Top 10+ Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day
I was going through boxes prepping to pack for return to CA when I came across my very first career portfolio. It contained mostly newspaper articles I’d written for the college paper and press releases from my internships. It made me chuckle.
But what I got a kick out of the most was an article I’d written for Valentine’s day of 1994. Or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say my anti-valentine’s day article. I compiled a list of movies typifying love gone wrong including War of the Roses and Fatal Attraction. Apparently I wasn’t keen on love then either.
Yet now in my mid-30s I have to believe in the power of love. Maybe I’m too sentimental to give up. So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are my favorite romantic movies, in no particular order.
1. The Notebook – Epitome of love as it should be! UGH. If only I could find a guy that loves me like that. Aaaahhhh. Someday
2. Pride & Prejudice (2005) – (Kiera Knightly version) – True love perseveres inspite of misguided perceptions of each other.
3. An Affair to Remember (1957) – I’m going to sneak in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) with this one, since it was inspired by An Affair. I do however wholeheardtedly reject the Warren Beatty, Annette Bening remake, Love Affair (1994). This is the tale of two people deciding to find themselves first and then reunite in three months however an accident gets in the way.
4. Pretty Woman (1990) and Wedding Date (2005) – The ultimate love conquers all movies – it can even over come being an escort or hooker. Love is BIG!
5. Dirty Dancing (1987) – Teen love at its best. The good girl falls for the bad boy and even defies her family to help him succeed. “No one puts baby in the corner,”
6. Regarding Henry (1991) – Harrison Ford (ultimate in sexy) is a high-powered attorney who neglects his family for success. However, it all changes overnight when he is shot and loses his memory. He isn’t the man he was and instead learns to be the man his family loves. So good!
7. When Harry Met Sally (1989) – More than just the famous orgasm scene. This is a movie about two people who learn to become friends and then fall in love over time.
8. The Princess Bride (1987) – The most romantic fairy tale ever written! “As Yyyyyooouuu Wiiiiiiiisshh”
9. Runaway Bride (1999) – She can’t seem to commit and he wants to find out why. Instead they fall in love and yet she still runs and the reason why is because she doesn’t know who she is. Once she figures that out she can give him her running shoes.
10. 50 First Dates (2004) – Everyday he has to convince her to fall in love with him again and he’s committed to doing it. Wow! True love at its finest! So good.
Ok, so I can’t keep it to 10, here are 6 more romantic films I love:
– P.S. I love You (2007) – he loves her enough to reach out beyond death to help her move on. Love is about caring for someone else more than yourself.
– The Wedding Singer (1998) Love is seeing yourself grow old with them, set to 80s music. Can’t beat that.
– Ever After (1998) Nicole doesn’t need a knight in shining armor, she wants him in her life. Even though Drew Barrymore’s accent is the awful, the story makes it worth enduring.
– Something’s Gotta Give (2003) Never too old for love but you have to grow up to receive it. Harry is a confirmed bachelor who likes his wine aged and his women very young, until he meets his match after a heart attack. It’s just the ticket to realize what he really needs.
– Walk to Remember (2002) Another good girl falling for a bad boy. Only she changes him and her loves helps me reach for a better future. So good.
– The Philadelphia Story (1940) – Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart a love triangle cast perfectly.