In real life, a human should absolutely only date a human. But on the silver screen, interspecies movie romances have permeated pop culture for many years, allowing audiences to think deeply about love in a way they never could with more traditional stories. Whether it’s a human with an alien, a human with an underwater fish monster, or a human with (gulp) a sheep, this overview of interspecies movie romances is sure to liven up the way you look at love.
The Shape of Water
Nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Actress, Guillermo del Toro’s fantastic vision of interspecies romance deserves all its acclaim and thensome. It paints a tender, aching portrait of loneliness and reunion, of two souls who always belonged together. Del Toro directs it like he’ll never get a chance to direct a movie again, and if he doesn’t (he will), it’s a helluva swan song. Maybe his next film can be about falling in love with a swan?