So I'm pretty much looking for a drama where the guy falls in love with the female first, and does so completely.
The feeling I'm looking for is like in Eternal Love (Ten miles of peach blossom), or maybe Novoland (referring to the way Feng tianyi was so in love with her). I adore when the male lead actually shows his affection - but I don't mind a drama where he shows only hints in the beginning. Jealousy, marriage proposals etc etc = it's all welcomed here xD
I prefer historical, but I don't mind a good modern one^^
Have you seen Chronicles of Life or Bu Bu Jingxin? I think that fits what you are looking for, both are historical dramas where the ML totally falls for the FL, while the FL lead actually likes someone else at first.
As for a modern one, My Sunshine or Silent Separation fits. but the guy is not really showy in his affection, and he tends to be on the cold and gruff. Another drama I can think of would probably be Love Now, the ML has liked the FL for so long even though he doesnt know her name, and when they meet, he totally and solidly is swoonworthy.
And since you are more into historical, are you open to korean dramas? Cause I highly recommend The Moon That Embraces the Sun. this drama is a must watch for what you are looking for!!!
I definitely second Moon Embracing the Sun even though it’s a Korean haha. One of my favorites.
Imperial Doctress - Female lead has feelings for second male lead (the males are really almost even with each other but I still consider Wallace huo to be the main lead) and the male lead is very showy about his feelings.
The king’s Woman - male lead has feelings for female but she is in love with her Shi xiong. Not quite lovey dovey romance wise, but eventually he female lead opens up to the male lead.
Because Of You is also decent. The main guy is definitely into the main female much sooner than she falls for him. It is a modern drama though and also the plot gets a little ridiculous, but the chemistry between the leads is really good.
Lady & Liar (set in like 1920s shanghai so technically modern) also has the ML chasing after the female lead and she is super not into it at first. Similar to king’s woman in that she’s in love with someone else and is somewhat forced into a relationship with the male lead.
Also Siege in Fog (currently airing, which I’m also just now watching so not necessarily recommending) also has that same story line where the male lead falls for the female (but she already had feelings for someone else, but because of certain reasons ends up in a relationship with the male lead)
Sound of the Desert- FL is in love with SL at first but ML falls in love with her at first sight and it's not shy about it. He's a 100% devoted too. He's very similar to Ye Hua in his love but he's even more naughty. Check this gif
The Eternal Love- It's a web drama with 24 episodes. The ML is a prince and falls first and it's completely in love. The name is similar to Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms but it's a different drama.
1+ for Moon Embracing the Sun- He is one of the most devoted ML in dramaland. He thinks she's dead and is forced to marry the SFL but even after 8 years he doesn't touch her. He keeps being faithful to her just like Ye Hua to his Su Su.
+1 for the Imperial Doctress, Sound of the Desert, and the Eternal Love, and:
The Princess Wei Young
Lost Love in Times - the ML falls first but later on time is reset and only the FL remembers the original timeline so there's a short amount of time where she loves and remembers him but he doesn't know her, although he falls again pretty quickly
My Huckleberry Friends - it's not historical and I found the leads a little bit frustrating, but the ML definitely falls first + falls completely
Princess Agents (a warning though: it takes the ML a while to fall completely and the ending is tragic)
3. Dreams Link 2007/Dream Behind the Curtain.. Both the Alex Fong and Zhang Jiani and Liu De Kai and Vivian Chen adaptations are good. Dream Behind the Curtain is the older version .. I think it was made in the 90s or late 80s. It's about a girl who has an unrequited love for her sister's boyfriend and then an older man offers to marry her.. and she only falls in love with him way after they get married.
7. Summer's Desire.. Super angsty and melodramatic. New adaptation coming up starring Sophie Zhang Xueying and Qin Jun Jie. I didn't really like the one starring Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho and Huang Xiaoming so can't remember much except that HXM's hair was weird.. and that Peter Ho was controlling... but kinda hot?
Any adaptation of Hana Yori Dango or Boys Over Flowers whether it's the Japanese, Korean, or Taiwanese.. the Chinese one starring Zheng Shuang was a bit draggy. And there's a new Chinese adaptation coming up starring Shen Yue.