Love is in the air again, pulsating, beating, reverberating, an entity of its own. It’s impossible to escape its clutches. Its magnetic pull can make the best of us heel. And honestly, why fight it? Let it flow through you, seep into your heart, heal your soul and be a source of comfort. As you wait for true love to come your way, here are 7 all-time favorite romantic movies to sate your beating heart for the time.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Set during the American Civil War, the movie covers the struggles of Scarlett O’Hara, a Southern Belle, who will do whatever it takes to land a stable household. Obviously, the classic book it’s based on is brilliant, but the movie adaptation is beautiful in its own right.
The four-hour-long saga takes you through a roller-coaster of emotions. As men go off to war, as they die and then finally lose it all we see how wars tear apart homes and a whole culture. Of course, it’s not like we’re supportive of the white supremacy confederacy ideology or the Ku Klux Klan that our characters get involved with, but the movie tells a great story and we’re here for it. If you love history, this is one film you can’t ignore.
If you’re still recovering from a broken heart, wondering if they were the person for you, skip this number. In William Wyler’s classic an old flame is reignited. Set during World War II, we see Humphrey Bogart’s Rick who owns an upscale nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca come across Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa, a former lover.
Rick has come in possession of two ‘letters of transit’ that allow the bearer to travel freely in the German-occupied Europe and to a neutral Portugal. Seeking these Ilsa and her husband, a Czech resistance leader and fugitive, approach him. From the get go, the movie offers multiple twists and turns. With tons of action, emotions running wild and great shots of a beautiful city all you need is a cozy blanket and popcorn and you’re set for the evening.
When it comes to romance, how can we forget the iconic Titanic. Much acclaimed around the globe, it truly is the king of the world. Great performances by Leonardo de Caprio and Kate Winslet bring the characters of Jack and Rose to life, making us fall in love with them, root for them. Sadly though from the onset, we know they won’t end up together. But, the heart will go on and the love will continue to live.
The star-crossed lovers come from different backgrounds. Trying to maintain their upper-class status, Rose’s family are pushing her to marry Cal Hockley and though they’re engaged to one another, we see no chemistry between them. Frustrated with her life Rose attempts to jump into the ocean below, only to be persuaded by Jack to reconsider. From that moment on their love story begins and what a story it is. It’s sure to make you cry, but oh how beautiful are the tears. We’re sure you’ve watched Titanic before, but a movie like this you must watch again.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Great music and great dancing, this movie will have you wanting to get a little dirty yourself. The 1987 hit stars Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman, a 17-year-old woman who falls in love with Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle, a dance instructor.
As you watch the screen, you’ll find it difficult to move your eyes away from Swayze’s rhythmically flowing body movements and the intense emotions of young love, great story line and choreography will get you hooked. It’s the stuff fairytales are made of.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
The perfect amounts of romance and comedy is what this movie is all about. Falling in love with your best friend is such an overused trope. We see it in movies sure, but in real life it can lead to a lot of heart ache if not reciprocated. This movie was specifically designed to get you all back to your senses, we’re sure. Especially this month when you might get a little reckless.
It all begins when Julia Roberts’ 27-year-old Julianne Potter receives a call from her lifelong friend Michael O’Neal played by Dermot Mulroney who invites her to his wedding. The two had made a promise that if they couldn’t find anyone else by the age of 28, they would marry one another. It is then that Julianne realizes that she loves him and sets out to sabotage his relationship with his fiancée and stop the marriage.
The second-hand embarrassment you get watching Julianne go through it all and come to her senses is sure to put your arduous, over-zealous heart in check. Unless what you’re feeling is true love for your friend and your friend feels the same for you. Either way, it’s a treat to watch, we promise!
The Notebook (2004)
Nicholas Sparks is on this list, on every list for romance there is and for good reason. Nobody tells a love story better than him. Yes its cheesy, yes it’s over the top, but we love all that don’t us? It takes special skill to make that combo happen and Sparks gets the sparks going for sure.
True love always find a way. Noah meets young heiress Allie when she’s 17 and their budding romance comes to a screeching halt when Allie’s parents intervene to protect their teenage daughter. The class difference between them would not have it otherwise. Noah goes enlists in war and Allie moves on with her life and meets a nice young man. When Noah returns from the war and their paths cross again, the chemistry is electric that neither can deny. But, they must find their love and battle the world for a chance together. We advise you keep tissue on hand, the tears are sure to flood your eyes.
A Star is Born (2018)
If you’re looking for a more current movie, A Star is Born is a great choice. The onscreen romance between Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will make you go for gaga for sure. It’s been remade a total of four times and while each was great on its own, this one offers a great experience in its own right.
Jackson Maine, a famous country rock singer, hears a beautiful performance paying tribute to Edith Piaf by Ally, a waitress and singer-songwriter. They spend the night talking, and Jack invites her to his show. Beautiful music and cinematography, the movie is a treat for all your senses.
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Movies really add to life, giving it meaning and helping one grow. One should indulge themselves and though it can get expensive, it’s not worth giving up. You can select your cable package from Spectrum to give you more or subscribe to streaming services for a great experience on the go. In the long run, you’ll thank us. Till then, happy movies!