in the room: not cute. Cue cards: not cute.

While some of these films are about actual stalking, they all start out innocently enough at first. I'm mostly interested in films that portray near-stalking as some sort of messed-up romantic ideal.

Check the notes for comments, and feel free to add your suggestions. Whenever something has made you go, "hey, they should really know when to back off", it's welcome here.

PS: some of these films are actually very good.

Not to be confused with my Careful! That Person You’ve Just Met and/or Slept with Is Totes Going to Be Obsessed With You-list.

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  • Love Actually
  • Good Dick
  • Tanner Hall
  • Adult World
  • Valentine's Day
  • About Time
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Twilight
  • Untamed Heart
  • Fear
  • The Crush
  • Swimfan
  • Endless Love
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Bed of Roses
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • There's Something About Mary
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • Ghost
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Meet Joe Black
  • American Beauty
  • What Women Want
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Lolita
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Austenland
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • Sabrina
  • Back to the Future
  • Step Up 3D
  • Kick-Ass
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Groundhog Day
  • Pillow Talk
  • Damsels in Distress
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Chase
  • Can't Hardly Wait
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • She's All That
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Safety Last!
  • The Graduate
  • Explorers
  • Amélie
  • He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not
  • The Notebook
  • 50 First Dates
  • All About Steve
  • Mr. Wrong
  • Vertigo
  • Coach
  • Winter's Tale
  • Freshman Orientation
  • Management
  • The Last American Virgin
  • Life of Pi
  • St. Elmo's Fire
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • The Collector
  • Her
  • The Double
  • This Means War
  • Heartbreaker
  • The Shrink Is In
  • The Past
  • Body Double
  • The Rotters' Club
  • Absent
  • Until September
  • The Rachel Papers
  • Serendipity
  • Major League
  • The Gay Divorcee
  • Passengers
  • Fools for Scandal
  • Personal Property