February 14: It’s today!
Every year, Valentine’s Day rolls
around and couples exchange gifts and kisses.
This year, you and your loved one
can celebrate by watching one of the top 14 romantic films (in reverse order):
14. Love Story
“Love means never having to say
you’re sorry.” The famous quote captivated audiences everywhere when this Paramount
Studios picture hit theatres in 1970. Movie fans were enamoured with the story
of a Harvard Law student falling in love with a music student. Through marriage
and tragedy, this movie is proof that love conquers all. I dare you not to weep
through the ending.
13. Beauty and the Beast
This 1991 Disney classic aims right
for the heart. It’s the classic tale of love – the idea that beauty is only
skin deep and falling in love has nothing to do with looks. This tender love
story is for children and adults. It’s a lesson on how to live, learn and love.
12. Sid and Nancy
This gritty picture based on true
events could be titled Beast and the Beast. Beauty is nowhere to be found, but
that doesn’t mean that this tale of love, however ugly and messy, isn’t true
and real. This love story just involves a lot of drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
11. An Affair to Remember
This classic 1957 picture features
two of the screen’s most romantic leads – Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It
charmed audiences in post-war America and around the world.
10. Sleepless in Seattle
Making reference to An Affair to
Remember, 1993’s Sleepless tells the story of recently widowed father Sam
Baldwin, played by Tom Hanks, trying to cope with life after loss. On the
opposite side of the country, an already engaged Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) hears
Sam’s son on a radio talk show and falls in love with Sam without ever meeting
him. This is one of the sweetest pictures in any era, and provided audience
with one of the great on-screen matches.
Falling Slowly by the film’s stars
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Best Original Song Academy Award in
2008. When they received the award, Irglova gave one of the most endearing
Oscar speeches in the history of the award show. That was the perfect ending to
one of the great love stories of our time.
8. When Harry Met Sally
Nora Ephron wrote this Rob
Reiner-directed romantic comedy in 1989. The movie stars the hilarious Billy
Crystal and the wonderful Meg Ryan. The pair meet on a road trip when in
college. They become friends over the years, which eventually leads to romance.
The pair sparkles together, like a game of love chess, always battling for
higher ground and better position. Just lovely.
7. Moulin Rouge
Music is at the heart of this film.
In fact, it’s everywhere in this heart-pounding, highly stylised musical about
poet Christian (Ewan McGregor) falling in love with beautiful courtesan Satine
(Nicole Kidman) in a Paris night club. The romance is doomed from the start.
It’s a love tragedy that sang to willing audiences in 2001.
Patrick Swayze stars with Demi
Moore in this 1990 melodrama about a couple who stays in love, even after
death. Sam Wheat (Swayze) is killed in a mugging and Molly Jensen (Moore) is
left broken-hearted. But Sam’s soul will not pass into the afterlife without
finding out the truth about his murder. When the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained
Melody plays, fans fall in love all over again.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
star in this 1997 blockbuster, but it was cinema genius James Cameron who swept
the Oscars and swept young women off their feet over and over again. Celine
Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, the film’s title track, melted audiences and icebergs
across the world.
In 1942 Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid
Bergman held each other tightly and gave us the most memorable on-screen kiss.
Rick Blaine (Bogie) is an American expat living in unoccupied Africa who runs
the Casablanca nightclub when he runs into his former lover, Isla Lund
(Bergman). Sparks start to fly again and movie history is made. It’s a movie
romance that sizzles with every move, every scene, every line. “Play it again,
3. Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts proves that hookers
can have a heart of gold in this 1990 blockbuster co-starring Richard Gere.
Vivian (Roberts) is hired by Edward Lewis (Gere), a rich playboy who wants her
to stay by his side for an entire week. She agrees to it, and the two fall in
love. In the last scene, when Lewis stands out of the sunroof of his white limo
holding flowers – Vivian’s knight coming to save her – the movie does what
movies are supposed to do, which is make us fall in love.
2. The Notebook
Duke (James Garner) visits Allie
Calhoun (Gena Rowlands) in a nursing home. She has severe Alzheimer’s disease
and can’t remember anything. Duke’s story of a young, rich woman who falls in
love with a poor and passionate young man always resonates with her. The young
man (Ryan Gosling) tries to win over her (Rachel McAdams) family, but to no
avail. She’s engaged to someone else and their love is forbidden. But they hold
It’s simple story set in the past
about the power of love and the freedom love gives you.
1. Jerry Maguire
“You complete me.”
Tom Cruise is Jerry Maguire, a
sports agent who has an epiphany one night – “More personal attention” for his
clients. He’s fired from his job and left with only one client, Rod Tidwell
(Cuba Gooding Jr. in an Oscar-winning performance), an obnoxious wide receiver
for the Arizona Cardinals. His new assistant, single mother Dorothy Boyd (Renee
Zellweger), stays by his side as they start their new company. Cruise and
Zellweger start out working together, and that builds into a friendship, which
grows into a romance, and then marriage. Jerry Maguire is arguably the best
romantic comedy of all time, and one of the best pictures ever made. It’s the
perfect Valentine’s Day movie.