11 sci-fi films you don't think of as romantic (but surprisingly are)

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Feb 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

Sometimes it's better if the romance just sneaks up on you.

Valentine's Day is here again, and while we can certainly appreciate the value of a little head-on, saccharine romanticism, we also really, really need our sci-fi fix. Sorry, it's just how we're wired.

But not to worry, because over the years, sci-fi cinema has found plenty of opportunities to deliver the goods while still sowing some love in here and there. You don't have to give up romance for the sake of spaceships and robots, and you don't have to sit through spaceships and robots without feeling the love, because there are plenty of flicks out there that manage to deliver both.

In honor of the holiday of love, here's a handful of films that satisfy on a genre level while still dishing out some often unexpected romance.