Valentine’s Day and romance is in the air. No matter what your current relationship stage is, whether it’s hot and heavy, over and done or just looking, a good romantic movie is a wonderful way to celebrate the season of love. We’ve compiled a list of romance flicks (or films that have romantic overtones) that will make your heart flutter. We should also mention just how difficult to narrow this list down to just ten.
Without further ado, here’s what we’ll be watching for cupid’s favorite day.
- Phenomenon -- Starring Kyra Sedgewick and John Travolta, this 1997 movie isn’t billed as a romance but romance develops as Lace first suspects and then supports George as he pursues her as he inexplicably develops amazing mental capabilities. The scene where she shaves his face for him because he is too shaky is so tender. It’s a sensual scene without any blatant sex. At the end of the show you’ll both definitely need a hanky.
- The Notebook -- This tearjerker of a movie is a great story of passion, enduring love and memories as James Garner, who plays Duke, reads to Gena Rowlands’ Allie to help her relive her youthful romance with her future husband Noah, played by Ryan Gosling. Allie is losing her memory and the diary offers her a look back in time. Yep, pass those tissues.
- Sleepless in Seattle -- Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in this 1993 bicoastal romance in a deeply satisfying story of loss, unknown soul mates and a happily ever after. The soundtrack that accompanies the movie is memorable. There’s just the right amount of wistful desire, doubt, challenge and humor that will appeal to both guys and girls.
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days -- Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey have great chemistry in this romantic comedy that’s good for some laughs as well as a satisfying “guy gets the girl” resolution.
- The Princess Bride -- One of the best romantic comedies, dashing-but-poor Wesley (played by Cary Elwes) and the beautiful Buttercup love each other but life has placed them in different social classes. Wesley goes off to seek his fortune in order to win Buttercup’s hand. This story has hilarious characters, memorable lines and a great moral in the end.
- When Harry Met Sally -- Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star in this movie that’s probably best known for its restaurant scene. Yet another romantic comedy, it’s a lot of fun to watch and it all ends up as it should with Harry and Sally finally getting together after eleven years of friendship.
- Somewhere in Time -- Featuring a gorgeously lush romantic score and the lovely Jane Seymour and equally handsome Christopher Reeve, this 1980 movie tells the story of a romance that spans a century or so. A great testament to love overcoming all obstacles, including time.
- Enchanted -- Disney spoofed themselves in this movie that has elements of all the classic fairy tales rolled into one funny, sweet story. It also manages to be a musical on top of that. Amy Adams as Giselle and Patrick Dempsey as Robert tell the tale of believing in a “happily ever after”. Susan Sarandon, James Marsden and Timothy Spall deliver hilarious performances. This is one you can watch with your kids (or nieces and nephews). You’ll be singing the songs for days.
- Romancing the Stone -- Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner combine to make adventure funny AND romantic. Directed by Robert Zemeckis of Back to the Future fame, this is a good show for action and a little romance.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- Brad Pitt. Need we say more? Actually, this is a movie that was adapted from and F. Scott Fitzgerald story that he wrote in the 1920s. Set in New Orleans, Benjamin is born as an old man and as he ages, he grows younger. Cate Blanchett plays opposite him as his love interest, Daisy. This is an enthralling, thinking person’s romance. It’s nearly three hours long so plan accordingly.
The Classics: Honorable Mentions
As we mentioned before, this was a difficult list to compile. How can you have a top ten list without macho Bogie in Casa Blanca, beautiful Scarlett and Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and sophisticate Holly Golightly? Not to mention the quintessential An Affair to Remember at the top of the Empire State Building, Sabrina in either incarnation with Bogie or Harrison Ford or aptly-titled Love Story. There’s sure to be a fairy-tale here for anyone, guys or girls. Break out the popcorn and snuggle down for some heartwarming entertainment.