Our Top Ten Picks for Valentine’s Day films. Classic Romance, quirky love story, retelling of a traditional tale, or downright hilarious, Romantic Movies come in many shapes and forms. We’ve compiled a list of our top-ten films favourite suitable for Valentine’s Day Viewing.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck
Audrey Hepburn dazzles in this stylish romance from the ‘50s, starring as the bored Princess, escaping her idyllic lifestyle. It’s not hard to see how Audrey’s reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful women began right here. With sumptuous backdrops and the handsome but far-from-angelic Peck opposing, this poignant film still manages to captures the heart, despite the now old-fashioned values.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger
One of those films you set out not be impressed by, its infamy preceding it, however, by the grand finale, you’re invested in the characters, even if you don’t love them completely, and desperate for the outcome. Like them or loathe them, you end up CARING what happens. Oh and that soundtrack! All together now: Love lift us up where we belong …
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price
The first of many films uniting Tim Burton (director) with Johnny Depp, some might say this is the perfect pairing, not Depp and Ryder. Visually stunning, with high colour contrast and stylised backdrops that are instantly recognisable as Burton, the film speaks volumes before a character so much as utters a line. A tale of small town narrow-mindedness and loveable yet crazy inventors; what’s not to fall in love with? Ultimately unrequited love, but most definitely a love story still; and one that’s kooky enough to cut through the schmaltz.
Starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
How many parodies can a film engender? The pottery wheel scene will live forever. Whilst the love birds are separated by the minor barrier of one of them being dead, the love story is immensely powerful. Whoopi earned an Oscar for her supporting role as the medium enabling that so very special “ditto” message of forever love. Awwwwwwwww.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Starring James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan
Set in Hungary, in stark black and white, and filmed during the Second World War, this romance is a world away from the sparkly and pretty romances of the period. It does, however, manage to tell a tale of hatred amongst co-workers, yet also spins an unlikely love story in an ordinary world. Like a school boy pulling the plaits of the girl he fancies, there must be truth in the attraction of opposites and being mean to the ones to whom we have taken a shine! A beautiful tale, that’s been both lightly and heavily picked from over the years, including “You’ve Got Mail” which is more or less a modern retelling. We prefer the classic.
Starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
Precious little dialogue and barely any physical connection do not usually lead to a heart melting romance. With a firm ecological message, the film gives us a quirky lead character whose understanding of love is based very loosely on, what is basically, trash. Rescued junk recordings hint at what love might be, whilst the earth’s sole remaining trash compacting automaton single handed tries to clear the mountains of rubbish generated by a humanity that simply left the planet to rot whilst it basically went on a cruise. The love story between the titular Wall-E and Eve, the probe sent to discern if Earth is yet habitable, is beautiful, if one-sided to begin with. The animation is flawless and the message clear, but still, a wonderful story of barrier crossing love. Now make sure you sort your recycling properly and take some exercise!
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell
The film with THAT song in the soundtrack, the year we thought the radio had broken and would only play one song. Back when people listened to the radio. The film had a lot of very British cliché and somewhat unbelievably upper class antics, but it also had some very sweet moments, and whilst it may be showing its age of more than 20 years, it remains a cracking film.
Sliding Doors (1998)
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch
Unconventional film which definitely strays into classic love story territory; the cheater, the married lover, chance encounters; but the story is told in an alternative universe fashion, where a moment’s hesitation changes everything. Beautiful, sad, most definitely unpredictable, this one rates highly on our list of romantic movies.
The Birdcage (1996)
Starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Calista Flockheart, Hank Azaria
Is it a rom-com? Probably not in the classic sense of boy-meets-girl, but it has elements of romance of plenty of comedy. Genius performances from main players and supporting cast alike, we love Hank Azaria of The Simpsons fame doing a turn as a flamboyant house-servant. It ends with a wedding, so that counts, right? Brilliantly funny, sparkling, never uncomfortable and might just lead to singing or dancing of some kind.
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Classic love story material; there’s a handsome rogue versus the upright but distinctly less exciting option. Based on the hugely successful and very cleverly written book of the same name, this film brings the viewer to become one with Bridget’s pain; weight loss, badgering family, granny pants and wine. Feel good silliness bound to raise a smile and warm the heart.
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Until next time, keep Flipping those Discs … DF x