Intimate, dialogue-driven movies about personal relationships?

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It's hard to pinpoint what I'm asking for but I think it's a simple request - movies that are dialogue and character driven, preferably with a romantic angle but not necessarily, and that have a somewhat naturalistic feel (not cheesy or sappy in its handling of these things). I stopped seriously watching or keeping up with movies a long ass time ago so it's hard for me to even give examples of what I'm looking for. Lost in Translation is the only thing coming to mind right now. A more specific example might be the Vincent Vega/Mia Wallace sequence in Pulp Fiction.

It doesn't have to be entirely happy or optimistic, but if I were to set a spectrum the darkest side would be something like Midnight Cowboy, and the lightest side would be something like Groundhog Day, or maybe a good Pixar film like Up or Inside Out. On second thought that may sound silly considering how sad the ending to Midnight Cowboy is. I just mean that something like Ikiru or Taxi Driver is a little more depressing than I'd like, but if the movie you have in mind is anywhere near as good as those I guess I wouldn't mind.

If the movie only fits these criteria in a few parts here and there that's fine too. I also don't care how old or new the movie is. Any suggestions are much appreciated.




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In before My Dinner With Andre.
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Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" is a very dialogue-heavy miniseries about a rocky relationship. It's not exactly a fun time, but it is honest and intimate.
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Once

Poignant. Particularly honest in its acknowledgement that Love can be utterly meaningful even when not sexually consummated.
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Popsicle PeteIngmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" is a very dialogue-heavy miniseries about a rocky relationship. It's not exactly a fun time, but it is honest and intimate.

Was that the inspiration for Scenes from a Mall?
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Probably stating the obvious here but Before Sunrise.
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Columbus, which just came out a few weeks ago.

Plus, it was shot, and takes place, in my hometown.
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French New Wave

Else, Richard Linklater, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Mike Nichols, and Whit Stillman (and others directly influenced by French New Wave).
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Some recent ones:

Before We Go (Chris Evans directed--it isn't perfect, but it's charming and a bit unconventional in the way that the romance angle unfolds)

Top Five (Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson--a sprawling conversation through the streets of New York)

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It looks likes John Cassavetes hasn't been mentioned yet, and that's a huge oversight since his directorial work should ring every bell you seem to be looking for.
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Ernest Goes to Jail
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jasper de largeErnest Goes to Jail

You probably already know this, OP, but this is an unfunny B.S. joke response. I'm frankly surprised Black Phillip didn't post it. Don't listen to it.

My answer is Say Anything.
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I guess I could have mentioned Ozu, but it occurred to me that there's really quite a lot of intimate dialogue-driven movies out there.
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Literally just got back from Claire's Knee on 35mm, which fits this bill nicely, as well as the only other Rohmer I've seen, Love in the Afternoon.
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