Happy Valentine’s Day!
As we get ready to wrap up another February 14th (for some of you, this may be a relief), I’ve been thinking about my favorite romantic movies this week. I love watching movies. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. I’m fascinated with relationships and how two people manage to find each other in the world, so Romantic Comedies and dramatic love stories are among my favorites to watch. As such, it’s a no-brainer for me to pull together a list for this most romantic of holidays. The hardest thing to do was to actually whittle the list down, instead of finding movies to put on the list.
It was quite difficult to confine my favorites into one list, so I broke them up into different categories so you wouldn’t be overwhelmed by a giant list of movies. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- Three Colors: Red – I can’t express how much I love this movie. A beautifully written piece on the interconnectedness of characters, as well as meeting the right person for you at exactly the right time. The use of color in this movie is exemplary.
- Sliding Doors – This film explores two “what if” sides of a relationship on a parallel course.
- Immortal Beloved – The many loves of Ludwig van Beethoven and the one woman who actually owned his heart. A perfect blend of music and love story.
- The Princess Bride – The fantastical story of Buttercup and Westley. Watch out for ROUSes and the six-fingered man. Inconceivable!
- When Harry Met Sally – Follows the title character through 12 years of chance encounters and relationship ups and downs and tries to answer the question, “can men and women just be friends?”
- Pride and Prejudice (BBC version) – Yes, you have to carve out a lot of time for this one, but you get to see the famous “pond scene” with Colin Firth.
- Bridget Jones’ Diary – A modern take on Pride and Prejudice, also starring Colin Firth as a Darcy, who can’t identify with Bridget’s quest for love, the ideal weight and how to not stick her foot in her mouth.
- Before Sunset – Nine years after Before Sunrise, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawk’s paths intersect again in the streets of Paris at the end of a book tour.
My Favorite Classics:
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s – A New York City socialite falls for a “sponsored” writer who recently moved into her building. Audrey Hepburn, her LBD and her moving take on “Moon River” make this film memorable.
- The Philadelphia Story – Katherine Hepburn has to deal with her ex-husband and an attractive journalist on the eve of her second marriage. Cary Grant plays her ex, so you know things aren’t going to go smoothly.
- Casablanca – During WWII, an American expatriate comes face to face with the woman he once loved…and she’s married to the leader of the resistance.
- Camille – A Parisian courtesan falls for a near penniless young man who loves her, but her lifestyle can be maintained by a heartless baron. Which one will she choose?
- Cobra – This is my favorite silent film. Rudolph Valentino plays an Italian nobleman who tries to give up his womanizing ways for the love of one woman. Things get complicated when he discovers that his best friend also loves the same woman.
My Favorite Foreign:
- Amelie – A Parisian waitress decides on the eve of Princess Diana’s death that she is going to do good deeds for those around her. A photo booth and a mysterious album of pictures guide her towards her true love.
- A Man and a Woman – A script supervisor and a race car driver discover they have two things in common: they are both widowed and have children at the same school. They share a ride home together and slowly fall in love. Told through a series of black and white and color sequences,
- Monsoon Wedding – Five stories intersect on the eve of a traditional Punjabi wedding. Beautifully directed by the amazing Mira Nair.
- Like Water for Chocolate – Try not to cry during this one. The second daughter in a family falls in love, but traditions and her mother dictate that her older sister must marry first (to the man she loves, no less) and she must take care of her mother.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Yes, there’s some breathtaking martial arts sequences in this movie, but there are two different love stories at it’s core. Two friends who have been in love their whole lives (but never said anything to each other) and the passion of first love.
My Favorite Non-Traditional Stories (those without the prescribed “happy ending”):
- He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – Audrey Tautou’s character falls in love with a heart surgeon. Unfortunately he’s married. But she just knows that they’re meant to be together, if only she could get his attention. Told from two different point of views, this one’s worth watching multiple times.
- Closer – Two couples find their relationships tested when infidelities arise. Clive Owen is in this. Need I say more?
- Onegin – A romantic Russian girl falls for a Russian aristocrat who doesn’t return her love until she rises in social stature. Once that happens, though, will she still want him?
- The Way We Were – Two people meant for each other grapple with political differences and try to remain true to who they really are. Will their relationship survive?
- Conversations With Other Women – At a wedding, two attendees flirt and reminisce about their past, which leads to spending one more night together.
I hope the list either reminds you of movies you haven’t seen in a while or inspires you to add something to your list of movies to rent.
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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