In January Time Out London, an online magazine, listed the 100 Best Romantic Movies. I’m not sure what their deciding factors were, and of course such lists are common especially as Valentine’s Day approaches. They seemed to cover to wide gamut of release years, several foreign films, some movies I’ve never heard of, and a few that wouldn’t immediately pop into one’s mind as a “romantic” movie (The Fly, really?). Definitely not the typical list, which is what made it interesting to me. All in all, I didn’t agree, being one who prefers the standard description of a romance story.
You can check out the entire list – with pictures and information for each movie – at the link above. Here are my personal favorites from the Time Out London list, in no particular order.
The Notebook (2004)
Personally I’m not a big Nicolas Sparks fan. But, this was the exception. All around a lovely, completely sappy love story. Yet what set it truly apart for me was the parallel “future” story of the lovers when old. Wow! Beautiful.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands
Best quote: ‘Do you think our love can make miracles?’
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
In general, I do not like romance movies without a happily-ever-after. Moulin Rouge! is the exception. So brilliant in every way. Glorious music, humor, outstanding filming as only Baz Luhrmann can do. I never tire of this movie, and I never watch it without crying like a baby.
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
Best quote: ‘Come what may, I will love you until my dying day.’
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Messed up hero comes out a better person, but it isn’t only the discipline of military training that does it for him. The love of a good woman. *sigh. And is there anyone who didn’t get teary eyed at the sweeping-into-his-arms ending scene? Not a chance.
Cast: Richard Gere, Deborah Winger, Louis Gossett Jr
Best quote: ‘I got nowhere else to go!’
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Maybe its the dancing. Maybe its Patrick Swayze doing the dancing. (No doubt that is a major draw.) Yet, it is more than Patrick’s swiveling hips and silky mullet. A sweet tale of mismatched love is a sure-fire plot.
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey
Best quote: “No one puts Baby in a corner.”
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
A truly epic romance. For me, one of my favorite movies PERIOD. Smoldering, intense, action packed, cinematography beyond compare, passion… it has it all.
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe
Best quote: ‘Stay alive. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.’
Additional favorites for me, whether anyone puts them on a list or not, include–
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
When Harry Met Sally (1998)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Somewhere in Time (1990)
A Room With a View (1985)
…and I better stop or this post will go on forever! I am sure you can name many, many more. What are your favorite romantic movies?