First, let's define our terms. The counterintuitive romance is one in which two people who truly shouldn't fall in love do, often under extraordinary and unromantic circumstances. In most cases, these relationships run slim odds of ending with wedding bells. Too young, too old, too uninterested in social acceptance, the protagonists of these love stories breathe the same thin air as anti-heroes and outsiders; they are, in short, unidealized and identifiably human.
We've compiled six romance films that fit this profile. In their own way, they each explore the eternal mystery of what draws people together, and the often strange and unexpected ways love comes about.