Happy VD! ;p
Yeah, I know, I've pretty much made it clear in the past that I'm not a big fan of V-Day.
As far as February holidays go, I much prefer those that involve prognosticating rodents, as opposed to a made-up (I know, technically, they are all made-up, but you know what I mean.), commercialized, over-sentimentalized holiday designed to squish the most complicated of all emotions into a 24-hour window of "displays of affection".
Still ... I'm not entirely unsentimental.
In fact, this year, I'm offering a glimpse of my soft white underbelly by admitting that I am kind of a sucker for romantic movies, well, some of them, anyway. I know! It's so ... so ... girly! But, I can't help it. I just have a soft spot for them. Many of them live happily in my DVD cabinet next to my action flicks, sci-fi collections and kung-fu movies. There are even a few classic musicals dancing around in there. It's an eclectic neighborhood of a cupboard, to be sure, but they all get along.
So, in honor of Valentine's Day, here are 21 of my favorite romantic movies, in no particular order:
1. The Princess Bride One of my all-time favorite movies of any sort and smashing good tale of "Wuv. Twue Wuv."
2. An Affair to Remember
This is a remake of the classic Love Affair from 1939, and it's a story that's been re-told on the big screen several times, but this Carey Grant and Deborah Kerr version will always be my favorite. I still tear up at the end. Every. Time.
3. Bull Durham
"Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a
woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the
novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee
Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional
amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in
the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas
morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep,
soft, wet kisses that last three days." ... Nuff said.
Really? If I even need to explain this one, you should just stop reading now.
I don't care if he is a trash-bot - don't
even try to tell me that the montage of him trying to wake and woo the
dormant EVE is not some of the most sweetest footage ever, animated or
otherwise. Speaking of ...
If you know anyone who doesn't get at least a little choked up by the end of the first
10 minutes of this film, check their pulse.
More Carey Grant - gawd, I love that
man - this time paired with Ingrid Bergman in a war-time spy thriller
directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Okay, I know Nazi Germany doesn't sound romantic, but, if you haven't seen it, you're gonna hafta just trust me on this one. There's this one kiss - omg, I melt.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Bittersweet and charming, this one is Audrey Hepburn in one of her best roles.
9. Sabrina (1954)
Audrey Hepburn again, in a lighter role this time and paired with Bogart in a classic romance with some very cute moments.
We've already established my love for Audrey Hepburn and Carey Grant, so how can I NOT love them together? Especially when they're hip-deep in espionage
Gene Kelly sings and dances his way around the Highlands of Scotland with Cyd Charisse while sarcastic Van Johnson cracks wise - that would be enough to make me love it right there. But, there's a sweet and sappy romance at the heart of this fanciful musical that just appeals to the fairy-tale loving little girl in me.
12. Dirty Dancing "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." I was about 13 when it first came out , so it will always be a formative romance for me and it still makes me *sigh* a little, and remember what it feels like to fall in love for the first time.
13. Pretty in Pink
Again - a formative one for me, as were almost all of John Hughes' films. His movies felt very "real" to a lot of teenagers at a time in life when it's hard to find anything to connect to at all. For the nostalgia factor alone, this would continue to be a favorite.
14. When Harry Met Sally
The anti love-at-first-sight romance. Sweet, funny, quirky - everything love (and a love story) should be.
Another quirky love-in-strange places theme with the adorable, everybody-loves-her Meg Ryan. But it's Kevin Kline who really makes this movie for me.
The innocent joy of sweet, romantic love and the heart-wrenching sacrifice of omg-it-still-makes-me-cry parental love, both reflected in the unbelievably sweet face of Liv Tyler. Bonus: Steve Buscemi trying to ride a nuke.
17. While You Were Sleeping
I love Sandra Bullock, and she and Bill Pullman are so quirky and cute in this. I can watch this one over and over.
18. The Proposal
One of the few more recent romances to make more than a blip on my radar. Probably more for the fact that I adore both Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock than because of anything genius in the movie itself. But it has some really sweet and funny moments that give it re-watch-ability for me.
19. Shakespeare in Love
I like to think the Bard himself would have liked this tale casting himself as a star-crossed lover.
How can you not love that moment? Gawd, I haven't seen this one in ages. I might have to go watch it now.
Shut up. It is TOO a romance.
I'm sure I've left out other great movies, trying to keep the list manageable. And, as you can see, my tastes tend to run to mostly older movies. What romantic movies would YOU add the list? Do you have favorite "classics"? Are there other modern romances you think I should give a try?
Gentlemen: These questions are not just for the ladies of the club; don't be afraid to chime in on this, too! My movies tastes generally run to "guy flicks" anyway. Share!