I have a confession to make: I am, perhaps, Robert Pattinson’s biggest fan. I have followed the Twilight actor’s career since 2006, when I first saw him in the movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (It is not an easy feat to remain unbiased in a fandom encompassing both Robert Pattinson and Harry Potter, let alone remain an adult enough to read the books.) Since then, I have seen him in nearly every movie and read every book by his side. I recently watched the entire Twilight saga with my sister, and it felt as though I was watching an old friend’s big-screen debut. Let me tell you: Robert Pattinson is, quite simply, the best thing to happen to gay culture in the past decade.

I want to celebrate Robert Pattinson’s greatest moment by ranking my top five favorite gay films starring the English actor. And since I’m a bit of a romantic, I’ve decided to dedicate this list to my favorite couple from his films: Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. In order to do this ranking, I’ve decided to examine five factors: story, acting, cinematography, soundtrack, and styling. So, let’s jump right into it.

Edward Cullen/Jacob Black: The Perfection of a Long-Hatched Couple

As one might expect from the name of the couple, my first two picks are about vampires and werewolves. (Can we still be surprised at the connection between England’s royal family and bloodsucking creatures?) Edward Cullen and Jacob Black are, quite simply, the perfect match. They are long-haired, pale, beautiful creatures with enough charisma to make even a vampire envious. (I mean, look at that face!)

My sister and I had a love-love relationship with these two in Twilight. My favorite scene has to be when Jacob first sees Edward for the first time. It’s one of the most romantic exchanges ever put on film, and it’s all thanks to the exceptional writing of Stephenie Meyer. (In case you’re wondering, Jacob is a werewolf and Edward is a vampire. It’s their world. We just live in it.) It’s clear that Meyer has a thing for the English aristocracy, as the characters in her books generally look the part. (If you haven’t guessed by now, she also has a thing for animals.) She created the perfect couple in Edward and Jacob. They are strong, silent, and dignified (in the most English way possible) yet intensely passionate and loyal to each other. One of the greatest scenes in movie history happens when Jacob finally gets the courage to ask Edward to be his boyfriend. I won’t give it away, but it’s well worth seeing.

Edward and Jacob’s relationship is the stuff of legend, and naturally, I wanted to see if there was any real-life connection to it. So, I did a little digging and found out that the English actor playing Edward is, in fact, related to the very same Jacob Black. (Incidentally, Jacob has an identical twin brother named Carl. They share the same last name, but they’re not related by any means other than genetics.) The Black twins were both born in England and attended Eton College together. (In Twilight, Carl is the jealous, little brother who tries to kill Edward multiple times throughout the series.) In order to make the connection between the two parts of the family, I looked up the Black family tree and found some distant cousins of Rob’s. That is how I learned the story of how Jacob and Edward first met. It’s quite a remarkable tale, full of passion, tragedy, and triumph. For a fan of both Prince Edward and Queen Victoria, it was truly romantic.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycanthrope

With the exception of Edward Cullen and Jacob Black, my other four selections are all about lycanthropes. (If you’re not familiar, a lycanthrope is a person who has been turned into a werewolf by a witch or wizard.) The first of these films, Underworld: Rise of the Lycanthrope, was released in 2003 and is the second part of the franchise. It’s a bit of a prequel to the first film, and it features the same star, Clive Owen, and director, Len Wiseman. (Coincidentally, this is also where Clive Owen’s character, John Connor, meets his maker, Michael Ironside.)

In Rise of the Lycanthrope, John Connor and his crew are trying to stop the Umbrella Corporation from performing experiments on humans. (The experiments are intended to create the perfect human race by combining man and werewolf. As you might imagine, a lot goes wrong.) As usual in these sorts of stories, there is a large group of ordinary people who get bitten by rabid dogs and turn into werewolves. (It’s always the cute little puppies that do it first. Can you blame them? They’re so lovable!)

Unfortunately, this is where the similarity to Twilight ends. The characters in Underworld are not the archetypal “vampire” and “werewolf” clichés. (At least, not completely.) The narrative is darker, more grim, and significantly more violent. It is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. (I mean, there is some pretty gruesome stuff going on in here!) But, perhaps, that is what makes this film so remarkable; it manages to be both serious and entertaining. (You really can’t ask for much more than that anymore.)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Let’s see…there was a really long break between my three previous picks and this next one. But since it is my favorite Disney flick, I think it’s only fair that I share it with you. (I mean, come on…let’s face it: it’s a fluffy, happy movie. So, what’s wrong with that?)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the exciting conclusion to the trilogy starring Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless. If you’ve never seen the films, then this probably isn’t the episode to start with. But if you have, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. (And, if you haven’t, then shame on you!)

The plot summary is this: after years apart, Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, meet up again. (In case you’re wondering, Toothless is really short for “toothed dragon.”) They have both changed a lot; Hiccup is now a confident teenager, and Toothless has grown into a magnificent, if somewhat dim, adult. The pair soon discover that they are, in fact, descendants of Vikings who settled in New York back in the day. (It seems that there was magical “hybrid magic” involved in their creation. Pretty cool, right?)

Although they have been through a lot, Hiccup and Toothless still have a lot to learn about the world and how to fit in. In order to help him understand, their great-grandfather, the Viking Gabriel, transforms Hiccup into a Viking named “Hockey” (yes, that is the proper name of the sport he invented). This is, in large part, how the movie gets its funny name: throughout the film, Hiccup is trying to “train” his dragon, and, at the same time, he is acting like a Viking towards the other characters. (Yes, the animation is very funny; the whole thing almost makes me laugh out loud.)

Speaking of making me laugh out loud, I have to say that How to Train Your Dragon is easily one of the most absurd, yet entertaining movies I have ever seen. (And that’s saying a lot, coming from someone who loves their films.) It starts out rather innocently enough; the characters are just your standard Disney tropes, but they are also hilarious, and, for a children’s film, the animation is incredibly polished. (There are some incredible scenes where the Vikings battle dragons. Be sure to catch them if you haven’t already.) But, before you know it, Shrek and his friends have descended upon the village, and chaos ensues.

What is most impressive is that, even at this early stage, the filmmakers seem to have already hit on all the clichés. (Seriously…this movie is packed full of “Viking” jokes. It’s very meta.) The characters are extremely likeable. (Well, at least, they’re more likeable than I would have expected them to be.) And the animation is flawless; it doesn’t get more impressive than this. (I mean, check out that dragon’s head morphing into a heart. Unreal.)