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10 Most Obvious Romance Movie Betrayals

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Romance movies will end in one of three ways. They will end in happiness, sadness, or betrayal. Some of the most obvious betrayals can happen when characters become greedy, lustful, ambitious, or passionate. These emotions can lead to characters becoming vengeful which opens new doors for them as they begin to seek out ways to betray those that have hurt them.


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Betrayal can come in all shapes and sizes and may even make for a captivating film. When betrayal is done right in a movie it will pull the audience in and have them rooting for couples and characters they never thought to root for in the beginning.

10/10 John Tucker Must Die Features A Betrayal That Teaches A Lesson

The betrayal in John Tucker Must Die is one of the most obvious and well-known betrayals of the early 2000s. High school drama leads to betrayal as three girls try to destroy their ex’s reputation in John Tucker Must Die. John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) was happily dating Beth (Sophia Bush), Carrie (Arielle Kebbel), and Heather (Ashanti) simultaneously until they discovered he was cheating on them with one another.

Kate is used as bait to lure in John Tucker. Beth, Carrie, and Heather are in her ear whispering tips and tricks on how to make him fall for her. Their plan works quickly enough, and before they know it John is head over heels for Kate. John, of course, is still unaware that his exes know about how he cheated and is absolutely clueless that Kate is working with them to ruin his rock star reputation.

9/10 He’s Just Not That Into You Is A Classic Betrayal

There are rules to dating and Alex (Justin Long) helps Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) understand those rules all through He’s Just Not That Into You. The number one rule of dating, according to Gigi, is to simply remain hopeful. The only real betrayal is between Anna (Scarlett Johansson), Ben (Bradley Cooper), and his wife Janine (Jennifer Connelly). Right from the start, Ben lets Anna know that he is married.

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Janine becomes suspicious shortly after discovering a pack of cigarettes and a used ashtray. Her suspicion eventually leads to Ben confessing his affair in the middle of a hardware store. They attempt to mend their broken marriage which ends with Janine moving out and asking for a divorce.

8/10 The Other Woman Shows Mistresses That Turn To Friends

Kate (Leslie Mann) is often left in the dark as her husband pursues relations elsewhere in The Other Woman. Kate’s husband Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has not only one mistress but two. The once clueless Kate becomes suspicious of her husband after Carly (Cameron Diaz), mistress number one, shows up at their doorstep.

The Other Woman has Kate seek revenge on her cheating husband. Together, with the other woman, she sneaks Mark estrogen in his smoothies and swap out his self-care products for hair loss alternatives. This isn’t enough as Kate and Carly discover that Mark is cheating on them with another woman. They team up with his second mistress, Amber (Kate Upton), and finalize their revenge at a meeting where they are all waiting for him.

7/10 Careful What You Wish For Is About An Unforgettable Summer

The betrayal in Careful What You Wish For was completely obvious from start to finish. It starts right from the beginning as Doug (Nick Jonas) cannot take his eyes off Lena (Isabel Lucas), his new neighbor’s wife. As it would seem, Lena was unable to peel her gaze away from Doug as well. Elliot (Durmot Melroney), Lena’s husband, asks Doug to help restore an old boat for them.

Lena is quick to take advantage of her husband’s frequent travels in order to seduce Doug. Elliot can be an intimidating man and despite almost being caught Doug and Lena continue on with their affair. Shortly after their affair ensues she decides to look into divorcing Elliot despite how difficult that may be.

6/10 Gone Girl Is An Elaborately Staged Betrayal

Just because a couple may seem happy and perfect in public does not mean they actually are. Gone Girl shows viewers the secrets “perfect” couples keep behind closed doors. Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) were the perfect couple to the public. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. Her disappearance allows for all the lies and betrayals to come out of hiding.

Everyone joins in to help find Amy, but people begin to suspect that Nick might have had something to do with it. All the while Nick has been having an affair with a woman named Andie. The viewers watch the betrayals pile on top of one another. By the end of Gone Girl Nick discovers that Amy had staged her disappearance in an attempt to get him to think about their marriage.

5/10 The Aftermath Is A Betrayal That Goes Nowhere

Post-WWII was a difficult time for many and The Aftermath highlights the struggles of grief and betrayal during that time. Rachel (Kiera Knightley) and Lewis (Jason Clarke) are dealing with the loss of their son, while Stefan (Alexander Skarsgard) is a single father trying to raise a teenage daughter.

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Rachel attempts to set up some boundaries with Stefan. However, her boundaries only lead to the two becoming closer to one another. Their closeness leads to Stefan and Rachel having an affair. The betrayal becomes obvious as well as easy to pursue as Lewis is always being called away to work, leaving Rachel and Stefan alone to mend their wounds from the loss they have faced.

4/10 10 Things I Hate About You Is An Iconic High School Betrayal

Popular younger sister cannot date until her crude older sister Kat does in 10 Things I Hate About You. The betrayal quickly becomes apparent when Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Michael (David Krumholtz) devise a plan to get Kat (Julia Stiles) a date so that Cameron can date her sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik). Their plan results in them hiring the high school bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) to pursue Kat.

The boys proceed to give Patrick the information which helps him get Kat to finally open up. The betrayal continues all the way to prom where everything is revealed. Kat leaves upset and heartbroken while Bianca takes down Joey for exposing the plan and hurting everyone by doing so.

3/10 Bride Wars Centers On The Betrayal Of Life-Long Friends

The betrayal in Bride Wars leads to life-long friends throwing their years of friendship out the window. Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have been planning their dream wedding since they were children. Coincidentally enough they are proposed to on the same day.

As fate would have it a secretary’s mistake ends with them booked at the same location for their wedding. One small mistake turns Liv and Emma into enemies. They quickly turn into rivals as both parties refuse to change their wedding date. Instead, the former friends betray one another by sabotaging their rival’s bridal party.

2/10 She’s All That Makes A Bet Out Of Betrayal

She’s All That is a classic 90s teen movie with an obvious yet different approach to betrayal. Two jocks, Zack and Dean place a bet that Zack can turn any girl into the prom queen, so long as Dean was able to choose the girl. The betrayal is blatantly obvious as he is only being friendly, charming, and a little stalker-esque in order to get Laney to like him.

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Laney discovers the truth after Zack’s best friend Dean betrays him by explaining to Laney that it was all because of a bet. This leads to Laney cutting ties with Zack and going to the prom with Dean. The betrayal may have been obvious, but it ends on a happy note for Zack and Laney.

1/10 Love Actually Is The Quintessential Holiday Betrayal

Christmas is supposed to be one of the best times of the year. That’s not the case as the storylines of all characters are intertwined as betrayal unfolds in Love Actually. Jamie (Collin Firth), a writer, finds himself in France for the holidays where he begins to feel a mutual attraction toward his housekeeper, Aurelia (Lucia Muniz). Jamie decides to leave his girlfriend to pursue a marriage with a woman he barely knows.

Jamie is not the only one betraying a loved one. Harry (Alan Rickman) and Karen (Emma Thompson) have a long-term happy marriage, or so it would seem to the viewers. It isn’t until Harry’s new assistant Mia steps into the film that people question his loyalty. Mia (Heike Makatsch) is well aware that Harry is married, but that doesn’t seem to deter her away from tempting him into an affair. Harry may not have left his wife, but their relationship is no longer the same.

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